2021-05-10

Ushio’s Spectro Broadband LED Breaks Own Output Power World Record

Oude Meer, the Netherlands – Upon its 2019 release, Ushio’s Spectro series of broadband LEDs caught the attention of machine vision manufacturers by setting a new broadband LED optical output power record of 160 mW. Not content to accept the record as the limit of its broadband achievements, Ushio has broken the record once again. In 2021, the new and improved Spectro LED series has been unveiled with an extra 20 mW of power added to the existing package. The updated indium gallium nitride (InGaN) chip achieves a new record output power of 180 mW, at ...
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2021-03-31

Beauty is in the LED of the beholder: LEDs for optical food sorting applications

The agricultural and food processing industries have long pioneered the automation arena as they scramble to provide sustenance to an ever-growing population. It is a sector on which almost all of us rely in order to survive and, in some cases, try to lead a healthy lifestyle. Aside from constantly evolving tools for the harvesting of raw food, mechanical sorting has been around longer than you might think, with the first food sorting machines appearing in the mid-1920s and early 1930s. During the early days, fluorescent lamps provided powerful visible light illumination, while haloge...
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2021-01-15

Ushio Achieves World Record for 850 nm Single-Chip Output Power with 19 W Narrow Angle IR LED Package

Featuring approximately five times more power per package than conventional products to enable the downsizing of irradiation equipment and cost reduction Ushio Inc. (Head Office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Koji Naito, hereinafter “Ushio”) will release the SMBB850DS-1200 series 850 nm infrared LED package in February 2021. Intended for imaging and analysis under infrared (IR) illumination using surveillance cameras, ANPR1, and other similar devices, this product has achieved both the highest power output in the world2 (19 W3) and narrow-angle irradi...
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2020-12-16

Blood, Sweat, And Tears: The Innovation Behind Ushio’s Multi-wavelength LED Packages

Ushio’s Epitex division has grown to develop the largest collection of light emitting diodes on the market. Covering all violet, visible, and infrared (IR) wavelengths, from 365 nanometers (nm) to 1750 nm, this vast catalog creates a one-stop-shop for single and multi-wavelength LEDs. Known for its dedication to customization options and first-rate product quality, Ushio offers an unparalleled product choice and the ability to provide a unique solution for every application. Whether you require a single high-power chip, or up to three chips each emitting a different waveleng...
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2020-11-19

Ushio sets 1,050 nm SWIR LED output power record with 700 mW chip

Ushio has announced the release of a new record-breaking version of its Epitex SMBB1050GD 1,050 nm short wavelength infrared (SWIR) LEDs. Available in single or multi-chip form, each gallium arsenide (GaAs) chip is capable of a record optical output power of 700 milliwatts (mW) at 1 Ampere (continuous wave, CW), or 1,200 mW at 2 A (pulsed). This incredible optical output power can reach up to 3,700 mW when taking advantage of the SMBB family multi-chip package options, which allow up to three chips at the same time, along with an optional ceramic insulator, in t...
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2020-11-13

Ushio to release new 400 mW (CW) 404 nm laser diode in December 2020

From December 2020, Ushio, Inc. will further expand its violet light product portfolio with the production of a new 404 nm laser diode. Offering 400 mW of continuous wave (CW) output power within a Φ 5.6 mm CAN package, HL40093MG will meet the demand for a violet laser diode suitable for use in industrial applications and beyond. Ushio’s 404 nm laser diode products are often used as light sources within direct imaging lithography systems, with the purpose of exposing the high-definition circuit patterns on boards. Recently, demand for 404 nm laser diodes from o...
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2020-08-18

Kobe University and Ushio Prove 222 nm Far UV-C Light Reduces Bacterial Counts and Causes No Damage on Human Skin

Ushio and a research group from Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine have completed a study proven that irradiation of filtered 222 nm UV-C light on human skin reduces bacterial counts while causing no injury to the skin. This is the first study on the safety of 222 nm far UVC light conducted on humans. The research paper regarding this study is published on PLOS ONE, titled “Exploratory clinical trial on the safety and bactericidal effect of 222-nm ultraviolet C irradiation in healthy humans.” (Image: Ushio) In this study, Ushio’s C...
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2020-08-03

