2019-03-20

Freight Farms Launches New Container Farm and Supports US Schools for Food Production

Freight Farms, a U.S. startup providing shipping container for vegetables cultivation, announced the debut Greenery, the new growing container which combines dynamic aisles with new plant panels and LED technology. (Image: Freight Farms) The new product, Greenery, will become a successor to Leafy Green Machine (LGM) with even more growing space in the same standard container. Featured with the mobile rack system, its main growing area is consisted of 88 plant panels and 112 LED panels that farmers can shift them to create custom layouts. The LED panel arrays ...
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2019-03-20

Lextar to Present Automotive Mini LED and VCSEL Applications at ALE

Vertically integrated LED manufacturer Lextar will exhibit its latest automotive LED developments including applications of Mini LED RGB module and VCSEL, as well as its cutting-edge automotive LED lighting matrix module at Shanghai International Auto Lamp Exhibition (ALE) from March 21 and 22, 2019. Lextar is showcasing its automotive LED lighting matrix module for the first time. The lighting module consisting 240 LED chips with an average luminance intensity of 15,000cd. With its high brightness, the product can project dynamic graphics and info...
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2019-03-19

LG Launches 4K LED TV in the US and Samsung Presents Onyx LED Cinema in Spain

Apart from the development in OLED technology, Samsung and LG, the two Korean electronics giants, have continued their progress in LED display as well. LG Electronics USA announced the launch of its premium 2019 LG NanoCell LED 4K Ultra HD TVs with AI ThinQ® beginning with the April debut of the 55-inch and 65-inch class LG Nano 9 series, and the 49-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch LG Nano 8 series at LG-authorized dealers nationwide. Additional models and screen sizes will follow in May and June with other LG OLED models announce...
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2019-03-19

Sleep Well with Circadian Lighting while Travelling

Do you have difficulty falling asleep when traveling away from home? Circadian lighting solution might help to tackle the problem. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has conducted a global survey and revealed that about 80 percent of travelers saying they have trouble sleeping during their trip. To help travelers combat a restless night away from home, IHG has partnered with Healthe by Lighting Science to pilot the use of circadian lighting. Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport will be the first IHG property to install the JOURNI ™ Mobile Task Light in ...
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2019-03-18

Osram Ready to Join UV-C LED Market for Innovative Applications

With the featured of compact size and low energy consumption, the development of LED technology has led to several advanced applications including the enhanced implement of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. UV light is wide used in water purification, air disinfection and plastic curing. However, conventional UV light sources contain mercury and have a limited lifespan. UV LED is therefore a new solution. Through modern LED technology, UV LED will not only replace existing UV light source, it also opens up a wider range of applications as it can be tailored to meet va...
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2019-03-18

Apple Might Begin AR Glasses Production Soon with Its New Granted Patent

We have all heard rumors about Apple’s augmented reality (AR) glasses and they might be materialized soon as suggested by recent reports and Apple’s newly granted patent. It is said that Apple will begin manufacturing its AR device the soonest in 4Q19 and release the product by 2Q20. According to a report covered by 9To5Mac, the device will be heavily dependent on the iPhone, using its computational power for image rendering, internet connection and location service. The pairing between the AR glasses and the mobile phone might be wireless connection that sim...
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2019-03-18

Cree Announces the Sale of Lighting Business to Ideal Industries

Cree is selling its lighting business to Ideal Industries, an Illinois-based electric power control and management company, to continue its strategy of becoming a more focused, powerhouse semiconductor company. Cree announced the execution of a definitive agreement to sell Cree Lighting, the lighting products business unit, which includes the LED lighting fixtures, lamps and corporate lighting solutions business for commercial, industrial and consumer applications. According to Cree, the deal is about US$310 million before tax. The company expects to receive an initial cash...
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2019-03-18

Everlight Confirms Its Patent in Australia

Taiwanese LED producer Everlight announced that the Federal Court of Australia has denied Nichia’s appeal request and decided that the asserted claims of Nichia’s Australia patent 720234 are invalid on January 29, 2019. The Court has affirmed that Everlight’s products of Arrow are non-infringements. According to the judgement of the Court, Nichia has been ordered to pay legal cost to Arrow. Apart from the patent infringement filed in Australia, Everlight has filed invalidation trial procedures against Nichia ‘s YAG patents in Unit...
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2019-03-15

