2020-10-15

Nichia, Osram and Lumileds Report Victory in Patent Disputes against LSG

LED companies including Nichia, Osram and Lumileds updated the results of their patent disputes against Lighting Science Group (LSG) yesterday on October 14. All the three companies prevailed over the LSG’s asserted LED patents. (Image: Pixabay) LSG has initiated patent infringement lawsuit against Nichia, Osram and Lumileds claiming that the three LED manufacturers violet its patents covering LSG’s United States Patent Nos. 7,528,421; 7,095,053; and 7,098,483, in 2019. On April 7, 2020, and October 1, 2020, the United States I...
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2020-10-12

【Exclusive Interview】Osram Opto Semiconductors’ Leading Hyper Red LED Technology to Support Rising Global Horticulture Lighting Market

Since LED technology became mature enough for lighting applications, it has soon entered a plateau period and attracted players across the globe. The industry then turned into a battlefield with low price products and flat profit. Several leading lighting companies including GE, Osram, Cree and others, enlarged their focus into other special lighting applications. Horticulture lighting is one of their targets. (Image: Osram) Adding artificial light sources to help crops to grow has a long history in horticulture but the use of LEDs for such applications offers complete...
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2020-09-28

Osram Introduces Near-infrared LED for Spectroscopy Applications, Helping to Check Food Quality

Is the shirt on the shelf really made of 100% cotton? Does the apple in the supermarket only look delicious, or is it spoiled and vitamin deficient? A closer look at the molecular structure provides the answers to these questions. Near-infrared spectroscopy makes that possible. For many years, Osram Opto Semiconductors has been developing compact and particularly powerful broadband infrared LEDs for spectroscopy. In addition to the broad wavelength range, the energy efficiency of the integrated components is essential to system manufacturers, as are the compact dimensions. Osram...
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2020-09-25

Fluence to Supply LED Lighting Solution to the African Market Partnering The Lamphouse

Fluence by Osram teamed up with The Lamphouse, the largest supplier of specialized lamps in Africa to supplier its LED lighting solutions for horticulture applications. The Lamphouse is Fluence’s exclusive partner serving South Africa’s professional horticulture stores and fulfilling large commercial cannabis projects. “Local partnerships are a key factor in delivering fast and reliable solutions to growers. The Lamphouse is a natural extension of the Fluence team on the ground in South Africa’s biggest cities and beyond,” said Timo Bonga...
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2020-09-24

Osram and Continental to Separate Joint Venture Business of Automotive Lighting System

Osram announced the plan to realign its partnership with Continental and return their joint venture business to the parent company. The information was released soon after Osram reported its transfer progress with ams, indicating that the company is speeding up transformation within the organization. Osram and Continental will negotiate on separating of the business in smart automotive lighting systems and returning it to the respective companies. The German companies noted that the decision was made in response to the gloomy market environment, which is being further impacted b...
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2020-09-23

Osram and AMS Sign Domination and Profit and Loss Transfer Agreement, Getting Closer to Case Close

The deal of Austria sensor company buying Osram is moving one more step forward as Osram announced that it has agreed with ams on the conclusion of a domination and profit and loss transfer agreement. In this regard, the Managing Board and the Supervisory Board of Osram adopted resolutions to sign the agreement with ams Offer GmbH and to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting for November 3, 2020 in which, inter alia, a resolution is to be tabled to approve Osram’s entry into the agreement. Base on the agreement, minority shareholders of Osram will receive an...
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2020-09-18

Osram Adopts UVA LED Technology for In-car Air Disinfection and Purification

Osram revealed an in-car air purifier featuring UVA LED technology. The company claimed that the device can eliminate up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria. (Image: Osram) The product, named Air Zing Mini, is designed to removes germs from the air inside vehicles to improve air quality for drivers and passengers. The UV light of Osram’s Air Zing Mini works at a wavelength of 360 to 370 nm with a disinfection rate of 99.9% for the in-car air. Osram said that the device has already been successfully tested against bird flu viruses. The air purifier also elimina...
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2020-09-17

