2019-08-13

Epistar Reports Revenue Increase with Rising Demands for Backlight Products in 2H19

As the industry enters high season, LED chip maker Epistar reported revenue increase with rising demands for consumer products. Epistar registered a revenue of NT$1.396 billion (US$44.32 million) in July, which reached a peak in the past three month with an on-month increase of 14.24%. For 2Q19, the company posted revenues of NT$ 4.027 billion (US$1.279 billion), dropped by 23.95%YoY and 7.3%QoQ. The company has been suffered from operation loss in the past few quarters with market uncertainty caused by the on-going trade dispute between the U.S. and China. D...
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2019-08-13

Osram Confirms AMS’ EUR 4.3 Billion Proposal and Starts Negotiation

Sensor maker AMS officially joined the bidding competition for Osram takeover against Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group. Osram confirmed the proposal from AMS on August 12 and will start negotiations with AMS. AMS announced on August 11 that it has submitted a takeover proposal to Osram at a price of EUR 38.50 per share (US$ 43.08), which is 10 percent higher than the price offered by Bain and Carlyle (EUR 35 per share). Based on the AMS’ offer, the value of Osram is around EUR 4.3 billion (US$ 4.81 billion).   The sensor maker a...
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2019-08-12

New Micro LED Display Patent Granted to Apple in Europe for Future Products

When and in what product Apple will adopt Micro LED display technology has been an ongoing topic for the industry. Apple Watch and AR/VR smart glasses were the two products that are most likely to adopt Micro LED according to industry rumors as well as Apple’s revealed patents. On August 1, 2019, a new Micro LED display patent applied by Apple was published in Europe, reported Patently Apple. The patent abstract described that it states the structure and methods of Micro LED display fabrication, including how LEDs are transferred to a carrier subst...
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2019-08-12

Fluence by Osram to Supply Horticulture LED Lighting for Canada’s Cannabis Producer

Fluence by OSRAM announced that it will become the LED provider of choice for The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD), an organic cannabis company based in Ontario, Canada. TGOD will use Fluence LED lighting solutions for year-round cannabis cultivation, pushing its production capabilities to meet rapidly increasing global demand for organic cannabis. Fluence will supply its high-bay VYPR lighting solutions in two additional hybrid greenhouses of TGOD which measures over 1.4 million square feet. These new facilities will open in phases starting August 2019 ...
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2019-08-08

Increasing Tariffs on LED Product Continues to Impact the Industry

On August 1, 2019, President Trump announced an additional 10% tariff on US$300 billion Chinese imports which will come into effect in September. The new listed products which will be imposed with taxes also include several LED products. LED products that are listed in the new 10% tariff list include “Ballasts for discharge lamps or tubes”, “electrical lighting equipment of a kind used on bicycles”, “flashlights”, and a series of electrical filament lamps, as well as LED lamps. (Image: Pixabay) According to data from the Chi...
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2019-08-08

LiDAR Companies Continues World Expansion: Ibeo to the U.S. and Ouster to Europe and Asia-Pacific Regions

Following the global autonomous driving technology development, LiDAR companies worldwide are speeding up their business expansion in different part of the world. Germany-based LiDAR sensor maker Ibeo announced the establishment of its U.S. subsidiary and Ouster reported its expansion into Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. In June 2019, Ibeo Automotive Systems has established a wholly owned subsidiary in Detroit, USA. This step allows Ibeo to cater to the growing demand for LiDAR technology in the U.S. and expand its business segment into one of the most i...
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2019-08-07

VEECO 2Q19 Financial Results Revealed with Decrease in LED Product

US-based equipment provider VEECO reported its financial results of the second quarter of 2019. The company registered revenues of US$97.8 million, compared with US$157.8 million in 2Q18. VEECO said that its sales in the market of LED lighting, display and compound semiconductor were limited in the second quarter of 2019, taking 10% of the total revenue with US$ 9.69 million. However, VEECO underlined that it recently shipped an advanced MOCVD system to a leading compound semiconductor manufacturer who is piloting the system for ROY LEDs as well as ...
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2019-08-07

Cree to Provide Its Silicon Carbide Wafers to ON Semiconductor based on Multi-Year Supply Agreement

Cree and ON Semiconductor announced the execution of a multi-year agreement where Cree will produce and supply its Wolfspeed silicon carbide wafers to ON Semiconductor. The agreement, valued at more than $85 million, provides for the supply of Cree’s advanced 150mm silicon carbide (SiC) bare and epitaxial wafers to ON Semiconductor for use in high-growth markets, such as electric vehicle and industrial applications. “ON Semiconductor continues to be a leader in driving the development of energy efficient innovations and devices,” said ON Semico...
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2019-08-06

