2019-02-26

Infineon Presents ToF Image Sensor for High Quality Photo at MWC 2019

In order to improve the performance of mobile phone camera, Germany-based semiconductor solution provider Infineon announced that it has enhanced its REAL3™ image sensor based on Time-of-Flight (ToF). Infineon is presenting the product at Mobile World Congress 2019 which is taking place in Barcelona from February 25 to 28. The 3D ToF single chip is designed to meet the requirements of the mobile consumer device market and demand for higher resolutions with small lenses. The chip can be applied in user authentication like face or hand recognition. In addition, ...
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2019-02-20

Casambi Partners Osram to Push Wireless Lighting in Smart Buildings

OSRAM and Casambi, the Finnish wireless lighting control company, partnered to deliver the interoperability between the Casambi CBU-DCS module and OSRAM DEXAL (Data Exchange for Advanced Lighting) driver. The cooperation between them further emphasizes the ability of lighting professionals to implement a wide range of sophisticated lighting solutions in smart buildings. The Casambi module is listed as an official “Works with OSRAM DEXAL” component. This interoperability means that OSRAM’s DEXAL LED drivers can be co...
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2019-02-15

Canadian Cannabis Grower Liht Adopts LED Lighting Technology from Agnetix

Liht Cannabis, a Canada-based cannabis grower, has selected LED lighting system from Agnetix, a horticulture grow light specialist, for the growing facilities in British Columbia, Canada. Agnetix develops advanced LED solutions for horticulture applications. Its Agnetix A3 liquid-cooled LED lighting system will be used in the newly announced 486,000 sq ft high-tech indoor cultivation facility of Liht which is the first organic cannabis facility equipped with a cogeneration system as an alternative way to create power. (Image: Agnetix) "Our cutting-edge f...
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2019-02-12

Lighting Science Launches Its Biological Lighting Spinoff Healthe Inc.

Lighting Science Group has spun off the biological lighting business into Healthe Inc. to carry forward the company’s circadian lighting product line with the aim to enhance people’s health with lighting. The new spinoff, Healthe, is launching new commercial products as well as incorporating the Lighting Science products that adopting the group’s technology to set up human-centric lighting environments. Healthe is riding on the momentum of growing demand as it continues to deliver well-being solutions using light as a platform. (Image: Healthe/Lighting S...
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2019-01-25

Phoseon Technology Granted New UV LED Patent

UV curing technology developer Phoseon Technology announced that it has been granted a new patent in the US and achieved a milestone of 300 patents awarded. Phoseon’s patents are organized in 54 patent families, covering critical design, process, and other photonic technologies across all the major markets worldwide. Phoseon’s new patent granted UV LED fiber curing system ensures high speed curing of optical fiber to deliver uniform and concentrated light for a fast cure, increased output and simplified process control. The Fiber Curing System consists of...
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2019-01-25

Insight LiDAR Debuts Long-range LiDAR Based on FMCW for Autonomous Vehicles

US-based Insight LiDAR showcased its new LiDAR technology development at CES 2019. The company presented Digital Coherent LiDAR, a chip-scale, long-range LiDAR sensor based on Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) to target the emerging autonomous vehicle market. FMCW radar radiates continuous transmission power and can change its operating frequency during the measurement. The technology has stronger sensing capability in comparison with ToF and is suitable for long distance detection. Insight’s Digital Coherent LiDAR was develope...
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2019-01-24

Oxford Instruments Partners ITRI for Micro LED Development with Plasma Etch Solutions

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT) announced that it has worked with Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) by providing multiple PlasmaPro 100 systems including both etch and deposition for ITRI’s Micro LED R&D program. The PlasmaPro 100 ICP process solutions are designed to support leading edge device applications such as Lasers, RF, Power and advanced LEDs. ITRI has been developing Micro LED technology since 2009. In 2018, with the cooperation with Macroblock, Unimicron and PlayNitrid...
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2019-01-22

Zumtobel Developes Advanced LED Lighting Solution for Freiburg Town Hall in Germany

