2020-09-10

Oreon Supplies LED Fixtures to Greenhouses in Russia and Medicinal Cannabis Grower in Denmark

Oreon, a Netherlands-based horticulture LED grow light supplier, recently announced its partnerships with two Russian companies and a Danish cannabis grower. They are going to implement LED grow lights supplied by Oreon to enhance the cultivation. Oreon has entered the Russian market and will supply LED fixtures to the Agrokultura Group and Yelets Vegetables, two major players in the Russian market. The Agrokultura Group has a growing facility close to Moscow. The company is building an additional 20 hectares of new greenhouses to its existing 80 hectares greenh...
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2020-09-10

LiDAR Added ADAS and ADB Lighting Integrated EV Unveiled by Lucid Motors

Lucid Motors unveiled production details of its electric vehicle, Lucid Air. This new electric-powered automobile features cutting-edge technologies including its LiDAR embedded ADAS and advanced headlamp lighting. (Image: Lucid Motors) The Lucid Air's ADAS is called Lucid DreamDrive, which is a platform combining comprehensive sensor suite with a Driver Monitoring System (DMS). According to Lucid Motors, it is the first system of its kind to offer 32 sensors, covering vision, radar and ultrasonics, plus high-resolution LIDAR in an E...
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2020-09-10

LED Video Wall to Substitute Green Screens for the Film Industry, Breaking Limitations Caused by COVID-19

The world sweeping COVID-19 pandemic have impacted our lives in every aspect. Several movies and films have been delayed due to the pandemic since people can hardly gather together or travel to different places. In a tough situation like this, LED display technology provides an alternative solution for the industry. A report of CNBC covered that Disney is filming a new series, “The Mandalorian,” by using large size LED screens as background looking just like a real location. With advanced display performance delivered by LED screen, the crew did not n...
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2020-09-10

Automotive and Wearable Micro LED Displays at Display Week 2020 Demonstrate Mass Transfer and Bonding Breakthroughs

Even without a physical presence, Display Week 2020 still functioned as a major arena for competing technology providers to showcase their offerings. Noteworthy participants that unveiled their latest Micro LED products included LGD, AUO, Tianma, and BOE. In demonstrating their cutting-edge solutions, exhibitors used videos, images, and other media resources to overcome the limitations of the virtual venue. The lack of physical exhibitions and conferences did not diminish the excitement over Micro LED displays during Display Week 2020. Many prominent developers ...
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2020-09-09

Aeva Announces Partnership with ZF to Bring FMCW LiDAR to Automotive Production

Aeva and ZF will collaborate to bring Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR to the automotive market. The two parties are going to leverage their expertise, combining Aeva's FMCW LiDAR technology and ZF's experience in industrialization of automotive grade sensors to accelerate mass production of 4D LiDAR technology for autonomous driving applications. (Image: Aeva) Aeva and ZF aim to bring the first automotive grade 4D LiDAR to market for autonomous driving applications. The final system is targeted as a key solution for au...
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2020-09-09

South Korean Company Develops 12-inch Sapphire Wafer, Aiming to Strengthen Domestic Material Supply

A Korean company announced that it has developed “12-inch sapphire wafer” with required quality which can help to support local demands of semiconductor materials, reported ETNEWS, a Korean media. Japan imposed restriction on exportation of three semiconductor materials that are critical for display manufacture to South Korea due to disputes between the two countries. The Korea government and companies have thus been pushing the development of materials, components and equipment so that they will be less reliable on imposed products. (Image: Samsung) The...
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2020-09-08

Samsung to Close Its Factory in China by November

Samsung announced that it will shut down its TV production facility in Tianjin, China, by the end of November. The Korean giant has closed the other two smartphone facilities and sold the LCD factory to COST, shifting the production away from China step by step. (Image: Samsung) Samsung’s Tianjin TV factory is the only TV production site in China which supplies products to meet local demands. The company said that closure of the factory is part of the “ongoing efforts to enhance efficiency.” Since Samsung’s TV market share dropped i...
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2020-09-08