New EU Project ELIoT Aims to Commercialize LiFi

The European Union announced an establishment of a new three-year project, ELIoT (Enhance Lighting for the Internet of Things), which aims to develop mass market Internet of Things (IoT) solutions using LiFi. With LiFi, the ELIoT consortium will explore a networked wireless communication technology operating in the previously unused light spectrum, besides Wi-Fi and cellular radio. LiFi can be used in environments where certain radiofrequencies are not possible or allowed. For outdoor usage, it could offer high bandwidth point-to-point links from rooftops, ...
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2019-08-06

LiDAR News: RoboSense Partners ControlWorks to Enter the Korean Market; Seoul Robotic Releases 3D Perception Platform for LiDAR Sensors

Last week has been busy for LiDAR related technology builders all over the world. Seoul Robotics, a South Korea-based perception software developer for autonomous system, introduced a new 3D perception platform compatible for 3D LiDAR sensors. Meanwhile, China-based RoboSense announced partnership with automotive electronics system provider ControlWorks for Koreans OEMs. Seoul Robotics revealed SENSR, which is the industrial-grade software solution that provides scalable 3D perception and can integrate multiple different LiDAR sensors. According to th...
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2019-08-05

Seoul Semiconductor Reports Stable 2Q19 Revenue and Ready to Showcase Micro LED

Seoul Semiconductor revealed its consolidated revenues of 2Q19 which came to KRW 283.3 billion (US$ 233.16 million), which has dropped by 2% YoY. The gross profit was KRW 69.3 billion (US$ 57.03 million) and operating profit was KRW 6.6 billion (US$ 5.43 million). The company said the business performance has achieved its guided range for revenues of the quarter. In comparison to other LED companies who have suffered from drastic decrease due to the weak market impacted by the US-China trade dispute, Seoul Semiconductor said it was able to achieve stable rev...
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2019-08-05

Rohinni and K&S Announces New Order for Micro LED Placement Solution

Singapore-based Kulicke & Soffa Industries (K&S) and Micro/Mini LED technology provider Rohinni, announced that they have received initial orders of their co-developed PIXALUX™, a Mini and Micro LED placement solution. (Image: Rohinni) The two companies further noted that the PIXALUX™ advanced placement machine was honored with an Equipment of the Year Award by the Japan Electronics Packaging and Circuits Association (JPCA). The award was presented to K&S and Rohinni at JPCA’s annual trade show and conf...
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2019-08-01

Nichia’ s YAG Patents are invalid Everlight’s Victories aren’t Changed

Shulin District, New Taipei City, Taiwan, July 30, 2019-Everlight has filed invalidation trial procedures against Nichia ‘s YAG patents in United States, Australia, China and Taiwan. Everlight has received these winning judgements. Supreme Court of the United States has decided that the asserted claims of Nichia’s US YAG patents US5,998,925 and US7,531,960 are invalid. Full Court of Federal Court of Australia has decided that the asserted claims of Nichia’s Australia YAG patent 720234 are invalid. On May 9, 2019, Beijing Inte...
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2019-07-31

LASER COMPONENTS Wins “Best of Sensors” 2019 Award

LASER COMPONENTS, specialized provider of components and services in the laser and optoelectronics industry, has been named a “Best of Sensors” 2019 Award winner in the Automotive/Autonomous category. The company’s QuickSwitch Pulsed Laser Diode (PLD) was recognized as one of the Innovative Products of the Year 2019 which highlights cutting-edge advancements and achievements that are moving the sensors industry forward. Across fourteen categories, the prestigious awards were presented by the Editor of Fierce- Electronics during Sensors Expo & Conference 2019, held June 25-27, 2019 in San Jose, California.
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2019-07-31

Vertical Farm Startup Invests in Current’s LED Horticulture Lighting to Grow Salad and Herbs

AGreen Farms, an indoor hydroponic farm based in Philadelphia, USA, is investing in LED horticulture lighting from Current by GE to produce greens, herbs and edible flowers. Adam Green, founder of AGreen Farms, has worked as a sales intern at Farm.One, a vertical farm based in New York, and gained experiences of the technology-powered urban vertical farm. He launched AGreen Farms in 2018 in a mixed-use building in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. The 5,000-square-foot operation includes 3,500 square feet of grow space dedicated to microgreens a...
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2019-07-31

