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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2020-05-13

【Interview】OSRAM Steadily Occupies the First Supplier of Horticultural Lighting with Its Superior LED Chip and Packing Technology

According to the research of LEDinside, the global LED horticultural lighting market saw a growth of 25% to 30% to US$ 369 million in 2019, with an increase of 31% year-on-year. Currently, LEDinside was fortunate to have an exclusive interview with OSRAM, a global leader in LED horticultural lighting, to learn how the future development of the horticultural lighting market is and how OSRAM’s LED technology supports various horticultural lighting applications. Chi Guangwei, Senior Application Engineer of ILLUmination Department at OSRAM, sh...
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2020-05-12

US-based Turner Construction Purchases Heliospectra LED Lighting Solutions for Upcoming Greenhouse Projects

Horticulture lighting technology supplier Heliospectra announced that it has received a new order from Turner Construction in Miami, Florida, USA, for greenhouse projects. The order will be delivered in May 2020. Turner Construction is one of the biggest construction company in the U.S. and provides design, construction, and installation services for multiple commercial-scale greenhouse projects across the United States in 2020. The Heliospectra ELIXIA 600W LED light will support the growth of crop in a wide variety of growing environments to insure quali...
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2020-05-12

TrendForce: Driven by Shrinking Pixel Pitch, Video Wall LED Market Revenue Still Projected to Grow 3.7% YoY in 2020

According to the latest investigations by the LEDinside research division of TrendForce, owing to the continued shrinking of pixel pitches, LED shipment for video wall is expected to undergo further growth in 2020. Although the current yearly revenue forecast has been revised from the pre-pandemic figure of US$2.261 billion down to US$1.946 billion, it still represents a 3.7% YoY growth. In terms of the overall LED video wall supply chain, TrendForce indicates that, after the traditional peak seasonality of 4Q19, LED video wall manufacturers had relatively low co...
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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

LED Lighting Supports Sustainable Fishing and Protect Local Habitat

LED lighting technology helps to enhance sustainability not only by reducing general energy consumption, it also prevent wildlife in many ways. Recently in Alabama, USA, a turtle-friendly LED lighting is installed in the Gulf Coast to protect a wide variety of sea turtles living in the area. Also, Bangor University in the UK found that attaching LED lights to big holes in net can guide non-target species to escape and significantly reduce bycatch. Alabama’s Gulf Coast with beautiful beaches attracts more than five million visitors annually with visitors. And...
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2020-05-11

Subway Trains and Buses in NYC Disinfected by UVC to Fight against Coronavirus Infection

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City is using UV lamps to sanitize subway cars and buses for COVID-19 infection prevention, reported New York Daily News. MTA announced that it will close the subway system from one to five a.m. every day since May 6, 2020 to deep clean and disinfect all the trains and buses to combat coronavirus. One of its disinfecting solution is using UV lamps to deliver UVC radiation for diminishing bacteria, viruses and other pathogens in the cars. (Image: Pixabay) The disinfection project applying U...
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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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2020-05-08

GE Current Sets up a New Distribution Center in Atlanta, U.S

GE Current, a Daintree company announced on May 4 that it has opened a new distribution center in the greater Atlanta area in the U.S. With the addition of this location to its distribution network, GE Current will be able to provide same-day and next-day service to its lighting and controls customers regionally. The company aims to meet the growing needs of its customer in the southeastern United State. (Image: GE Current) Georgia State has started to reopen its shops and business amid the coronavirus pandemic since April 24, which could be an advantage for G...
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2020-05-08

LiDAR to be Adopted in Next-gen Volvo Cars in 2022 for Self-driving

Volvo unveiled its plan to launch its next generation self-driving car in 2022 by integrating LiDAR technology supported by Luminar. Volvo Cars, the Sweden-based company now owned by Geely Holding of China, said that its next generation SPA2 modular vehicle architecture will be available as hardware-ready for autonomous drive from production start in 2022,with the Luminar LiDAR seamlessly integrated into the roof. (Image: Volvo/Luminar) The LiDAR technology of Volvo’ new car is supported by Luminar, a LiDAR startup company aiming to make cost ...
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2020-05-08

Veeco Announces Board of Directors Changes and Business Growth in 1Q20

Veeco Instrument posted financial results for the first quarter of 2020 ended March 31, 2020 and announced the recent adjustment of its Board of Directors. The equipment supplier reported that its former CEO and Chairman, John Peelter has retired and is passing the role to Richard D’Amore, who has been a General Partner of North Bridge Venture Partners and served on the Veeco Board for years. Meanwhile, Mary Jane Raymond, CFO of II-VI Incorporated, joined Veeco’s Board of Directors. Veeco’s revenue for 1Q20 grew by 5.13% YoY...
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2020-05-08

