2019-10-02

Apple Granted a New Micro LED Patent Describing Mixed Structure of LEDs

Patently Apple published a new article noting that Apple was granted another Micro LED related patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent is titled “Micro LED mixing cups,” describing the integration of different layers in Micro LED. The mixing cups structure, according to the patent description, includes “a diffuser layer adjacent the LED, an angular filter directly over the diffuser layer and the LED, and an overcoat layer directly over the angular filter and the LED.” These layers are designed to integrate differen...
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2019-10-02

Apple Might Launch the First Mini LED-based iPad and MacBook by 4Q20

In April, an Apple rumor pointed out that the company would have launched Mini LED backlight product in the second half of 2019 and Mini LED iPad as well as Macbook since the end of 2020. In June, we have seen Apple presented its Pro Display XDR based on LED backlight display which is similar to Mini LED backlight technology but not the same. Now, Apple was said again that it will launch iPad and MacBook adopting Mini LED displays. The rumor said that the Mini LED based iPad and MacBook will use about 10,000 LED chips that are smaller than...
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2019-10-01

Mikro Mesa Develops Low Temperature Transfer Technology to Process 3µm Micro LEDs

Mikro Mesa Technology announced a breakthrough in Micro LED mass transferring and bonding which successfully transferred Micro LED chips sized 3µm to manufacture a 4-inch display. (Image: Mikro Mesa) Mikro Mesa’s technology is capable of transfer chips sized 2 to 5 µm and can produce display with a resolution of 1,800 ppi with millions of Micro LED chips, enabling large size applications including TVs above 55-inch. In addition, the technology is featured with low temperature and press-free bonding for better yield. The low temperature process ...
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2019-10-01

Plessey Introduces Micro LED Direct-Drive Display Platform

Plessey announced the launch of a Micro LED Direct-Drive display platform and development kit, based on its proprietary monolithic GaN-on-Silicon technology. According to Plessey, the Direct-Drive displays provide OEM’s and product developers with a solution to retrofit current products or develop new concept designs. Sized smaller than 5x5mm, the display can deliver a brightness of 2 million nits with an input power of 250 mW. (Image: Plessey) The Direct-Drive displays are designed to presents symbolic content with pixel capabilities for 2µm. Du...
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2019-09-27

US-based Grow Light Company Fohse Selected as Exclusive Lighting Partner for Cannabis Cultivator Green Life Productions

Horticulture lighting provider Fohse reported that it has been selected by Las Vegas-based cannabis cultivator Green Life Productions to be its official grow lighting partner. GLP is a licensed cannabis cultivation facility that has a primary focus on organic production of cannabis through no-till living soil systems, using the ethics and principles of permaculture. From the outset, GLP has always used LED grow lighting as opposed to legacy types of lighting like high pressure sodium (HPS). Aside from being more energy-efficient, LED lighting allows for better prod...
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2019-09-27

Blickfeld Introduces New MEMS-based LiDAR; LeddarTech Partners Acal BFi for Market Expansion in Europe

LiDAR technology builders are proactively increasing their influence in the market by launching more advanced products as well as expanding global business. Germany-based solid-state LiDAR technology provider Blickfeld added a new product to its portfolio while Canadian LiDAR maker, LeddarTech, announced partnership with Acal BFi for extending its business to Europe. Blickfeld is launching a MEMS-based LiDAR sensor for extended detection of objects at a distance of up to 250 meters. In combination with the Blickfeld Cube, Blickfeld now offers a full LiD...
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2019-09-27

Samsung’s Micro LED Display “The Wall Luxury” in Paris Fashion Week and Monaco Yacht Show

Samsung is providing its Micro LED display, The Wall Luxury, for two events, Paris Fashion Week and the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS). With its meticulous display performance, Micro LED displays are perfect fits for high-end business event to display details of innovative design and fashion. (Image: Samsung) The Wall Luxury was demonstrated as part of the Trunk Show by the Italian luxury fashion brand Colombo Via Della Spiga, held at Ritz Paris on September 23, the first day of Paris Fashion Week featuring Colombo’s new crocodile collection. ...
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2019-09-26

