2020-09-04

Researchers Develop Transparent Films Capable of Color Tuning, Offering Potentials for LED Applications

Researchers from Tokyo University of Science reported an achievement of developing transparent films that can tune the emitting color. This innovation of color tunable transparent films may provide a wide range of application potential for LED displays and illumination. Published in The Royal Society of Chemistry's Materials Advances, the research team described the mechanism it has developed to tune the photoemission of a solid polymeric film. The method is to control the flow of protons in it by applying a voltage. The study provided insights into the creation of mo...
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2020-09-04

Combining LiDAR Sensor and Video Management Software for Advanced People Flow and Occupancy Monitor

LiDAR technology builder Quanergy announced its partnership with Milestone Systems, an open platform video management software developer, to enhance flow management system with improved functions. Quanergy’s AI-powered 3D LiDAR sensors and QORTEX perception software are now interoperable with Milestone’s open platform video management software. This combination of technologies delivers advanced people flow and occupancy management capabilities for smart spaces, as well as enhanced threat detection and surveillance in security environments. (Image: Q...
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2020-09-04

【Exclusive Interview】Nitride Semiconductors To Be the Innovator in the UV LED Market Sectors

Nitride Semiconductors, established by the collaboration with Tokushima University, is a company taking the initiative to develop high brightness UV LED and provide products to the customers all over the world. Nitride Semiconductors cooperates with Seoul Viosys and SETi on UVC LED manufacturing and production by using Nitride Semiconductors’ patents. LEDinside had an opportunity to interview Yoshihiko Muramoto, President & CEO of Nitride Semiconductors to learn more about the updated progress of Nitride Semiconductors in UV LED business. ...
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2020-09-03

Vuzix Announces Its Plan to Launch Micro LED Smart Glasses in 2021

Vuzix announced that it is developing next generation product line of smart glasses powered by Micro LED technology that are expected to become available in 2021. (Image: Vuzix) The smart glasses maker said that the Micro LED-based product line will include middle-end consumer-facing product and a higher end enterprise version with built-in cellular connectivity. (Image: Vuzix) Micro LED will be used as projectors for the smart glasses to deliver high density pixel arrays with both monochrome and full color solution. The glasses will also feature a larger field...
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2020-09-03

Epistar, Lextar and AUO to Leverage Their Expertise to Expand Micro/Mini LED Business through Collaboration with Big Brands

Mini LED backlight display technology is going to be adopted by Apple and Samsung for tablets and TVs launching next year. Meanwhile, we have seen several Micro LED technology breakthroughs recently with AUO, PlayNitride and ITRI showcasing their prototypes for innovative applications. To speed up Micro/Mini LED display technology, integration within the supply chain is a major strategy recognized by industry players. Epistar and Lextar, the two Taiwan-based LED chip manufacturers, are merging with the aim to leverage their expertise and avoid duplicated ...
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2020-09-03

Signify Partners ScaleAQ to Support Sustainable Fish Farming

Signify and ScaleAQ join forces in a global strategic partnership for sustainable Aquaculture solutions, to optimize feed conversion in the most efficient way and contribute to the food challenges the world is facing. Together the two companies will improve fish welfare, production and yield for fish farmers by providing an optimal light spectrum, light distribution and control system so farmers can customize the light recipes to their specific needs. Optimal lighting improves fish welfare and results in a better feed conversion ratio and lower maturation rate. It also protects fi...
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2020-09-03

Osram Launches Automotive LEDs with Enhanced Brightness and Announces Settlement with Lextar

Osram announced the expansion of its automotive LED portfolio, launching a new generation of 1 to 4-chip versions in the Oslon Compact PL product family. The company also reported settlement with its contract manufacturer Lextar. The new version of the Oslon Compact PL products feature ceramic components with an electrically insulated pad that makes it much easier to dissipate heat from the package. The design enables a higher current to allow the 1-chip version to achieve an outstanding brightness value of 395 lumens at 1A with a chip area of 1mm². Sized small as 1...
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2020-09-02

Horticulture Lighting based on LEDs to be Installed in Commercial Buildings, Breaking the Limitation of Plant Growth

A new deal announced by Heliospectra, a Sweden based horticulture lighting technology provider, unveiled a new approach for achieving urban farming with LED grow lights. (Image: Heliospectra) Heliospectra reported that it has received an order from BBL Construction, who operates as a general contractor in the fields of commercial and institutional construction. According to Heliospectra, the two business partners are going to apply their expertise for several projects. The partnership might indicate that LED grow light and vertical farming facilities are now consi...
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2020-09-02

