2019-01-25

Osram Reports Revenue Down due to Weak Chinese Market and the Trade War

Osram announced that in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the company is facing an on-year revenue decline due to the weak Chinese market under the impact of the on-going US-China trade dispute. According to Osram, the declining market in the end of 2018 has led to poor performance of its three business units, Opto Semiconductor, Automotive and Digital. The revenue of Osram for its fiscal 1Q19 was EUR 828 million (US$ 938 million) with a 15 percent YoY decrease. And the Opto Semiconductors unit recorded a 16.9 percent decline in revenue on a comparable basis...
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2019-01-24

Lawrence Lin to Temporarily Manage LEDVANCE in the US and Canada

LEDVANCE, the maker of SYLVANIA general lighting in the United States and Canada, announced that global CEO Lawrence Lin will assume managing director responsibilities for the United States and Canada on an interim basis, in addition to his current responsibilities. Jim Johnson, who previously held the position, left the company this month. (Image: LEDVANCE) Lawrence Lin became the CEO and Managing Director of global LEDVANCE in November 2018. He commented, “LEDVANCE continues to evolve to deliver innovative lighting ...
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2019-01-24

GE and SYLVANIA Release LED Light Bulbs Connecting Google Assistant to Accelerate IoT Lighting

In the beginning of 2019, GE Lighting announced that it is deepening its C by GE portfolio which features hub-free IoT smart lighting with Google Assistant control. The Made-for-Google products are able to connect with Google’s system and be controlled via app on smartphones or portable devices. The connected lights allow app and voice control for changing the color of lights and tuning brightness. Furthermore, they can also combine smart accessories including smart wall plug and motion sensor to manage lighting away from home and by movement. (Image: GE) E...
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2019-01-21

Oledcomm Brings Li-Fi Closer with Its New LiFiMax Revealed at CES 2019

At this year’s CES event, French Li-Fi company Oledcomm presented its new Li-Fi module, LiFiMAX, which provides high speed internet through invisible light and brings the technology a step forward. Oledcomm released the first ceiling Li-Fi module for information transfer which can offer high speed internet connection of 100Mbps in downlink data rate and 40Mpbs uplink. According to Oledcomm, LiFiMax can provide connection to 16 users simultaneously with coverage of 28 square meters. (Image: Oledcomm) Benjamin Azoulay, president of Oledcomm, explain...
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2019-01-19

AIXTRON Provides Its Systems to Support San’an Optoelectronics’ Expansion of ROY LED production

AIXTRON announced that the company will supply multiple AIX 2800G4-TM (IC2) cluster systems to San’an Optoelectronics. The Chinese chipmaker with its long-term plan for the rising market demands for fine pitch displays requires a capacity increase in red, orange and yellow LEDs (ROY LEDs). AIXTRON’s AIX 2800G4-TM (IC2) tools will feature a configuration of 15x4 inches and are scheduled for shipment between 4Q18 and 2Q19.
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2019-01-19

Signify Helps Customers to Experience Different Lighting with VR

Signify announced an innovative creation of virtual reality (VR) development for its customers. With the new lighting VR apps, Philips Fashion Lighting VR and Philips Urban VR, users can immerse themselves in the virtual world to visualize how lighting can transform their fashion store or city street.
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2019-01-19

The US-China Dispute May Pushes Needs for Smart Factory and Robots

Speaking of the global market uncertainty caused by the disputes between US and China, Maezono noted that due to the extra tariffs imposed on Chinese exports, Japanese companies who own factories in China might move out their facilities. The moving trend will lead to increased cost and thus force companies to transform their facilities, pushing demands for smart factory and robots. As a result, Maezono pointed out that RoboDEX and SMART FACTORY Expo would become even more noticeable. 
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2019-01-17

【TILS 2019】WeBulb Introduces XXL Golden LED Filament Light Bulbs

Company Introduction: WeBulb Corporation provides a series of XXL Golden LED Filament Light Bulbs. The XXL golden LED bulb, with its unique shape and particular dimensions, is able to furnish and illuminate any room by itself, with the great charm of its warm and golden light.
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2019-01-16

Osram Sells Its North American Service Business Sylvania Lighting Solution to WESCO

