2018-12-12

Osram Ready to Demonstrate Its Latest Technologies at CES 2019

Osram announced that it is going to showcase its cutting-edge technologies in a wide range of applications including mobility, connectivity, safety and security, and well-being and health at CES 2019. Osram will present sensors for self-driving vehicles, as well as Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), and biometric identification applications. With the introduction of two new infrared LEDs, Osram enable biometric applications such as iris scan, driver monitoring, as well as facial and gesture recognition in vehicles. (Image: Osram) As for light emitting ap...
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2018-12-11

Seoul Semiconductor Wins Patent Litigation in Germany

Seoul Semiconductor announced that it won a patent litigation against Everlight in Germany. The patent involved in this litigation relates to an LED package structure for thermal dissipation. Everlight purchased this patent from a U.S. company in 2017, and subsequently brought a patent lawsuit against Seoul in the Mannheim Court of Germany. In December 2018, the Mannheim Court ruled in favor of Seoul Semiconductor and ordered that Everlight to bear the statutory costs of the court proceeding. (Image: Seoul Semiconductor) “Seoul has invested approximat...
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2018-12-11

Signify Completes Share Repurchase Program

Signify announced that that its share repurchase program which aims to reduce the company’s capital has been completed. (Image: Signify) In July 2018, Signify announced the start of a share repurchase program to buy back up to EUR 230 million (US$ 261.41 million) of its shares to reduce the company’s capital. Since the program began, Signify has continued to repurchase the share of the company and update the progress weekly. In line with its timeframe, the program was completed on December 7th. During the period, the company has bought back 9.7 million share...
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2018-12-11

Samsung Launches World’s biggest LED Cinema in Beijing

Samsung Electronics unveiled its latest Onyx screen at Capital Cinema in Beijing, China on December 7. The 14-meter Onyx Cinema LED screen is 3D ready and the largest cinema LED screen launched by Samsung. “Our new Onyx display reflects a momentous step for the industry, as we usher in the next generation of cinema around the globe,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We’re excited to partner with Capital Cinema to help showcase the new industry standard for picture qualit...
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2018-12-10

RealTerm Energy to Replace Streetlights with LED in New York State

Six municipalities of New York State have partnered with RealTerm Energy to for LED streetlights conversion. The municipalities of Great Neck, Newark, Nyack, Goshen, Florida and Piermont to replace their current HID (high intensity discharge) streetlights to LED lights. In 2018, Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo announced Smart Street Lighting NY, the energy efficiency project of New York State which aims to install at least 500,000 LED streetlights in New York by 2025. Following the project, the streetlight conversion of the six munici...
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2018-12-06

Epistar Achieves Victory in Patent Challenges Brought by Lowe’s

Epistar announced that it has achieved a victory in the petitions filed by Lowe’s Home Center with the United States Patent and Trademark Office which challenged the validity of five Epistar patents related to Epistar’s innovative LED filament bulb technology. The five patents are U.S. Patent No. 6,346,771, 7,560,738, 8,492,780, 8,587,020, and 8,791,467. These five patents are the subject of a pending patent infringement lawsuit brought by Epistar against Lowe’s, filed on April 28, 2017 in the United States District Court. Lowe’s petit...
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2018-12-04

Eaton Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit with Two LED Lighting Companies

Eaton announced that it has reached a settlement in the patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Cordelia Lighting and Jimway. The settlement ends a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia filed in 2016. As part of the settlement, Cordelia and Jimway will receive a license to the Eaton patents asserted in the District Court case. (Image: Eaton Lighting) “Protecting the intellectual property in our innovative lighting portfolio is something we take very seriously,” said Kraig Kasler, president, Lighting Division, ...
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2018-11-29

The World’s Largest Commend and Control LED Display Installed at Sydney Trains Rail Operation Centre

In Sydney, Australia, a giant command and control LED display was installed in its nearly completed new Rail Operations Centre (ROC). The LED display is claimed to be the world’s largest control room display with the largest number of pixels, according to the supplier NanoLumens, a U.S. based LED display provider. Critical Room Solutions (CRS), a specialist in command and control room installations, and Digital Place Solutions (DPS), have commenced discussions with Sydney Trains in 2017 to determine the display solution to allow the new control c...
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2018-11-28

