2020-02-24

LED Industry Players Continue to Focus on Mini LED Applications

Display applications adopting Mini LED technology is expected to bloom in 2020 following the rumors of Apple releasing Mini LED based iPad and MacBook this year. Since last year, related players in the industry are pushing production and development of Mini LED backlight as well as Mini LED RGB displays. (Image: Pixabay) Chip producer Epistar reported that its plans for Mini LED backlight products production and shipment will be process as scheduled, despite the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Epistar has expanded its capacity in Taiwan for Mini LED...
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2020-02-24

Osram Partners 3D Printing Company XTPL to Improve Production

Osram Opto Semiconductors recently began to work with a Polish company XTPL to initiate evaluation of adopting 3D printing technology solutions to address the challenges connected with the manufacture of future generations of lighting elements. Osram signed an agreement with XTPL on January 21, 2020, to access the possibility of implementing XTPL’s technology in Osram’s production processes for create conductive interconnections for semiconductors. The potential industrial application of the XTPL method in the lighting industry is yet another proof of ...
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2020-02-24

China Buys UV Light Equipped Robots to Combat Coronavirus

To fight against the continuously spreading coronavirus, China purchased self-driving disinfection robots with UVC light to run in hospitals. Danish company UVD Robots signed an agreement with a medical equipment supplier to the Chinese market, Sunay Healthcare Supply. The partnership will ship the UVC light equipped robots to China for hospital deployment. (Image: UVD Robots) UVD Robots is a Danish company established from a project between Odense University Hospital and Blue Robotics with their development of an UV-disinfection robot providing auto...
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2020-02-21

Taiwan Research Team Develops New Quantum Dot Material for Displays

A research team at National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan, recently announced the development of a new quantum dot material that provides more realistic color and is more stable. (Image: NTHU) Led by Professor Hsueh-Shih (Sean) Chen at Taiwan’s National Tsing Hua University, the research team developed a “shield” of approximately 1-nanometer at the crystal facets of each quantum dot to overcome the current technology difficulty of quantum dot which is unstable and easily damaged. The team has already applied for patents for the new mat...
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2020-02-21

Light + Building 2020 will Take Place as Planned (UPDATE: Postponed to September 2020)

The biannual event of the lighting industry, Light + Building will be held as scheduled from March 8 to 13 in Frankfurt Germany, announced the event organizer Messe Frankfurt. (Image: Light + Building) This year at Light + Building there are 2,640 registered exhibitors. Messe Frankfurt noted that these exhibitors are preparing to take part in the event. Based on the information and advises provided by the World Health Organization and other public health authorities, the risk of getting infected by the coronavirus is very low. The organizer addressed that it wil...
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2020-02-21

STMicroelectronics Teams up with TSMC to Push GaN Solution Development

STMicroelectronics announced the collaboration with TSMC to accelerate the development of Gallium Nitride (GaN) process technology and the supply of both discrete and integrated GaN devices to market. Through this partnership, ST’s GaN products will be manufactured using TSMC’s GaN process technology. GaN is a wide bandgap semiconductor material which is considered outpacing traditional Silicon-based semiconductors for power applications. GaN is more energy efficient at high power and allows the design of more compact devices for better form fact...
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2020-02-20

Connected Lighting Solution Enable Marks & Spencer to Improve Store Management and Reduce Operation Costs

Signify announced at EuroShop 2020 its further step in the Retail IoT space through the launch of Interact Retail multisite management – a cloud-based, connected lighting system designed for multiple stores and retail distribution centers. The system will be adopted by UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S). (Image: Signify) The new features make it possible to create a network of connected stores, helping s the retailer to create and manage uniform light schedules for its stores from a single dashboard. The retailers can thus define scenes and schedules on ...
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2020-02-20

Samsung Sued for Quantum Dot Patent Infringement with Its QLED TVs

Nanoco, a UK-based quantum dot technology specialist, announced that it has filed a patent lawsuit against Samsung, accursing the Korean company of infringing Nanoco’s quantum dot patent.   Nanoco filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on February 14, 2020 against defendants including Samsung Electronics, Samsung Display, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Visual Display and Samsung Electronics America. Samsung was accused of infringing five technologies related to na...
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2020-02-19