UC Santa Barbara Files Patent Lawsuit against IKEA, Amazon and other Retailers for Selling Filament LED Bulbs

US Santa Barbara announced that the Regents of the University of California filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission and lawsuits against five major retailers, Walmart, Target, Ikea, Amazon.com and Bed Bath & Beyond, for the unauthorized distribution of UC Santa Barbara’s patented filament LED lighting technology. UC Santa Barbara and its legal counsel, Nixon Peabody, have identified that Walmart, Target, Ikea, Amazon.com and Bed Bath & Beyond as the five major retailers who represent a large cross-section of the...
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2019-07-31

LeddarTech Defends Its LiDAR Patent in Canada

LiDAR developer LeddarTech announces that its patent infringement case against Phantom Intelligence was settled favorably in the Federal Court of Canada. In December 2015 LeddarTech challenged Phantom Intelligence for the illegal use of its patented LiDAR sensing technology protected by Canadian Patent No. 2,710,212, entitled “Detection and Ranging Methods and Systems” and relating to systems and methods for acquiring an optical signal and converting it into a digital trace. The patent is a core driver of LeddarTech’s long-established intel...
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2019-07-31

Osram’s Fiscal 3Q19 Remains Weak and Managing Board Expects Shareholders to Accept Takeover Offer

Osram announced the financial results of fiscal 3Q19 which marked “no signs of business revival” for the company. The quarterly revenue dropped by 14.9% YoY to EUR 850 million (US$ 948.28 million). Its EBITA fell by 66.2% YoY with EUR 42 million (US$ 46.86 million). EBITDA adjusted for special items was EUR 58 million (US$ 64.72 million), which was down by 58% compared to previous year’s figure; net income amounted to minus EUR 35 million (US$ 39 million). All three business segment of Osram, Opto Semiconductors, Automotive a...
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2019-07-30

Signify’s Horticulture Lights Selected by Pharmagreen Biotech for Cannabis Production

Pharmagreen Biotech, a Canadian biotech science company specialized in cannabis, announced that it will use Signify's Philips GreenPower LED Lighting for cannabis cultivation in its Cannabis Biotech Complex. The complex is a large-scale tissue culture production, research and storage facility of plantlets witch ensures the quality of Cannabis as medicine. The strategic supply partnership with Signify's Philips LED lighting technology adds the high-tech value and opens the door for future cooperation in advancing solutions for the tissue culture industry. ...
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2019-07-30

Sanan Commences Micro/Mini LED Chip Production Line Construction

In April, China’s Sanan Optoelectronics announced its plan to increase investment in Micro LED and Mini LED wafer production in Hubei, China. The company kicked off the project construction on July 29th. Sanan plans to invest CNY 12 billion (US$ 1.74 billion) in the Micro/Mini LED project which the production and R&D area will take about 478 thousand square meters. The company said that the new center will focus on GaN wafer and GaAs wafer of Micro/Mini LED and package products for 4K display. The location of the constructing site i...
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2019-07-30

Nichia Enforces Filament LED Patent in the US and Confirms Flip-chip Technology Patent in China

Nichia announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware against Global Value Lighting (GVL) a US-based manufacturer of LED lighting products. Meanwhile, the Japan-based LED maker also confirms its patent in China. In the lawsuit against Global Value Lighting (GVL), Nichia has asserted a filament LED patent, U.S. Patent No. 9,752,734, as well as 5 patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,337,493, 6,870,191, 7,345,297, 7,804,101 and 9,324,791) that cover the design of LED chips. N...
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2019-07-29

AUO Expects Volume Production of Mini LED 4K Notebook Panel by the End of 2019

With the feature of local dimming, display adopting Mini LED backlights give a contrast effect similar to that of OLED displays. Many panel manufacturers see Mini LED backlight a strong competitor to OLED technology. Taiwan-based panel maker AUO has begun mass production of a 32-inch professional panel in 4Q18 and is currently working with its clients on 4K Mini LED notebook panels. The company plans to ship the new products by the end of 2019. AUO noted that Mini LED technology has been a core development of the company. Starting with niche applica...
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2019-07-26

Signify Announces 2Q19 Financial Results and Investment in Chinese LED Lighting Company