Mini/Micro LED Technologies to Support New Automotive Applications

According to the latest report of TrendForce, “2020 Global Automotive LED Product Trend and Regional Market Analysis,” demands for automotive LED increase stably driven by advanced applications such as intelligent headlamp, central tunnel taillights, HDR automotive displays, ambient lights and more. Headlamps play the major role in the development of automotive LED lighting. The driving momentum include halogen replacement, small aperture, adaptive driving beam (ADB) and projection. TrendForce analyzed that halogen replacement and ADB will occup...
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2020-09-08

Chinese Players Increase Investment to Expand Capacity for Mini/Micro LED Chips and Displays

As applications adopting Mini LED technology are about to boom, Chinese companies reported their new investment projects for expanding capacity for the new display technologies including Mini LED and Micro LED. Last week, LED display maker Dicolor and LED chip producer Focus Lightings announced their new projects for Mini and Micro LED respectively. Dicolor added RMB 1 billion (US$ 146.28 million) to build a Mini LED display production center in Chuzhou and Focus Lightings announced that it will expand capacity for Mini/Micro LED chip with an...
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2020-09-07

Valoya and Citizen Electronics Partner to Develop Horticulture LED Products

Citizen Electronics announced it has signed a licensing agreement with Valoya, a Finnish LED grow light technology developer. With the partnership, Citizen Electronics will apply Valoya's spectrum technology know-how in order to strengthen its COB (chip on board) LED products intended for the horticulture industry. (Image: Valoya) Valoya has launched its patent licensing program in June this year. The patent portfolio accounts Valoya's inventions in the field of light spectra for plant cultivation and lighting applications. “Access to the Valoy...
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2020-09-07

Tesla Supplier EOI to Expand Mini LED Automotive Display Business

EOI (Excellence Optoelectronics Inc), the tail light module supplier of Tesla, announced that it has received orders for Mini LED automotive display. The company will continue to expand its Mini LED display portfolio covering automotive applications dashboards, head up displays (HUD) and fine-pitch LED video walls. (Image: EOI) EOI began Mini LED display development in 2018 and set up new facility in Taiwan for Mini LED and Micro LED display production. The company has sent sample of its Mini LED display product to a leading automaker for ...
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2020-09-07

UVC LED Technology Expand to Home Appliances for Water Purification

The market demands for disinfection have climbed significantly this year with the outbreak of COVID-19, leading to greater attention to UVC LED. In addition to surface and air disinfection, water purification is one of the major focuses of UVC LED manufacturers and home appliance brands. Featured with compacted size and installation flexibility, UVC LEDs can be mounted at the outlet of water dispenser to ensure the safety of drinking water. Recently many home appliance brands have launched new products adopting the technology. LG presented its latest refrigera...
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2020-09-04

Everlight to Take Legal Action against Seoul Semiconductor for Spreading False Information

LED package company Everlight reported that Seoul Semiconductor has shared false information regarding the case of misappropriation.  The Korean Suwon District Court convicted three former Everlight employees of misappropriation of Seoul Semiconductor’s trade secret. In response to the issue, Everlight said it will file an appeal. Everlight noted that the press release of Seoul Semiconductor include misleading false information. (Image: LEDinside) Firstly, Everlight was sentenced only 3% of the maximum criminal fine permitted under Korean law, whi...
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2020-09-03

Vuzix Announces Its Plan to Launch Micro LED Smart Glasses in 2021

Vuzix announced that it is developing next generation product line of smart glasses powered by Micro LED technology that are expected to become available in 2021. (Image: Vuzix) The smart glasses maker said that the Micro LED-based product line will include middle-end consumer-facing product and a higher end enterprise version with built-in cellular connectivity. (Image: Vuzix) Micro LED will be used as projectors for the smart glasses to deliver high density pixel arrays with both monochrome and full color solution. The glasses will also feature a larger field...
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2020-09-03

Epistar, Lextar and AUO to Leverage Their Expertise to Expand Micro/Mini LED Business through Collaboration with Big Brands

Mini LED backlight display technology is going to be adopted by Apple and Samsung for tablets and TVs launching next year. Meanwhile, we have seen several Micro LED technology breakthroughs recently with AUO, PlayNitride and ITRI showcasing their prototypes for innovative applications. To speed up Micro/Mini LED display technology, integration within the supply chain is a major strategy recognized by industry players. Epistar and Lextar, the two Taiwan-based LED chip manufacturers, are merging with the aim to leverage their expertise and avoid duplicated ...
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2020-09-03