Osram Pushes Efficiency Program and Accelerate Transformation

After reporting a robust financial result for its Fiscal 1Q20, Osram further announced a better than expected performance of its efficiency programs. The German company said that thanks to the increased efficiency and the initiated measures, its savings target will increase from its original target of EUR 220 million (US$ 237.5 million) euros to EUR 300 million (US$ 323.87 million) by 2022. The cumulative impact of several individually-led programs across Osram business units has resulted in beating expectations with regards to savings. Together, they have already suc...
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2020-02-19

Hong Kong Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) Rescheduled to July

The Hong Kong Trade Devleopment Council (HKTDC) announced that it will reschedule the Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring Edition) from April 6 to 9 to July 25 to 28 concerning coronavirus. HKTDC noted that it will take measures to prevent infection including distributing personal health control notice to the attendees, providing mask and hand sanitizer upon request and cleaning elevator buttons as well as escalator handles from time to time. As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the broader and the infected number still goes up, many...
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2020-02-18

Freight Farms Raises US$15 Million in Series B Funding to Advance Technical Potential of Containerized Vertical Farming

US-based container farm developer Freight Farms has raised US$15 million in Series B funding led by Ospraie Ag Science, an investment firm committed to supporting sustainable solutions. The investment round, which received participation from existing investor Spark Capital, brings the company's total funding to more than US$ 28 million. Freight Farms specialized in containerized vertical agriculture. Its product, named “Greenery,” incorporates hydroponic systems and LED lighting, enabling production of more than 500 varieties of crops at commercial s...
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2020-02-18

Analog Devices and Jungo Partner to Develop ToF and IR-based Camera for In-Cabin Monitoring

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) announced a collaboration with Jungo to develop a Time-of-Flight (ToF) and 2D infrared- (IR) based camera solution to enable driver- and in-cabin monitoring in vehicles. (Image: ADI) The combination of ADI’s ToF technology with Jungo’s Codriver software is expected to enable the monitoring of vehicle occupants for levels of drowsiness and distraction by observing head and body position as well as eye gaze. The solution is also expected to enable smart vehicle interaction based on face, body, and hand gestures, and offer ...
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2020-02-18

Innoviz Technologies to Provide LiDAR for China’s Autonomous Truck

Israel-based LiDAR company Innoviz Technologies announced its partnership with Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile, a truck manufacturer based in Xian China, which is also known as Shacman Trucks outside China. With the cooperation, Innoviz will supply its LiDAR sensors for developing autonomous trucks for an upcoming project in one of the biggest ports in China. At the first stage of the project, InnovizPro LiDAR is being utilized in Shaanxi Truck's autonomous proof of concept project at the Chinese port, with Shaanxi's ultimate goal being the deployme...
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2020-02-17

Smart Street Lighting as Fundamental Infrastructure for Future Smart City Applications, Says Osram

  In its latest blog post, Osram addressed the significance of smart street lighting for future cities, noting that the digital transformation of city services is critical and will rely on connected city infrastructure. The United Nations foresees that by 2050, 68% of the world population will live in urban areas. For enhanced safety, operational efficiency and sustainability, this growing and concentrated population need to be supported by integrated system and services. Smart street lighting thus serves as a primary smart city installation to simultaneously create the unde...
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2020-02-17

Veeco Posts Financial Results for Fiscal 4Q19 with Increased Revenue

Veeco announced financial results for the fourth quarter in 2019 and fiscal year 2019 ended December 31, 2019. For the 4Q19, the company registered a revenue of US$ 113 million, up by 14% YoY comparing to the revenue of US$ 99 million in 4Q18. Veeco also reports US$ 419 million for fiscal year 2019. Despite the revenue drop by 22% YoY, Veeco has lowered the net loss from US$ 407 million to US$ 78.7 million. Veeco marks 2019 as a transformational year with a return to profitability. The company reported improved gross margins which came to 40% and reduced expenses, ...
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2020-02-14