Signify reported the financial results of the second quarter of 2019 and announced that it has agreed to buy a 51% share of Klite Lighting, a China-based LED luminaires manufacturer. Signify registered sales of EUR 1.477 billion (US$ 1.65 billion) with an on-year decrease of 6.1%. LED-based sales increased by 0.2%, accounting for 77% of total revenue. The adjusted gross margin declined by 20 bps to 37.7% due to lower sales volumes and price erosion, largely offset by ongoing procurement savings. Adjusted EBITA amounted to EUR 133 million (US$ 148.22 million) co...
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2019-07-26

AIXTRON Reports 1H19 Financial Results with Increased Revenue and Profit

Semiconductor equipment provider AIXTRON revealed its financial results for the first half and the second quarter of 2019. The 1H19 revenue of AIXTRON increased by 12% YoY to EUR 132 million (US$147.11 million), gross profit also grew by 4% YoY to EUR 52.4 million (US$ 58.4 million) despite that its order intake dropped by 36% YoY to EUR 98.3 million (US$109.22 million). AIXTRON noted that customer’s reluctance to invest in production expansion due to the ongoing US-China trade dispute has led to order intake decrease for the first ...
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2019-07-26

Autonomous Food Delivery Startup Postmates to Use LiDAR Sensors from Ouster

LiDAR sensor provider Ouster announced its partnership with food delivery firm Postmates. The LiDAR company will provider its Ouster OS1 LiDAR sensor for use in Postmates’ latest autonomous delivery rover, Serve. The Ouster OS1 LiDAR is a 64-channel sensor based on complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology, enabling Serve to seamlessly and safely navigate sidewalks, detect pedestrians, and interact with the community. Combining Postmates’ patented Socially-Aware-Navigation system with Ouster’s multi-beam flash lidar ...
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2019-07-25

Horticulture Lighting Supplier Heliospectra Sets up Tokyo Office for Global Expansion

Heliospectra, the Sweden-based intelligent horticulture lighting technology provider, announces the formation of Heliospectra Japan and the opening of a new Tokyo, Japan office in July 2019. The Japan Office will be operated under the leadership of General Manager Yasuhiro Suzuki, providing Heliospectra’s integrated LED and lighting control solution to Japan’s plant factories and vertical farms. As Japan’s plant factories and controlled environment farms create new demand for light control and horticultural LED lighting integrations as well a...
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2019-07-25

IQE Commences VCSEL Production for Second Major Customer

UK-based wafer supplier IQE announced that it has started initial VCSEL production for a second major customer at its Newport Mega Foundry. The products will serve the Android supply chains and several more in advanced stages of qualification. The company noted that performance data from the Newport Foundry has exceeded previously attained performance levels, and several new qualifications are now in long term reliability testing. As a result, IQE has signed a contract extension with one of its largest VCSEL customers, extending the current contract until the...
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2019-07-25

Quantum Dot Optical Fiber Technology Supports Horticulture Lighting

Nanotechnology development company UbiQD announced an optical fiber-coupled luminescent concentrator technology as a new tool for optimizing light in controlled environments, enabling light-guiding to future UbiGro™ spectrum-control greenhouse products. "We continue to push the envelope with light optimization in greenhouses," said Dr. Hunter McDaniel, CEO of UbiQD. "One exciting potential use case is in vertical farming, where you could use our quantum dot-based luminescent fibers to harvest sunlight and optimally transmit that energy to multiple la...
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2019-07-25

AMS Reconsiders Osram Takeover Plan

Sensor maker ams once again changed its mind for the Osram takeover plan. The company said on July 23rd that decided to re-evaluate a potential transaction with Osram after ams talked with its potential financial partners. ams reported last week that it did not see “sufficient basis” for continuous talking with Osram one day after the German company announced in public ams’ takeover approach. ams has proposed an offer of EUR 38.5 (US$42.9) per share for acquiring Osram. However, the Austrian company now said that after discussion with potential financial p...
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2019-07-25

Lumileds Granted Worldwide Permanent Injunction against Elec-Tech for Intellectual Property Infringement

Lumileds announced on July 23rd that the Superior Court of California has issued permanent Injunction against Elec-Tech International (ETI) for misappropriation of trade secrets, prohibiting ETI and its affiliates from using, disclosing, licensing, or selling Lumileds’ epitaxy technology trade secrets. The injunction also prohibits ETI from manufacturing, distributing, importing, exporting, or selling any products that use certain of ETI’s own epitaxy growth recipes that the jury concluded were produced using Lumileds’ trade secrets. In August...
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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