2019-02-15

Osram Invests in IoT Company to Strengthen its Digital Solution Development

Apart from the buyout talk confirmation, Osram also announced that it has purchased shares of Beaconinside, a German company developing IoT solutions, for expanding its digital business in location-based services. Osram aims to integrate Beaconinside’s IoT solution for retails, smart city and logistics with its sensor technology to extend product portfolio such as beacon. Stefan Kampmann, CTO of OSRAM, noted, "Beaconinside's innovative solutions enable sales-supporting advertising campaigns, detailed customer analyses and intelligent logistics monitorin...
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2019-02-14

Osram Confirms the Buyout Rumors and in Discussion with Bain Capital and Carlyle Group

Osram announced a confirmation about the possible buyout by Bain Capital and Carlyle Group and revealed that it is engaged in detailed discussions with the interested parties. After Osram reported its declined business performance in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and said it has “taken a number of measures to improve revenue and returns,” the Germany company confirmed the market rumors that Bain Capital and Carlyle Group are eyeing the buyout of Osram. In November 2018, Bloomberg reported that the U.S.-based Bain Capital has been considering acquiri...
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2019-02-12

Osram Focuses on non-Lighting Photonic and Optical Technologies for Boosting Revenue

Followed the notice released by the end of January, Osram announced the results of its first quarter of fiscal 2019. The company posted a revenue of EUR 828 million (US$ 934.65 million) which declined by 15% YoY with revenue dropped in three of Osram’s business segments. The Opto Semiconductors division recorded an on-year decline in revenue of 17% and its revenue of automotive segment decreased by 11 % YoY. In the Digital segment, revenue fell by around 17% YoY due to weak market development in the general lighting segment. Olaf Berlien, CEO of Osram...
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2019-02-01

Osram Turns Smartphone to Projector with Green Laser

With its advanced green laser diode, Osram is transforming smartphones into portable cinema projector. Green lighting is the crucial color for projection to deliver sharp and bright images as the human eye is most sensitive in the green spectral range. The brighter the green laser shines on a surface, the brighter and stronger the projected image appears to the viewer. Osram’s PLT3 520D achieves high pulse output for direct green laser diodes at 140 mW while offering eight percent of increased efficiency. These improvements make a smartphone capable of enlarging its displ...
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2019-01-31

Osram Acquires UK’s Ring Automotive for Extend Its Aftermarket Products

After revealing its sluggish business performance, Osram announced that it will strengthen its automotive business by acquiring aftermarket specialist Ring Automotive. With the acquisition, Osram plans to expand its aftermarket portfolio and reach end customers via the distribution channels of Ring Automotive in the UK. In addition, Ring's specialization in electronic car accessories complements Osram’s product range. Moreover, Osram will give the ring portfolio access to the US market via the established Osram Sylvania channels and opens up new sales pote...
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2019-01-30

Osram Introduces Laser-based Automotive Light

Osram debuted the second generation of blue multi-mode laser diodes for cars to illuminate the road condition when driving at night. The laser diodes doubles the range compared to previous LED solutions to 600 meters and simplifies the system design at the same time, when used in the auxiliary high beam of the car. With brighter light source, Osram’s PLPT9 450D_E A01 laser makes driving at night safer. (Image: Osram) “With our newly developed laser diode, car lights can be designed and built even smaller than before – without compromising light out...
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2019-01-28

Osram’s Digital Technology Lights up the History of St. Peter’s Basilica

St.Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City is now shines in LED lighting as Osram completed its digital lighting project of the World Heritage after 18 month of planning and the installation of a new LED lighting system. Osram said that the entire lighting concept for the project was tailor-made to highlight all the treasures of the world's most important and historic basilica. More than 780 special luminaires equipped with approximately 100,000 LEDs were used in this project. Thanks to intelligent lighting control, the lighting of the church, which covers an ar...
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2019-01-25

The US-China Dispute Makes 2019 a Challenging Year for Worldwide LED Manufacturers