Pre-registration for Visitors Begins at LED Expo Thailand + Light ASEAN 2019

The 7th edition of the much anticipated Show will open the door of opportunities for various stakeholders in the area of LED lighting. After having conducted six highly successful editions of LED Expo Thailand, MEX Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. and Impact Exhibition Management Co. Ltd, are all set to host the 7th edition from June 27-29, 2019 in Bangkok. The Show has now been retitled ‘LED Expo Thailand + Light ASEAN’ with an aim to bring forth innovations in the world of lighting, encompassing every area of illumination. The organisers have start...
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2019-03-15

Smart Lighting and IoT Service for the Future Offices

What will offices be like in the future? Current by GE and Osram provided some insights about how offices evolve with technology and noted that connectivity and smart lighting might be the fundamental infrastructure for setting up the future offices. Apart from providing “lighting-as-a-service” from lighting company, Osram, now positioning itself as a high-tech photonic company, sees the trend of “space-as-a-service” in the commercial real estate industry. Space-as-a-service refers to space that is procured on-demand; corporations and individual freelanc...
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2019-03-14

UV-C LED Applications in Water Disinfection

According to LEDinside, the UV LED market value is expected to reach US$ 1.224 billion in 2022, with a 2017-2022 CAGR of 33 percent. Apart from the stable market of UV LED curing, the major growing momentum of UV LED comes from sterilization, including surface, static water and flowing water disinfection. UV-C LED is the core technology of these increasing applications. Ultraviolet light in the C spectrum with wavelengths between 200-280 mm is energy-rich and powerful to destroy harmful micro-organisms and thus can be used in disinfection. UV-C li...
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2019-03-14

Lextar Reports Revenue Down for 2018 with Lighting Business Cut off

Taiwan-based LED company Lextar announced its 2018 financial reports with an annual revenue of NT$ 11.056 billion (US$ 357.58 million), down by 8.2% YoY. Its after tax profit came to NT$ 49 million (US$ 1.58 million). For the fourth quarter of 2018, the company registered a revenue of NT$2.4 billion, which dropped by 19.6% compared with 3Q18. In 2018, Lextar has slashed its lighting business to focus on high technology development which resulted in the decrease of annual revenue. The market uncertainty brought by the US-China trade war also impacted the busi...
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2019-03-13

E.ON Teams up enModus to Provide Smart Lighting via Power Line Communications

Germany-based energy company E. ON will supply power line communications for smart lighting via partnership with enModus, the UK-based smart building solution provider. The two companies have signed an agreement for the cooperation. (Image: enModus) Smart building applications that integrate lighting, sensors and other technologies enable efficient energy and space usage and could save cost for companies. Through the partnership, enModus will makes buildings smart by transforming the existing mains power lines into a building-wide communications network. Power line comm...
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2019-03-12

Google’s Self-Driving Spinoff Waymo Starts to Sell Its LiDAR Sensors

Waymo, the self-driving subsidiary of Alphabet, will start selling its LiDAR sensor, joining the LiDAR business competition with other LiDAR producers including Velodyne LiDAR and Quanergy. Simon Verghese, Head of Lidar Team at Waymo, announced in a blog post that the company is going to sell Laser Bear Honeycomb, one of the LiDAR sensors Waymo developed for its self-driving vehicles to “select partners” – those who do not compete with Waymo in self-driving taxi business. Waymo has developed three types of sensors using short, mediu...
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2019-03-12

China Display – Visible Future

As China witnesses the phenomenal growth of its display industry, its global counterparts also face new challenges. Large-scale production of traditional LCD panels has fallen into a “dilemma of abundance”, where the current focus of display enterprises has shifted to how to best develop the potential of new technologies. Vehicle-equipment industry - five major visible development trends In recent years, panel makers such as JDI, Innolux, AUO, LGD and BOE have made significant efforts on the layout of the vehicle display industry, which shows immense ma...
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2019-03-11