Osram Launches Automotive LEDs with Enhanced Brightness and Announces Settlement with Lextar

Osram announced the expansion of its automotive LED portfolio, launching a new generation of 1 to 4-chip versions in the Oslon Compact PL product family. The company also reported settlement with its contract manufacturer Lextar. The new version of the Oslon Compact PL products feature ceramic components with an electrically insulated pad that makes it much easier to dissipate heat from the package. The design enables a higher current to allow the 1-chip version to achieve an outstanding brightness value of 395 lumens at 1A with a chip area of 1mm². Sized small as 1...
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2020-09-02

Horticulture Lighting based on LEDs to be Installed in Commercial Buildings, Breaking the Limitation of Plant Growth

A new deal announced by Heliospectra, a Sweden based horticulture lighting technology provider, unveiled a new approach for achieving urban farming with LED grow lights. (Image: Heliospectra) Heliospectra reported that it has received an order from BBL Construction, who operates as a general contractor in the fields of commercial and institutional construction. According to Heliospectra, the two business partners are going to apply their expertise for several projects. The partnership might indicate that LED grow light and vertical farming facilities are now consi...
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2020-09-01

Trading Factories as Strategies for Display Makers to Focus on New Technology

Accelerating the development of new display technologies is the goal for worldwide display manufacturers and some of them have decided to sell or buy new facilities as a move to approach their target. Samsung Display has sold its LCD factory in China to Chinese display maker CSOT, a company under TCL group, to further cut down its LCD capacity, which goes in line with Samsung’s plan to quit LCD business. By ending its LCD panel production, Samsung aims to expand its development in QD displays and OLED displays. The Korean giant has also reportedly t...
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2020-08-31

Vertical Farm in Abu Dhabi to Produce Fresh Lettuce in 3Q20

The pandemic urged many countries to face the issue of food security as the lockdowns have posed threats to areas replying heavily on food import. Food production based on agri-tech demonstrates a feasible solution for the problem. For example, a new vertical farm in Abu Dhabi is going to launch in September to supply fresh veggies for the UAE. The vertical farm company, Smart Acres, has set the vertical farming facilities based on LED lighting and IoT technology in Abu Dhabi at the Armed Forces Officers Club. The company collaborated with a Korean company “...
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2020-08-31

iPhone 12 to Feature LiDAR Sensor Mounted Camera, as Revealed by Leaker

As the launch of iPhone 12 is approaching, more rumors about the new Apple product were unveiled. Las week, a new Apple leak said that LiDAR sensor is “confirmed” for iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple predictor Jon Prosser uploaded a video and share a few alleged screenshot of iPhone 12. One of the picture demonstrate the option of “Enable LiDAR CA,” indicating that LiDAR will be featured for the new iPhone. (Image: Jon Prosser's Twitter post) This will not be the first time Apple adopting the sensor component in its product. Th...
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2020-08-31

QD Color Conversion and Wafer Technologies Drive Micro LED Display Mass Production

Micro LED technology developers from Taiwan unveiled their latest progress in quantum dots (QD) color conversion and wafer production. Lextar introduced its progresses in reliable QD development to realize full color Micro LED displays while PlayNitride shared its achievement of 6-inch Micro LED epitaxial wafers with advanced uniformity. (Image: screenshot from PlayNitride video) Lextar, a vertical integrated LED company based in Taiwan, shared that the company has been working on deploying QD color conversion technology on Micro LED display. Since M...
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2020-08-31

Micro LED Hetero-integration Paves the Way for Innovative Display Applications

The ultimate display technology Micro LED has improved significantly in wafer technology, full color performance and mass transferring recently. Taiwan-based industry players have shared their insights of the technology at an industry gathering last week. Jennifer Y-C Lin, Senior Associate Vice President of AUO, indicated that Micro LED will be a key technology to drive innovative applications in the era of 5G connection and IoT, especially as the world heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. She explained that in addition to excellent display performance,...
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2020-08-28

