Nichia's Laser Diode Technology Receives a Scientific and Technical Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)

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Tokushima, Japan – 17 January, Nichia, the world's largest GaN-based LED/LD manufacturer and inventor of high-brightness blue and white LEDs, is pleased to announce that Nichia's laser diode technology has been recognized for its contribution to the advancement of the motion picture industry and has received the Scientific and Technical Awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

The Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards are given to companies and engineers who have developed significant technologies that have contributed to the motion picture industry. Five of Nichia's LD engineers involved in the development of the blue and green laser light sources used in laser projection systems for movie theaters have been awarded in the category of "Technical Achievement Award". Nichia's blue and green laser diodes have been widely adopted in laser projection systems for movie theaters, and Nichia's contribution to the widespread use has been highly regarded.
The official Awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, California on February 23, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. U.S. time.

Laser projection systems, which have been increasingly adopted in movie theaters in recent years, have raised the level of movie-viewing experiences by providing ultra-high resolution images with vivid colors, brightness and high contrast compared to conventional systems using lamp light sources. Laser light sources used in laser projection systems require extremely high quality, long-term reliability, high luminous efficiency, and wavelength control to achieve a high color gamut. Nichia's blue and green laser diodes meet and surpass these quality requirements and are being used throughout the industry.

Nichia is incredibly honored to have 5 members of its Laser Diode Development Department recognized by the Academy, including:

  • Yoshitaka Nakatsu
  • Yoji Nagao
  • Tsuyoshi Hirao
  • Tomonori Morizumi
  • Kazuma Kozuru

Nichia continues to develop products that are useful to society.


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