2020-04-24

Signify Post 1Q20 Financial Results with Increased Cash Flow to Mitigate COVID-19 Impact

Signify announced the company’s first quarter 2020 results with sales amounted to EUR 1.43 billion (US$ 1.53 billion), down by 3.5% YoY. With adjusted for 1.3% currency effects and 10.6% consolidation (mainly related to the acquisitions of Cooper Lighting and Klite) and other changes, comparable sales declined by 15.3%. LED-based sales represent 78% of total sales. The adjusted gross margin increased by 50 bps to 38.2%, including a negative currency effect of 10 bps. Adjusted indirect costs decreased by EUR 4 million (US$ 4.295 million). The Adjusted EBIT...
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2020-04-24

Heliospectra Supplies Greenhouse Grow Lights Installation in the U.S.

Sweden-based horticulture lighting technology provider Heliospectra announced a new order from Turner Construction in Miami, Florida. The systems integrator and supplier will install the controllable spectra ELIXIA LED lights for several upcoming greenhouse facilities. Turner Construction is leading the design, construction, and installation services for the commercial-scale greenhouse projects across the United States in 2020. The Heliospectra ELIXIA 600W LED light will benefit the greenhouse projects by improving crop quality and performance in a wide v...
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2020-04-24

Luminus Breaks the $0.10 per mW Barrier for UVC LEDs

Luminus Devices launched its newest UVC LED, the XBT-3535, with performance ranging from 50 mW to 80 mW in the 275-285 nm range. With the global need for disinfection and sterilization devices increasing, the price-performance combination of the XBT-3535 will allow companies to quickly bring novel and affordable solutions to market. (Image: Luminus) The germicidal effectiveness of UVC LEDs against E-coli, MRSA and a variety of pathogens has been well documented. UVC LEDs with wavelengths less than 280 nm are shown to be as or more effective than mer...
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2020-04-24

Velodyne’s LiDAR Sensors to Support Efficient Autonomous Baggage Transport

Velodyne Lidar announced its partnership with ground support equipment provider TLD. The two companies signed a three-year agreement that TLD will LiDAR sensors from Velodyne for manufacture its TractEasy autonomous electric baggage tractor for airport and industrial operation. (Image: Velodyne/TLD) TLD will grow its TractEasy tractor fleet with Velodyne’s sensors for safe and efficient navigation on roadways in a variety of weather conditions. TractEasy is a zero-emission tow tractor that transfers baggage and freight from airport terminals to aircra...
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2020-04-24

Osram Introduces Smart Office Lighting System with First Project Launching in Demark

Suitable lighting is proved to enhance efficiency and productivity for office workers. Osram’s HubSense intelligent lighting management system with standardized “Qualified Bluetooth Mesh” technology enables small and medium-sized businesses to upgrade their lighting system to improve the comfort of working environment. With the system, existing installations can be updated without new cabling and without the use of a gateway or any other IT equipment. HubSense also fits new installations in single offices, open-plan offices, corridors and conference rooms and...
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2020-04-23

HexaTech Launches AlN Substrates to Accelerate UVC LED Technology Progress

Semiconductor material supplier HexaTech announced the launch of its deep-UV transparent 2-inch diameter, single crystal aluminum nitride (AlN) substrate product line. This capability is targeted to directly support commercial production of UVC LED. The company will also reveal its detect-free AlN substrate capability in May of last year. "This deep-UV transparency capability, especially when coupled with HexaTech's market-leading crystal quality, continues to demonstrate both the wide-ranging potential of the AlN platform, and the outstanding technical...
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2020-04-23

Signify Reports Its Response to Coronavirus during COVID-19 Crisis

Signify, the world’s largest lighting company, recently suspended its 2020 financial outlook and cut 20% wage of its employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On April 22, the company further published a press release explaining its perspective of the crisis. Stephen Rouatt, Signify’s Head of Strategy, Alliances and Market Insights, looks at the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic Rouatt said that the impacts on the global economy caused by COVID-19 will likely to continue until 2021 depending on how governments around the world contain th...
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2020-04-23

