2020-04-01

Cree Lighting Partners Lutron to Expand Connected Lighting Solutions in U.S. Market

Cree Lighting announced that it will collaborate with lighting control expert Lutron Electronics to introduce a variety of new connected lighting products to the market. Based on the partnership, Cree Lighting’s indoor and outdoor fixtures are connected with Lutron wired and wireless digital fixture control technologies. (Image: Cree Lighting) The connected lighting portfolio includes the integration of Cree Lighting’s architectural and outdoor lighting series with Lutron’s wireless and digital LED drivers, as well as the ZR Series LED troffers...
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2020-04-01

China Government Issues Subsidies to LED Companies

Chinese LED companies including chip makers Sanan Optoelectronics and HC Semitek and LED packager MLS reported that they have received subsidies from the government. (Image: Pixabay) Sanan Semiconductor, the subsidiary of Sanan Optoelectronics announced that it has received RMB 200 million (US$28.15 million) from local government based on the agreement of investment collaboration. The company was just granted RMB 143 million (US$ 20.13 million) last week for equipment purchase. The government of Yiwu, Zhejiang is issuing two subsidies to the second...
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2020-04-01

Samsung to End LCD Production and Turn to Advanced Display Technology

Samsung Display announced that it will stop LCD panel production by the end of this year and turns its business to OLED and other display technology. Samsung Display currently has LCD production lines in China and South Korea and is planning to turn one of its LCD facilities in South Korea into quantum dot screen production, reported Reuters. As for the facilities in China, Samsung has not yet decided the further operation. The display industry has been gone through a tough time due to oversupply and price competition. LG Display announced earlier that i...
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2020-04-01

Veeco Resumes Operation and Updates 1Q20 Business Estimation; Lumileds Reports Price Increases

Affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, worldwide businesses continue to update their measures and business outlook in the past weeks. Veeco, who announced withdrawal of its 1Q20 business guidance, provided business update; while LED maker Lumileds reported price increase due to COVID-19. (Image: Pixabay) MOCVD equipment provider Veeco provided a business update related to COVID-19 and a preliminary estimate of first quarter 2020 revenue. The company withdrew its original guidance for the first quarter of 2020 ending March 31, 2020 due to the possible...
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2020-03-31

The Global LED Summit to Present Video Wall Technology Application Trends - UPDATE: Event Cancelled

The Global LED Summit, focusing on the LED video wall market, will be held in London on May 13, 2020, during London Digital Signage Week from May 11-15. The Global LED Summit invites experts of the industry to share their insights of LED video walls, covering technology progresses, application techniques and the current trends of the market. The event will gather industry professionals and researchers focusing of the technology and industry to address on the opportunities of LED video wall applications in the West Europe market. As the display technology ...
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2020-03-31

Applied Optoelectronics Reveal Narrow Linewidth Laser for Automotive LIDAR

Applied Optoelectronics, an optical products manufacturer, announced the release of a high power and narrow linewidth laser specifically designed for LiDAR applications, particularly for automotive use. Current automotive LIDAR systems are based on near infrared lasers, however these lasers are not eye safe and therefore are limited in terms of emitted power. This power limitation, in turn, restricts the effective sensing range of the LIDAR system. AOI’s laser operates at longer wavelengths near 1550-nm where eye-safe emission limits are much higher and therefore...
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2020-03-31

Plessey to Work with Facebook on Micro LED Display Technology for AR/VR Applications

Plessey, the UK-based Micro LED display developer focusing on AR/MR display application, announced that it is collaborating with Facebook, providing its technology to support Facebook building prototype and develop new technologies for potential use in the AR/VR space. (Image: Plessey) Plessey has been focusing on Micro LED-based AR display technology and it was rumored that Apple had plan to acquire Plessey with its interest in AR smart glasses. However, now Plessey teams up with Facebook and will license its technology to the social media giant for cr...
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2020-03-31

Bringing Micro LEDs to the Dimensions of the Silicon Industry with ALLOS’ 200 mm and 300 mm GaN-on-Si Epiwafers

