2020-01-14

Osram Debuts New LEDs for Ultra-slim Headlight Design

LED development enables smaller and brighter light sources, leading to more compact and versatile headlamps. Osram as a world leading automotive LED supplier introduced its Oslon Boost HM that pays tribute to the trend of ultra-slim headlamp designs in vehicles. (Image: Osram) In addition to numerous features such as adaptive front lighting, often called bend lighting or matrix lighting, the miniaturization of this component plays a particularly important role. With the Oslon Boost HM, Osram developers have succeeded in achieving an outstanding brightness of 415 lm ...
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2020-01-03

Osram to Showcase Advanced Automotive Applications with Rinspeed at CES 2020

Osram is joining CES 2020 as the high-tech photonics expert to introduce its groundbreaking products and solutions focusing on the potential of visible and invisible light. The company also reported that it will supply lighting solutions for MetroSnap, a concept vehicle from Rinspeed. Osram will showcase its innovative technology for LED projection, biomonitoring, biometrics, LiDAR and interior/exterior automotive lighting to improve the lives of consumers in the four key areas of Mobility, Safety & Security, Connection, and Health & Well-Being. One such...
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2019-12-26

Companies Continue Their Transformation in 2019

Many companies of the LED industry initiated their organization or business restructuring since 2018 and their rebuilding have come to an end in 2019. In 2018, we have seen companies announcing sales of their old lighting business and diving into new areas. By the end of 2019, most of the companies are ready to enter a new page with the coming 5G connection and more. Again LEDinside would like to wrap up the year with some of the significant events in the past year. 1. Cree Concentrates on GaN-on-Sic Products, Cutting Lighting Business Cree has been shifting its...
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2019-12-24

Five Micro LED Highlights You Can’t Miss in 2019

The year of 2019 was a fruitful year for Micro LED as the technology entering a more mature stage with increasing global manufacturers announcing their progresses and updates in Micro LED applications. LEDinside pointed out in its “2019 Micro LED Next Generation Display Key Technology Report,” that with outstanding performance in brightness, contrast, response time and energy saving, Micro LED technology might out beat LCD and OLED and be adopted in wearable applications, automotive displays, AR/VR and large displays. In the past year, ...
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2019-12-18

Global Technology Companies Achieving Their Sustainable Goals

Many leading companies in across the world have proactively dedicated to setting up and achieving sustainable goals with the awareness of climate change and other environmental issues. Signify recently announced that it has achieved carbon neutrality in five more market; while AIXTRON reported its certification as a climate neutral company. Osram, also unveiled its intension to become climate neutral by 2030. Signify has achieved carbon neutrality in the market of ASEAN, Far East, India, Indonesia and Pacific, boosting its number of markets with carbon-neutral operati...
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2019-12-09

AMS Succeeds in Osram Buyout with Second Bid

Austrian sensor company AMS has successfully takeover Osram with its EUR 4.6 billion (US$5.9 billion) bid in the second attempt by achieving the acceptance threshold of 55% of share. Both AMS and Osram published the final result on December 6, 2019. AMS first offered Osram a bid at EUR 38.5 per share (US$ 42.6) in July, 2019 and raised the price to EUR 41 per share later in October to compete with other bidder. However, the first takeover failed as AMS did not achieve the minimum acceptance threshold of 62.5%. The sensor specialist soon launched new...
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2019-11-29

Osram Introduces New LED Rear Light

Osram will join the Essen Motor Show 2019 from November 30 to December 8 to present its latest LED rear light as well as its automotive lighting series including headlight and mirror indicator. Osram upgraded its rear lighting from halogen to LED for the VW Golf VI and the Ford Fiesta MK7. The company also extended the headlight range to include the VW Amarok and the BMW 1 Series (F20 series). According to Osram, the new headlight deliver light output three times more compare to other products with similar standard. (Image: Osram) In addition, Os...
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2019-11-22

Osram Introduce 5 Lighting Design Strategy Trends in Healthcare Facilities

Increasing studies have indicated the effects of lighting on human well-being. Lighting design in healthcare facilities thus become even more critical to enhance patents’ condition and provide staffs suitable working environment. Based on the understanding and its expertise in lighting, Osram indicated that lighting design techniques play an influential role in the overall patient experience and healing process. The company thus introduced five trends in lighting design for healthcare facilities. (Image: Osram) Flexibility a Must Flexibility is identify as an indisp...
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2019-11-15

