2008-05-08

Chinese suppliers: LED market to grow

The market for light-emitting diodes is set to grow significantly throughout the year despite an economic downturn, according to Chinese suppliers. A survey of LED light fixture suppliers carried out by Global Sources revealed that 81 per cent believed that exports would grow at ten per cent or more over the coming year. Some 67 per cent even predicted expert sales to be even higher, with expectations reaching 20 per cent or more. The main driver for the export growth was cited as a growing range of LED-based lighting applications.
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2008-05-08

New Ligitek facility to triple company's LED capacity and double its solar module capacity by 2009

LED packaging company Ligitek Electronics is building a new facility at Shulin Datong Technology Park with a total investment of over NT$1 billion (US$32.5 million), and the company expects the new facility to help increase its monthly capacity of SMD LEDs by three times, while doubling its solar module capacity.
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2008-05-07

LED market slow in 2Q08

The LED sector in Taiwan generally had weaker-than-expected sales in April despite players' optimism that orders would be picking up in the second quarter.LED packagers Unity Opto Technology and Harvatek saw their April sales drop sequentially.Unity said shipments of applications for LED backlighting dipped in April amid clients' inventory adjustments. The company's April revenues declined 4.6% sequentially to NT$292 million (US$9.58 million), which nevertheless represents a 24% on-year increase.
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2008-05-07

Mitsubishi Electric Supplies 11 More Diamond Vision(TM) LED Scoreboards to PGA TOUR

Mitsubishi Electric, the Official High-Definition Television and the Official Large Outdoor Video Display Provider of the PGA TOUR, is supplying 11 additional state-of-the-art Diamond Vision(TM: 105.66, +0.54, +0.51%) LED high-definition scoreboards for PGA TOUR events. This completes the TOUR's initiative to upgrade the scoreboard technology to provide a better on-site experience for fans.
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2008-05-06

LED lighting a green investment

A federal energy bill approved in December will require a 70 percent increase in lighting efficiency by 2020, spelling trouble for the inefficient incandescent lightbulb.The year 2020 is several lightbulb changes away, but Roger Deane is not waiting to tap into the latest in green technology for lighting his Scottsdale home. An admitted electronics enthusiast, Deane has converted all his interior and exterior lighting to light-emitting diodes, or LED lighting.
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2008-05-06

LED Message Pen: Cross-Classroom Messaging, 21st Century Style?

Remember the LED message wand? Brando's now got a miniaturised version that fits in the top of a ballpoint pen, and can display messages up to 20 characters in length. Perfect for covert cross-classroom messaging? As long as the teacher doesn't spot the flash of a red LED across the room. Available now for US$15.
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2008-05-06

Lightscape Technologies Forms Strategic Partnership With Major Advertising Agency

Lightscape Technologies Inc. (OTCBB: LTSC), an operator of outdoor LED billboards and provider of LED solutions, today announced that it has signed an agreement with a unit of Ogilvy & Mather Group, a leading global advertising agency, in order to secure advertising contracts for Lightscape's growing LED media network in China and Hong Kong.
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2008-05-06

Darnell forecasts strong advance for LED lighting

Darnell Group's first edition of "LED Driver ICs: Worldwide Forecasts" examines the projected growth path for solid-state lighting out to 2013. The forecasts are based on a detailed analysis of 53 application subsegments in small LED backlight units (BLUs) (<7"); medium LCD BLUs (7 to 15"); large LCD BLUs (>15"); automobiles; light trucks; commercial trucks and buses; signs, signals, and billboards; illumination; projection displays; and photographic lighting.
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2008-05-06

BLU makers expect huge growth for LED backlighting in notebooks in 2H08

It's reported that Backlight unit (BLU) suppliers are gearing up their shipments of LED BLUs for notebook PCs, with makers' shipments for the segment expected to rise sharply in the second half of the year, according to company and market sources.Demand for LED backlighting in notebook applications has been rising fast, with LCD panel makers generally predicting a 20% penetration rate for LEDs in the notebook PC market by the end of this year.
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2008-05-05

Solar Keychain LED Torch

Here is a little gadget to show your support for green energy. The solar powered Keychain LED light gives you light when you need if you expose it to some sun once in a while. The Solar panel on this keychain is very small, but the 3 white LEDs just do not need much juice.The Hong Kong based Gadget store Brando sells the Solar keychain for $9.50.
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2008-05-05