Osram Bidding War Goes on with Bain and Advent to Raise Takeover Offer

Osram announced on September 25 that “the courtship” of the company continues as Bain Capitan and its new partner, Advent, are in talk with Osram with its willingness to make a new takeover for the German high tech company, confronting sensor maker AMS. According to Osram, the consortium of Advent and Bain Capital has indicated that “it may offer a ‘meaningful’ premium over the current offer from AMS of EUR 38.50 (US$42.14) per share.” The new bidders also said that their binding offer will be superior not only in terms of price ...
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2019-09-26

Seoul Semiconductor Wins Patent Lawsuit against Service Lighting and Electrical Supplies in the US

Seoul Semiconductor announced that it won a patent infringement lawsuit against Service Lighting and Electrical Supplies who operate online light bulb distribution website, 1000bulbs.com. The Texas Northern District federal court issued a permanent injunction against the sales of more than 50 lighting products, as well as any colorable variations of those products unless they have been licensed, according to the parties’ stipulation. Therefore, the Court will prohibit the sale of similar products if they prove to be mere colorable variations of accused products. In t...
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2019-09-26

Evatec Wins Repeat Order for Micro LED Production Equipment at PlayNitride

Swiss equipment supplier Evatec reported that it has received repeat orders from Taiwan’s Micro LED company PlayNitride. Evatec will deliver multiple fully automated thin film production tools to PlayNitride for Micro LED manufacture. The tools from Evatec will support PlayNitride’s scale up production. (Image: Evatec/PlayNitride) Evatec’s Head of BU Optoelectronics Dr. Stefan Seifried commented, “With our complete thin film process portfolio for metals, TCOs, passivation layers and DBRs Evatec sputter technology was al...
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2019-09-25

Osram Explains How Vertical Farming with LED Lighting Offers Urban Areas Access to Better Produce

As population in urban areas across the world continues to grow, it is estimated that by 2050, 68 percent of the world population will live in cities. This demographic shift will lead to increased demand for food within cities, adding strain to the agricultural and food systems, particularly in developing countries. Urban agriculture, or urban farming, has long been viewed as an innovative component in diversifying the food system. A 2018 study of urban agriculture’s global potential found that fully implemented urban farms around the world could produce as much as 180 million m...
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2019-09-25

SiliconCore Partners TOPCO to Supply Driver ICs for Mini/Micro LED Displays

SiliconCore built a partnership with TOPCON to supply its LED driver IC products for Taiwan-based display manufacturers to meet growing demands in the progressing Micro LED and Mini LED display market. TOPCON will help SiliconCore to deliver its LED driver ICs featured with common cathode solution. Compared with LED displays adopting common anode drivers, the common cathode ICs based LED displays can save energy consumption up to 40 percent with lower surface temperature. The products are suitable for Mini LED and Micro LED display prod...
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2019-09-24

Foxconn Denies the Rumor of Micro LED R&D Team Dismiss

Foxconn reportedly dismissed its Micro LED R&D team in August 2019, according to the report of a Chinese online media, Smart Display. The company denied the adjustment of its teams and claimed that the dismissed team does not belong to the Foxconn Group. Foxconn has been an active player in Micro LED technology development. The company acquired Micro LED transfer technology developer eLux and chip producer Epileds, aiming to integrate internal resources including AOT, Innolux and Sharp to build up a Micro LED chain. Industry resources also noted tha...
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2019-09-24

Everlight and other Worldwide Industry Players Join ISELED Alliance to Expands the Potential of LED Technology

Following ISELED's official debut at electronica 2016, this innovative technology based on "digital LED" has experienced enormous acceptance in the industry. This is also reflected in the development of the ISELED Alliance, which has set itself the goal of offering a comprehensive system solution – an ecosystem – around ISELED. From initially five members in autumn 2016, the number of Allianz members has increased to 28 companies. The entire value chain is now covered in order to establish ISELED as a standard solution for the automo...
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2019-09-24

Cree to Increase Its SiC Capacity by Building the World’s Largest SiC Device Manufacturing Facility in New York

After selling the lighting business, Cree is accelerating its development in silicon carbide technology. The US firm announced the plan to establish a silicon carbide corridor on the East Coast of the United States with the creation of the world’s largest silicon carbide fabrication facility. Cree said it will build an automotive-qualified 200mm power and RF wafer fabrication facility in Marcy, New York, complemented by its mega materials factory expansion currently underway at its Durham headquarters. The new fabrication facility, part of a previously announce...
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2019-09-23