Lighting Companies in the US Expect Delayed Product Supply due to Coronavirus Epidemic

The outbreak of novel coronavirus continues to escalate and the production in China is postponing due to the epidemic, leading to expected production and supply chain delay. US-based lighting companies, Cooper Lighting Solutions and Satco, posted a notice respectively to inform their customers of the possible interruption of product supply. Cooper Lighting Solution noted in its “Coronavirus Update” that due to travel and logistics suspensions enacted by Chinese authorities, its suppliers have not resume production yet. This delay in operations capabilities wil...
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2020-02-14

Seoul Semiconductor Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019 Results

Seoul Semiconductor published its fiscal 2019 and 4Q19 financial results. The company posted a consolidated revenue of KRW 1129.5 billion (US$ 954.5 million) and operating profit of KRW 49.6 billion (US$ 41.91 million) for 2019. For 4Q19, the consolidated fourth quarter revenue was KRW 280.9 billion (US$ 237.36 million) while the operating profit amounted to KRW 13.9 billion (US$11.75 million). Continuing global economic slowdown due to trade and political conflicts including trade war between the US and China led to the increase of inventory and decrease o...
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2020-02-13

Compound Photonics and Plessey Light Up 0.26” Fully Addressable Integrated Micro LED Display Module for AR/MR

Compound Photonics and Plessey Semiconductors announced the results of their collaboration, the first fully addressable Micro LED display modules. Engineering teams from both companies have fabricated functional Micro LED display modules combining CP’s high speed digital low-latency display backplane with Plessey’s GaN-on-Silicon monolithic Micro LED array technology. Plessey produced the Micro LED array wafer bonded to CP’s backplane wafer at its facility in the UK. In turn, CP’s team assembled and packaged display modules from t...
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2020-02-13

MWC 2020 Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020, the world’s largest mobile phone show event which scheduled from February 24 to 27, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Image: MWC Barcelona 2020) John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, organizer of MWC, announced the cancellation in the event of February 12. Since last week, several industry leaders have withdrawn their participation of the event, including Amazon, Facebook, Intel, LG, NVIDIA, Sony and more due to the coronavirus epidemic. “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment i...
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2020-02-12

Gooee Partners Engineering Contractor TClarke to Support Smart Buildings in UK

Smart lighting solution provider Gooee announce its partnership with TClarke, a UK engineering company. The two partners signed a 5-year UK exclusive agreement enabling the Building Services Group to sell, install and maintain the Gooee suite of smart building products. As part of this agreement, TClarke has also taken a strategic shareholding in Gooee. This strategic partnership will enable Gooee’s platform to be deployed at scale throughout the UK and for the company to grow whilst taking advantage of the rapidly increasing demand for proptech solutions, focus...
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2020-02-12

Industry Survey: 72% Chinese LED Companies Say It’s Unlikely to Profit Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The outbreak of coronavirus has affected the whole industry and LED is no exception. To further understand how individuals participate in the industry see the impact of coronavirus, LEDinside conducted a survey to provide a different insight of the industry.。 LEDinside collected 7471 voluntary samples and a valid sample of 6622. The result showed that 28% of the survey samples think their companies will still make profit under the circumstance. 38% say they are expecting business loss and the rest think the company will break even. (Image: Pixabay) 21% of the voters w...
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2020-02-12

Korea and Taiwan Companies Working on Resume Production in China

As the world’s factory, the ongoing coronavirus epidemic caused continuous break for factories that affects worldwide companies. Technology companies from Taiwan and Korea are reporting delaying production as some of them have yet receive approval from the local governments to restart operation. (Image: Pixabay) According to a report of Business Korea, Samsung’s Tianjin plant which product TVs for the China market postponed the reopening for one more week and may need to push off the date again depending on the policy of the local government. Also, three of t...
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2020-02-11