Osram continues its transformation and moves one more step ahead with sales of its North American services business, Sylvania Lighting Solutions (SLS). WESCO International subsidiary is acquring the business operation of SLS with a price of double-digit million euro. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. According to Osram, its Management Board has decided in May 2018 to initiate the divestiture of the SLS business. With the aquisition, WESCO will take over the services business with about 220 employees in North America,...
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2019-01-14

Rohinni and BOE to Form Joint Venture for Micro LED-based Backlights

Micro and Mini LED specialist Rohinni announced that it will be forming a joint venture with Chinese panel producer BOE. The collaboration will focus on the production of micro LED lighting solutions for display backlights. The BOE-Rohinni joint venture will be based in China and controlled by BOE, combining BOE's LCD design and manufacturing expertise with Rohinni's Micro LED placement technology. Supported with Rohinni’s placement technology which is capable of placing 50 die-per-second (dps) with 10 micron accuracy at 99.999% die yields...
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2019-01-14

LED Expo Thailand – A Promising Destination for LED Industry

Thailand, the South East Asian nation that has charted one of the most successful developmental stories in recent times, is no doubt a preferred place for an exhibition with a global outlook. After the successful completion of six editions of LED Expo Thailand, MEX Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. in association with Impact Exhibition Management Co. Ltd., is coming up with yet another chapter of the famed Show in Bangkok. Now christened as LED Expo Thailand + Light ASEAN, the expo aims to bring forth innovations in the world of LED lighting, as well as create aw...
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2019-01-11

【CES 2019】The Competition between Micro LED and OLED Goes on

This year at CES, big names for TVs and displays have again geared up with their most attracting products to amaze visitors from all over the world. Large size TV with ultra-high resolution is taking over the market with the leading brands presenting 8K TV. Meanwhile, OLED and Micro LED are still two of the most noticeable display technologies at the show as Samsung revealed its latest Micro LED display and LG showcased the world’s first rollable OLED TV. Micro LED Displays: Samsung, PlayNitride and Sanan Optoelectronics Samsung’s ...
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2019-01-11

Sanan Optoelectronics Supplies Mini/Micro LED Chips for Display Products at CES 2019

Chinese LED maker Sanan Optoelectronics announced that the company has supplied Mini and Micro LED chips to several panel manufacturers in the products unveiled at CES 2019. Sanan noted that its LED chips have been adopted in TVs, digital displays, smartphones, smart watches, AR/VR glasses, and gaming notebooks. Mini LEDs, with its compact unit size between 100 to 200 micrometers, allow for high density backlight designs with local dimming capabilities. Sanan has begun large-scale production of RGB Mini LEDs and offers a family of RGB display and bac...
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2019-01-10

AEye Partners Hella and LG to Address Sensing and Perception Solutions for Autonomous Driving

LiDAR startup AEye announced that it has extended strategic partnership with automotive lighting supplier HELLA and started collaboration with LG Electronics in developing and manufacturing sensing and perception solutions for autonomous driving. AEye’s iDAR artificial perception system leads the industry in range and scan rate performance for automotive-grade LiDAR. iDAR is a new form of intelligent data collection that fuses 1550 nanometer (nm), solid-state agile LiDAR with a low-light HD camera and embedded AI to intelligently capture data at the...
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2019-01-10

【CES 2019】Hyundai MOBIS Introduces Communication Lighting for Autonomous Vehicle

Hyundai MOBIS is showcasing the latest Communication Lighting concept at CES 2019. Communication Lighting uses an "Indicating Lighting Zone" to indicate when an autonomous vehicle is operating in self-driving mode. The concept also includes a "Communication Lighting Zone" that uses LED, digital boards, headlamp projection and sound to communicate with nearby pedestrians and vehicles during various driving scenarios. According to Hyundai MOBIS, autonomous vehicles outfitted with Communication Lighting can detect a pedestrian from more tha...
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2019-01-10