Seoul Semiconductor Adds 19 Patent Infringement Litigations against Fry’s Electronics

Seoul Semiconductor announced that it has expanded its patent infringement litigation against Fry’s Electronics, a U.S. based consumer electronics retailer, in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In September, Seoul Semiconductor filed a patent infringement lawsuit that accused Fry’s Electronics of selling LED TV products that violate 15 of Seoul Semiconductor’s patents for LED backlight unit process. In its amended complaint, Seoul asserts that the top brand televisions being sold in Fry’s stores infr...
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2018-11-27

NVIDIA Partners with Chinese XPENG Motors to Develop Autonomous Driving Technology

Chinese autonomous vehicle developer XPENG Motors has announced a strategic partnership with NVIDIA and its China partner Desay SV for developing Level 3 autonomous driving technology tailored for the driving environment in China. XPENG Motors will self-develop the software for China's typical traffic conditions and user scenarios and will work with Desay SV to jointly develop the computing hardware platform for autonomous driving. The company plans to implement in various phases the L3 intelligent driving features in its new models starting in 2020. ...
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2018-11-23

Lumileds and Melexis Achieves High-Frequency Operation with IR LEDs

High frequency operation of infrared light sources has been widely applied in automotive, industrial and consumer segments following the trend of 3D sensing. Targeting the growing market of related applications, Lumileds has demonstrated its IR LED products, LUXEON IR Domed and LUXEON IR Compact LEDs to be alternatives to VCSEL technology. Engineering teams from Lumileds and Melexis have developed an evaluation kit that allows LUXEON IR LEDs to be operated at high frequencies up to 40MHz. The intrinsic properties of the LUXEON IR...
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2018-11-23

Quanergy Partners with LiDAR USA on Mapping Solutions

Quanergy, a U.S.-based LiDAR sensors and smart sensing solutions provider, announced a partnership with LiDAR USA. Quanergy will provide its M8 LiDAR sensors to LiDAR USA for their UAV and mobile mapping systems. Quanergy and LiDAR USA see the integration of Quanergy’s M8 Ultra sensors in LiDAR USA’s UAV and mobile mapping systems as a definitive step toward making LiDAR-based mapping solutions more accessible and effective. “Using LiDAR to enable three-dimensional mapping has always been a core focus for Qu...
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2018-11-23

Plessey’s Micro LED Displays Receives a CES 2019 Innovation Award

Plessey announced that it has been named a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Embedded Technologies category with its monolithic Micro LED displays. Plessey’s Micro LED display is based on monolithic GaN-on-Silicon Micro LEDs, which, according to Plessey, deliver seven times greater light output and five times better contrast compared with incumbent technologies. Plessey has been working with Vuzix to develop AR smart glasses applying its Micro LED technology. (Image: Plessey) Mike Lee, President of Corporate and Business Develo...
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2018-11-22

InnoScience Technology Orders AIXTRON’s MOCVD Systems for GaN Device Development

AIXTRON reported that the company will deliver its AIX G5+ C MOCVD systems to China-based InnoScience Technology for the development of GaN power devices. InnoScience Technology has ordered multiple MOCVD systems from AIXTRON to expand its production of GaN-on-Si devices for various applications. GaN power devices are used for applications such as efficient power supplies for PC and servers or LiDAR and wireless power transfer requiring high-speed switching. (Image: AIXTRON) In the scope of the increasing number of applicatio...
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2018-11-22

Philips Photonics Ships One Billion VCSELs with Growing 3D Sensing Applications

Philips Photonics announced that the company has reached a milestone of shipping one billion VCSELs thanks to strong growth in smartphone 3D sensing applications. With strong drives from the trends of proximity sensing and 3D facial recognition technology in consumer smartphones, the company also unveiled its plan to increase production capacity. According to Philips Photonics, it has doubled its production capacity by early 2018, which was in line with the company’s plan. Now Phiilips Photonics plans to further expand its production at the facility in Ulm, Germany...
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2018-11-20

MaxLite Implements Temporary Order Surcharge Implement due to Increased Import Costs