Austrian lighting group Zumtobel announced its lighting project for the new Town Hall in Freiburg, Germany. Cooperated with ingenhoven architects, Tropp Lighting Design and the City of Freiburg authorities, Zumtobel helped the building to generate more energy than it actually uses. Thanks to the project, the Freiburg Germany, an oval shape, sit-story building, has a façade with slender storey-high slats that stretch around the building. A façade with slats that are light larch wood on one side and full-scale photovoltaic panel on the other presents a stylish...
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2019-01-21

How to Break Through the Bottleneck of Growth for Hardware Distributors Under Great Competition

In recent years, the hardware industry has changed its past favorable conditions and is facing a series of problems including serious homogenization of products and intensified market competition and more. In other words, the development of enterprises has encountered bottlenecks. If there are no new products with competitiveness, hardware distributors will not advance but retreat, and will be gradually eliminated by the market. Two South American hardware clients of WELLMAX have faced the same problem, and fortunately, they found a way to break the predicament with //we...
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2019-01-15

FCA US Installs Intelligent LED Lighting Systems in Its Manufacturing Facilities

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) US announced a bright new year with two of its facilities in Detroit installed with intelligent systems integrated with wireless controls and LED lighting. In order to enhance power efficiency and employee productivity, FCA US has installed more than 35,000 LED fixtures in more than half of its manufacturing facilities, two Mopar Parts Distribution Centers and 87 dealerships. The two metro Detroit operations, Jefferson North Assembly Plant and Warren Stamping Plant that recently installed with intelligent lighting systems a...
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2019-01-14

DOMINANT Introduces seddLED, The World’s First True Digital LED

The concept of interior ambient lighting became popular during the 2000’s with monochrome color, such as orange, with the concept of harmonizing the luminance level between the interior of vehicle and external environment, consequently decreasing driver’s fatigue during night driving. Static RGB ambient lighting that began sometime in 2010 offers ambience and mood according to passenger’s preference which also created brand recognition of certain automobiles. This was then followed by the demand of dynamic lighting effects for different scenarios e.g. welcome light ef...
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2019-01-14

UVphotonics and FBH to Present UVB (280 nm – 320 nm) and UVC (230 nm – 280 nm) LEDs at Photonics West

Germany-based UV LED maker UVphotonics announced that it will showcase UV LED products jointly with The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut fuer Hoechstfrequenztechnik (FBH) at Photonics West 2019. Together with the FBH, UVphotonics develops the full UV LED technology chain, from the epitaxial growth of LED wafers up to complete turnkey modules. They develops and manufactures LEDs emitting in the UVB (280 nm – 320 nm) and the UVC (230 nm – 280 nm) spectral regions. According to the FBH, these LEDs can operate with ...
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2019-01-11

Cepton Launches New LiDAR Products with NVIDIA AI Computing Platform for Autonomous Driving Applications

Cepton Technologies, a provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications, announced that it has release two new LiDAR products, Vista-M and Vista-X, to its product portfolio. The Vista series LiDAR solutions are built with Cepton’s patented Micro-Motion Technology (MMT™) and run on the NVIDIA DRIVE in-vehicle AI computing platform—providing high resolution and long-range imaging to enable all levels of autonomous applications. (Image: Cepton) The Vista-M LiDAR packs a 120-degree fiel...
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2019-01-10

WPG Americas Explores the Advantages of UV LED with LG Innotek

WPG Americas (WPGA), a subsidiary of WPG Holdings, announced a new white paper that explores the advantages of UV LED systems over traditional disinfection technologies and an overview of LED modules brought to market by LG Innotek. The white paper was developed to help OEM's and design engineers identify and deliver the optimum UV LED sterilization system for their applications. According to LEDinside, the market value of UV LED is estimated to reach US$ 1.224 billion in 2022 with growth momentums including surface sterilization, static wate...
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2019-01-09

DEKRA Issued TE Connectivity Zhaga Book 18 Certification

DERKA has announced that is has issued its first Zhaga Book 18 certification for a connectivity plug developed by TE Connectivity (TE), a specialist in connectivity and sensor solutions. Solutions according to Zhaga Book 18 bring connectivity functionalities to outdoor LED lighting fixtures, creating exciting opportunities for IoT applications in smart city environments. In order to standardize LED technology and make it more replaceable and interchangeable, there’s a growing need for connectivity solutions which also provide added value by enabling new appli...
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2019-01-09