Wyked Illuzionz Launches New Website for Motorcycle LED Lights

Wyked Illuzionz, a Maryland-based small business that sells and installs LED (light emitting diode) lights on motorcycles, announced the release of a new website designed to be a nationwide source of information for motorcyclists and to make the online purchase and subsequent installation of motorcycle accent lighting easier.The Wyked Iluzionz sales staff and professionally trained installers are motorcycle enthusiasts themselves so they understand the connection a biker has to his bike and the value they place on their ride.
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2008-05-05

Mobile LED screen displays for ads

Big Moving Pictures will be rolling out a fleet of mobile LED screen displays which will be part of a new advertising medium. These displays will definitely put your spanking new 52'' plasma TV in your living room to shame, considering the fact that the ones offered by Big Moving Pictures are extremely massive, towering over ordinary folk at 40' x 22'. These HDTV LED displays will be attached to trucks, allowing it to engage the audience at major outdoor events in an unprecedented, close-to-home manner.
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2008-05-05

Domestic enterprises eyeing huge market potential for LED lamps

In early 2008, the Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission co-issued the Interim measures on the management of financial subsidies fund for the promotion of efficient lighting products. It is announced that from this year on, the government will promote 50 million energy-saving lamps all over the country annually in the form of financial subsidies fund. The subsidies for users with large-quantity demand such as schools and hospitals are 30 percent of the price for each energy-saving lamp, and for residents in cities and countryside, 50 percent.
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2008-05-05

Beijing's Gigantic LED Wall Is Fully Solar Powered

Say what you will about the fiascoes leading up to the Beijing Olympics, but the event has brought along with it some amazing new architecture. Greeting visitors attending the Xicui entertainment complex near the site of the games is a 20,000 square foot wall of computer-controlled LEDs, the largest of its kind ever built. Better yet, the wall manages to power itself completely using only the sun.
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2008-05-05

Taiwan-based LED maker Wanstar lands 16,000 unit street light order

It’s reported that Taiwan-based LED maker Wanstar Technology has announced the company will start shipping its newly developed LED street lights to a US-based lighting company and expects to complete 16,000 units before February of 2009. Wanstar's new LED street light features a heatsink cover, which can maintain the light's temperature at around 50-degrees Fahrenheit in an average environment temperature of 68-degrees Fahrenheit.
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2008-05-05

Zeiss stereomicroscope has LED illumination

The Stemi DV4 on the C LED stand features integrated LED illumination units for reflected light, transmitted light and mixed lightCarl Zeiss enhances the performance of its Stemi DV4 stereomicroscope with a new illumination systemThe LEDs provide excellent light intensity with low power consumption and a long service life of the illumination system (approx 25,000 operating hours) Thanks to white light illumination in daylight quality, the objects are visualised in high contrast and natural colors.
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2008-04-29

Cypress EZ-Color™ Solution Adds ColorLock™ Optical Feedback Support To Help LED Designers Maintain Perfect Color

On April 28, 2008, Cypress Semiconductor Corp.(NYSE:CY) announced significant enhancements for its award winning EZ-Color™ design solution for intelligent color and white LED lighting systems. The new ColorLock™ feature enables designers to use optical feedback to automatically ensure precise color points over time and temperature for applications such as LCD backlighting, architectural lighting and more. The EZ-Color solution also adds new tools to further support white lighting design.
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2008-04-29

Barco HD LED Display Greets Newseum Visitors

When the Newseum, an interactive museum of news, celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Washington DC on April 11th, visitors were greeted by a 40' by 22' Barco LED wall displaying crystal-clear video of breaking news, historic news presentations, and documentaries.
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2008-04-29

Italy Quick launches Marine Lighting division dedicated to LED research and development

Quick srl Nautical Equipment, Italian and world leader in the production of nautical accessories, issues a new challenge with the launch of its Quick Marine Lighting division. Through the design and manufacture of lighting fixtures for the marine market, this new division offers high quality in both technology and choice of materials.Qualified, experienced staff constantly search for innovative solutions. A high-tech laboratory with advanced equipment allows rigorous testing. All ensure Quick Marine Lighting products meet the requirements of the nautical sector.
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2008-04-28