To address the wafer size mismatch and to tackle the yield challenge in Micro LED production, ALLOS has applied its unique strain-engineering to show outstanding uniformity and reproducibility for 200 mm GaN-on-Si epiwafers. Additionally the company reports about its success on the roadmap to 300 mm. Yield plays a crucial role to make Micro LED displays successful. It has a direct impact on the manufacturing complexity and cost. To enable the needed cost reductions, large wafer diameters are essential. This is particularly true for Micro LED applications in which...
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2020-03-30

Magna Withdraws Outlook and Produces Health Supplies in Response to COVID-19

Canadian automotive component supplier Magna updated its current actions responding COVID-19. The company reported withdrawal of its business outlook for 2020 and mentioned that it is helping to source and produce health care supplies and equipment to combat the coronavirus epidemic. Magna noted that a number of its OEM customers, particularly in North America and Europe, have initiated production downtime or have reduced production rates. It is uncertain whether OEMs will extend production downtime or further lower production rates as circumstances evolve. While spe...
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2020-03-30

Seoul Viosys and UCSB Find the Characteristics of Green and Blue InGaN Micro LEDs down to 1 μm

A team with researchers at Seoul Viosys and University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) published a study focuses on features of Micro LEDs as their size goes smaller at 1 to 10 μm. External quantum efficiency (EQE) of Micro LEDs usually reduces when Micro LEDs get smaller, which becomes an issue for Micro LED technology builders. To further understand the relation between EQE and chip size, a research team of Seoul Viosys and UCSB focus on Micro LEDs down to 1 μm to compare the EQE trend for blue and green InGaN Micro LE...
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2020-03-30

Kyocera to Takeover Showa Optronics from NEC to Intensify Optical Component Business

Kyocera Corporation announced that it entered into a share transfer agreement with NEC Corporation on March 25, 2020 to acquire all of NEC's shares in Showa Optronics Co (SOC), an optical components manufacture. With the transfer agreement, Kyocera will own 93.53% of SOC's shares and operate the company as its subsidiary on June 1, 2020, under the name Kyocera Showa Optronic. Kyocera's optical components business has engaged in producing diversified lenses in small to large diameters from a wide variety of materials. The products have been used in var...
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2020-03-27

China Companies to Order Equipment for Micro LED Production

The spreading coronavirus epidemic did not stop industry players from progressing advanced technology development. Chinese companies recently reported new orders and subsidies for equipment to push Micro LED technology development. (Image: LEDinside) The biggest LED wafer and chip producer Sanan Optoelectronic reported that its subsidiary Sanan Semiconductor has received subsidies from the Quanzhou government in March for purchasing equipment. The amount of the subsidies was RMB 143 million (US$ 20.16 million). Sanan Semiconductor has formed partnership with...
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2020-03-27

COVID-19 Impacts: Signify Suspends and Infineon Withdraws Fiscal 2020 Outlook

More companies published their response to the impacts resulted by coronavirus pandemic. Signify announced several measures of the company including suspending its fiscal 2020 outlook postponing Capital Market Day. Infineon Technologies reported withdrawal of its business outlook of fiscal 2020. (Image: Pixabay) Signify said that it has taken considerable action focused on the health and safety of its employees, on customer engagement and supply chain continuity and on free cash flow generation and operating expenses. The company also decided to suspend its financial outlook...
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2020-03-27

UV Technology Experts Help to Combat COVID-19 with Their UVC Disinfection Products

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is threatening all over the globe with continuously surging cases in nearly every countries. In order to reduce the risks of infection, disinfecting applications utilizing UVC radiant have attracted attentions in both the medical and consumer market. UV light solution providers across the world are offering their expertise to help medical institutions eliminating bacteria and viruses to prevent healthcare-associated infections. Bolb, the U.S.-based UV LED company, provided their UVC LED products to decontaminate infectious disease...
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2020-03-27

Micro LED + LiDAR, the Key Technologies for Apple to Push AR Products and Applications?

