2020-05-28

Rising Lighting Applications You Can’t Miss in Post-pandemic Era

In 2020, people all around the globe are living in ways that we would never have thought because of COVID-19 pandemic. Majority of the world population has spent most of their time at home with lockdown policies and to avoid infection in the past few months. Even now that several areas have lifted up the restriction, people’s lifestyle is likely to change forever. Lighting applications, which highly related to our daily life, reflect the changes of people’s behaviors. LEDinside is thus seeing some rising trends in the lighting industry in response to the impact of ...
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2020-05-28

LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA to Take Place as Scheduled in July 2020

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, countless international events across the world have been cancelled or postponed in the past few month. However, in China, where the outbreak first began, LASER World of PHOTONICS will be held as planned in July. (Image:  LASER World of PHOTONICS CHINA) Chinese government issued the guidelines of preventing and controlling the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on May 8, 2020 and the emergency response level of major public health emergencies in Shanghai was adjusted to level 3 afterwards. Following the gra...
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2020-05-28

GE Ends Its Lighting Business, Selling the Unit to Savant Systems

General Electric (GE) is exiting its century-old lighting business with its announcement on May 27, 2020 that it has signed a definite agreement to sell the lighting unit to Savant System. Financial details of the deal was not revealed by both parties. Based on the agreement, Savant System will continue use the GE brand and keep headquarter in Cleveland, Ohio. The transaction is expected to close by mid-2020 and more than 700 employees will transfer to Savant after the deal completed. GE’s light bulb business has a history of almost 130 years and it was the f...
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2020-05-27

Chinese Companies Continue to Increase Investment in Mini and Micro LED Research and Production

Micro LED and Mini LED technology bring new hopes for industry players in the field since they have been suffered from price competition with oversupply. Taiwanese LED companies were the first to begin Micro LED and Mini LED development and they have entered mass production phase for Mini LED in the past two years. In 2020, as Apple is rumored to release Mini LED-based products, it is expected that demands for Mini LED display technology will surge. Seeing the trend, LED and display companies in China are also pushing their technology development aim...
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2020-05-26

Samsung Spinoff Creates Artificial Sunlight with Window-like Lighting Device

Last week, Samsung announced that it is supporting five startups created by Samsung employees under the C-Lab Inside in-house incubation program. One of the new startups, SunnyFive, builds a window look lighting device delivering artificial sunlight. (Image: Samsung) According to Samsung, the window-shaped lighting created by SunnyFive produces full spectrum of light which is similar to natural light, simulating lighting situation including dawn, sunrise, sunset and dusk. Samsung also highlighted that this window-like lighting device can help users synthesize vitamin D...
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2020-05-26

Epistar to Deliver over 680 Billion LED Units for Mini LED Display Applications in 2020

LED chip supplier Epistar said that it is seeing surging demands for Mini LED display and fine-pitch display. With its mature miniaturized LED technology, the company is expecting to ship about 689.2 billion units of LED chip in 2020. Epistar is reportedly supplying Apple for the coming Mini LED-based iPad Pro and MacBook. The Taiwan-based chip maker has increased its investment for capacity expansion and turned 95% of its blue LED capacity in Taiwan into Mini LED production to meet the demands of Apple products. Despite that Epistar has already pro...
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2020-05-25

Sensing Technology with LiDAR to Support Post-pandemic Manufacture and Business Operation

As many countries and cities are lifting the COVID-19 restrictions and reopening business, how to continuously prevent the spread of the virus is a critical challenge for all. LEDinside noticed that many sensor technology developers have created solutions to anonymously monitoring people’s activities in public for controlling social distance and checking health status. LiDAR technology, for example, is now used to support people flow management. Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, is leveraging its technology to deliver a ...
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2020-05-25

LED Lighting Products Free from Tariffs with UK’s New Tariff Regime

The British government announced the new tariff regime as it is exiting the EU. The UK Global Tariff (UKGT) was introduced last week to replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on January 1, 2021. With UKGT, LED lamps will be free from tariffs as the new regime aims to support sustainable economy. (Image: Pixabay) According to the UK government, the UKGT is tailored to the needs of the UK economy and will simply nearly 6000 tariff lines to reduce administrative cost. In order to back green economy, tariffs on over 100 items related renewable ...
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2020-05-25