AIXTRON Provides Its AIX G5+ C to PlayNitride for Micro LED Production

AIXTRON announced that it has signed a Joint Collaboration Agreement with PlayNitride to accelerate technical and commercial breakthroughs of Micro LED. AIXTRON’s AIX G5+ C MOCVD system will be adopted by PlayNitride for the manufacturing of GaN-based (gallium nitride) Micro LEDs. PlayNitride has presented Micro LED displays with high resolution and supplied its Micro LED chips to Samsung for the 75-inch Micro LED display demonstrated at CES 2019. By signing a joint collaboration agreement, AIXTRON and PlayNitride ...
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2019-01-09

ams Teams up with Face++ to Enhance 3D Sensing Technologies

ams announced its cooperation with Face++, a Chinese AI software developer, to accelerate OEMs’ and system integrators’ deployments of 3D optical sensing technologies such as face recognition. According to ams, the partnership with Face++ will enable manufacturers to bring facial recognition and other systems to market faster including functions like facial payments, Animoji creation and augmented/virtual reality. The 3D optical sensing solutions created by ams and Face++ use infrared light projectors to map the surface of real-world objects such as a user’...
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2019-01-08

Notch-free iPhone Might be Around the Corner with New ams Sensor

ams, the Austria-based Apple supplier, has announced the release of its new sensing component which can measure ambient light from behind an OLED screen. The newly launched RGB light and IR proximity sensor IC, TCS3701, is featured with behind-screen light measuring ability. The capability supports today’s industrial design trend to maximize smartphone display area by eliminating front-facing bezels, where an ambient light/proximity sensor is typically located. With the new sensor, the next iPhone could be notch-free. (Image: ams) According to ams, it has...
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2019-01-08

【CES 2019】LiDAR and Sensing Technologies for Autonomous Driving

Autonomous driving is one of the featured technologies at CES 2019. Automobile manufacturers, LiDAR developers as well as sensing components providers have all prepared to join the high profile event with their cutting-edge technologies. LEDinside has selected some noticeable exhibitors who are showcasing the next generation technology for autonomous driving applications. Velodyne Lidar Velodyne continues to present new products for CES 2019. Last week the company released that it will demonstrate Velodyne Alpha Puck™ and Velodyne Velarray™, sensors ma...
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2019-01-07

Lextar Eliminates General Lighting and Target New Applications including Mini LED and VCSEL

Vertically integrated LED company Lextar announced a revenue of NT$ 715 million (US$ 23.2 million) for December 2018 with a decrease of 13% MoM and 17% YoY. The company’s revenue of 2018 was NT$ 11 billion (US$ 357 million) with an on-year decrease of 8.2%. Lextar has drastically reduced its general lighting business in 2018 and focused on new opto-semiconductor technology development with the aim to boost its profit. The company has targeted four fields including displays, professional lighting, automotive applications and sensing technologies. Mini LED...
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2019-01-07

Razer Works with Leap Motor to Bring its Chroma Lighting to Cars

Razer, the gaming peripherals provider which is famous for its LED-encrusted keyboard, has step into the automotive business with its Chroma lighting integrated in cars through the partnership with Leap Motor, a Chinese electric car startup. On January 3rd, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan announced on his Instagram that the company has teamed up with Leap Motor for adopting its Chroma lighting to automotive applications. He said, “Razer Chroma is the world's largest RGB platform and I'm excited to announce that Leapmotor, the hot electric car startup fro...
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2019-01-04

Plessey Uses Nanoco’s Quantum Dots to Shrink Micro LED Pixels for Portable Applications

Plessey Semiconductors announced that it has worked with Nanoco Technologies, the UK-based cadmium-free quantum dot (CFQD) provider to shrink the pixel size of monolithic Micro LED displays. By combining Nanoco’s CFQD semiconductor nanoparticle technology and its existing monolithic process, Plessey will integrate the quantum dots into selected regions of blue LED wafers to add red and green light. The process could shrink the practical pixel size by 87 percent, from today’s 30µm to 4µm. The advance enables the production of smaller Micro...
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2019-01-04

2019 Automotive LED Market Trend Analysis – Part Two

LEDinside illustrated the global car sales situation in 2018 and explained how the US-China trade war has impacted the automobile market and indirectly influenced the automotive LED market in the past year. In the second part of the analysis, we will further discuss the application trends of automotive LED as well as the global industrial chain of automotive LED. Mainstream automotive LED application trends The automotive LEDs are adopted in various places in cars including interior and exterior lighting, dashboards and rear view mirrors. Headlights as the m...
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2019-01-03