AR applications and devices are one of the major focuses of Apple at the moment. The company has shown its interests in AR technology development and considered that AR wearable glasses may replace smartphones in the near future. Rumors about Apple to reveal its AR smart glasses soon have been going on as well. Apple launched the new iPad Pro adopting LiDAR Scanner and releases the latest ARKit 3.5 which enables app developers to take advantage of the new LiDAR Scanner to capture 3D features of the surrounding environment. ARKit 3.5 also includes instant A...
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2020-03-26

Nvidia Adopts IR LEDs to Simplify Gaze Tracking Solutions for VR Devices

Wearable devices with AR/VR applications are regarded as the next generation consumer electronics that might replace smartphones. Currently, the technology is more applied in industrial or professional areas as the devices are still relatively bulky and expensive as they require complex integration of cameras, image processing solutions, power and more. To tackle the issue, Nvidia developed a new technique for gaze tracking solution, the fundamental technology for VR wearable devices as agreed by many leading industry players, reported VentureBeat. Researchers at Nvidia used...
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2020-03-26

Signify Upgrades Sensor Ready LED Driver with New D4i Standard for IoT Applications

Signify launched the upgraded portfolio of compact Philips Xitanium Sensor Ready Xtreme LED drivers with the recently granted D4i certification for wider adoption of IoT connectivity in lighting and aid smart city or building projects. (Image: Signify) By Q2 2020, Signify will also upgrade the complete non-isolated Philips Xitanium Dimmable Sensor Ready drivers portfolio for indoor applications to the new D4i standard, to facilitate the rapid market adoption of energy-saving technologies and drive standardization. Launched by the Digital Illumination Inter...
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2020-03-26

LEDVANCE to Shut down Its Distribution Center in Pennsylvania, USA

LEDVANCE will close its Eastern Distribution Center in Pennsylvania, USA, according to a letter sent to its customers by Matt McCarron, Vice President of US and Canada Sales at LEDVANCE, reported lightED. (Image: LEDVANCE) The letter noted that LEDVANCE will move Eastern Distribution Center located in Bethlehem Pennsylvania into its facility in Kentuchy given the close proximity of these two sites. The company will cease operations of the Eastern Distribution Center by July 1, 2020. Impact of the world sweeping coronavi...
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2020-03-25

AMS Plans to Complete Osram Transition in 2Q20 and Reveal 1Q20 Financial Expectations with COVID-19 Assessment

Sensor solution supplier AMS updated the progress of its acquisition of Osram and reported its financial expectations for the first quarter of 2020 after assessing the COVID-19 situation. (Image: AMS) After AMS started its takeover process for Osram since December 2019 and reported further update that the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020. The Austrian sensor maker is processing its EUR 1.65 billion (US$1.78 billion) rights issues for the takeover and noted that they only require “the receipt of the required regulatory approvals&rd...
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2020-03-25

NEC and Sharp Announce Joint Venture to Combine Display Solution Businesses

NEC and Sharp announced that they will combine NEC Display Solutions (NDS) with Sharp to create a joint venture to leverage their strengths to advance display technology development. Sharp will obtain over 66% share of NDS with JPY 9.24 billion (US$ 82.96 million). The transfer is scheduled to be concluded on July 1st, 2020 and the joint venture will continue to provide NEC branded products. Hisatsugu Nakatani, President, NEC Display Solutions, said, "This joint venture between Sharp and NEC Display Solutions will bring even greater valu...
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2020-03-24

Zumtobel Expects Negative Impact on Its Business for Fiscal Year 2019/20 due to COVID-19

Austria-based lighting company Zumtobel announced on March 23 2020 that due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Executive Board of the company is expecting a negative impact on the revenue and earnings development. Following extensive state measures based on the global spread of the coronavirus, the Zumtobel Group also implemented set of measures covering temporary production capacity adjustment and short-term remotely working. The company noted that it will temporarily shut down production sites depending on the situation. These measures have resulted in noticeab...
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2020-03-24

Ecosense Acquires Assets from Soraa

U.S.-based LED technology company Ecosense announced that it has acquired assets from Soraa, co-founded by Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura focusing on full-spectrum LED lamps. Under the terms of the deal, Ecosense acquires the Soraa name, intellectual property and lamps, including the company's signature VIVID, BRILLIANT™ HL and HEALTHY™ product lines. This move is the first foray into the professional lamp category for Ecosense. (Image: Soraa) "This acquisition accelerates our strategy into the next wave of lighting,&q...
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2020-03-24

Nichia Files Lawsuit against IPF for Selling LED Headlight Products Infringing Its Patent