Osram Reports Increased Cash Flow and Profit Margin

Osram announced its FY2Q20 financial results and said that it has achieved a good second quarter given the global challenges. The company registered a revenue of EUR 821 million (US$ 890.25 million), which dropped by 7.9% YoY. Despite that, the adjusted EBITDA increased by 36.8% YoY and adjusted EBITDA margin also improved by 3.6 p.p to 11.7%. Due to restructuring costs for the change in structural and personnel adjustments, Osram reported a loss of EUR 39.3 million (US$ 42.61 million). Osram CEO, Olaf Berlien, said that the company had reacted very...
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2020-05-07

AUO Spins off Its General Display and PID Businesses to Focus on Market Diversification

Taiwan-based panel maker AU Optronics (AUO) is going to demerge its General Display and Public Information Display businesses and set up a new wholly owned subsidiary Da Qing. By establishing the new company, AUO aims to accelerate the building of ecosystems with partners across diverse domains, extending the value chain for smart display applications, integrating AIoT and novel technologies to seize new market opportunities. (Image: AUO) Facing severe competition in the panel industry and the declining market demand resulted by the coronavirus outbreak, globa...
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2020-05-07

Compound Photonics Launches Micro LED AR Display Backplane and Driver Technology Platform

Compound Photonics (CP), a U.S.-based AR/MR microdisplay solutions developer, announced the launch of its digital backplane which enables Micro LED technology builder for high definition microdisplay subsystem integration. CP re-engineered its market-ready LCoS backplane technology into an innovative constant current drive configuration for Micro LED pixels based on its 0.26-inch (~3 μm pixel) 1080p display format. The technology can be integrated with Micro LED displays to accelerate the manufacture process by bonding the devices to a backplane driven by C...
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2020-05-07

New Nanostructure Created for Perovskites to Emit High Efficient Blue Light

Florida State University (FSU) researchers have discovered a novel structure for organic-inorganic hybrid materials that shows potential for more efficient technologies. Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Biwu Ma and his team have published a new study in the journal Science Advances that explains how they created a hollow nanostructure for metal halide perovskites that would allow the material to emit a highly efficient blue light. Metal halide perovskites are a material that have shown great potential for photon-related technologies such as light-emitting diodes and l...
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2020-05-07

KAUST Scientists Develop First InGaN Red LED in High Power to Simply Micro LED Display Production

A research team at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) announced their achievement in manufacturing InGaN red LEDS with a peak wavelength of 665nm as well as improved light output power and external quantum efficacy. Their achievement is believed to support more efficient process of full color Micro LED display development. (Image: KAUST) One of the challenges of Micro LED display is producing red LEDs with GaN, which is considered almost impossible, according to Kazuhiro Ohkawa, leader of the research group. Red colo...
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2020-05-06

Samsung Sees Weak Demands in Display; LG Display Reports Revenue Drop

Korean giants Samsung and LG announced their financial results for the first quarter of 2020 and they both reported that the COVID-19 outbreak has affected their business performance. Samsung registered a total revenue of KRW 55.33 trillion (US$ 45.11 billion) with an on-year increase of 5.6%. Operating profit is KRW 6.45 trillion (US$ 5.28 billion) decreased by 9.8% QoQ but increased by 3.2% YoY. Compared to the previous quarter 4Q19 which is usually the peak season of the year, the revenue of 1Q20 went down due to seasonality. And the on-year growth was due ...
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2020-05-06

TrendForce: Demand for LED Peripherals Surging as Apple Stimulates Market Opportunities in Mini LED Backlighting Applications

According to the latest report by the LEDinside research division of TrendForce, titled 2020 Mini LED Next-Generation Display Technology and Supply Chain Analysis, as Apple pushes forward the development of Mini LED backlight technology, the company is expected to incorporate Mini LED backlight technology to improve the performance its existing products such as the iPad and Pro Display. The application of Mini LED backlight technology is expected to reach 18% penetration rate in the overall market for IT products in 2025. TrendForce Assistant Resear...
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2020-05-06

Light + Building 2020 Cancelled

Despite that many countries are preparing to loosen lockdowns and resume economic activities, the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the high-tech industry. Light + Building 2020, which postponed to late September and early October, has been cancelled. (Image: Messe Frankfurt) The event organizers, Mess Frankfurt, ZVEI, ZVEH and the Exhibitor Advisory Council have decided to cancel the event as it is still uncertain how the coronavirus epidemic will develop by September. The world’s largest lighting company Signify has announced that it will not joi...
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2020-05-06

Seoul Viosys Reports Revenue Growth with Strong Demand in UV LED

Seoul Viosys, the subsidiary of Seoul Semiconductor, announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2020. The company registered a consolidated revenue of KRW 87 billion (US$ 71.17 million), which increased by 10% YoY. Seoul Viosys has reported boosting inquiries for its UV LED products “Violeds” for disinfection applications as the coronavirus outbreak stimulated the awareness of consumers for ‘Clean Technologies.’ As a result, despite that sales of visible LEDs declined, Seoul Viosys still reported a double-digit overall grow...
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2020-05-05