Planar Releases Fine Pitch LED Featured Outdoor Video Walls

Planar announced the launch of its new outdoor LED display product, the Planar HRO Series. The Planar HRO Series expands the company’s portfolio of LED display solutions with a high brightness, fine pixel pitch LED offering that is built for close-up daylight video viewing. The Planar HRO Series delivers impactful visual experiences for audiences even in direct sunlight. (Image: Planar) Planar HRO Series features some of the finest pixel pitches available for outdoor LED displays, 1.5 mm and 1.9 mm. The fine pixel pitch paired with 3,500 nit ...
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2020-09-02

Allegro MicroSystems Acquires LiDAR Sensor Maker Voxtel to Drive ADAS Solution

Allegro MicroSystems (Allegro) announced the acquisition of Voxtel, a company specializing in advanced photonic and 3D imaging technology including LiDAR. With the acquisition, Allegro aims to integrate Voxtel’s expertise in laser and imaging to enhance ADAS technology. Voxtel experts in photonics and has provided solutions for military, space, automotive and surveillance applications. Its ultra-miniature lasers, read-out integrated circuits (ROICs), and near-infrared (NIR) and short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) photodetectors are supported by more than 3...
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2020-09-02

New Flexible Micro LED Based on Graphene May Reshape Future of Wearable Technology

University of Texas at Dallas researchers and their international colleagues have developed a method to create Micro LEDs that can be folded, twisted, cut and stuck to different surfaces. The research, published online in the journal Science Advances, helps pave the way for the next generation of flexible, wearable technology. The research team created a detachable Micro LED with flexibility, aiming to fulfill the growing demand for bendable, wearable electronics. Researchers develop the flexible LED through a technique called remote epitaxy. To make it detachable, res...
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2020-09-01

Trading Factories as Strategies for Display Makers to Focus on New Technology

Accelerating the development of new display technologies is the goal for worldwide display manufacturers and some of them have decided to sell or buy new facilities as a move to approach their target. Samsung Display has sold its LCD factory in China to Chinese display maker CSOT, a company under TCL group, to further cut down its LCD capacity, which goes in line with Samsung’s plan to quit LCD business. By ending its LCD panel production, Samsung aims to expand its development in QD displays and OLED displays. The Korean giant has also reportedly t...
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2020-09-01

Total VCSEL Revenue Expected to Reach US$1.8 Billion in 2021 Owing to Integration of 3D Sensing and 5G, Says TrendForce

In early 2020, TrendForce forecasted the release of more than 10 high-end smartphone models equipped with 3D sensing solutions this year, which would drive up 3D sensing VCSEL revenue* to US$1.404 billion. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on global smartphone shipment, and the Indian consumer market exhibited strong demand for entry-level and mid-range smartphone models, smartphone brand vendors have subsequently slowed down their pace of integrating 3D sensing solutions into high-end models. TrendForce is revising its forecasted 3D sensing VCSEL (fo...
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2020-09-01

Lumileds Announces New LUXEON Rubix Color LEDs with High Power, Small Size and Flexibility

Lumileds released a small and powerful new color LED, LUXEON Rubix, which is designed to deliver maximum flux at drive currents up to 3A and unmatched design flexibility. With LUXEON Rubix, engineers are freed from the design constraints of pre-configured modules and can create custom arrays with smaller optics supporting smaller size luminaires. (Image: Lumileds) “LUXEON Rubix introduces a size and power ratio that has never before existed for color LEDs,” said LP Liew, Product Marketing Manager at Lumileds. “Think of LUXEO...
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2020-09-01

【Exclusive Interview】Seoul Viosys Sees UVC LED Business Bloom in 3Q20

After years of investment on UV LED R&D, Seoul Viosys has become one of the leading UV LED companies in the world. The company covers products with full range of wavelengths and its UVA LED and UVC LED products are taking leading positions in the industry. As COVID-19 epidemic keep sweeping the world, awareness of public health and health management has increased significantly. Many consumers and branding vendors have also begun to pay much attention to UVC LED-related products with disinfecting functions. According to “TrendForce 2020...
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2020-09-01

【Exclusive Interview】Nichia UVC LED Optical Power Increased to 70mW, Targeting to Replace Mercury Lamp in the Disinfection Market