O2Micro Issued Patent for LED String Driver Architecture

O2Micro(R) International Limited (NASDAQ:OIIM) (SEHK:0457), a leading supplier of innovative power management, and security components and systems, was issued 10 claims under United States patent number 7,339,323 for its LED String Driver Architecture. O2Micro's patented invention is used to drive an LED string. Product applications to drive battery gauge LEDs include cell phones, digital cameras, notebook computers, electric vehicles, power tools and other portable devices.
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2008-04-28

Taiwan's AU Optronics to set up $50 mln LED firm

Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp (2409.TW), the world's third-largest LCD maker, said on Friday its board has approved a plan to set up a T$1.5 billion ($50 million) company making light emitting diode (LED) backlights for displays. The move aims to help the company secure supplies of LED backlights, a key component for thin liquid crystal displays, the company said in a statement to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. It gave no timetable or other details.
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2008-04-28

Catalyst Delivers Quad-Mode LED Drivers

Catalyst Semiconductor has expanded its line of patented, Quad-Mode fractional charge pump LED drivers with two high-resolution brightness devices, featuring 32-dimming levels to provide enhanced LCD backlight control in emerging portable product applications. The CAT3647 and CAT3648 address the need for high-resolution LCD control and longer battery life in cell phones, digital cameras and other handheld devices, where designers constantly need to balance higher performance features with longer battery life.
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2008-04-25

LED Spa Looks like Aien Cocoon, no Slime

Spas have now begun using LEDs as an effective tool in spa capsules. The Med Spa Clinic at Tunbridge Wells are claiming the world's first usage of LEDs in a whole capsule. I'm claiming them the creepiest.
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2008-04-25

Wyked Illuzionz Promotes Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Each year, May is designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. States and motorcycle organizations across the country conduct a variety of activities to promote the importance of motorist awareness and sharing the road with motorcyclists.
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2008-04-24

Kim Lighting Launches LED Site Lightform Bollard Series

Kim Lighting, a leading manufacturer of outdoor architectural lighting, announced today its Site Lightform Bollard Series now includes new super bright white LED technology.
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2008-04-24

LED backlights to take over notebook PCs, says iSuppli

According to market research firm iSuppli,due to their low power consumption, thin form factor, light weight and environmental friendliness, LEDs are set to take the notebook PC display backlighting market by storm during the next few years, with nine out of 10 large-sized mobile PC LCD panels expected to use the technology by 2012.
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2008-04-23

Lamina Announces CO2 Offset Certification for LED Products

Lamina Lighting Incorporated (Lamina), an innovator of LED lighting systems and technologies, has announced that the use of their new TitanTurbo TruColor LED product has been certified to avoid more than 3 tons of CO2 emissions into the earth’s atmosphere as compared to its incandescent equivalent. This certification was awarded to the product by First Climate (formerly called the 3C Group). Lamina is also engaging this Frankfurt-based company to help them achieve total “climate neutrality” throughout all company operations.
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2008-04-23

Cree Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008

Cree, Inc., a market-leading innovator of lighting-class LEDs, LED lighting retrofit solutions, and semiconductor solutions for backlighting, wireless and power applications, today announced revenue of $125.0 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 30, 2008. This represents a 5% increase compared to the fiscal second quarter of 2008 and a 38% increase compared to revenue of $90.3 million reported for the third fiscal quarter last year.
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2008-04-23

Cree Shares Sink on Earnings, Outlook

Shares of Cree fell in after-hours trading Tuesday after the company released fiscal third quarter earnings and a fourth quarter outlook that failed to meet analysts projections. Durham-based Cree (Nadsaq: CREE), which sells products for light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, said net income was $5.7 million, or 6 cents a share, in the quarter.
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2008-04-23

Taiwan LED makers shine in the market

The total operating revenue of Taiwan LED companies this March hit $188 million, up 18.4 percent month-on-month compared to the prior month's $161 million and up 17.17 percent y-on-y. This is according to the latest statistics from LEDinside, a subsidiary division of DRAMeXchange Tech Inc.The total operating revenue of LED crystal grain manufacturers grew 15.31 percent over the last month. Operating revenues of LED-packaging manufactures climbed 20.89 percent from February's figures.
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