On March 17, 2020, Nichia filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Tokyo District Court against IPF Corporation, a Japan-based distributor of automotive aftermarket parts. Nichia accused IPF of selling LED headlamp that infringes Nichia’s patent and sought an injunction and compensation for damages. The accused product in this lawsuit is a LED headlamp bulb (product number: 301HLB2) incorporating LED jointly developed with the Taiwanese LED manufacturer Lextar (see photo). Nichia alleged the LED infringes Nichia’s patent JP5526782 related...
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2020-03-23

Signify will Not Join Light + Building in September

The threat of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic continues to affect the industry. Companies have cancelled events, shut down facilities and adjusted their business outlook for the year to not only prevent their employees, clients and partners from infection but also evaluate. Signify, the first lighting company who announced withdrawal of Light + Building 2020 before the organizer postponed the event, again noted that it will not participate in the world biggest lighting event which was moved to September 2020. According to EdisonReport, who covered the news that Signify wil...
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2020-03-23

Factories Shutdowns in U.S. and Europe to Affect Display and LED Industry in Asia

In response to the wide spreading coronavirus infection across the globe, many world-leading automobile companies are temporarily closing their factories in the U.S. and Europe. These facility closures are expected to affect the supply chains of automotive components covering lighting and displays. (Image: LEDinside) Ford, General Motors (GM), Fiat Chrysler and Honda have shut down their manufacture facilities in North America. European automobile makers Volkswagen, Renault, PSA Group, BMW, Daimler also suspend production in Europe. Bloomberg reported th...
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2020-03-23

German LiDAR Company Blickfeld Completes Series A Funding With Participation of Continental and Wachstumsfonds Bayer

Blickfeld, the German LiDAR start-up Blickfeld based in Munich, announced that it has completed Series A financing round. The new financing was led by the venture capital unit of Continental together with Wachstumsfonds Bayern with participation of the existing investors Fluxunit – OSRAM Ventures, High-Tech Gründerfonds, TEV (Tengelmann Ventures) and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners. With the new financial resources, Blickfeld will them to ramp up production, qualify its LiDAR sensors for the automotive market and strengthen the app...
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2020-03-20

GT Advanced Technologies Partners ON Semiconductor for Production and Supply of Silicon Carbide Material

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) and ON Semiconductor announced on March 17 the execution of a five-year agreement which GTAT will produce and supply its CrystX™ silicon carbide (SiC) material to ON Semiconductor. The agreement is valued at a potential of US$50 million. Greg Knight, president and chief executive officer at GTAT, said, “Our agreement today helps address the very steep trajectory for SiC as the preferred semiconductor substrate material for power electronics applications.” By leveraging ON Semiconductor’s hi...
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2020-03-20

Energy Focus Posts Financial Results of 2019 and to Supply LED Lighting for New Navy Ships in the U.S.

U.S.-based lighting company Energy Focus reported financial results of fiscal year 2019 and announced new contract with U.S.-based shipbuilder. For fiscal 2019, Energy Focus posted US$ 12.7 million for net sales, which were down by 29.83% compared to 2018. Net sales from commercial products were US$7.9 million, or 62.0% of total net sales for 2019, compared with $8.7 million, or 47.8% of total net sales, for 2018. Military and maritime products in 2019 accounted for 38.0% of total net sales with US$4.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of US$5.9 million for 201...
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2020-03-20

GE Current Provides Tips for Growers when Choosing Horticulture LEDs

GE Current offered some advices for LED horticulture grow lights for how to choose the most suitable LED lightings for controlled environment. A few concepts were proposed by the company regarding the idea of full-spectrum. The first thing GE Current pointed out that it is critical to learn that “full spectrum” actually has no strict definition and is not specific to any industry, standard or code. The term, according to GE Current, is rather a marketing label to describe light sources that emulate natural daylight (“white” light). As such, full ...
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2020-03-20

Hella Adjusts Fiscal 2019/2020 Company Outlook due to Coronavirus

Automotive lighting and electronics product manufacturer Hella reported that due the coronavirus pandemic, the company has adjusted its company outlook for the current fiscal year 2019/2020. Despite that Hella has developed sales and earnings that are in line with its expectations for the first nine months of the fiscal year 2019/2020, it still considered adjustment of the business guidance necessary. Hella indicated that on a provisional basis, currency and portfolio-adjusted sales decreased by 3.7 percent to EUR 4.8 billion (previous year: EUR 5.0 billion). The adjusted ea...
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