Nichia, the Japan-based leading LED manufacturer, has been dedicated to innovation of LED technology for a wide range of applications. LEDinside had an opportunity to interview Yoshihiko Naito, Deputy General Manager of Nichia’s Hong Kong subsidiary to learn more about the upgraded technology progress of Nichia in UVC LED. Naito indicated that the wavelength of mercury lamp is concentrated at 254nm, but it will only produce up to 70% UVC. However, UVC LED is designed for a single wavelength emission, which produces 100% UVC without wasting pow...
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2020-08-31

Vertical Farm in Abu Dhabi to Produce Fresh Lettuce in 3Q20

The pandemic urged many countries to face the issue of food security as the lockdowns have posed threats to areas replying heavily on food import. Food production based on agri-tech demonstrates a feasible solution for the problem. For example, a new vertical farm in Abu Dhabi is going to launch in September to supply fresh veggies for the UAE. The vertical farm company, Smart Acres, has set the vertical farming facilities based on LED lighting and IoT technology in Abu Dhabi at the Armed Forces Officers Club. The company collaborated with a Korean company “...
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2020-08-31

iPhone 12 to Feature LiDAR Sensor Mounted Camera, as Revealed by Leaker

As the launch of iPhone 12 is approaching, more rumors about the new Apple product were unveiled. Las week, a new Apple leak said that LiDAR sensor is “confirmed” for iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple predictor Jon Prosser uploaded a video and share a few alleged screenshot of iPhone 12. One of the picture demonstrate the option of “Enable LiDAR CA,” indicating that LiDAR will be featured for the new iPhone. (Image: Jon Prosser's Twitter post) This will not be the first time Apple adopting the sensor component in its product. Th...
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2020-08-31

QD Color Conversion and Wafer Technologies Drive Micro LED Display Mass Production

Micro LED technology developers from Taiwan unveiled their latest progress in quantum dots (QD) color conversion and wafer production. Lextar introduced its progresses in reliable QD development to realize full color Micro LED displays while PlayNitride shared its achievement of 6-inch Micro LED epitaxial wafers with advanced uniformity. (Image: screenshot from PlayNitride video) Lextar, a vertical integrated LED company based in Taiwan, shared that the company has been working on deploying QD color conversion technology on Micro LED display. Since M...
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2020-08-31

Micro LED Hetero-integration Paves the Way for Innovative Display Applications

The ultimate display technology Micro LED has improved significantly in wafer technology, full color performance and mass transferring recently. Taiwan-based industry players have shared their insights of the technology at an industry gathering last week. Jennifer Y-C Lin, Senior Associate Vice President of AUO, indicated that Micro LED will be a key technology to drive innovative applications in the era of 5G connection and IoT, especially as the world heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. She explained that in addition to excellent display performance,...
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2020-08-28

JDI to Sell Its LCD Plant to Sharp and Apple for JPY 71 billion

Japan Display (JDI) is going to sell its LCD plant in Hakusan, Japan, to Sharp and Apple, so that the Japanese display maker can pay off its debt to Apple. The total transfer price is estimated to be JPY 71 billion (US$ 672 million). (Image: JDI) The plant will be transferred to Sharp, who is also a display supplier of Apple, by the end of September. With the transaction, Sharp will take over most of the debt of JDI which JDI borrowed from Apple when building the plant. The plant was originally built for supplying LCD panels for iPhone. But S...
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2020-08-28

Samsung Partners ScoreVision to Integrate Sports Software Technology with LED Display and Mobile Devices

ScoreVision and Samsung Electronics America announced their partnership to give teams new tools for creating professional game-time experiences for fans everywhere. Pairing Samsung’s line of LED displays with ScoreVision’s integrated platform of scoring, video capture, and fan engagement software gives teams the tools they need to provide a professional game-time experience both inside and outside of their venues. This partnership also empowers teams to explore new revenue streams by monetizing their LED displays using ScoreVision’s advertising technolo...
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2020-08-28

LiDAR to Help Scientists Peer Deeper into Ocean

In addition to support autonomous driving technology, LiDAR is also adopted for scientists to reach deeper into the underwater world. A research published in Applied Optics presented an approach to detect algae and measure key properties using LiDAR, which reached deeper than has been typically possible using satellites. (Image: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) "The LiDAR approach has the potential to fill some important gaps in our ability to measure ocean biology from space," said Collister, a PhD student at Old Dominion University. "T...
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2020-08-27