Osram Sees Improving Market Condition and Raises Its Guidance for FY2020

Osram raised its business guidance for fiscal year 2020 since the company said it has seen strong recovery in summer, particularly in August. In the past few seasons, the German company has revised its business guidance several times, mostly revised the numbers down. However, this time the company is raising up its expectation. The Managing Board of Osram now expects a comparable revenue decline of approximately -14%, comparing to previous number of -15% to -19%. The adjusted EBITDA margin is now approximately 8%, which the company set at 3% to 6% previously. Osram also...
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2020-09-03

Osram Launches Automotive LEDs with Enhanced Brightness and Announces Settlement with Lextar

Osram announced the expansion of its automotive LED portfolio, launching a new generation of 1 to 4-chip versions in the Oslon Compact PL product family. The company also reported settlement with its contract manufacturer Lextar. The new version of the Oslon Compact PL products feature ceramic components with an electrically insulated pad that makes it much easier to dissipate heat from the package. The design enables a higher current to allow the 1-chip version to achieve an outstanding brightness value of 395 lumens at 1A with a chip area of 1mm². Sized small as 1...
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2020-08-12

Kyocera and Osram Jointly Develop Micro LED Display Driving Technology Potentially for AR Devices

Kyocera and Osram reported worked on a new Micro LED display driving technology. According to a report of MicroLED-info, the two companies have designed a hybrid current and PWM driving technology for Micro LED displays. The new driving scheme can be used to avoid using lower pixel currents through Micro LED chips, as described by Kyocera and Osram. As a result, the approach reduces luminance deviation and color shift even at lower grayscale levels. The new driving technology was demonstrated with Kyocera’s 3.9-inch full color Micro LED display bas...
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2020-08-10

Fluence to Expand Inventory of LED Horticulture Lighting Solutions in Canada with Its Wholesale Partner

Fluence by Osram announced its partnership with a Canadian company Quality Wholesale to expand its product distribution throughout Canada. Under the partnership, Quality Wholesale will distribute Fluence LED lighting solutions to retail garden centers and commercial growers throughout Canada starting in August. (Image: Fluence by Osram) “Collaborating with Quality Wholesale enables us to expand our footprint and reach more growers across Canada,” said Ron DeKok, vice president of sales for Fluence. “We are proud to partner with a company ...
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2020-07-30

Osram Reports Expectable FY3Q20 Financial Results and Includes Supervisory Board Members from AMS

Osram announced the financial results of its fiscal 3Q20. The German company said that the performance was better than expected compared to the main sales markets. For Osram’s FY 3Q20, its revenue on a comparable basis fell by 29.4% YoY to EUR 606 million (US$ 711.95 million) due to the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. EBITDA before special items was well above expectations with negative EUR 27 million (US$ 31.75 million). Osram’s Automotive business unit was impacted the most with on-year sales dropped by 35.7% to EUR 282 million (US$ ...
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2020-07-09

Fluence Expands Global Research on How Light Quality Impact Plant Growth and Crop Quality

Fluence by Osram, the horticulture LED lighting solution provider, announced the expansion of its global photobiology research program, which encompasses studies on multiple vine crops, leafy greens and medical cannabis in the United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Fluence leverages a network of leading research institutions and partners for its program, including Wageningen University & Research (WUR) for tomatoes; Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt (Proefstation) to study cucumbers; Harrow Research and Development Centre for peppers; Th...
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2020-07-08

AMS’ Acquisition of Osram Approved by the EU Commission

Since the Austrian sensing company AMS won the bid of Osram in December 2019, it has been a long journey for it to complete the acquisition of the German company. Finally, on July 6, AMS announced that it has received unconditional regulatory approval from the EU commission for the acquisition of Osram and is going to close the takeover on July 9, 2020. As the acquisition announced last year, it was stated that the merger would be subject to antitrust and foreign trade approvals by the EU. In the press release of the EU Commission, the Commission concluded that ...
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2020-07-02

Osram Presents Infrared Laser Bars for Metal Processing

The number of infrared light-based applications has increased rapidly in recent years. Long before infrared LEDs and VCSELs were used as light source for face recognition in smartphones, early manufacturers developed infrared lasers. Osram Opto Semiconductors, who has been working for many years on high-power lasers for special applications, teams up with its partners to present the performance of laser bars from the latest EKOLAS project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In recent years, state-of-the-art laser technology has increasi...
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2020-06-18

Osram Announces New Business Outlook for Fiscal 2020, See Recovery after Its FY3Q20

