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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2019-02-25

Turn off Street Lights for Part of the Night Brings Ecological Benefits, Says Study

People are becoming more aware of the effects of artificial lighting on the human body and wildlife, especially the impacts of lighting at night. A new study led by researchers from Newcastle and York universities found that street lights may disrupt plant pollination as they attract moths; however, by switching off street lights for part of the night, the interruption can be minimized. Apart from bees, moths also play an important role in the pollination of plants to supplement the day-time work of bees and other pollinating insects. These night-time pollinators are critical even f...
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2019-02-23

Heliospectra Announces Services Re-brand and New Order from European Research Facility

Sweden-based horticulture lighting specialist Heliospectra reported that it has re-branded its technical services under the new name, helioCARE. The company also revealed an order from a medicinal plant research facility in Spain. With its expertise in intelligent lighting technology for greenhouse and controlled environment, Heliospectra offers a team of experts and a range of turnkey services to help growers and businesses to increase yields, accelerate harvests, and achieve consistent crop quality and production cycles. (image: Heliospectra) The re-branded helioCAR...
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2019-02-23

New Research on Perovskite LEDs with Enhanced Stability and Optical Properties

In order to improve the efficiency and lighting quality of LEDs, metal halide perovskites have been considered as a next generation material. Perovskite LEDs (PeLEDs) as emerging light-emitting technology have attracted attentions with the advantages of low manufacturing cost, high light quality and energy efficiency. A research co-led by the scientists from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Shanghai University developed a new manufacturing process to enhance optical properties and stability of perovskite LEDs. The research team used cesium trifluoroacetate...
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2019-02-22

New Patents Granted for AEye with Its Integrated iDAR System

Perception solution developer AEye announced that eight patents related to its perception system iDAR (Intelligent Detection and Ranging) have been confirmed. AEye’s iDAR is an integrated system combining solid-state MEMs-based agile LiDAR, fused HD camera, and software definable AI technology. With the aim to solve the challenges of robotic vision for autonomous vehicles, AEye developed iDAR, the artificial perception system that combines LiDAR, HD camera and AI intelligence to create a smart perception sensor that mimic human visual cortex fo...
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2019-02-22

Signify Begins LiFi Trial in Europe, North America and Asia

Signify is speeding up its LiFi development and implement. The leading lighting company announced the trail of LiFi in Europe, North America and Asia through cooperation with more than 30 customers. Signify and its customers set up pilot LiFi installations in worldwide cities. In India, Signify works with Incubex, an incubator for product and business solution, to set up a LiFi implemented meeting room where new startups and firms can apply the technology with Signify’s Philips LiFi-enabled luminaires. In Europe, Signify collaborate with telecoms company...
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2019-02-22

Zumtobel Steps into LiFi Business with pureLiFi

Zumtobel announced that it has teamed up with pureLiFi, the UK-based LiFi company spun off from the University of Edinburgh, to empower its LED solution with capacity of data transmission. With the partnership, Zumtobel installed pureLiFi’s system with its LED lights. The trial will allow Zumtobel to evaluate the market demand for the technology over the coming months. Then the company aims to leverage LiFi to create value for lead adopters from industries such as medical, defence, industrial and manufacturing. (Image: Zumtobel) Alfred Felder, Zumt...
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2019-02-21

Horticulture Lighting as Focus of LED and Lighting Companies

The importance of LED lighting applications in the horticultural industry is increasing with the on-going trend of indoor and vertical farming applications. With controllable spectrum and illuminance, LED lighting is widely used in cultivation for various kinds of crops including tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, greens and cannabis. LEDinside notices that many LED and lighting companies have increased their product portfolio for horticulture lighting and pushed related technology development. According to the report of LEDinside, titled “2019 Light LED and LED ...
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2019-02-21

Researchers Improve LED Efficiency with Inspiration from Fireflies

The way fireflies light up their lanterns has become an inspiration to increase the efficiency of LED. Researchers at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) found out that LEDs made with firefly-mimicking structures could improve lighting efficiency. Enhancing luminous efficiency of LED has been a research field for many scientists. Stuart (Shizhuo) Yin, professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, noted, "Overall commercial LED efficiency is currently only about 50 percent. One of the major concerns is how to improve the so-called light extra...
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2019-02-21

Signify Reaches 1000 Member Milestone with Its Expanding EnabLED Licensing Program

Signify announced that its EnabLED Licensing Prgram for LED luminaires and retrofit bulbs has included more than 1000 members and is providing more than 400 inventions and over 2800 granted patents for them. Signify reported in May 2018 that it has signed 900 licensees with the program covering 2600 patents. The program has added 150 more innovations to its portfolio early in 2018 and increased the licensing members to 1000. (Image: Signify) The new innovations added to the program are related to filament-based LED products, warm dimming incandescent emulation, om...
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2019-02-20