Micro LED based Smart Lens Maker Mojo Vision Raises Additional $51 Million

Mojo Vision, the Invisible Computing company who is developing smart contact lens with Micro LED technology, announced by the end of April its additional funding raised in Series B-1 investment round. The found will be used to gear up the development of Mojo Lens, the smart contact lens to realize AR applications. (Image: Mojo Vision) Mojo Vision has raised US$51 million in the B-1 round, bringing the total funding to date to more than US$159 million. The latest round of funding was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with participation from top stra...
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2020-05-05

AIXTRON Reports Sales and Profits Decreases in 1Q20 with Limited Impacts from COVID-19 Pandemic

Germany-based semiconductor equipment provider AIXTRON published its financial results of the first quarter of 2020. The company reported an on-year increase for order intake but drops in revenue and profit. AIXTRON’s order intake grew by 28% YoY for 1Q20 to EUR 68.8 million (US$ 74.9 million) due to continued strong demand for the increasing use of LED-based display applications and the production of lasers for optical data transmission and 3D sensors, especially in mobile phones. The revenues for in Q120, however, dropped by 40% YoY and 45% QoQ...
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2020-05-05

Ubicquia Acquires Smart City Platform from GE Current

Connected streetlights and smart city solution supplier Ubicquia announced that it has acquired smart city platform from GE Current, a Daintree Company. Ubicquia bought all CityIQ® assets including technology, related patents and contracts with major customers and cities across the US and Canada. In addition, all CityIQ Development, Sales and Customer Success team members across Montreal and Cleveland will be fully integrated into Ubicquia’s organization. (Image: Ubicquia) The CityIQ platform has been applied in several cities in the U.S. and ...
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2020-05-05

Lawrence Lin Leaves LEDVANCE, Qinghuan Sun Appointed as the New CEO

Lawrence Lin, who took over the role of CEO in LEDVANCE in November 2018, has left the company, covered by EdisonReport and lightED. Qinghuan Sun, President of MLS, has been appointed as CEO and Managing Director of LEDVANCE since Lin left. Erol Kirilmaz, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, on the other hand, has become Managing Director in the United States and Canada on an interim basis. (Image: LEDVANCE) Lin had been appointed as CEO and Managing Director in 2018 after Jacob Tern, who took the role for only eight month...
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2020-05-04

Researchers Use LED to Optimize 3D Metal Printing Technology

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria has develop a new technology by using LED instead of laser as light sources to make metal component by 3D printing. The research project is named Selective LED-based Melting (SLEDM). SLEDM uses high-power LEDs as light source to melt metal powder for 3D printing manufacturing. The technology is similar to selective laser melting (SLM) and electron beam melting (EBM), in which metal powder is melted by means of a laser or electron beam and built up into a component layer by layer. However, by replacin...
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2020-05-04

Tridonic Appoints New CEO; Signify Announces EUR 1.275 Billion Eurobonds

Tridonic, the lighting technology company of the Zumtobel Group, welcomed its new CEO on May 1, 2020. Meanwhile, Dutch lighting company Signify report the pricing of its Eurobond to refinance the bridge loan for the acquisition of Cooper Lighting. Hugo Rohner has become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tridonic of the Austria based Zumtobel Group. Hugo Rohner is an internationally experienced manager in the fields of digitalisation and IoT (Internet of Things) and was most recently the CEO of the Skidata Group in Salzburg. He will reports directly...
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2020-05-04

Healthe Launches Human-Safe UV Light Solutions to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 Infection

Healthe announced the expansion of the Cleanse® Series that uses UV light which the company claims to be safe for human exposure to continuously sanitize public environments using UV light The UV light equipped series include Cleanse Portal, Cleanse Downlight and Cleanse Air-Sanitizing Troffer. The Cleanse Portal is a free-standing walkthrough arch sanitizer, similar in size and shape to a metal detector, that inactivates bacteria and viruses on skin, clothing and goods with a dosage requirement as low as 20 seconds. The Cleanse Downlight combines general illum...
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2020-05-04

Signify Partners RIAT to Grow Tomatoes and Cucumbers in a Vertical Farm without Daylight

Signify has teamed up with Russian innovative farming company RIAT to pioneer the growing of tomatoes and cucumbers in a vertical farm without daylight. During the research phase in 2019, RIAT achieved a yield comparable to advanced traditional greenhouses using Philips GreenPower LED grow lights. To cultivate tomatoes and cucumbers that require intensive lighting vertically without the exposure of daylight, sufficient lighting system is critical. Signify supplied its LED grow lights to the Russian company to help it achieving a yield performance comparable to tradit...
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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