JDI to Sell Its LCD Plant to Sharp and Apple for JPY 71 billion

Japan Display (JDI) is going to sell its LCD plant in Hakusan, Japan, to Sharp and Apple, so that the Japanese display maker can pay off its debt to Apple. The total transfer price is estimated to be JPY 71 billion (US$ 672 million). (Image: JDI) The plant will be transferred to Sharp, who is also a display supplier of Apple, by the end of September. With the transaction, Sharp will take over most of the debt of JDI which JDI borrowed from Apple when building the plant. The plant was originally built for supplying LCD panels for iPhone. But S...
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2020-08-27

Daktronics Reports Financial Results of Fiscal 1Q21

Daktronics announced fiscal 2021 first quarter results. The company registered net sales of US$143.6 million, operating income of $9.5 million, and net income of $7.5 million, and earnings per diluted share of $0.17. Net sales decreased by 20.3% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Net sales decreased in all business units. The change in sales primarily relates to fluctuations and related conversion to sales. Some shipping and on-site delays continue to be caused by COVID-19 related work restrictions or customer delays in readin...
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2020-08-27

Pros and Cons of UVC LEDs and Lamps for Disinfecting Applications

As the COVID-19 pandemic is still posing a threat to worldwide communities, UVC light incorporated products for disinfection are becoming more and more popular. Common applications include upper-room UVC disinfection integrated with lighting fixtures or air cleaners, UVC light embedded robots, UVC light boxes and other portable disinfecting products. These UVC light disinfecting products usually deploy either mercury lamps or LEDs as light source. Currently, mercury lamps are more widely adopted for disinfecting products given its lower production cost and highe...
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2020-08-26

UVC LED Embedded Disinfection Robot Tested Effective for Exterminating Coronavirus

The Singapore company OTSAW who launched UVC LED based disinfecting robot announced that the product’s efficacy has been tested using high concentrations of live samples of human Coronavirus flown from the United States. Based on results and tests carried out by A*STAR completed on August 21st, the robot demonstrated a 99.9% efficacy for disinfection within 5 minutes at a working distance of 2.5 meters. . (Image: OTSAW) The robot O-RX was built in-house by OTSAW and is equipped with a 360-degree camera and LiDAR sensors integrating AI...
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2020-08-26

Taiwan-based Supply Chain Equipped for Upcoming Mini LED Display Applications

2021 is expected to be the year that Mini LED will illuminate the display market. Apple is getting ready to launch the new iPad Pro featuring Mini LED backlight display and Samsung will probably debut new high end TV portfolio based on the technology. Recently a Korean media added that Samsung might produce about 2 million units of Mini LED backlit TV next year. With all the upcoming Mini LED display applications, the supply chain in Taiwan covering LED manufacturers and panel makers who have been dedicating to improving the display technology based on mini...
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2020-08-26

Innolux Presents Rollable Mini LED Display for Commercial and PID Applications

Innolux hosted 2020 new product premiere yesterday and presented a 55-inch rollable Mini LED emissive display featuring active matrix (AM) driving technology. The panel maker also introduced new display products targeting health and entertaining applications. The rollable display adopts flexible PCB backplane and features high curvature, brightness, contrast and saturation. However, Innolux did not reveal further details such as resolution for the product. Comparing to the rollable OLED panel LG demonstrated before, Innolux claimed that direct emissive Mini LE...
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2020-08-25

Foxconn Group Integrates Internal Resources to Boost Mini/Micro LED Display Applications

Sharp’s mass production plan for Micro LED displays marked a progress of the Foxconn Group in next-gen display technology development. Incorporates LED chip production, packaging technology, panel manufacture and TV brands, the Foxconn Group is known for its ambition to set up an internal Micro LED supply chain. The Micro LED displays developed by Sharp, a 0.38-inch full color panel featuring 1053 PPI and a 0.13-inch blue display with 3000 PPI, were designed by the semiconductor group under Foxconn and manufactured by Sharp Fukuyama Semiconductor. ...
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2020-08-25

LiDAR Company Luminar to Be Listed on Nasdaq Through Merger with Gores Metropoulos

Luminar announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Gores Metropoulos and once the transaction finished, the combined company will be listed on Nasdaq under “LAZR.” Luminar is set to power the introduction of highway self-driving and next-generation safety systems and is partnered with 7 of the top 10 global automakers including Volvo and Audi. Starting in 2022, Luminar’s hardware and software will be integrated into Volvo’s global vehicle platform, the foundation for their next generation of consumer vehicles. (Image:...
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