Ushio Introduces New Single-mode 670 nm Red Laser Diodes

Ushio announced the initiation of its new laser diodes mass production. The new products HL67191MG and HL67192MG offer operation at the 670 nm wavelength. Providing an optical output power of 15 mW (CW) and 30 mW (pulsed), these single-mode LDs deliver high-temperature performance (up to 70°C) within a φ5.6 mm package. Both LDs achieve a low operating current of 30 mA at 25°C (15 mW in CW operation) and feature built-in monitoring photodiodes. (Image: Ushio) According to Ushio, these new red laser diodes offer a number of improvements over some...
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2020-07-21

Ushio Achieves New SWIR LEDs Record with Its Epitex D-Series

Ushio announced that it has commenced production of the latest high-powered short-wavelength infrared (SWIR) LEDs, which achieves the world’s highest output power and efficiency. Low-power chips are mounted in SMT packages and moulded type LEDs; while with 1 mm2 high-powered chips, the SWIR D-Series can be mounted in EDC, SMBB, and TO-66 packages. For the majority of wavelengths, a two-fold improvement of output and efficiency is attained; however, the high-power versions have ramped up their forward current to 1 A and gain a boost of up to four times...
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2020-06-02

Acuity Brands to Use Ushio’s Far-UVC Light for Human-safe Indoor Disinfecting Lighting

The U.S. lighting company Acuity Brands announced its strategic partnership with Ushio America. The two companies entered into an alliance agreement that Ushio will supply Acuity Brands with its Care222® UV disinfection module, which generate far-UVC light which is safe to human skin but capable of inactivating viruses and bacteria on indoor surfaces. Under the agreement, Acuity Brands will have an exclusive right to use Ushio’s far-UVC disinfecting module for general illumination uses throughout North America and non-exclusive right for the worldwide m...
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2015-07-27

Columbia University and Ushio Enter Exclusive UV Lighting Technology License and Research Agreement

Columbia University’s ultraviolet (UV) light technology has been licensed to USHIO Inc., a Tokyo-based developer, manufacturer, and marketer of light sources and instruments.
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2014-01-07

Ushio America Announces Strategic Investment in Zylight

Ushio America, Inc. expands its offering of LED lighting solutions with an investment in Zylight LLC, a privately-owned manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the cinema and broadcast production industries. This partnership brings together two industry innovators and solidifies the foundation for Ushio America’s solid state lighting strategy in the Stage / Studio / Television (SSTV) market.
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2012-10-25

Soraa to Sell Its LED MR16 Lamps through Ushio

Soraa sets off marketing its ’s full spectrum GaN on GaNTM LED MR16 lamps through Ushio group companies and its subsidiaries in Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Europe, starting from November 1st. Ushio, the largest distributor of MR16 lamps in Japan, will sell Soraa’s LED MR16 lamps under the brand name Superline LED, a co-branded Ushio and Soraa product. A superior alternative to halogen MR16 lamps, Soraa’s LED MR16 lamps feature full spectrum light*; a CRI of 95* and R9 of 95*, (higher ...
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2012-08-31

Ushio Intends to Sell Soraa’s GaN-on-GaN LED MR16 Halogen Replacement Lamps in November

Ushio Inc of Tokyo, Japan has announced that in November it will start sales of Superline LEDs, a series of LED MR16 halogen replacement lamps from Soraa Inc of Fremont, CA, USA, which develops solid-state lighting technology built on ‘GaN on GaN’ substrates. The Japanese company says that, as a series of next-generation LED halogen replacement lamps, Superline LED delivers not only the brightness of halogen lamps demanded by users, but also faithfully recreates the quality and properties of the light. The company plans to sell the produc...
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2011-08-08

Ushio Lighting Launches New LED Spotlight

Ushio Lighting Inc launches an LED spotlight that general color rendering index(Ra) is as high as 97 on Aug 5,2011, in Japan. The spotlight named “Cool Spot LED” is aimed for facilities in hotels and halls. It has lower consumption and longer product life that compared with spotlight using halogen lamps. Ushio Lighting employed the "Natural Light LED" for the light source of the spotlight, which is a white LED made by combining a purple LED chip and red, green and blue fluorescent materials. Among 15 kinds of color rendering indexe...
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2009-01-08

Ushio Lighting launches its “LED Filament Bulb”

Ushio Lighting Inc. has started sample shipment of the "LED Filament Bulb," a light bulb that uses LEDs as its "filaments." The company says the bulbs have a color temperature of 2,500K and a transparent glass bulb.
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