2019 Automotive LED Market Trend Analysis – Part One

As a niche application with high profit, automotive LED lighting has been under the spotlight of many LED manufacturers. With 2019 starting, LEDinside would like to share some insights of the market trend on automotive LED. Global vehicle sales slows down due to the US-China disputes In the first half of 2018, car sales had slowly grown as the global economy was relatively stable. However, as the extra tariffs imposed by the Trump government came to effect in July, the on-going US-China dispute has created uncertainty in the global market and affected the sales...
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2019-01-03

South Korea to Regulate OLED Equipment Export to China

The South Korean government is planning to designate OLED equipment as the core technology of the country and restrict the export to prevent technology leaks, reported BusinessKorea, a South Korean media. The report mentioned that the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea and display equipment companies have held a meeting on December 30th to discuss the designation of OLED equipment as national core technology. Once it becomes national core technology, the technology's export and business merger and acquisition (M&A) will hav...
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2019-01-03

Everlight Stands Its Ground in the Legal Disputes Against Seoul Semiconductor

Everlight reported that it will continue to guard it’s the rights of the company and its customers in response to Seoul Semiconductor’s victory announcement about the patent infringement lawsuit in Germany. In December, Seoul Semiconductor has reported that it won the lawsuit in Germany which was filed in March 2017. Seoul Semiconductor accused Mouser Electronic of distributing Everlight’s LED products that infringed a patent of Seoul Semiconductor. The German Court judged in favor of Seoul Semiconductor and ordered to recall the accused products...
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2018-12-28

2018 Year-End Industry Review: Things You Can’t Miss About the Big Names

There have been ups and downs in the LED industry in 2018. New technologies have continued to evolve while many leading industry players have made critical decisions to cut off old business. LEDinside has selected some significant updates of the influential companies in the industry to wrap up the year. Philips Lighting becomes Signify As one of the most famous lighting brands in the world, Philips Lighting officially changed its name to Signify in 2018. The company announced the name change plan as a gesture to transform the company. It has started to use the new na...
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2018-12-27

Supported by LED Lighting, Vegetables Can Grow in Places that You Never Thought About

Horticulture lighting applications have become a critical market for the LED industry. LED lighting enables researchers and growers to break the limitation of conventional farming regarding the weather and space. With the help of LED lighting, innovative horticultural researches and activities were reported from all around the world. Various cultivation methods were developed to grow crops in places that we would not consider possible in the past. With the end of the year approaching, let’s look back at how scientists and industry innovators have used LED lighting to...
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2018-12-26

Chinese and Korean Panel Makers Keep Their Focus on OLED, Taiwanese Companies Dive into Mini LED and Micro LED

2018 has been a tough year for panel producers due to the dropping panel price caused by oversupply. Chinese panel makers are still expanding their production capacities for LCD and OLED displays, putting pressures on other industry players. Samsung is closing its 8.5 generation production line in 2019 and shifting the focus to QD-OLED panels in response to the price competition. LG Display also plans to expand its OLED production capacities in China and Korea targeting large sized TV displays. It is estimated that by 2020, the OLED investment of LG Displ...
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2018-12-25

Fagerhult Buys Italy’s iGuzzini for 385 Million Euros

Sweden-based Fagerhult announced on December 21 that it has signed an agreement to acquire iGuzzini, the Italian lighting group for EUR 385 million (US$ 439 million). According to Fagerhult, the price of EUR 385 million will be paid with 74 percent in cash and 26 percent in new Fagerhult shares. The transaction is expected to complete in the first quarter of 2019. With iGuzzini joining the Fagerhult Group will, the largest lighting company in the Nordic countries will increase its presence in Italy, Switzerland, Spain and North America. The combined compan...
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Nichia’s Tunable 757 receives rave reviews from industry leaders, including the coveted LpS Best Sustainability Technology Award. Nichia, the leader in and inventor of the high-brightness LED, announced its game-changing single LES, tuna... READ MORE

Innovative tunable white, mid-power LED enables luminaire manufacturers to improve colour tuning, shrink optics and fixture profiles, while enabling new design options. Nichia, the leader in and inventor of the high-brightness LED, announces i... READ MORE