Study Proves Full Spectrum LEDs Outperform standard LED lighting

A new study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (IBP) in Germany showed that full spectrum LED products deliver better visual comfort compared to standard LED products. Full spectrum LEDs are usually categorized as those emitting light similar in composition to natural sunlight. The soon-to-be published Fraunhofer IBP study incorporated a technical comparison of the LED spectra to daylight spectra, a literature review addressing the effect of light spectra on humans, and a psychological study with 83 persons in an office setting. Each par...
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2020-04-23

LiDAR Technology Monitors Crowd Density and Maintains Safe Distance in Public Facilities during COVID-19 Crisis

LiDAR sensing technology is now commonly known as a solution for automotive driving and ADAS system, but the technology also leverage its edges in a time of the COVID-19 crisis. An indoor motion analysis software developer, iinsider, released SafeDistance, a free upgrade to its LiDAR-powered solution for monitoring and analyzing crowd density in public spaces. The software utilizes LiDAR sensors and 3D perception software from Quanergy to help airport, venue and facility managers monitor and mitigate crowding and congestion, and maintain safe distancing within t...
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2020-04-22

LeddarTech Announces Partnership with Sunny Automotive Optech to Expand LiDAR Deployment

LeddarTech reported that it has partnered with Sunny Automotive Optech, a Chinese optical component maker, for creating LiDAR solutions for automotive and mobility applications. The Sunny Automotive Optech will provide optical solutions for LiDAR development as a member of the Leddar Ecosystem, LeddarTech and Sunny Automotive Optech will initiate this collaboration on front and cocoon LiDAR optics designs, based on the LeddarEngine™. The LeddarEngine is comprised of the LeddarCore™ LCA3 system-on-chip and LeddarSP™ signal proce...
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2020-04-22

LRC Releases Free On-line Tool for Growers to Evaluate Performance of Horticulture Lighting

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has developed a free online tool, the horticulture luminaire calculator, to assist growers evaluating the performance, efficiency, and economics of a wide variety of horticultural luminaires, typically used in greenhouses and other controlled agricultural environments. The horticulture luminaire calculator enables growers to compare different luminaires and choose the optimize solutions for their applications. (Image: LRC) Horticulture lighting is become more significant with indoor farming and high-...
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2020-04-22

Osram to Close Its Factory in Bavaria and Move Production to Berlin

Osram announced in its latest press release that the company will shift production of its cinema lamp to Berlin and close the production site in Eichstätt, a Bavarian town in Germany. Osram said the decision is made in response to structural changes in the cinema industry and additional economic challenges being faced as a result of the coronavirus. The market for cinema lamps is impacted by the pandemic as people are not able to go to cinemas, leading to shrinking demands and production decline. German media Die Welt reported that the measure was criticized by IG M...
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2020-04-22

Nichia Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit against HTC NIPPON and Its Distributor

On March 24, 2020, in a patent infringement lawsuit which Nichia filed against HTC NIPPON, a Japanese affiliate of Taiwanese Company HTC and Kanematsu Communications, the distributor of HTC NIPPON, Tokyo District Court rendered a judgment, holding that defendants have infringed Nichia’s patents. Nichia filed the patent lawsuit in 2016 claiming HTC infringed its patents. In the judgment, the court found that HTC’s smartphone (product name: HTC Desire 626) distributed by defendants were equipped with white LEDs which infringes N...
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2020-04-22

LEDinside to Grandly Launch the 2020 Deep UV LED Application Market and Branding Strategies

According to the latest report by LEDinside, the research division of TrendForce, “2020 Deep UV LED Application Market and Branding Strategies,” UV LED used to rely on pricing reduction to seize market acceptance of brands and consumers. But currently under the impact of COVID-19, brands and consumers’ awareness of sterilization has been greatly enhanced. UV-C LED manufacturers’ order inquiries dramatically increased after Lunar New Year. It is believed that UV-C LED will have the opportunity to steadily improve market value....
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2020-04-21

AUO Partners PlayNitride to Develop High Resolution Flexible Micro LED Display Technology