Seoul Semiconductor Signs Franchise Distribution Agreement with NRC Electronics

NRC Electronics, a US-based electronics products provider, announced that it has signed a franchise distribution agreement with Seoul Semiconductor. According to Andrew Smith, Seoul Semiconductor's Marketing Manager, the two companies will work together in the design and supply chain of the lighting community. He said, “Seoul’s extensive LED portfolio compliments NRC's vast lighting-oriented catalog, allowing NRC to better address general, architectural, and specialty lighting segments." NRC's CEO, Dennis Eisen, commented...
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2019-01-08

Nichia Starts to Enforce PSS Technology-related Patents

Japanese LED maker Nichia announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit with the Tokyo District Court against Corlant, a distributor of automotive aftermarket parts under the brand of Valenti on January 7th, 2019. Nichia request an injunction and compensation for the damages caused by the patent infringement. Nichia accused Corlant of distributing an automotive LED position lamp which Nichia believes infringes its patents JP5800452 and JP6320582 in relation to PSS technology*. Nichia seeks to protect its patents and other intellectual property right...
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2019-01-08

STMicroelectronics Teams up Cree for Silicon Carbide Wafer Supply

Cree announces that it signed a multi-year agreement to produce and supply its Wolfspeed® silicon carbide (SiC) wafers to STMicroelectronics. Based on the agreement, Cree will supply its 150mm silicon carbide bare and epitaxial wafers which valued US$ 250 million to STMicroelectronics. “ST is the only semiconductor company with automotive-grade silicon carbide in mass production today, and we want to press forward to grow our SiC business both in terms of volume and breadth of applications served, targeting leadership in a market estimated at more than US$3...
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2019-01-07

Osram and GaN Systems Partner to Develop LiDAR Laser Driver

Osram Opto Semiconductors announced its partnership with GaN Systems in the development of laser driver for LiDAR applications. Osram has continuously expanded its laser portfolio for LiDAR. Through the collaboration with GaN Systems, the company aims to solve the issues of LiDAR including its inability to transmit lasers at short pulses while maintaining high peak power. The issue is critical to ensure that the LiDAR is eye safe with a long range and high resolution. To address this need, Osram worked with GaN Systems to develop a laser driver with a one ...
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2019-01-07

First LED Filament Patent Lawsuit in 2019: Liquidleds against GIRARD SUDRON

The LED filament lamp market began 2019 with a patent lawsuit. Taiwan-based flexible LED filament developer Liquidleds filed a patent infringement lawsuit against French lighting company GIRARD SUDRON, requesting a halt of further sale of patent-infringing products. (Image: Liquidleds) Liquidleds on December 20, 2018 filed with the Mannheim Court of Germany a lawsuit accusing European lighting company GIRARD SUDRON of manufacturing and selling products that infringe Liquidleds’ patents in regard to flexible LED filament and filament b...
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2019-01-04

Velodyne Lidar to Present Novel LiDAR Products for Autonomous Driving at CES 2019

Velodyne Lidar announced that it will introduce and demonstrate its cutting-edge LiDAR sensor technology at CES 2019 in the Las Vegas next week. The company will showcase a wide array of products, including new products to address directional and short-range sensing with trailblazing technology and performance. Moreover, it is going to announce its collaborations with strategic partners and present some new products for the first time. With its LiDAR technologies, Velodyne will demonstrate how LiDAR sensors help to advance vehicle autonomy and road safety. It is pr...
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2019-01-04

XenomatiX and AGC Automotive Europe Partner to Develop Windshield-mounted LiDAR

XenomatiX, a Belgian based solid-state LiDAR technology provider, announced its partnership with functional glass supplier AGC to build integrated LiDAR sensors for ADAS and autonomous driving. The two companies developed a windshield-mounted LiDAR system that meets automotive requirements while assuring reliable detection. XenomatiX’ high performance LiDAR enables seamless integration behind AGC’s Wideye windshields. (Image: XenomatiX) “Integrating XenoLidar behind front and rear windows is an important step towards higher le...
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2019-01-03

