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opportunities presented by the increasing rapid adoption of high brightness LEDs,
in all their forms and applications, represents nothing short of a "digital
revolution" for a previously "analog" world. LEDs are having a
substantial disruptive effect on a number of established technologies, and where
there is disruption, there is an intense need for information.
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companies seeking the the answers to how best to meet their customers' needs.
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GaN LEDs in Automotive to Reach $1 Billion in 2014, According to IHS LIGHTimes News Staff
October 23, 2014...The LED Intelligence Service of IHS Technology (IHS) predicts that the
market for GaN packaged LEDs in automotive applications will reach the $1
billion mark this year for the first time. IHS forecasts that industry revenue
will grow 11 percent from $943 million in 2013 to $1.05 billion in 2014. IHS
contends that the growth comes from vehicle exterior applications such as
headlamps and daytime running lights, where LED penetration is still low.
However, IHS notes that the LED value per vehicle can be quite high. Osram,
Nichia and Lumileds are ranked by IHS as the market's leading three suppliers,
and IHS says they are particularly dominant in vehicle exterior
Audi has been a leader in using LEDs in its vehicles (especially in daytime
running lights) since 2008, according to IHS, and many other manufacturers have
followed the trend to using more LEDs in automotive applications. IHS points
out however that many vehicles even at the high end of the market such as the
$100,000 Tesla Model S, still do not use LED headlamps. Moreover, daytime
running lights, cornering lights and indoor ambient lights are only available
as an option rather than as standard. IHS forecasts that LED lighting should
increase in vehicles over the next several years, growing further to $1.3
billion in 2018.
Research Association Produces Prototype LED with 256 Light Points for Adaptive Front Lighting Systems LIGHTimes News Staff
October 23, 2014...Osram Opto Semiconductors reports that after just one and a half years, the
company and its partners on the µAFS research project have developed a new LED
chip with an unrivaled array of 256 light points (pixels). Previously pixel
systems were based on a large number of individual LEDs. Funding for the
project, a total of seven million euros, comes from the Federal Ministry of
Education and Research as part of its focus on “Integrated
Microphotonics”. The project will run until January 31, 2016.
The project's goal is the development of a new class of energy-efficient LED
headlamps which may then provide the basis for adaptive front lighting systems.
The project intends to design systems that will improve the illumination of the
road ahead through actively adapting the light distribution for the driving and
traffic situation without dazzling other road users.
Experts from Osram Opto Semiconductors, Osram Specialty Lighting, Infineon
Technologies and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration
IZM jointly developed a prototype of an LED-based adaptive front lighting
Previous adaptive front lighting systems (AFS) have one pixel corresponding
to one LED component or one chip. However, in this prototype one chip contains
256 pixels, which can all be individually controlled. Osram Opto notes that the
256 pixels per chip prototype is the first step to light sources with more than
1000 pixels. Osram Opto Semiconductors developed the new pixel chip with
defined light patterns in blue and white . According to Osram Opto, the
challenge was to define the light points during chip processing itself and
enable them to be linked directly with the control system. Infineon
Technologies developed the driver chip to directly and individually control the
numerous light points. As the specialist in mounting technology, Fraunhofer IZM
made it possible to couple the light-emitting pixel chip with the controlling
Osram Opto Semiconductors structured the chip surface and attached the
converter for creating white light to complete the prototype. This demonstrator
proves the feasibility of having a particularly high resolution, which is
needed to enable the dynamically adjustable light pattern with a high degree of
precision. Osram Opto Semiconductor contends that the technology in the
prototype will open up special automotive lighting options such as city lights
and bad weather lights.
In one of the next steps, the Osram Specialty Lighting business unit,
intends to transfer the prototype to a light module with electrical, mechanical
and thermal interfaces. Future goals of the project include developing
intelligent control and an appropriate connection to the vehicle bus to ensure
extremely fine control of the light.
µAFS project partners Hella, the automotive lighting specialist, and
Daimler, the car manufacturer, will then take over. Hella is responsible for
the development of the optical system and the thermal management system,
including the design of the complete headlight. Daimler has already contributed
specifications and requirements for the bus connection and optics within the
project, and is responsible for detailed testing of the headlamp and therefore
for the final process.