Apple Rumored to Launch AR Smart Glasses Featuring LiDAR Sensor in 2021

Rumors of Apple’s smart glasses products have never stopped but now they are even more materialized. Jon Prosser, host of Front Page Tech, unveiled alleged details about the AR glasses that Apple might reveal. It was said that Apple will call its AR glasses “Apple Glass,” which will pair with an iPhone like Apple Watch. There will be displays for both lenses and LiDAR sensors will be adopted to enable gesture interaction. In addition, the glasses will be wireless charged. (Image: screenshot from the video of Front Page Tech) Prosser cl...
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2020-05-21

Korean LiDAR Startup SOS LAB Secure $8 Million Investment

Korea’s LiDAR sensor startup company, SOS LAB, announced that it has secured series A+ investment of a total of US$8 million starting from a lead investment from Korea Development Bank (KDB), bringing the company’s total capital raised so far to US$ 14 million. Despite a decline in general economic activities due to COVID-19, SOS LAB successfully attracted the investment and it has now unveiled its plans for the commercialization of LiDAR. (Image: SOS LAB) SOS LAB disclosed ML-1, the product which mounted the aforemention...
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2020-05-21

LG to Relocate TV Production Lines from Korea to Indonesia

LG announced that it will move two of the six production lines in the Gumi factory in South Korea to its Indonesia facility in Cibitung in order to increase efficiency and capacity for TV production. LG said it is expanding the TV business with the aim to “diversify its production footprint and step up capacity,” and moving TV production lines from South Korea to Indonesia is one of the strategies. The Korean company plans to turn its Cibitung facility in Indonesia into a new regional hub and expects the transformation to boost the efficiency of LG&rsqu...
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2020-05-20

Fluence Supports Cannabis Research of Compassionate Cultivation with LED Lighting Solutions

Fluence by OSRAM announced its partnership with Compassionate Cultivation, a medical cannabis provider in Texas, USA. The two companies will collaborate on research studies using Fluence’s LED lighting systems to gather new insights into sustainable cannabis production. Compassionate Cultivation aims to ensure secure supply of high quality medical cannabis and teams up with Fluence to explore potential lighting strategies for optimizing cannabis growth. (Image: Fluence by Osram) Together, Fluence and Compassionate Cultivation will produce and publish...
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2020-05-19

Apple Expands Micro LED Investment in Taiwan to Avoid Project Delay Led by COVID-19 Pandemic

Apple was reported last week that it has planned to invest US$334 million for the new facility in Taiwan, located in the Longtan section of Hsinchu Science Park. The new factory is believed to focus on Micro LED and Mini LED technologies which Apple aims to apply in its new products. Taiwanese companies Epistar and AUO as well as other companies of the Mini LED and Micro LED supplier chains are reportedly supporting Apple’s products adopting the next-gen display technologies. Apart from getting closer with its partners, another major reason for Ap...
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2020-05-19

UVC LED Market Expands with More Home Appliances and Consumer Products Adopting the Technology

The COVID-19 outbreak has spurred people’s awareness in disinfection and roused demands for related products and applications. UVC LEDs with germicidal function thus become popular among consumers and brands of home appliance. LG Electronics launched a new refrigerator with ice and water purifier using UVC LED technology. A UVC LED is equipped at the outlet of the water purifier of the refrigerator and is able to diminish 99.99% E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus based on the Korea Construction & Living Environment Research Institute (KCL) t...
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2020-05-19

Seoul Semiconductor Files Patent Lawsuits against Automotive LED Light Distributor in the U.S.

Seoul Semiconductor has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey against an automotive component distributer Onyx Enterprise International. According to Seoul Semiconductor, Onyx distributes various automotive LED lights on its online platform “CARiD.com,” which offers car parts and accessories covering automotive headlamps, tail lights and fog lights. The Korean company claimed that automotive LED products being sold on “CARiD.com” infringe 12 patents – including...
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2020-05-18