Osram Partners Silvair to Integrate Bluetooth Technology with Lighting Control

Silvair is providing Bluetooth mesh solutions for Osram’s lighting control system through its new new partnership. Osram’s HubSense® is designed to enable easy and time-efficient retrofitting of existing lighting installations into flexible wireless control systems based on the globally interoperable Bluetooth mesh standard. The system also allows quick and effortless modification of settings and lighting arrangement without bearing the costs of recommissioning. (Image: Silvair/Osram) With Silvair as its Technology Partner, OSRAM gains access to th...
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2019-11-13

Osram Wraps up Its Challenging Fiscal 2019 and Expects Changes with AMS Takeover in 2020

Osram reported the financial results of its fiscal 2019 and 4Q19 yesterday in the same press release that backs up AMS’ takeover offer. The company reported a declined revenue in fiscal 2019 hit by the impacts of the weak Chinese automotive industry. For fiscal 4Q19, Osram registered revenues of EUR 924 million (US$ 1.02 billion), with an on-year decline of 5.3% and 9% on a comparable basis. Adjusted EBITDA came to EUR 86 million (US$ 94.72 million), down by 43.1%YoY. For fiscal 2019, the company posted revenues of EUR 3.464 billion (US$ 3.816...
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2019-11-12

Osram Backs up AMS' Renewed Takeover Offer

AMS’ new offer for Osram was approved and published last week with an offer price of EUR 41 per share (US$ 45) and a minimum acceptance threshold of 55%. Osram announced today (November 12) that it has concluded a comprehensive business combination agreement with AMS and recommends its shareholders accept the current takeover offer. With the new offer, AMS lowered the minimum acceptance rate to 55%, providing “more certainty that the offer succeeds,” according to AMS. Currently AMS is the largest shareholder of Osram with its 19.99% of share...
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2019-10-28

Osram Ready to Support AR/VR Applications with New IR LEDs

With display technology progresses, virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications are expected to grow in the coming years. Catching up with the trend, Osram introduces new infrared (IR) LEDs with eye-tracking solutions that help to prevent discomfort feeling, optimizing VR/AR products. Eye-tracking systems register the user's viewing angle and the movements of their eyes. The systems illuminate the eyes with infrared light and register the reflections with a camera sensor. Software then determines the exact position of the eyes and the viewing direction of t...
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2019-10-05

AMS Fails to Takeover Osram but Aims to Continue Acquisition

AMS failed to complete its Osram takeover plan despite that it has raised the bid to EUR 4.5 billion (US$ 4.9 billion) with the price of EUR 41 (US$ 45) per share. However, the sensor maker said that it will continue pursuing the acquisition of Osram. AMS reported on October 4 that it did not reach the minimum acceptance threshold of 62.5% required for completing Osram takeover. Instead, the final acceptances level was 51.6% including its direct shareholding of 20%, making AMS the current largest shareholder of Osram. The sensor company, however, still sees...
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2019-10-03

Major Micro LED Application Trends Focused by Worldwide Industry Players

Micro LED technology is on its way to take off with various applications launched by leading companies across the world. Small size displays for wearable products, middle size display for automotive applications and extra-large TVs are the three major areas targeted by current Micro LED players according to their strategies of Micro LED technology. LEDinside observed several roadmaps of Micro LED technology developments of different leading companies in the field. Luxury Micro LED TVs Since Micro LED technology still faces the challenge of high pro...
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2019-10-03

AMS to Reveal the Result of Osram Takeover after Offer Price Increased

AMS is going to announce the result of Osram’s takeover bid on October 3 after it reported that it is holding 19.99% of all Osram shares on October 1 as a direct shareholding, before the offer expired at midnight. The sensor maker targeted for a minimum of 62.5% shareholding to win the bid against Bain and Advent. The consortium of Bain Capital and Advent reported their interests of joining the bidding with a better offer on September 26, which pushed AMS to raise its offer price from EUR 38.5 (US$ 42.17) per share to EUR 41 (US$ 44.91) on September 27...
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2019-09-27