With the impacts of COVID-19 outbreak, several companies across the world including Osram had withdrawn their business outlook or guidance earlier this year. As for new, following reopens in many countries, Osram provided an updated business guidance for its fiscal year 2020, starting October 2019 and ending September 2020. Osram reported on June 17, 2020, that it is expecting an on-year revenue decline of -15 to -19%, comparing to its previous guidance of comparable revenue growth between -3% and +3%. The projected adjusted EBITDA margin went down from 9% to 11% to ...
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2020-06-09

New VCSEL-based 3D Sensing Emitter Module by Osarm Support Advanced Camera Function and AR Applications for Smartphones

Osram revealed an intelligent emitter module for 3D sensing which allows smartphones to take high-quality images and videos with staggered depth of field. Besides optimizing image content, the module can also be used for 3D object recognition or AR applications. The product is designed to strengthen camera function of smartphones. Innovative functionalities of mobile devices require components to fit into ever smaller spaces. A central task for manufacturers has been to find the right emitters, photodiodes and VCSEL driver chips (ICs), then calibrate them and finally insta...
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2020-06-03

Fluence by Osram Adds Four Spectra on VYPR Lighting Series to Optimize Indoor Cultivation

Fluence by OSRAM announced the launch of four additional spectra on its VYPR top light series. From broad white to high red, Fluence’s extended PhysioSpec™ spectra enable growers to optimize lighting strategies for any crop in any growth stage or geographic location. “In our relentless pursuit of innovative lighting solutions for crop cultivation, we’ve conducted in-depth research on plant response under various spectra with a range of crops,” said David Cohen, CEO of Fluence. “One of the biggest challenges for cultivators around t...
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2020-06-01

Tallest Skyscraper in Southeast Asia Illuminated by Osram

The tallest building in Southeast Asia currently locates in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The 461.5-meter-high building, Landmark 81, is recently lit up by Osram subsidiary Traxon e:cue and LK Technology. (Image: Osram) The intelligent dynamic lighting system on the facade of Landmark 81 is provided by Traxon e:cue. More than 12,500 sets of Traxon luminaires are pixel precise controlled and managed by the e:cue Light Management System. A variety of products are incorporated into the structure including customized LED Dots, Monochrome Tubes, several e:cue B...
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2020-05-20

Fluence Supports Cannabis Research of Compassionate Cultivation with LED Lighting Solutions

Fluence by OSRAM announced its partnership with Compassionate Cultivation, a medical cannabis provider in Texas, USA. The two companies will collaborate on research studies using Fluence’s LED lighting systems to gather new insights into sustainable cannabis production. Compassionate Cultivation aims to ensure secure supply of high quality medical cannabis and teams up with Fluence to explore potential lighting strategies for optimizing cannabis growth. (Image: Fluence by Osram) Together, Fluence and Compassionate Cultivation will produce and publish...
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2020-05-18

Osram and LeddarTech Partner to Work on LiDAR Platform for Automotive Mass Market

Canadian LiDAR technology developer LeddarTech has been working with its investor Osram on the LiDAR platform “PERCEPT.” Osram said that it is developing the first flexible solid state LiDAR focusing on mid to long range sensing and targeting the automotive mass market. (Image: Osram) The PERCEPT LiDAR will comprise Osram’s laser emitters and LeddarTech’s processing software. With these featured components, Osram aims to develop a LiDAR with the measuring approach of ToF. The LiDAR platform will serve long- a...
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2020-05-14

Osram Launches Infrared LED Enabling Gesture Control in Cars to Strengthen Automotive Driving Technology

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and technologies previously designed for mobile devices, such as facial recognition, eye tracking or gesture control, are increasingly making their way into the automotive sector. These technologies are based on infrared light. The smaller and more powerful the required components, the easier they are to integrate into complex designs. Osram’s Oslon Piccolo now offers an extremely compact infrared LED (IRED) that packs enormous power in a small package, making it ideal for customers. (Image: Osram) Autonomous driving w...
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2020-05-13

【Interview】OSRAM Steadily Occupies the First Supplier of Horticultural Lighting with Its Superior LED Chip and Packing Technology