LG to Enter the Battlefield of Cinema LED Display against Samsung

LG is joining the business of LED cinema screen to compete against its rival Samsung, reported by Aju News, a Korea-based media. It was reported in April that LG has registered a trademark for LG LED Cinema on March 31, 2020, to prepare for related business. Under the trademark, LEG plans to release LED signage for theaters. LG reported planned to release its cinema LED products at CinemaCon 2020 in Las Vegas, USA, but the event has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, as a proactively player in the display industry, LG has already i...
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2020-05-18

Osram and LeddarTech Partner to Work on LiDAR Platform for Automotive Mass Market

Canadian LiDAR technology developer LeddarTech has been working with its investor Osram on the LiDAR platform “PERCEPT.” Osram said that it is developing the first flexible solid state LiDAR focusing on mid to long range sensing and targeting the automotive mass market. (Image: Osram) The PERCEPT LiDAR will comprise Osram’s laser emitters and LeddarTech’s processing software. With these featured components, Osram aims to develop a LiDAR with the measuring approach of ToF. The LiDAR platform will serve long- a...
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2020-05-15

Energy Focus Reports On-year Revenue Growth in 1Q20

U.S.-based LED lighting company Energy Focus announced its 1Q20 financial resulted and posted a 19.1% YoY revenue growth despite the economic headwinds resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. In 1Q20, the net sales of Energy Focus came to US$3.8 million, increased by 19% YoY compared to US$3.2 million in 1Q19. Commercial products accounted for 45.9% of the revenue and 54.1% of its sales came from military and maritime products, increased from 37.6% in the first quarter of 2019. Gross profit was US$1 million with a gross margin of 27.3%, which increased by 24.2...
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2020-05-15

SANANBIO and Hode Agtech Partner to Set up Vertical Farms in Qatar

SANANBIO, the joint venture of Sanan Optoelectronics and Chinese Academy of Science, announced that it will work on an indoor farming project in Qatar with its strategy partner Hode Agtech, an agri-tech company based in Guangdong, China. The two Chinese companies signed an agreement to develop vertical farming in Qatar to push agriculture transformation and restructure local agriculture supply chain. (Image: SANANBIO) Located in desert, Qatar is highly depending on food import especially for fresh vegetables. 90% of the vegetable consumed in Qatar co...
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2020-05-15

COVID-19 Spurs Market Opportunities for UV/IR LED and Horticulture Lighting

COVID-19 pandemic has led to lockdowns across the world with pause in business operation and production, resulting enormous impact globally. The technology industry, as one of the most affected field, not only needs to tackle the challenges brought by the coronavirus but also has to reconsider its strategies and operating plans for the post-pandemic world. As for the LED industry, since the supply chain mostly locates in Asia with the majority of production coming from China, plus high inventory due to oversupply in the past few years, the coronavirus epidemic has relatively s...
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2020-05-14

Vertical Farm Companies Invest $10 Million for Setting up Vertical Farming Facilities in North Canada for Food Production

Canada-based Elevate Farms announced its agreement with North Star Agriculture for an initial build-out commitment of US$ 10 million to bring vertical farming and ‎‎‎production of leafy green vegetables, to northern Canada including Yukon and other isolated northern territories. Elevate and North Star have agreed to develop and construct a series of automated large-scale facilities (CEF Facilities) dedicated to the mass ‎production of leafy green plants implementing, among other techniques, the use of patented ‎LED lighting, moving grow ‎boxes a...
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2020-05-14

Taiwan LED Supply Chain Backs Apple’s Mini LED and Micro LED Developments

Recently it is reported that Apple is planning to invest around US$ 334 million for its new facility in Taiwan to push development in Micro LED and Mini LED display technology with its local partners Epistar and AUO. Many believe that the iPhone maker will intensify its display technologies including Mini LED and Micro LED with the mature LED supply chain in Taiwan covering wafer manufacture, chip production, chip testing and display fabrication. LEDinside covered in November 2019 that Apple has almost finished the construction of the new facility in ...
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2020-05-14

LeddarTech to Mass Produce its LiDAR Sensor with Clarion Malaysia

LeddarTech, the LiDAR technology supplier from Canada, announced its volume production plan of the LeddarTM Pixell LiDAR Module with Clarion Malaysia, a member of Faurecia Clarion Electronics. (Image: LeddarTech) The Leddar Pixell is based on 3D solid-state flash LiDAR to reach a field-of-view of 180-degree designed and tested for off-road, shuttles, robotaxis, delivery, commercial and heavy industry vehicles in addition to other robotic and automated applications. The Canadian company has proactively strengthened its partnerships with automotive co...
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2020-05-13