BOE Becomes Apple’s Third OLED Panel Supplier

Chinese panel producer BOE will become a supplier of OLED panels to Apple for iPhone aside from Samsung and LGD, reported Etnews, a South Korean media. According to the report, BOE might be providing flexible OLED panel for the folding iPhone scheduled for 2020. However, currently the flexible OLED panels of BOE have not passed Apple’s final validation yet. For officially supplying its OLED products to Apple, BOE has to provide further sample products and go through the demanding process of quality control. As a result, it might take more...
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2019-02-19

Fujitsu Strengthen Its IoT Platform with Integrated Smart Lighting and Energy Solutions

Fujitsu Network Communications, announced an expansion of its Internet of Things (IoT) technology platform which will enable the rapid development and deployment of smart utility applications. With the addition of new ecosystem partners ClearWorld and GreenStar, this powerful platform of tools and technologies includes solutions for integrated smart lighting and smart energy resilience. Fujitsu is empowering utilities and communities to leverage advanced technologies with an integrated ecosystem of technology vendors, offering simplicity, cost savings and convenience with bes...
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2019-02-19

Spanish Researchers Develop Method to Predict How Much Money can be Saved via Smart Lighting Systems

A research team at the University of Seville, Spain, announced that it has developed a predictive method for quantifying the potential energy and economic saving that using smart lighting control systems brings. According to their estimation, smart controlled lighting system can save about EUR 4000 (US$ 4526) over ten years for 80-square-meters space. Supported by the project Dynalight, from the competitive bidding process Retos 2017 and promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the research team developed “daily performance metrics” that include climati...
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2019-02-19

Red Bull Crashed Ice Event Lit up with LED Lighting by Osram

Osram provided its advanced LED lighting technology to the famous winter sport event, Red Bull Crashed Ice, which was held in Fenway Park in Boston as the event’s exclusive lighting partner. During the event, Osram embedded its fully DMX controllable LED lighting in the ice to create a vivid feature in the track to guide the riders downhill and over jumps and other obstacles. In addition, the company also provided its LED-embedded gear to a rider. (image: Red Bull Crashed Ice) Osram has been an active supporter of the event. In early 2018, it equip...
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2019-02-19

Trump Administration Plans to Exempt Light Bulbs from Efficiency Standard

The Trump administration proposed to exempt some light bulbs from new efficiency standards that passed by Obama in January 2017 and many believe the plan will result in extra electricity costs for the U.S. citizen while increase greenhouse gas emission. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) planned to revise definitions of general service lamp (GSL) and general service incandescent lamp (GSIL) and other supplemental definition that adopt the green standards published by Obama. The revised definition will then remove three-way bulbs, candle-shaped bulbs used in chandel...
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2019-02-18

Former BMW Digital Units Head Dieter May to be CEO of Osram Opto Semiconductors

Osram has continued its company profile sharpening and appointed Dieter May, who has served as Senior Vice President of the Digital Services and Business Models unit for the BMW Group, as the new CEO of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors business unit. May will begin its position to lead the LED division of Osram since May 1, 2019, taking over the management from Aldo Kamper, the previous CEO of Osarm Opto Semiconductors who became CEO of Germany’s Leoni AG after he left Osram in August 2018. (Image: BMW/OSRAM) The intensive expe...
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2019-02-15

Point Engineering Introduces Al Substrate for UV LED to Optimize UV Intensity

Point Engineering (PEC) is a UV LED package manufacturer based in South Korea who specialized in its vertical insulator aluminum metal frame for UV LED package. According to the analysis of LEDinside, the UV LED market is expected to increase to US$ 1.224 billion in 2022, with a CAGR of 33% during 2017-2022. Apart from the steady curing market growth, surface sterilization, static water sterilization, and flowing water sterilization are the market momentums to drive the growth of UV LED during 2018 to 2022. The development for LED chips becom...
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2019-02-15

Osram Invests in IoT Company to Strengthen its Digital Solution Development

Apart from the buyout talk confirmation, Osram also announced that it has purchased shares of Beaconinside, a German company developing IoT solutions, for expanding its digital business in location-based services. Osram aims to integrate Beaconinside’s IoT solution for retails, smart city and logistics with its sensor technology to extend product portfolio such as beacon. Stefan Kampmann, CTO of OSRAM, noted, "Beaconinside's innovative solutions enable sales-supporting advertising campaigns, detailed customer analyses and intelligent logistics monitorin...
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2019-02-15

Research Shows LED Can Cool Down Electronics Devices with Reversed Electrodes

Researchers found a new method of photonic cooling by running LED with electrodes reversed. Researchers believe that this approach could improve cooling technology for future microprocessors, which will include various transistors in a small space that current methods cannot remove heat quickly enough. The finding was published on Nature on February 13 by a research team at the University of Michigan. Linxiao Zhu, the lead author on the research article, explained, “Usually for thermal radiation, the intensity only depends on temperature, but we actually have an additio...
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2019-02-15

Lextar and Epistar Continues Its Shipment of Mini LED Backlight Products; Lite-On Reports LED Revenue Increase