Signify Completes Cancellation of 9.7 Million Shares

Signify announced on December 31st, 2018 that it has completed the cancellation of 9.7 million shares after the company completed its share repurchase program on December 7, 2018. Signify began to buy back its shares in July 2018 to reduce capital. With the repurchase program, Signify has repurchased 9.7 million shares that valued EUR 220 million (US$ 250 million). The company then cancelled these shares by the end of 2018. Currently, the issued share capital of Signify consists of 128 million ordinary shares and 1.75% of its issued shares are hold by Signify....
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2019-01-02

Mitsubishi Electric to Showcase Novel Automotive Technologies at CES 2019

Mitsubishi Electric announced that it will join the CES 2019 show to exhibit its cutting-edge automotive technologies and products including its latest version of EMIRAI4 driving-assistance concept car. Apart from the next generation driving-assistance technologies, the 2019 version of the EMIRAI4 smart-mobility concept car features two new technologies, Real Texture® and ground-illuminating indicator technology. (Image: Mistubishi Electric) Real Texture is a LED dashboard display which expresses the appearance of metallic-like surfaces by adjusting g...
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2018-12-25

Revolution Lighting Supports Buy American Act and Collaborates with SENSORWORK to Expands Lighting Control Capability

Revolution Lighting Technologies announced that it will expand its rNET lighting controls system capabilities through the integration of the control sensors by SENSORWORX. The partnership with SENSORWORK is also in line with the company’s strategy of supporting Buy American Act (BAA) and Trade Agreement Act (TAA). Based in Connecticut, USA, SENSORWORK produces sensors and controls for lighting products for energy saving. Revolution Lighting said that the solutions of SENSORWORX allows rNET to further expand its ove...
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2018-12-25

Magneti Marelli to Show Advanced Automotive Lighting Applications at CES 2019

Italian automotive component company Magneti Marelli, announced that it will join CES 2019 to exhibit its high-tech offerings at CES 2019. Through the participation of the show, Magneti Marelli aims to address the needs of autonomous driving and connectivity with a wide range of smart, streamlined and highly integrated lighting and electronics solutions. The company offers automotive technologies to improve communication between vehicles, the occupants and the surrounding environment. According to the company, its third generation Smart Corner will be unveiled at CES...
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2018-12-25

TDC Lights up Sydney Opera House for Invictus Games 2018

TDC – Technical Direction Company, an Australia-based video solution equipment supplier, has offered its expertise to provide the backdrop to the opening and closing of the Invictus Games in Sydney. The company has involved in the opening ceremony on the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, projection mapping onto the sails of Sydney Opera House and the closing ceremony at Qudos Bank Arena, located at Sydney Olympic Park. (Image: TDC) The opening ceremony brought together LED Screens at the Sydney Opera House forecourt with projection mapping...
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2018-12-24

FBH Introduce UV LEDs and Diode Lasers at Photonics West 2019

The Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut fuer Hoechstfrequenztechnik (FBH) is a Berlin-based electronic and optical research institute. It is going to present its novel diode lasers and advancements, as well as its results and progresses in UV LEDs at Photonics West 2019. The institute will showcase its capabilities from design through chips to modules and prototype systems. One focus of FBH's R&D is on high-power diode lasers used in materials processing both directly and as pump sources. The pulse laser sources of FBH delivers 200 ps to 20 ns ...
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2018-12-24

Innoviz Opens Offices in China, Germany, Japan and the US

Israel-based LiDAR solution provider Innoviz Technologies announced the achievements of its expansion into four new countries and advance of manufacturing. With the significant movements, the company aims to provide LiDAR solutions available and affordable at a massive scale for the prospering market. Innoviz has expanded globally with the opening of offices in four new countries including the U.S., Germany, China and Japan, with additional expansions planned in 2019. These regions were selected based on their proximity to areas of high market demand and/or existing cus...
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2018-12-22

Zumtobel Opens Light Centre in Paris

Lighting supplier Zumtobel Group announced a grand opening of its new lighting center in Paris. The space is designed as an open area that invites customers to exchange and network. The Zumtobel Group opened its new Light Centre on a surface of 450m² at 10 rue d’Uzès in the 2nd arrondissement in Paris on December 13th 2018. In this new Light Centre, the Zumtobel Group showcases its broad portfolio in the field of professional lighting along with the associated services in the new premises, allowing light to be experienced in its many different fascinati...
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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