Delta Purchases Amerlux to Enhance IoT-based Smart Building Solutions

Delta, a Taiwan-based power and thermal management solutions provider, announced the acquisition of Amerlux, a U.S.-based LED architectural lighting solutions company, to enhanced IoT-based green solution portfolio for smart buildings and cities. Delta has signed a definitive agreement pursuant that its wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta Delta Electronics (Netherlands) will acquire 100 percent of Amerlux's interests for US$ 90 million. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2019. With the acquisition, Delta aims to extend its portfolio ...
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2019-03-08

Fine Pitch and Mini LED Displays Become Focus of Chinese LED and Panel Manufacturers

The worldwide LED industry had suffered from low price due to oversupply in 2018. China, as one of the major LED chip producers and exporters, has continued to expand LED chip capacity despite declining price and the lukewarm market. However, the accelerating development of Mini LED and fine-pitch displays in the China market might be a way out for the industry in 2019. According to LEDinside, Mini LED is making its way into displays of consumer electronics in 2019 and 2020. It is estimated that the market value of Mini LED will reach US$ 1.699 billion in 2...
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2019-03-08

Wear LED Embedded Lighting Jacket for Safer Motorbike Ride

LED integrated wearables are becoming more and more common in the modern society for various functions. Motorbike clothing manufacturer Held is cooperating with Osram to improve visibility on the road by launching motorbike clothing that can be retrofitted with LED light modules from Osram. The lighting modules developed by Osram can be integrated into the clothing through a fabric tube and connected to a rechargeable battery pack which riders can switch on the light easily. According to Osram, the light strips offer up to seven hours of active lighting in continuous operati...
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2019-03-07

Kopp Glass Releases UV LED Product Database

Technical glass specialist Kopp Glass launched a UV LED product database which covers a wide range of UV LED products from worldwide manufacturers for users to easily compare various options and simplify the selection process. According to Kopp Glass, the comprehensive resource contains over 700 UV LEDs from 29 different manufacturers, including products from Seoul Viosys, LG Innotek and Rayvio. The sortable database provides specifications including peak wavelength, product type (Chip, COB, SMD, T-Type), product code, radiant flux, forward curran...
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2019-03-07

WESCO Completes Sylvania Lighting Acquisition

WESCO International announced that its WESCO Services subsidiary has completed the purchase of Sylvania Lighting Solution (SLS), the North American service business of Osram, following the previous announcement in January. Osram has planned to sell the SLS business in the U.S. and Canada since May 2018. On January 16, 2019, Osram announced the sale of the business to WESCO International. SLS offers a full spectrum of energy-efficient lighting upgrade, retrofit, and renovation solutions with annual sales of more than US$100 million and appro...
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2019-03-06

Eaton and Acuity Pause Price Increase as Trump Postpones the Additional Tariffs

On March 5, 2019, the U.S. government announced the notice to postpone the 25 percent tariffs on Chinese imported products and the duty will remain 10 percent until further notice. Before the official notification released, U.S.-based companies Acuity Brands and Eaton have announced the pause of their scheduled price increased in response to the delayed tariff implementation. Eaton planned to increase price on March 1 due to the expected extra tariffs on Chinese-manufactured products including components and finished goods. Acuity Brands also announced a price increased ...
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2019-03-06

Lextar Pushes IR and VCSEL Development and Epistar Expects Blue LED Rebound

LED industry players have accelerated their development in niche products including Mini LED and sensing components IR LED and VCSEL. Taiwan-based LED company Lexter began mass producing Mini LED products since the third quarter of 2018. Apart from the initial applications in gaming monitor and notebook, Mini LED backlight has also been adopted in automotive display. The company estimates that Mini LED products will account for five percent or more of its 2019 revenue. Lextar also strengthened red LED business and pushes development in IR LE...
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2019-03-05

Osram Develops Grow Light Solutions for Horticulture Research

Indoor farming with controlled environment and LED lighting has brought agriculture to another level. Osram, as a leading photonic producer, has been an active player in the development of horticulture lighting. The company announced the development of LED-based luminaire system, Phytofy RL, which is designed to meet the increasing demands of horticulture researches at universities, private institutes and plant production in greenhouses and vertical farms. (Image: Osram) Phytofy RL is a tunable lighting system integrated UV to far-red LEDs to create various growth...
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2019-03-04