The World's Largest Airport in Beijing Lit with Osram’s Connected Lighting Solutions

Beijing Daxing International Airport in China will officially open on September 30. The world’s largest airport covers a total of 1.4 million square meters and is expected to handle more than 100 million passengers per year. Osram’s connected green lighting solution invigorates this mega structure by giving it a light-filled and people-centric indoor space. (Image: Osram) Osram has installed over 1,300 LED luminaires controlled intelligently by a central system. Smart lighting from Osram provides pleasant bright light at all times of the day and is particula...
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2019-09-26

Osram Bidding War Goes on with Bain and Advent to Raise Takeover Offer

Osram announced on September 25 that “the courtship” of the company continues as Bain Capitan and its new partner, Advent, are in talk with Osram with its willingness to make a new takeover for the German high tech company, confronting sensor maker AMS. According to Osram, the consortium of Advent and Bain Capital has indicated that “it may offer a ‘meaningful’ premium over the current offer from AMS of EUR 38.50 (US$42.14) per share.” The new bidders also said that their binding offer will be superior not only in terms of price ...
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2019-09-25

Osram Explains How Vertical Farming with LED Lighting Offers Urban Areas Access to Better Produce

As population in urban areas across the world continues to grow, it is estimated that by 2050, 68 percent of the world population will live in cities. This demographic shift will lead to increased demand for food within cities, adding strain to the agricultural and food systems, particularly in developing countries. Urban agriculture, or urban farming, has long been viewed as an innovative component in diversifying the food system. A 2018 study of urban agriculture’s global potential found that fully implemented urban farms around the world could produce as much as 180 million m...
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2019-09-25

Osram Debuts New LiDAR Lasers Allowing Autonomous Vehicles to “See”

LiDAR is considered the critical component for advanced autonomous driving technology. Osram, as a specialist of infrared laser development and production, introduced two new infrared high-power SMT components for LiDAR applications extend options for system developers. The German high-tech company launched the world's first AEC-Q102 qualified four-channel and single-channel pulse laser. The two new products offer a convincing performance of 125 Watt per channel and an efficiency of up to 33 percent. (Image: Osram) The requirements for safety systems in (s...
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2019-09-23

Osram to Develop Automotive LED with 25,600 Pixels in One Chip for Next-gen Vehicles

Several LED manufacturers in the industry have turned their business focus to automotive applications targeting the progressing automotive and electric vehicle development. The German high-tech company Osram, as one of the leading automotive LED producers, announced that it is starting a new chapter in multi-pixel solutions for car headlights. Osram released the idea of the first hybrid LED "Eviyos" two years ago and is progressing the second generation of Eviyos featuring 25,600 pixels on a single LED chip, with pixel pitch of 40 µm. According to Osra...
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2019-09-23

Osram Files Patent Complaint against Lighting Science Group and Its Subsidiary Healthe

Osram reported that it has filed a patent infringement complaint in the District Court of Delaware in the U.S. against Lighting Science Group (LSG) and its subsidiary Healthe. In its complaint, Osram asserts 8 patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 6,848,819, 7,045,956, 7,227,191, 7,642,734, 7,957,146, 7,994,519, 9,241,392, and 9,698,282) covering LED lighting solutions, systems and their components. According to Osram, the company is currently defending itself in two proceedings at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the United States District Co...
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2019-09-18

Osram Releases Infrared LEDs for Face Recognition in Smartwatches

Osram is expanding its photonics portfolio by adding two infrared LEDs for biometric identification in smartwatches. The new infrared LEDs of Osram, SFH 4170S and SFH 4180S, are designed to meet the requirement of smart wearable products with their compact size. The dimensions of the specially developed Oslon P1616 package (1.6 mm x 1.6 mm x 0.85 mm) make the SFH 4170S and SFH 4180S the smallest Osram components for biometric applications. Compared to similar products today, the two IREDs require about 50 percent less space. (Image: Osram) Despit...
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2019-09-17