Mini LED TVs as the key to Boost Everlight Revenue in 2020

Taiwan-based LED manufacturer Everlight began shipping its first batch of Mini LED products in 2H19. While the company steadily expands shipment this year, mostly on the strength of its Mini LED TV backlights, it is also expected to include automotive display panels in its portfolio next year. The overall market sentiment is optimistic regarding Everlight’s future operations, driven by the forward momentum of Mini LED products. (Image: LEDinside) Comparing to OLED-based products, Everlight’s Mini LED products are highly cost-competitive ...
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2020-05-13

Velodyne Announced Sales Agreement with GeoSLAM and Supports 3D Measurement for NavVis VLX Mapping System

U.S.-based LiDAR technology developer Velodyn Lidar recently announced its partnership with two 3D mapping technology solutions providers. Velodyne and GeoSLAM, a UK-based 3D geospatial technology supplier, signed a multi-year sales agreement to use LiDAR sensors in the mobile scanner for 3D mapping. LiDAR sensors from Velodyne enable GeoSLAM systems to achieve data capture of intricate measurements from up to 100 meters away. The mobile scanner can be wide applied for building information modeling (BIM), construction, real estate, surveying and mining...
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2020-05-13

China Frees U.S. Imported UV Lamps from Tariffs

The Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council of China announced the second list of American goods to be excluded from the second round of tariffs countermeasures against the US Section 301 measure. UV lamps and IR lamps are listed in the tariff-free goods. (Image: Pixabay) China published the list of 79 items that will be exempt from extra Chinese tariffs and the exclusion will become effective from May 19, 2020, for one year until May 18, 2021. The already imposed tariff will be refunded with application within six months since May 19. The list includes m...
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2020-05-12

Osram Reveals New LED Products Covering Various Lighting Applications

Osram Opto Semiconductors introduced its new LED product family which suits a wide range of applications. The new Synios S 2222 family can be adopted for customized lighting solutions, electronic devices, ambient lighting for trains and planes and architectural lighting. (Image: Osram) Featuring compact size and brightness, Osram’s Synios S 2222 product family provides an efficient and flexible platform for a variety of low- and mid-power applications (from 10 mA to 200 mA). The product family includes colors of white, blue, green, yellow, red and deep red. ...
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2020-05-12

Seoul Viosys Provides Violeds Technology to China’s Hisense and Haier for Laundry Tank Cleaning

Seoul Viosys, the subsidiary of Seoul Semiconductor focusing on UV LED technology, announced that its Violeds technology has been adopted in washing machines and are now mass produced by Chinese companies Hisense and Haier. The laundry tank sometimes contains invisible contamination and germs, causing odors and molds in the washing machine. By implementing Violeds technology from Seoul Viosys, the Chinese companies solved the problem of laundry tank sterilization and deodorization. Seoul Viosys posted its 1Q20 financial results last week noting that its business p...
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2020-05-11

New Research Achieves Micro LED Growth on 100nm Sapphire Nano-membrane without Etching

A research team at Seoul National University (SNU) successfully grew a Micro LED array on a 100 nm-thick sapphire nano-membrane. The results were published on Scientific Reports on May 5, 2020. According to the published paper, the team, led by Euijoon Yoon of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of SNU, designed the sapphire nano-membrane array to grow an array of multi-faced Micro LEDs sized 4 μm × 16 μm. With the method, the Micro LED chip singulation does not need to go through plasma etching process, leading to a better ext...
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2020-05-11

Apple Reportedly Partners Epistar and AUO to Strengthen Micro/Mini LED Technology at Its New Facility in Taiwan

Apple has begun construction of its new facility in Taiwan since last year and LEDinside covered the progress of the building in November 2019. Now the iPhone maker was said to develop innovative display technologies, Micro LED and Mini LED, with its partners in Taiwan, Epistar and AUO, according Taiwanese media, Economic Daily. (Apple's new facility in Taoyuan, Taiwan) The facility is said to be focus on Micro LED and Mini LED technology for iPhone or iPad display applications. As the facility is built within the Longtan Science Park under...
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