Taiwanese LED companies announced their revenue of January 2019. Epistar and Lextar posted on-month revenue increase while Lite-On reported growth in LED products. Epistar registered a revenue of NT$ 1.27 billion (US$ 41.16 million) for January which increased by 6.56% MoM but dropped by 32.4% YoY. Impacted by the trade dispute and political uncertainty, business growth in the global LED market is not expected by the industry players. To cope with the sluggish market, Epistar has focused on Mini LED backlight products targeting high-end display applicatio...
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2019-02-14

Commoditized LED MOCVD Market in China Leads to Veeco’s Revenue Drop in 4Q18

U.S.-based instrument manufacturer Veeco announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2018. For 4Q18, the company registered a revenue of US$99 million, which dropped by 29.1% YoY. Veeco also reported a GAAP net loss of US$144.7 million, in comparison with US$8.5 loss in 4Q17. The non-GAAP loss was US$7.5 million. According to the company, the declined revenue and profit in the fourth quarter of 2018 was due to "Commoditization of the MOCVD market for LEDs in China.” In 2Q18, the revenue from China accounted for 45...
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2019-02-14

Osram Confirms the Buyout Rumors and in Discussion with Bain Capital and Carlyle Group

Osram announced a confirmation about the possible buyout by Bain Capital and Carlyle Group and revealed that it is engaged in detailed discussions with the interested parties. After Osram reported its declined business performance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and said it has “taken a number of measures to improve revenue and returns,” the Germany company confirmed the market rumors that Bain Capital and Carlyle Group are eyeing the buyout of Osram. In November 2018, Bloomberg reported that the U.S.-based Bain Capital has been considering acquiri...
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2019-02-13

Signify Pushes Its LiFi Development with the Acquisition of Firefly LiFi

Signify has been increasing its investment in fast-growing areas including horticulture, solar, and LiFi as they go in line with the company’s sustainability principle. LiFi was particularly addressed as Signify has recently acquired Firefly LiFi, a LiFi company with offices in the U.S. and Germany. According to the news covered by LiFiReport, Signify has bought FireFly LiFi with the transaction completed in December 2018. The lighting company has also acquired a French LiFi company by the end of 2016 and started a trial in Paris with a French real esta...
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2019-02-13

ams to Introduce Sensor Solutions for Mobile Devices at MWC 2019

Austrian sensing solution provider ams announced that it will showcase several industry-first technologies for mobile devices at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona during February 25 -28. ams will demonstrate state-of-the-art sensor solutions for mobile, computing and consumers including 3D sensing technology, behind screen solution color sensors and medical-level wearable devices. The industrial and automotive applications of these technologies will also be presented by ams. (image: ams) The 3D sensing technologies for mobile devices include active stereo ca...
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2019-02-13

Dublin City Plans to Convert Historical Streetlights into LED Lighting

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is planning to convert its public street lights into LED lighting, aiming to initiate smart city applications. The project proposed by Dublin City Council will replace up to 40000 city lights with LED and install smart city applications as well as restore 120 columns with heritage luminaires to original design. The cost is estimated to be EUR 80 million (US$ 90 million) and the project is currently at tendering stage. The city is famous for its ornate historical street light with Georgian style decoration including shamrocks and crest...
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2019-02-13

Seoul Semiconductor Provides SunLike Series LEDs for Dutch Horticulture Lighting Company

Seoul Semiconductor announced that its SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs have been adopted for horticulture LED lighting by Rofianda, a Netherlands-based lighting solution company. According to Seoul Semiconductor, its SunLike Series natural spectrum LEDs produce light that closely matches the spectrum of natural sunlight. Adopting the SunLike LEDs, the horticulture LED lighting by Rofianda achieved a full spectrum of light wavelengths from 380nm to 740nm which is similar to the spectral curve of natural sunlight. In co-operation with Rofianda, Seoul ...
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2019-02-12

The Effects of Lighting on Working Productivity Indicate the Importance of Office Lighting

In the modern society, the majority of people spend about 90 percent of their time indoor, leading to the issue of lacking explosion to natural sunlight. This further causes disruption of people’s circadian system, which connects to sleep disorder and depressed moods that would negatively affect productivity for work and study. In order to solve the problem, human centric lighting (HCL) applications have attracted more attention. HCL mimics natural light with adjusted colors that shift from bright blue-rich white during the day time to keep people alert and focus to relaxin...
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2019-02-12

Osram Focuses on non-Lighting Photonic and Optical Technologies for Boosting Revenue

Followed the notice released by the end of January, Osram announced the results of its first quarter of fiscal 2019. The company posted a revenue of EUR 828 million (US$ 934.65 million) which declined by 15% YoY with revenue dropped in three of Osram’s business segments. The Opto Semiconductors division recorded an on-year decline in revenue of 17% and its revenue of automotive segment decreased by 11 % YoY. In the Digital segment, revenue fell by around 17% YoY due to weak market development in the general lighting segment. Olaf Berlien, CEO of Osram...
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Natural colour rendering of Optisolis™ LEDs lets visitors experience artwork as the artist intended without degrading the work. Tokushima, Japan – 23 July 2019: Nichia Corporation, the leader in high brightness LED technologies, an... READ MORE

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