Signify Partners EDZCOM to Accelerate LiFi Adoption in the Manufacturing Industries

Signify and EDZCOM, the Nordic market leader in Edge Connectivity, will join forces to introduce Trulifi by Signify, two-way wireless network connectivity through infrared and visible light, into industrial applications. The partnership will apply to Signify’s LiFi solutions, branded Trulifi, in the manufacturing industries. (Image: EDZCOM/Signify) Trulifi uses infrared and visible light waves to enable a highly reliable, secure two-way wireless communication at speeds far above most conventional wireless technologies. Trulifi offers immunity to interfe...
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2020-08-27

LEDs Modelled on the Sun to Stimulate Plant Growth for Horticulture Lighting

Germany-based euroLighting introduced two new broadband LEDs, GW3535U and GW1919U (COB), featuring a special spectrum for stimulating plant growth. The LEDs are focused only on specific plant species or growth phase, but can be widely used for vertical farm and more. . Modelled on sunlight, the plant LEDs reproduce the complete light spectrum and generate all wavelengths for each growth phase. This contrasts with LEDs, which only produce a violet spectrum of red and blue wavelengths. They cover the needs of the plant throughout its entire life cycle and thus con...
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2020-08-27

Daktronics Reports Financial Results of Fiscal 1Q21

Daktronics announced fiscal 2021 first quarter results. The company registered net sales of US$143.6 million, operating income of $9.5 million, and net income of $7.5 million, and earnings per diluted share of $0.17. Net sales decreased by 20.3% in the first quarter of fiscal 2021 as compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2020. Net sales decreased in all business units. The change in sales primarily relates to fluctuations and related conversion to sales. Some shipping and on-site delays continue to be caused by COVID-19 related work restrictions or customer delays in readin...
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2020-08-27

Pros and Cons of UVC LEDs and Lamps for Disinfecting Applications

As the COVID-19 pandemic is still posing a threat to worldwide communities, UVC light incorporated products for disinfection are becoming more and more popular. Common applications include upper-room UVC disinfection integrated with lighting fixtures or air cleaners, UVC light embedded robots, UVC light boxes and other portable disinfecting products. These UVC light disinfecting products usually deploy either mercury lamps or LEDs as light source. Currently, mercury lamps are more widely adopted for disinfecting products given its lower production cost and highe...
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2020-08-26

UVC LED Embedded Disinfection Robot Tested Effective for Exterminating Coronavirus

The Singapore company OTSAW who launched UVC LED based disinfecting robot announced that the product’s efficacy has been tested using high concentrations of live samples of human Coronavirus flown from the United States. Based on results and tests carried out by A*STAR completed on August 21st, the robot demonstrated a 99.9% efficacy for disinfection within 5 minutes at a working distance of 2.5 meters. . (Image: OTSAW) The robot O-RX was built in-house by OTSAW and is equipped with a 360-degree camera and LiDAR sensors integrating AI...
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2020-08-26

New Members Join ISELED Alliance to Strengthen LED Technology for Automotive Applications

The ISELED Alliance welcomed three new members to intensify the ISELED technology for automotive applications. Two German companies Marquardt, Preh and a Finland-based company TactoTek joined the open, industrial alliance developing a comprehensive system solution for innovative automotive lighting based on the ISELED technology. So as of August 2020, the ISELED Alliance consists of (in alphabetic order): Allegro MicroSystems, Brightek, Cemm Thome, designLED, Dominant Opto Technologies, Dräxlmaier, Dr. Schneider, Elmos, Everlight, ...
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2020-08-26

Taiwan-based Supply Chain Equipped for Upcoming Mini LED Display Applications

2021 is expected to be the year that Mini LED will illuminate the display market. Apple is getting ready to launch the new iPad Pro featuring Mini LED backlight display and Samsung will probably debut new high end TV portfolio based on the technology. Recently a Korean media added that Samsung might produce about 2 million units of Mini LED backlit TV next year. With all the upcoming Mini LED display applications, the supply chain in Taiwan covering LED manufacturers and panel makers who have been dedicating to improving the display technology based on mini...
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Streetlights and high-bay fixtures require high flux and efficacy to meet the ever increasing demands for system efficiency and energy cost reduction for these applications. Today, LUXEON 5050 LEDs received an upgrade in both flux and efficacy... READ MORE

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