Taiwan-based display manufacturer AUO has partnered with PlayNitride to unveil their latest Micro LED technology development. The two companies leverage their expertise and developed a 9.4-inch flexible Micro LED display with the world's highest 228 PPI pixel density, achieving yet another industry milestone with pioneering technological breakthroughs. The 9.4-inch flexible Micro LED display is based on an LTPS TFT driven backplane which allows pixels to be lighted separately. With a high-speed mass transfer technology, more than 5.5 million Micro LED...
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2020-04-21

Abu Dhabi to Invest 100 Million to Initiate Vertical Farm Projects

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) will invest US$100 million to four agri-tech companies to set up high-tech agricultural facilities in Abu Dhabi including the world’s largest vertical farm for R&D and other production farms to solve the challenge of local food production. The ADIO partners include AeroFarms, Madar Farms, RNZ and Responsive Drip Irrigation (RDI). AeroFarms from the U.S. will build a new 8200 square meter indoor vertical farm focusing on R&D and commercialization of relevant local crops by leveraging its expertise a...
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2020-04-21

Sony Reveals Pricing for Its 8K, 4K LED and OLED TV Lineup

Sony announced the price and availability for its 2020 TV models demonstrated at CES earlier this year. The 2020 TV lineup includes series of 8K/4K LED TVs and 4K OLED TVs from US$599.99 to US$9999.99. The most expensive product announced by Sony this time is its Z8H 8K HDR LED TVs, the 85-inch model will cost US$9999.99 and the 75-inch one is US$6999.99. With Sony’s Full Array LED technology with 8K X-tended Dynamic Range PRO, the product series features local dimming to address better contrast similar to Mini LED backli...
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2020-04-21

IED Collaborate with International Dark-Sky Association to Reduce Light Pollution

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) announced a strategic collaboration to address the global issue of light pollution that negatively affects our environment and the human condition. The two parties adopted Five Principles for Responsible Outdoor Lighting and seek to guide the outdoor lighting industry in the U.S. and beyond to be more socially and environmentally responsible. The five principles addressed that light at night should be with clear purpose and used in necessary areas in low level and warmer colo...
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2020-04-21

Photon-counting Camera based on SPADs to Capture 3D Images in High Speed, Enabling Advanced AR or LiDAR Systems

Researchers have developed the first megapixel photon-counting camera based on new-generation image sensor technology that uses single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs). The new camera can detect single photons of light at unprecedented speeds, a capability that could advance applications that require fast acquisition of 3D images such as augmented reality and LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles. "Thanks to its high resolution and ability to measure depth, this new camera could make virtual reality more realistic and let you interact with augmented reality information in ...
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2020-04-20

UCSB and Research Partners to Work on High Efficiency UV LED based on AlGaN/SiC to Combat Coronavirus

UC Santa Barbara’s Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC) and member companies are developing UV LEDs that have the ability to decontaminate surfaces — and potentially air and water — that have come in contact with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 virus) to combat the world spreading disease. Recently, much attention has turned to the power of UV light to inactivate the novel coronavirus and Seoul Semiconductor, a SSLEEC member company, reported its achievement of “99.9% sterilization of coronavirus (COVID...
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2020-04-20

Current Micro LED Technology Progresses and Impacts of COVID-19

The world sweeping COVID-19 pandemic is leading to delay in production as well as some new projects in the industry as many companies have temporary closed their facilities and the supply chain was interrupted. New technology developments might be affected under the challenging time as well. LEDinside shares its insights toward Micro LED technology development in such a global uncertainty and points out that it might be a chance for the next-gen display technology to move a step forward. (Image: LEDinside) According to LEDinside, delays of equipment and material d...
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2020-04-20

Compound Photonics Releases World’s Smallest Optical Engine for Micro LED Smart Glasses

Compound Photonics (CP), a provider of compact high-resolution microdisplay solutions for AR and MR applications introduced a compact, high brightness 1080p optical engine reference design that fits into a volume under 3 cubic centimeters (3cc). The product is optimized for CP’s 0.26-inch Micro LED Integrated Display Module (IDM) with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 resolution and 3.015μm pixel, which will accelerate development of AR/MR smart glasses. (Image: Compound Photonics) The 0.26-inch Micro LED IDM was jointly developed by Compound Ph...
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2020-04-20

IES Publishes Report to Explain How UV Disinfection Could Help to Prevent COVID-19 Infection

