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

Signify to Meet New EU Ecodesign and Energy Labeling Regulations with Its Lighting Products

Signify announced that its lighting portfolio will meet the new EU Ecodesign and Energy labeling regulations, which will affect all lighting products in the EU Member States from September 2021 onwards. The new regulations are representative of the enormous transition that has taken place in the lighting industry. (Image: Signify) The new Ecodesign regulation combines the current three EU regulations on lighting into one. It introduces stricter energy efficiency requirements. Together with the new regulation on Energy Labeling it means that the energy labels for al...
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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

Researchers Achieves High Mobility with Thin Film Tin Dioxide, Paving Way for Clear and Transparent LEDs

Researchers at the University of Tokyo published a research demonstrating their achievement of the highest mobility among thin films of tin dioxide. This high mobility could allow engineers to create thin and even transparent tin dioxide semiconductors for use in next-generation LED lights, photovoltaic solar panels or touch-sensitive display technologies. Tin dioxide can be made into a semiconductor. A research team from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tokyo demonstrated the highest mobility in a thin film of tin oxide ever achieved. The improved mobility no...
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2020-05-21

Planar Launches New Fine Pitch LED Display Product Lines for Indoor and Outdoor Applications

Display solution provider Planar introduce its new LED display product series featuring fine pixel pitch and high brightness to support a wide range of application environments. (Image: Planar) The Planar FX Series offers outdoor models available in 1.5, 1.9, 2.6, 2.9 and 3.9 mm pixel pitches, in addition to indoor models with 1.5, 1.9 and 2.6 mm pixel pitches. The outdoor products support up to 4000 nits brightness and indoors 3500 nits. “As customer demand and confidence in LED video walls has grown, our customers have naturally envisioned use cases requirin...
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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

Bridgelux Introduces Metric to Tell How Nature the Light Is

People are getting more aware of how natural lighting affects the body as well as the psychological feelings. Lighting design and LED technology also address how the artificial light source can mimic the light in the nature. But how do we measure the “naturalness” of light? Bridgelux introduced a new metric to quantify the naturalness. Bridgelux announced that it has developed a new metric to enable objective comparison of light sources to natural light, since standard lighting quality metrics such as CRI and TM-30 do not fully address the naturalness. The LED...
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2020-05-20

TrendForce: Cost Competitiveness of Mini LED Backlight Display May Surpass OLED Options by 2022 Owing to Yearly Cost Reductions

Apple has sparked considerable discussions in the market after rumors surfaced that the company’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, to be released in 2021, may be equipped with Mini LED backlight technology. According to the newest investigations by the LEDinside research division of TrendForce, the manufacturing cost of Mini LED backlight displays is currently higher than that of traditional LCD and OLED displays. However, as manufacturers continue to make improvements in process technology and yield rate, the cost of Mini LED backlight displays is expected to under...
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2020-05-20

Researchers Explore Perovskites and Why It Emits Broad Range of Colors

Some LEDs made from perovskite emit light over a broad wavelength range. To further explain the feature, scientists from the University of Groningen inspected some cases and proposed new explanation which may help other scientists to design perovskite LEDs capable of broad-range light emission. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications on May 11, 2020. Low-dimensional (2D or 1D) perovskites emit light in a narrow spectral range and are therefore used to make LED of superior color purity. However, in some cases, a broad emission spectrum at energy le...
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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

Curved LED Screen Brings Crashing Waves to Seoul

Massive waves are crashing in the “Times Square” of Seoul, on the immense LED video wall wrapping around the SMTown Coex Artium building in South Korea. The huge wave content is created by d’strict, a digital technology company based in South Korea, bringing a vivid wave image into the Seoul city center. (Image: Screenshot from d'strict video clip) The curved LED screen measures 80.0 meter in width and 20.1 meters in height, which is four times the size of a basketball court in Seoul, according to a report covered by The Korea Herald. S...
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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

Signify Debuts Sky-mimicking Lighting to Enhance Human’s Wellbeing

Signify launched its new lighting product based on the concept of Human Centric Lighting, NatureConnect, which is built on proven biophilic design principles, usint elements of nature in interior spaces to create healthy, engaging and inspiring environments.   (Image: Signify) It is suggested from several researches that exposure to the right amount of light during the day, as well as the colors and dynamics from nature helps to improve people’s physical and psychological wellbeing. But the modern life style often leads to lack access to enough daylight, resulting...
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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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2020-05-18

New Study Uses FMCW LiDAR for Long-range 3D Sensing

Researchers at the lab of Tobias Kippenberg at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne found a new way to implement a parallel FMCW LiDAR engine by using integrated nonlinear photonic circuitry. They coupled a single FMCW laser into a silicon-nitride planar microresonator, where the continuous wave laser light is converted into a stable optical pulse train due to the double balance of dispersion, nonlinearity, cavity pumping and loss. The study has been published in Nature. Coherent laser ranging, also known as frequency-modulated continuous wave (FMCW) LiDA...
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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

Besides Humans and Cars, LiDAR Technology Also Tracks Mosquito Activity

LiDAR technology has a wide range of applications, from autonomous driving, industrial automation, to the latest people flow control and social distance maintaining. And now, a group of scientists uses the technology to monitor activity of mosquito. An international research team published a study on Science Advances demonstrating its approach to use LiDAR technology to remotely monitor mosquito activity. Through LiDAR technology, they found the “rush hour” of mosquito in a southeastern Tanzanian village and by identifying the most active time of mosquito, it...
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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

Osram Launches Infrared LED Enabling Gesture Control in Cars to Strengthen Automotive Driving Technology

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and technologies previously designed for mobile devices, such as facial recognition, eye tracking or gesture control, are increasingly making their way into the automotive sector. These technologies are based on infrared light. The smaller and more powerful the required components, the easier they are to integrate into complex designs. Osram’s Oslon Piccolo now offers an extremely compact infrared LED (IRED) that packs enormous power in a small package, making it ideal for customers. (Image: Osram) Autonomous driving w...
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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

STMicroelectronics Joins Zhaga Consortium to Support NFC Technology in Lighting Applications

STMicroelectronics announced that it has become an Associate member of the Zhaga Consortium to advance the deployment of NFC technology in the industrial lighting market. The Zhaga Consortium is a global industry organization that aims to standardize interfaces of LED luminaires. ST’s membership to the Zhaga Consortium sets to facilitate the integration of NFC in lighting products and accelerate the emergence of new standards. One of the key benefits of NFC technology is the ability to improve flexibility and efficiency of LED-driver manufacturing lines....
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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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Broad spectrum white LEDs are widely available San Jose, CA – Lumileds today announced immediate high quantity availability of its LUXEON 3030 HE Plus Horticulture LEDs. Based on the company’s leading 3030 LED portfolio and charact... READ MORE

- LED technology makes extremely space-saving disinfection applications possible - UV-C light can eliminate up to 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria - Osram Opto Semiconductors is driving industrialization of UV-C LEDs Installed in space-sav... READ MORE