Osram to Develop Automotive LED with 25,600 Pixels in One Chip for Next-gen Vehicles

Several LED manufacturers in the industry have turned their business focus to automotive applications targeting the progressing automotive and electric vehicle development. The German high-tech company Osram, as one of the leading automotive LED producers, announced that it is starting a new chapter in multi-pixel solutions for car headlights. Osram released the idea of the first hybrid LED "Eviyos" two years ago and is progressing the second generation of Eviyos featuring 25,600 pixels on a single LED chip, with pixel pitch of 40 µm. According to Osra...
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2019-09-23

PlayNitride Plans to Raise $100M for Micro LED Production; Konka Group to Dive into Micro LED R&D with $211M

Micro LED technology is seeing commercialization in one or two years with wearable products and large size displays leading the way. Taiwan-based Micro LED company PlayNitride is planning to increase investment for Micro LED product production while China-based Konka Group also announced to put RMB 1.5 billion (US$ 211 million) in Micro LED research and development. PlayNitride teamed up with RiTdisplay to jointly develop PM Micro LED product for wearable applications with trial production starting this year and mass production expected in 2020. Seein...
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2019-09-23

Osram Files Patent Complaint against Lighting Science Group and Its Subsidiary Healthe

Osram reported that it has filed a patent infringement complaint in the District Court of Delaware in the U.S. against Lighting Science Group (LSG) and its subsidiary Healthe. In its complaint, Osram asserts 8 patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,848,819, 7,045,956, 7,227,191, 7,642,734, 7,957,146, 7,994,519, 9,241,392, and 9,698,282) covering LED lighting solutions, systems and their components. According to Osram, the company is currently defending itself in two proceedings at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the United States District Co...
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2019-09-20

Plessey Produces Micro LED Display with 2.5 Micron Pixel Pitch

Fine pitch display is becoming a trend in the panel market with more and more manufacturers developing advanced display products and technology solutions. GaN-on-Si Micro LED specialist Plessey announced that it has produced a record-breaking 2.5-micron pixel pitch ultra-high resolution Micro LED display for AR/VR wearable applications. Plessey created an ultra-fine, ultra-high resolution 2000×2000 pixel display on a 2.5 microns pitch with its propriety monolithic GaN-on-Si technology. The UK-based company is dedicated to embedded Micro LED technology for...
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2019-09-20

Nichia Partners Infineon to Create Micro LED Automotive Lights with Adaptive Driving Beams

With Nichia’s LED and driver IC from Infineon, advanced automotive front light with Micro LED enables safer driving and innovative application. The two companies announced that they have started the development of a high-definition (HD) light engine with more than 16,000 Micro LEDs for front light applications. According to Nichia, the Micro LED-based matrix light will offer a resolution about 180 times higher compared to current front light solution, paving the way for improved safety features. For example, HD light can be used to warn the driver of haza...
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2019-09-18

Plessey’s GaN-on-Silicon Micro LED Display Technology Pushes Advanced AR Devices and Display Solutions

Plessey, the UK-based optoelectronic technology solutions developer, said that it has transferred its business focus from high-powered solid-state lighting, horticultural lighting and healthcare/ safety sensors sector to GaN-on-Si monolithic Micro LED display technology. The company is disrupting the global display market with a new generation of Augmented Reality (AR) devices and display solutions based on the Micro LED technology. (Image: Plessey) Featured with high brightness, high contrast, lower power consumption, fast refresh time and the capabilities of int...
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2019-09-17

Nobel Laureate Shuiji Nakamura Sees Laser Lighting and Li-Fi the Next Target for LEDs

Shuiji Nakamura, the blue LED inventor and the winner of Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014, visited Taiwan last week and delivered speeches in Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University and Chung Hsing University, as well as in Micro LED company PlayNitride. Nakamura shared his research experiences in Japan and the U.S. on the way of blue LED development and pointed out the trends and potentials of the LED industry. Shuiji Nakamura was invited to PlayNitride Back in the 1990s, ZnSe was the material that the majority believed to be critical for...
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2019-09-17

Intematix Files Appeal in China against Mitsubishi Chemical Regarding Red Nitride Phosphor Patent