ISELED Alliance Supported by More Companies with Diversified Technologies

With the goal of offering a comprehensive system solution around the ISELED technology, ISELED Alliance welcomed two new members, Elmos, who experts in automotive semiconductors and sensors, and automotive lighting manufacturer Cemm Thome. Both Elmos and Cemm Thome will provide innovative technologies and expertise around LED lighting to further strengthen and increase the ISELED ecosystem. (Image: ISELED) Elmos has its headquarters in Dortmund, Germany. The company develops, produces and markets semiconductors and sensors, primarily for use ...
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2020-02-11

LG Group Sells Its Headquarters Building in China to Combat Global Uncertainty

The LG Group is selling the headquarter buildings in Beijing China for US$1.15 billion in order to boost its liquidity under global uncertainty since its business in China is going to be negatively impacted with coronavirus outbreak. According to the report of The Korea Times, LG Electronics expects that the coronavirus could impact its Chinese market and foresees a 7% drop in smartphone shipment for the first quarter. Facing the uncertain global circumstance, LG decided to sell the twin buildings for securing liquidity and to keep the flexibility for future merges, ...
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2020-02-11

Samsung Joins ISE 2020 with its Micro LED Displays and More

Samsung Electronics is showcasing its leading displays including an expansion of QLED 8K SMART displays, new applications of The Wall and Samsung Flip 2 digital flipchart at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 starting today on February 11 to 14 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Image: Samsung) Participation of the event enables Samsung to introduce advanced commercial applications of its display technology, addressed Hyesung Ha, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. At ISE, the Korean giant push its Micr...
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2020-02-10

Factories in China Hardly Resume Production with Escalating Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese factories have set their reopen day on February 10, 2020, after the extended Lunar New Year holiday due to coronavirus outbreak. However, since over 80 cities in China have been locked down or with strict community management, labors spreading all over the countries have difficulties returning their position, leading to further impacts on the industry. (Image: Pixabay) Despite that many companies in China began to work remotely since last week, on-site operation still requires labors to go back to the factories. Since the infection has yet to be controlled, large ga...
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2020-02-10

Pioneer Teams MooVita to Demonstrate Automotive Driving in Malaysia

Pioneer Smart Sensing Innovations (PSSI), the subsidiary of Pioneer focuses LiDAR sensors, announced its partnership with eMoovit, a company incorporated abroad in Malaysia of MooVita, for a 5G autonomous driving demonstration taking place in Malaysia from January 2020. This demonstration is done as a part of “5G Demonstration Project” which is convened in six states of the country by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, and verify for autonomous driving through 5G in partnership with Altel. The autonomous vehicle in the form of a...
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2020-02-10

Orion Lighting Post Strong Growth in Fiscal 3Q20

LED lighting solution provider Orion Lighting reported results of the third quarter of its fiscal 2020 ended December 31, 2019. Orion lighting registered a revenue of US$34 million for the quarter, which increased by 110%, compared to the same period last year. The company said that the strong growth came from a large turnkey LED lighting retrofit contract for a major national account. Gross profit also grew by 98% YoY to US$8.3 million for a gross margin of 24.2%. EBITDA rose to US$2.8 million in fiscal 3Q20 and US$14.7 million for the first 9 months of fisca...
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2020-02-07

LG Withdraws from MWC 2020 and ISE 2020 due to Coronavirus Outbreak

LG Electronics announced two days in a row that it will withdraw exhibition and participation from Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 due to coronavirus outbreak. LG made the decision concerning the safety of its employees as the World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak as a global emergency and the virus continue to spread outside China. Participation of these events will require hundreds of LG employees to travel internationally which has already become more restrictive since the virus sprea...
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2020-02-07

Plessey Announces Partnership with Axus Technology to Deliver Monolithic Micro LED Displays

British Micro LED expert Plessey continues to expand partnerships with other industry players to accelerate Micro LED development. The company reported its collaboration with Axus Technology (Axus), a global provider of CMP, wafer thinning and wafer polishing surface-processing solutions for semiconductor applications, to bring high-performance GaN-on-Silicon monolithic Micro LED technology to the mass market. (Image: Plessey) Plessey continues to invest heavily in its manufacturing facility to boost Micro LED display capabilities with the purchase of met...
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