U.S.-based LED lighting products producer MaxLite has announced that it would begin applying a temporary order surcharge after November 19th due to the significant escalation in international shipping rates and materials. The company will add six percent surcharge on top of the base price to all orders, purchase orders and quotes. According to MaxLite, it will adjust or cancel the surcharge when vessel supply and import costs stabilize. Meanwhile, MaxLite underlined that the product pricing will remain valid until the end of 2018. ...
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2018-11-20

LiDAR Startup AEye Raises US$ 40 Million in Funding for Global Expansion

AEye, a U.S.-based LiDAR startup, has raised a Series B funding of US$ 40 million from Taiwania Capital and existing investors including Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital, Airbus Ventures and Tychee Partners. With its Series B round, the company has received a total funding of over US$61 million. The funds will be used to scale AEye’s operations to meet global demand for the company’s artificial perception systems for autonomous vehicles. AEye is uniquely structured to effectively scale through partnerships with contract manufacturers and Tier 1s ...
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2018-11-19

Infineon Acquires SiC Wafer Technology Startup Siltectra

Infineon Technologies has announced the acquisition of Siltectra, a Dresden-based start-up which developed an innovative technology, named Cold Split, for processing crystal material. The company was acquired for EUR 124 million (US$141.38 million). With the acquisition, Infineon aims to adopt Cold Split technology to split silicon carbide (SiC) wafers, doubling the number of chips out of one wafer. “This acquisition will help us expand our excellent portfolio with the new material silicon carbide as well. Our system understanding and our unique know how on thin ...
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2018-11-16

ISELED Alliance Integrates Supply Chain to Boost Innovative Automotive LED Applications

At electronica 2016 Inova Semiconductors launched the innovative ISELED technology, a groundbreaking approach for interior automotive lighting. At the same time the ISELED Alliance was announced. The alliance aims to coordinate between its members and build an ecosystem for the ISELED technology whose core is a “digital” RGB-LED, with a tiny controller inside the LED package. This innovative approach reduces costs, simplifies control, and expands the functionality of LED lighting in the automobile significantly. (Image: ISELED) T...
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2018-11-16

The LED Bulb Expert WELLMAX Invited to the Sensor Technology and Smart City Seminar in Shanghai

On November 15, the Sensor Technology and Smart City seminar was successfully held at Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Co-organized by Shanghai Optoelectronics Trade Association (SOTA) and Shanghai Illumination Electric Appliance Trade Association (SIEATA), the seminar gathered top entrepreneurs, industrial experts and academicians in Shanghai to participate and exchange insights on the development of smart lighting technologies. Shanghai Wellmax Lighting (WELLMAX), a key member of the SOTA and SIE...
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2018-11-15

Osram to Showcase New Automotive Lighting at the 2018 Essen Motor Show

Osram has announced that it will present its state-of-the-art LED automotive lighting at the 2018 Essen Motor Show which will be held from December 1st to 9th. The company has launched new Osram LEDriving products for the replacement of halogen and xenon light. LEDriving work lights and additional headlights are new additions to the Osram portfolio. The new headlamps with novel LED technology offer greater output than the original headlamps. In addition, the LED retrofit headlamp can deliver low-beam, high-beam, daytime running lights, position lights and turn ind...
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2018-11-15

Lawrence Lin Appointed CEO of LEDVANCE

The LEDVANCE Supervisory Board has appointed Lawrence Lin as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of LEDVANCE. Lin, who most recently served as Chairman of the LEDVANCE Supervisory Board, will continue to drive the transition of LEDVANCE to become one of the global leaders in LED-based general lighting. Lin brings a successful track record and vast international management experience into his new position at LEDVANCE. In his latest role since 2015, as Executive General Manager at MLS, he was instrumental in...
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2018-11-14

EpiGaN Increases Production with AIXTRON’s MOCVD Equipment

EpiGaN, the Belgian GaN-on-Si and GaN-on-SiC epitaxial wafer provider, has ordered a new AIX G5+ C system from AIXTRON to expand its production capability for large size wafer.   The new AIXTRON AIX G5+ C reactor will be installed at EpiGaN’s manufacturing site in Hasselt Belgium in the first quarter of 2019 and start to operate afterwards. The fully automated Planetary® MOCVD system features in-situ chamber cleaning and enables configurations of 8x6 inch or 5x8 inch epitaxial wafers to be automatically loaded and removed by ...
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2018-11-13