2019 has just begun but this year seems to be a tough one for global LED manufacturers with continuous global market uncertainty caused by the US-China dispute. Osram, the German representative of the LED industry, unveiled its weak business performance of the first quarter of its fiscal 2019 with a 15 percent YoY revenue drop. The company noted that the revenue for coming quarters might remain “significantly low” due to the general political uncertainties. Taiwanese LED maker Everlight is not optimistic about 2019 either. Robert Yeh, the CEO of E...
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2019-01-25

Osram Reports Revenue Down due to Weak Chinese Market and the Trade War

Osram announced that in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the company is facing an on-year revenue decline due to the weak Chinese market under the impact of the on-going US-China trade dispute. According to Osram, the declining market in the end of 2018 has led to poor performance of its three business units, Opto Semiconductor, Automotive and Digital. The revenue of Osram for its fiscal 1Q19 was EUR 828 million (US$ 938 million) with a 15 percent YoY decrease. And the Opto Semiconductors unit recorded a 16.9 percent decline in revenue on a comparable basis...
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2019-01-16

Osram Sells Its North American Service Business Sylvania Lighting Solution to WESCO

Osram continues its transformation and moves one more step ahead with sales of its North American services business, Sylvania Lighting Solutions (SLS). WESCO International subsidiary is acquring the business operation of SLS with a price of double-digit million euro. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. According to Osram, its Management Board has decided in May 2018 to initiate the divestiture of the SLS business. With the aquisition, WESCO will take over the services business with about 220 employees in North America,...
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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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2018-12-28

2018 Year-End Industry Review: Things You Can’t Miss About the Big Names

There have been ups and downs in the LED industry in 2018. New technologies have continued to evolve while many leading industry players have made critical decisions to cut off old business. LEDinside has selected some significant updates of the influential companies in the industry to wrap up the year. Philips Lighting becomes Signify As one of the most famous lighting brands in the world, Philips Lighting officially changed its name to Signify in 2018. The company announced the name change plan as a gesture to transform the company. It has started to use the new na...
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2018-12-27

Supported by LED Lighting, Vegetables Can Grow in Places that You Never Thought About

Horticulture lighting applications have become a critical market for the LED industry. LED lighting enables researchers and growers to break the limitation of conventional farming regarding the weather and space. With the help of LED lighting, innovative horticultural researches and activities were reported from all around the world. Various cultivation methods were developed to grow crops in places that we would not consider possible in the past. With the end of the year approaching, let’s look back at how scientists and industry innovators have used LED lighting to...
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2018-12-20

Osram’s IoT Platform to Link Lighting and Building for Smart Management

On the way for Osram’s high-tech company transformation, smart lighting and building applications are parts of the core development of the company. It has announced the launch of its IoT platform for the lighting and building market. Lightelligence is the platform developed by Osram which includes a far-reaching development environment for IoT solutions and applications. Users of the platform can draw on a fully developed software infrastructure and are not required to set up anything themselves. The IoT platform is much like an app store, where users can individually a...
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2018-12-19

Carlyle to be Potential Bidder for Osram after Bain Capital

By the end of last month, Bloomberg reported that Bain Capital, a U.S.-based private equity firm, has been eyeing a buyout of Osram. Soon after that, another private equity company, Carlyle, reportedly joined the list of potential bidders for the German lighting technology group, according to Financial Times. The report of Financial Times noted that two people directly involved in the situation have confirmed Carlyle’s interest in the buyout of Osram. But neither Carlyle nor Osram commented on the information. (Image: Osram) Osram has been through a fina...
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2018-12-19

Osram Releases New VCSELs for 3D Sensing Applications

Osram has debuted new VCSELs for applications like 3D scanning and imaging. The new products, PLPVCQ 850 and the PLPVCQ 940, are the latest additions to Osram’s Bidos product family. VCSELs combine the high power density and simple packaging of an IRED with the spectral width and speed of a laser. With the focus on high tech development, Osram Opto Semiconductor has targeted VCSEL application include machine vision or facial recognition, as well as object or architectural scanning that involves mapping an area in 3D and positioning virtual fu...
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2018-12-18

Osram Provides Solutions for Rinspeed’s microSNAP Vehicle and Launches New IR LED for Biometric Identification