On July 31, 2019, Mitsubishi Chemical reported that it has obtained a judgement recognizing the infringement of its patent for red phosphor in China by the defendants, U.S.-based Intematix Corporation, its affiliate in China, Intematix Suzhou Lighting and its sales agency, GrandLux Optoelectronics. In response, Intematix and Intematix Optoelectronics (Suzhou) filed an appeal at the Beijing Higher People’s Court explaining how the Court’s decision was improper in view of the applicable law and facts. Intermatix also noted that according to the pr...
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2019-09-17

Osram Board Support AMS Offer while Union against the Takeover

After AMS confirmed the takeover offer of Osram, the German lighting company is facing internal conflicts regarding the acquisition. The Austrian sensor company published a public takeover offer of EUR 38.50 per share to acquire Osram. The German company announced yesterday (September 16) that its Executive Board and the majority of its Supervisory Board recommended the shareholders to accept the offer from “a financial point of view.” However, employee representatives of Osram oppose the takeover offer with the concern of potential job losses as AMS ...
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2019-09-16

Sony’s Micro LED Available for Home Installation with up to 16K… for US$5 Million

Sony announced that it has launched its Crystal LED display system for consumers. The Micro LED display from Sony is able to provide up to 16K video content, offering an unrivaled cinema experience at home, if the customers are able to pay US$ 5 million. (Image: Songy) Having initially introduced its Micro LED display Crystal LED for use in commercial and entertainment venues, Sony began to offer residential configurations and installation of its Micro LED display module. The company provided some samples for residential configuration including 4K size w...
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2019-09-16

Fraunhofer IAP and KETI Cooperate to Develop QD Color Filters for Micro LED

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Germany and Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI) announced their cooperation on the development of printed quantum dots (QD) color filters for Micro LED displays. Dr. Youngsam Kim, President of KETI and Prof. Alexander Böker, Head of the Fraunhofer IAP seal the continuation of their cooperation.  Quantum dots are nanocrystals with optical, magnetic or electronic properties. These nanocrystals have a diameter of about 1-10 nm. The small diameter causes so-called qua...
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2019-09-11

Acuity Brands Takeovers The Luminaires Group

Acuity Brands announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Acuity Brands Lighting, has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire all of the equity interests of The Luminaires Group (TLG) including its five lighting brands: a-light, Cyclone, Eureka, Luminaire LED and Luminis. TLG generates annual sales of approximately US$100 million and employs over 350 associates located across five locations in the U.S. and Canada. Each TLG brand has its own business focus on indoor architectural lighting, outdoor decorative luminaires, indoor and outdoor contemporary d...
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2019-09-10

Micro LED Wearables and Automotive Displays on the Way to Mass Production

Until the third quarter of 2019, we have seen Micro LED products presented at several international events, marking the progressing maturity of the technology after years of development. Recently, companies of the Micro LED supply chain revealed that they are getting ready for mass production. Taiwan’s RiTdisplay and PlayNitride jointly developed two Micro LED displays for wearable applications. One is a 1.25-inch display and the other is a 0.94-inch flexible display. Both panels are featured with a resolution of 228 ppi. According to RiTdisplay, it has been ...
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2019-09-10

UV-C LED Technology Plays Increasing Role in Key Aerospace Projects

UV-C LED technology provider, AquiSense Technologies, announced that it has participated in ten aerospace projects to support UV-C LED application in the space. According to AquiSense, the company was selected to participate in BIOWYSE, a Horizon 2020 project dedicated to designing and testing a water monitoring and treatment system for next-generation manned space stations in 2015. Since then, several other aerospace projects have looked for leading water treatment technology from AquiSense. These projects include product design and hardware supply to both...
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2019-09-10

German Football Club Adopts Signify’s LiFi System for Immediate Sport News Update

Signify announced that its LiFi system, Trulifi, was installed in the press center at Volkspark stadium in Hamburg, Germany. The installation provides journalists with reliable, secure and fast Internet connections through the room’s ceiling lights and alleviates overloaded wifi connection when the stadium is packed during games. The Volkspark stadium can host 57,000 people and will be one of 10 stadiums for the European football tournament in Germany in 2024. Like other international matches venue, the wireless signal in its busy press center was prone to overload due...
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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