Plessey Buys EV Group’s Wafer Bonding System for Its GaN-on-Si Monolithic Micro LED Production

UK-based Micro LED producer Plessey has announced a partnership with EV Group (EVG), a wafer bonding and lithography equipment supplier. The aim of the collaboration is to accelerate the commercialization of GaN-on-Si monolithic Micro LED technology.
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2018-11-13

Lextar Releases VCSEL Products to Target 3D Sensing Applications

Lextar has announced that it is going to launch a series of VCSEL products for 3D sensing applications including facial and gesture recognition, people detection, and driver fatigue detection. Lextar’s VCSEL products include the PV88M component series which emit light for 3D depth-sensing module. The series provides various wavelengths, different levels of brightness and package sizes while offering a beam angle selection from 45 to 100 degrees. According to Lextar, the product can also be customized to meet the needs of its clients. (Image: Lextar) The ...
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2018-11-12

Mitsubishi Chemical Wins Patent Lawsuit for Red Phosphor against China’s Yantai Shield Advanced Materials

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation announced that it obtained a judgment recognizing an infringement for its red phosphor patent in China by Yantai Shield Advanced Materials (Shield). Mitsubishi Chemical has filed a suit in the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court on January 23, 2015, accusing the Chinese company of infringement for the patents (No. ZL200480040967.7, No. ZL200710199440.4, and No. ZL201110066517.7) that are related to red phosphor. The patents are owned by Mitsubishi and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS). Mitsubishi...
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2018-11-12

Nazdar Ink Technologies Partners with Focus Label Machinery to Boost UV LED Technology

Nazdar Ink Technologies has announced its partnership with Focus Label Machinery, a UK based label printing company, for driving the growth of UV LED technology within the label converter market in the UK and EMEA. The two businesses are collaborating to demonstrate the efficiency of UV LED curing technology at Focus Label Machinery's Bingham, Nottinghamshire-based offices in the UK.
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2018-11-09

Velodyne to Address How LiDAR Technology Enhances Safety for Autonomous Vehicles at IDTechEx

Velodyne LiDAR has announced that the company is going to present the future trend and development of LiDAR technology at IDTechEx Show. The discussions will focus on how LiDAR will enable advanced vehicle safety and performance for autonomous vehicles. (Image: Velodyne LiDAR) Velodyne LiDAR’s CTO, Anand Gopalan, and Director of Mechanical Engineering, Stephen Nestinger, will share their insights at the conference sessions discussing how LiDAR sensor involved in the performance and reliability required for autonomous vehicles to operate...
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2018-11-09

Veeco and ALLOS Update Their Progress for 200mm GaN-on-Si Micro LED Production and Applications

Veeco Instruments and ALLOS Semiconductors have continued their collaboration in developing GaN-on-Si epitaxy wafer for Micro LED production. The two companies have partnered to demonstrate the reproducibility of ALLOS’ 200 mm GaN-on-Si epitaxy wafer technology on Veeco’s Propel® MOCVD reactor. “To bring Micro LED technology into production, simply presenting champion values for a single metric is insufficient. It is essential to achieve the whole set of specifications for each wafer with excellent repeatability and yield,” ...
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2018-11-08

FLEx Lighting Raises US$ 9 Million in Funding for Low Power Tablet Displays

FLEx Lighting, a U.S.-based leader of front lighting for low power displays, announced that it has raised a US$9 million Series B fund from SABIC Ventures, Bascom Ventures, and others. With the funding, FLEx intends to expand its product portfolio with new sized displays while improving its global presentation. FLEx Lighting was founded in 2004 with its initial technology built by converting xenon light bulbs, fiber optics and plastic film into a compact system of LEDs and optical film. The company further developed a power-efficient and sunlight-readable fro...
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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

The German chemistry giant BASF has revealed its development of dark automotive paint colors that are reflective to LiDAR for enhancing the detecting function of autonomous cars. LiDAR plays a critical role to the development of autonomous veh... READ MORE