Osram Board Support AMS Offer while Union against the Takeover

After AMS confirmed the takeover offer of Osram, the German lighting company is facing internal conflicts regarding the acquisition. The Austrian sensor company published a public takeover offer of EUR 38.50 per share to acquire Osram. The German company announced yesterday (September 16) that its Executive Board and the majority of its Supervisory Board recommended the shareholders to accept the offer from “a financial point of view.” However, employee representatives of Osram oppose the takeover offer with the concern of potential job losses as AMS ...
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2019-09-10

InnoLas Solutions Partners Osram for Automotive Laser Light Development

InnoLas Solutions, the laser processing equipment provider, reported that it has participated in a development project with the Osram to create new laser diodes for automotive lighting. Laser diode based car light can deliver powerful light output with a range of up to 600 m with very compact dimensions while being compact and even smaller than before. LINEXO, the versatile laser processing workstation which InnoLas build a special laser system, helped to reach the required tolerances in this special automotive project. “We are more than happy with the supplied lase...
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2019-09-09

Osram Explains the Importance of Smart Lighting and Building Management System Integration

Most facility managers today are using building management systems (BMS), also known as building automation control systems (BACS), to control and monitor some of their buildings’ mechanical and electrical equipment such as heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and safety and security systems. However, the lighting system has remained separate from the BMS for some buildings, which is viewed as an opportunity loss for lighting technology providers. Osram, for example, considers that further optimization of energy usage and operations through lighting system an...
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2019-09-05

Osram Shareholders to Decide on AMS’ Takeover Offer before October 2019

After Osram agreed to waive the standstill agreement with AMS, the Austrian company made a counter offer with the price of EUR 38.5 per share in cash to take over the German firm on September 3, 2019. Shareholders of Osram have an acceptance period until October 2019 to decide on the acquisition plan. The offer of AMS raised a bidding war with Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group, who proposed a takeover offer of EUR 35 per share to acquire Osram. AMS underlined that “our offer and the combination of Osram and AMS represents a better option to all sta...
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2019-08-27

Strategies of Global LED Manufacturers during Challenging Time in the Industry [Part 2]

Facing the difficulties in the industry, global LED companies developed their strategies trying to keep their business prospering. LEDinside analyzed the different approaches of worldwide LED manufacturers. For Taiwanese LED manufacturers, Micro LED and Mini LED technologies have directed them into a new field where they have a better chance to rival with competitors from China and Korea. Korean and Japanese LED suppliers, on the other hand, target niche products for novel applications such as UV LEDs and LEDs with wavelengths that are similar to natu...
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2019-08-22

Osram Waives Standstill Agreement with AMS

Osram announced that its Managing Board and Supervisory Board have waived the existing standstill agreement with AMS and signed a cooperation agreement. This clears the way for a voluntary public takeover offer by AMS. The offer, which is expected to be valid until the beginning of October, amounts to EUR 38.50 (US$ 42.70 ) in cash per share, with a minimum acceptance level of 70 percent. Olaf Berlien, CEO of OSRAM, commented, “Our shareholders now have two offers on the table, allowing them to choose between the different business concepts.” ...
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2019-08-15

Osram and AMS under Constructive Negotiation

Osram said that it has begun talking with AMS on a Business Combination Agreement since August 13, aiming a publication of AMS' takeover offer before the end of September 5. According to Osram, both parties will continue to carefully assess the details the agreement and hope to reach the common goal that ams will be able to start its tender period during the offer period of the existing takeover offer from the financial investors Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group, thus before the end of September 5, 2019. AMS submitted the proposal to Osram on October 11...
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2019-08-13

Osram Confirms AMS’ EUR 4.3 Billion Proposal and Starts Negotiation

Sensor maker AMS officially joined the bidding competition for Osram takeover against Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group. Osram confirmed the proposal from AMS on August 12 and will start negotiations with AMS. AMS announced on August 11 that it has submitted a takeover proposal to Osram at a price of EUR 38.50 per share (US$ 43.08), which is 10 percent higher than the price offered by Bain and Carlyle (EUR 35 per share). Based on the AMS’ offer, the value of Osram is around EUR 4.3 billion (US$ 4.81 billion).   The sensor maker a...
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