In response to the rising number of disinfecting products and applications based on UV radiation for preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) issued a new report by their Photobiology Committee, providing professional information for germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) disinfection and its potential to safely reduce the transmission of coronavirus. (Image: Pixabay) The report provided answers to frequently asked questions about GUV, drawing from expertise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food a...
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2020-04-17

Signify and NEMA Highlight the Essentiality of Lighting during COVID-19 Crisis

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) in the U.S. and lighting company Signify published press releases to state the importance of lighting under the threat of COVID-19 pandemic. (Image: Pixabay) NEMA and members of its Lighting Systems Division addressed that lighting and lighting system manufacturers are essential businesses and requested that all government agencies should exclude lighting and lighting systems device manufacturers from stay-home policy to fully support the requirement of public’s needs for lit, safe, and secure envi...
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2020-04-17

Velodyne Lidar Launches Ecosystem Partner Program

Velodyne Lidar introduced the Automated with Velodyne program for its integrator ecosystem to commercialize next generation autonomous solutions using Velodyne LiDAR technology. Through the program, Velodyne helps companies by supporting innovation, promoting applications and creating lasting customer and business relationships. (Image: Velodyne Lidar) The program reflects Velodyne’s focus on accelerating market adoption of 3D LiDAR innovations and driving revenue growth for its partners around the world. In addition to a broad portfolio of LiDAR sensors...
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2020-04-17

MEAN WELL Power Can Help! One Medical Power Supply Saves One Life

With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world by the end of January, MEAN WELL is swarmed with the medical power requirements from across the globe, especially for ventilators, nucleic acid detectors, mask machines, and temperature measurement equipment, and more. Among all medical devices demands, life support equipment such as patient monitors and ventilators are the most urgent. To alleviate the emergency and save more lives, MEAN WELL headquarters swiftly orders Suzhou MEAN WELL (SZMW) to build up special production lines for medical ...
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2020-04-17

New Apple Patent Enables Apple Watch to Provide Shark Warning for Swimmers

On April 14, 2020, Apple was granted 54 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and one of the patent is related to sensors that might be added to Apple Watch in the future to detect the environment of water and the makeup of water. The new patent issued to Apple, titled “Portable electronic device as health companion,” describe the function of the incorporating sensors for identifying the water based on the detected property and initiate actions of the wearable device to send notifications to the user. For example, the Apple Watch would be able to warm...
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2020-04-16

AquiSense Launches UVC LED Surface Disinfection System to Defeat COVID-19

UV LED technology expert AquiSense Technologies announced the launch of the PearlSurface 24G9™, one of the first UVC LED surface disinfection products designed for health care applications such as reuse of N95 face mask and other PPE. According to AquiSense, the new product PearlSurface 24G9 can deliver high UV exposure up to 1,000 mJ cm-2 in less than 20 minutes and offer consistent irradiance distribution over complex surfaces. The system can start operation instantly and is mercury free. (Image: AquiSense Technologies) The produce is also...
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2020-04-16

ASCENTI Lighting Introduces AR/VR App to Support Custom Lighting Design and Prevent COVID-19 Infection

Custom lighting manufacturer ASCENTI Lighting launched the industry’s first AR and VR lighting app which enables architects and designers to create and evaluate their designs remotely. The application provides a safe and secure solution for architects and designers to keep projects moving forward and meet deadlines during and after the coronavirus health crisis. (Image: ASCENTI) State-of-the-art AR capabilities allow architects and designers to view and modify custom fixtures from any room in real-time, eliminating the need to visit project sites in perso...
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2020-04-16

Light Emitting SiGe Alloys to Create New Possibilities for Photonic Chips

Researchers from the Technical University of Eindhoven (TU/e)in the Netherlands and Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany reported the development of a light-emitting, silicon-germanium (SiGe) alloy. The achievement may open a new way for integrated chip function. The revolutionary results were published in ‘Nature,’ on April 8, 2020. The research team made germanium and alloys from germanium and silicon with a hexagonal crystal lattice which has a direct band gap to emit light. The concept of hexagonal silicon was proposed by Prof. Erik Bakk...
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