According to the research of LEDinside, the global LED horticultural lighting market saw a growth of 25% to 30% to US$ 369 million in 2019, with an increase of 31% year-on-year. Currently, LEDinside was fortunate to have an exclusive interview with OSRAM, a global leader in LED horticultural lighting, to learn how the future development of the horticultural lighting market is and how OSRAM’s LED technology supports various horticultural lighting applications. Chi Guangwei, Senior Application Engineer of ILLUmination Department at OSRAM, sh...
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2020-05-12

Osram Reveals New LED Products Covering Various Lighting Applications

Osram Opto Semiconductors introduced its new LED product family which suits a wide range of applications. The new Synios S 2222 family can be adopted for customized lighting solutions, electronic devices, ambient lighting for trains and planes and architectural lighting. (Image: Osram) Featuring compact size and brightness, Osram’s Synios S 2222 product family provides an efficient and flexible platform for a variety of low- and mid-power applications (from 10 mA to 200 mA). The product family includes colors of white, blue, green, yellow, red and deep red. ...
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2020-05-08

Osram Reports Increased Cash Flow and Profit Margin

Osram announced its FY2Q20 financial results and said that it has achieved a good second quarter given the global challenges. The company registered a revenue of EUR 821 million (US$ 890.25 million), which dropped by 7.9% YoY. Despite that, the adjusted EBITDA increased by 36.8% YoY and adjusted EBITDA margin also improved by 3.6 p.p to 11.7%. Due to restructuring costs for the change in structural and personnel adjustments, Osram reported a loss of EUR 39.3 million (US$ 42.61 million). Osram CEO, Olaf Berlien, said that the company had reacted very...
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2020-04-24

Osram Introduces Smart Office Lighting System with First Project Launching in Demark

Suitable lighting is proved to enhance efficiency and productivity for office workers. Osram’s HubSense intelligent lighting management system with standardized “Qualified Bluetooth Mesh” technology enables small and medium-sized businesses to upgrade their lighting system to improve the comfort of working environment. With the system, existing installations can be updated without new cabling and without the use of a gateway or any other IT equipment. HubSense also fits new installations in single offices, open-plan offices, corridors and conference rooms and...
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2020-04-22

Osram to Close Its Factory in Bavaria and Move Production to Berlin

Osram announced in its latest press release that the company will shift production of its cinema lamp to Berlin and close the production site in Eichstätt, a Bavarian town in Germany. Osram said the decision is made in response to structural changes in the cinema industry and additional economic challenges being faced as a result of the coronavirus. The market for cinema lamps is impacted by the pandemic as people are not able to go to cinemas, leading to shrinking demands and production decline. German media Die Welt reported that the measure was criticized by IG M...
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2020-04-07

Osram Appoints New CFO Kathrin Dahnke after Ingo Bank Left for AMS

Osram has appointed Kathrin Dahnke as the new CFO and the new position will begin on April 16, succeeding Ingo Bank, who will become CFO of AMS on May 1. Dahnke was appointed by the supervisory board of Osram as the CFO of the Management Board of Osram. Dahnke was most recently a member of the Management Board of the Neuss-based conglomerate Werhahn KG, which operates in the fields of building materials, consumer goods and financial services. The supervisory board of Osram expects Dahnke to take the challenge faced by the company during the transform...
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2020-03-25

AMS Plans to Complete Osram Transition in 2Q20 and Reveal 1Q20 Financial Expectations with COVID-19 Assessment

Sensor solution supplier AMS updated the progress of its acquisition of Osram and reported its financial expectations for the first quarter of 2020 after assessing the COVID-19 situation. (Image: AMS) After AMS started its takeover process for Osram since December 2019 and reported further update that the deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020. The Austrian sensor maker is processing its EUR 1.65 billion (US$1.78 billion) rights issues for the takeover and noted that they only require “the receipt of the required regulatory approvals&rd...
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2020-03-19

Osram Withdraws Business Guidance for Fiscal 2020 due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Many businesses are updating their outlook of the year as the global business has been affected by the continuously spreading coronavirus across the world. Osram announced on March 18 the withdrawal of the guidance for its fiscal 2020 as the German photonics company thinks it is unlikely to achieve its corporate targets due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Image: Pixabay) Osram noted that the unprecedented operational and financial challenges posed by the spread of COVID-19 and the uncertain developments in the coming weeks are leading to economic impact on the...
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