Osram announced that it is providing several of its components for automotive lighting and biometric identification solutions for microSNAP, Rinspeed’s concept vehicle, which will be presented at CES 2019. Rinspeed’s microSNAP is the latest version of the company’s autonomous concept car which has a chassis to contain the drivetrain and most of the IT while connecting to various body types. (Image: Osram) Outside the vehicle, microSNAP uses Osram’s Eviyos, a hybrid LED for smart headlights, which contains individually controlled pi...
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2018-12-13

Osram’s Infrared LED Tells Farmers When to Harvest

Osram presented its new infrared LED, Oslon Black SFH 4736, which can be installed in smartphones or tablets for food growers to easily scan their crops and decide if it is the right time to harvest. (Image: Osram) The new Oslon Black SFH 4736 (NIRED), featured with more than double the radiant intensity of its predecessor, SFH 4735, can be used to detect reliable information about the sugar, water and fat content of food. The system makes use of the absorption behavior of certain molecular compounds. The NIRED irradiates a specimen with a defined spectr...
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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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2018-11-21

TowerJazz Supplies Chips to LeddarTech for Automotive LiDAR Applications

TowerJazz, an Israel-based chip producer, announced that its 0.18um CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) SPAD (single-photon avalanche diode) process has been selected by LeddarTech, a Canadian automotive LiDAR developer, for its automotive LiDAR solutions. TowerJazz’s CIS SPAD platform combines CMOS, image sensors and SPAD on the same chip, offering an integrated solution with figures of merit. Through the partnership with TowerJazz, LeddarTech expects to expand the market of its LiDAR platform. LeddarTech’s LiDAR solutions enable...
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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

Osram Adds New LED for General Lighting

Osram Opto Semiconductor has announced a new LED, Osconiq S3030. The LED is featured with long lifetime and robustness to fulfill the demands of general lighting products. Osconiq S3030 targets mid-power market for outdoor and industrial lighting applications, providing high quality and durability in various operating conditions. The individual components provide flexibility in forward voltage and luminous flux with an exceptional lifetime of 75.000 hours even at high temperatures. Together with an optimized phosphor, lead frame and chip design, the development of the Osc...
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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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2018-11-13

Osram Develops New LiDAR Sensor for Self-driving Cars

As Osram continues to accelerate its development in high technology, the company has released its latest addition to its laser portfolio for LiDAR applications of autonomous vehicles. LiDAR systems are an integral part of driving assistance systems, such as lane assist and emergency braking systems in autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles. The propagation time of very short light pulses is used to determine the distance between the vehicle and objects in its vicinity. When a laser pulse hits a person or an object it is reflected and captured by a detector. From the time betw...
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2018-11-07

Osram Revise Business Structure to Focus on Digitalization

Osram has announced the financial results of fiscal 2018 and the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 and addressed that it will focus on digitalization and high-growth markets.
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2018-11-02

Lighting Project at St. Peter’s Basilica by Osram to be Completed

Osram has kicked off a lighting project at St. Peter’s Basilica in October 2017. After a year of work, the project is going to be completed soon with the initial tests finished, according to the report of Lux.
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2018-10-25

Osram Illustrates How IoT Solves Healthcare Problems

The applications of IoT have been under the spotlight in many parts of the industry. Osram, as a high-tech company, has presented eight approaches in healthcare where IoT can be applied to solve problems.
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2018-10-19

Osram’s LED Engin Reveals World’s First 50W Seven-Die LED Emitter

LED Engin, an Osram business, has unveiled the LZ7 Plus, the world’s first 50W seven-die LED emitter. The new LED emitter is designed to meet the trends of stage lighting fixtures.
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2018-10-17

Osram and Scout Introduce a New LED Wearable: Lighting Schoolbags

Osram has developed a specified LED module for Scout, a German schoolbag manufacturer, to produce a schoolbag with active integrated LED lighting.
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2018-10-16

Osram Works with Deutsche Telekom to Test Mobile Robots in Osram’s Plant

Since the announcement of quitting its luminaires business and transforming into a high-tech company, Osram has cooperated with various industry partners and focused on intelligent business. Testing autonomous materials handling at its own plant in Schwabmünchen is another move which indicates Osram’s commitment.
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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

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