Eaton to Spin Off Its Lighting Business

Power management company Eaton announced its plan to spin off its lighting business to create an independent, publicly traded company by the end of 2019. The lighting business of Eaton covers a wide range of products and systems to maximize energy efficiency which records sales of US$ 1.7 billion in 2018. Eaton’s lighting business provides services to customers in commercial, industrial, residential and municipal market. The spin-off will include Eaton’s global airport lighting business and Mains lighting. According to Eaton, Goldman Sachs will be Eaton&rsq...
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2019-03-04

Seoul Semiconductor Becomes a Member of LightingEurope

Seoul Semiconductor announced that it has joined LightingEurope, the industry association that represents the lighting industry in Europe aiming to promote efficient lighting practices for the benefit of the global environment, human comfort, and the health and safety of consumers. (image: Seoul Semiconductor) Seoul Semiconductor becomes a member of the association so that the company will be informed with the latest EU lighting policies that impact its corporate strategies for LED technology development and application, for better and faster response to the European lig...
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2019-02-27

AIXTRON Announces Solid Growth in 2018 with Demands for MOCVD Systems for ROY LED and VCSEL

German equipment manufacturer AIXTRON posted its 2018 financial results. The company reported increased on-year revenue and gross margin due to continued demand for its MOCVD systems for lasers, red-orange-yellow (ROY) LEDs and specialty LEDs production. According to AIXTRON, its order intake in 2018 grew by 15% YoY to EUR 302.5 million (US$ 344.26 million), which led to a yearly revenue of EUR 268.8 million (US$ 306 million), up by 17% YoY. Adjusted for previous year's sales from discontinued operations, the sales increased by 40% compare...
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2019-02-27

5G Micro LED Display Exhibited at MWC 2019

A Micro LED equipped with 5G connection was showcased at MWC this year by the Fibocom International Alliance (FIA), an organization focuses on 5G IoT devices established by Chinese wireless communication specialist, Fibocom. According to FIA, the 5G Micro LED display, named FIA One, combines the two attention-drawing technologies and integrates existing access devices such as gateways, routers, set-top boxes, or IP TV services into a single display. FIA said the integration opens a door for new digital experiences and IoT innovations. "W...
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2019-02-27

Infineon Partners LG to Introduce ToF Camera in LG’s New Smartphone

German semiconductor maker Infineon announced that it has teamed up with LG Electronics to introduce Time-of-Flight (ToF) technology adopted front-facing camera on the latest smartphone of LG which will be revealed at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. Infineon has provided its REAL3™ image sensor chip to LG’s upcoming G8 ThinQ. With Infineon’s pmdtechnologies in algorithms for processed 3D point clouds (a set of data points in space produced by 3D scanning), the innovative sensor will deliver a new level of front camera capability in a...
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2019-02-26

Mini LED Takes the Lead in Automotive Applications Compared to OLED

The penetration of Mini LED is expected to increase in the coming years with applications including gaming display and other professional monitors. The technology is also becoming popular for automotive applications. WitsView, a division of Trendforce, suggested a high possibility of Mini LED backlighting mass production in 2019 and noted that the cost of display production may increase by 20 to 100 percent depending on the number of Mini LED used. LEDinside noticed that Mini LED has been adopted as backlight for automotive displays such as HUDs, dashboards, in-...
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2019-02-25

Seoul Semiconductor and Everlight Reach a Settlement in Japan

Seoul Semiconductor announced that it has concluded a patent infringement lawsuit as Mouser, an international electronic component distributor agreed to stop selling certain LED product manufactured by Everlight in Japan. (Image: Pixabay) February 2018, Seoul Semiconductor filed a patent infringement lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court, accusing the LED product manufactured by Everlight and sold by Mouser of infringing an LED patent of Seoul Semiconductor’s affiliate. The company announced on February 21 that it agreed to withdraw the lawsuit as M...
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TSLC Corporation, a subsidiary of SemiLEDs, launched sampling of its tri-color Mini LED series, targeted to provide LED display manufacturers with surface-mounting (SMT) compatible devices. The first product in the tri-color multi pixel series... READ MORE

The German chemistry giant BASF has revealed its development of dark automotive paint colors that are reflective to LiDAR for enhancing the detecting function of autonomous cars. LiDAR plays a critical role to the development of autonomous veh... READ MORE