Jacket Mimics Chameleon LIGHTimes News Staff
October 21, 2014...Remember those TVs with ambient LEDs that were introduced a few years ago
but never really caught on, a company called Drap og Design has created a
jacket with an analogous, chameleon-like function. Drap og Design's Interacket,
which is presented on maker site Hackaday, allows your jacket to mimic the
colors of objects that you touch. Built in sensors detect the color of objects
you touch with your hands. Strips of RGB LEDs change color to match the color
of the object that your hand touches. The kit uses Adafruit Neopixle LED
strips, Adafruit color sensors, and a pair of Arduino Uno Chips. The system is
powered by a single 9V battery
The kit uses a pair of Arduino Uno chips, Adafruit Neopixel LED strips and
Adafruit color sensors, all powered by a single 9V battery. The jacket itself
is made of reflective foil and diffusive fabric to allow the coat to
prominently display the colors picked up by the sensors. From the video, you
can see that the design groups first prototype is cool but it does not have
practical uses. It is far from the resolution required for practical uses in
defense or military applications.
The company says that it has nearly completed its second prototype of the
Interaket. Who knows what future iterations of the jacket could be capable of.
Drap og Design says it also has other design ideas that it is developing that
attempt to give humans the "powers" that some other animals have. You can check
on their progress on the Drap og Design webpage, or by following them on
Ford and NextEnergy Announce Automotive Lighting Challenge LIGHTimes News Staff
October 16, 2014...Ford Motor Company and NextEnergy, have issued a challenge to LED and
automotive lighting suppliers to help advance state-of-the-art automotive
lighting. The initiative was announced during a lighting exposition held at
Ford’s Product Development Center. Some 30 suppliers and would-be
suppliers gathered to address the challenges and opportunities presented to the
automotive industry by the rapidly changing lighting technology.
The initiative includes technological goals that are separate aspects of the
challenge. Parts of the overall challenge include: the Featherweight
Challenge--to develop automotive lighting products that produce the
greatest amount of light but have the lowest weight; Design for
Manufacturing Challenge--device methods of making existing advanced
automotive lighting technology more cost effective and suitable for high-volume
production; Daylighting LEDs--developing automotive interior
LED lights that emulate daylight; Structural
Lighting--Integrate LEDs and OLEDs into interior and exterior
automotive structural components, such as seats and door panels.
An additional technological challenge is to develop more sustainable
products including designing recyclable automotive lighting technology and
biodegradable automotive lighting.
The challenge will officially be launched on Nov. 19 at the Michigan
Advanced Lighting Conference in Lansing. Support for the program comes from the
Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Pure Michigan Business
Connect initiative to help identify qualified Michigan suppliers.
Ford and Detroit-based NextEnergy will outline a scoring matrix to determine
winners. Late next year, competing teams will present their ideas to a panel of
Ford and NextEnergy experts, with one or more prizes awarded. The prizes,
provided from the state of Michigan through Michigan Economic Development
Corporation and NextEnergy, will include up to $40,000.
“Ford is very interested in maintaining leadership with the use of
innovative lighting for the benefit of our customers,” said Dean
Stevenson, chief engineer, Ford Global Design Engineering.
Wayne Bahr, chief engineer, Ford Global Body Exterior Systems, said the
challenge “should help us innovate faster and increase the capability
of our lighting supply base.”
The 2015 Ford F-150 uses LED headlights, side view mirror lights and cargo
bed lights. The 2015 Ford Mustang employs a LED-based brake lights, turn
signals and taillights.
“NextEnergy’s collaboration with Ford will encourage open
innovation,” said Jean Redfield, president and CEO, NextEnergy.
“While this technology challenge will solicit global solutions, we
expect Michigan’s advanced lighting industry to be among the solution
providers, driving significant economic activity in the state."
Intelligent LED Solutions Launches New UV LEDs for Industrial Applications LIGHTimes News Staff
October 16, 2014...Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) of the UK, has launched new high-power UV
LEDs for industrial applications. The company designed the UV power LED to have
higher thermal endurance, for better reliability at higher temperatures. The UV
LED comes in a range of output powers, package formats and wavelength options
ranging from 365nm to 420nm and output from 320mW to 7000mW.
The high power UV LED range is suited for industrial applications such as
DNA sequencing, counterfeit detection, polymer curing, ink curing, aquarium
lighting, and medical applications. The UV LED has a vertical chip structure on
the company’s patented metal alloy substrate. The LED offers the
company’s advances in optical output and high thermal conductivity.
“UV LED technology is playing an increasing role in industrial
design,” said Adrian Amor, director at ILS. “The new high
power UV LED range pushes the boundaries of what is possible. The high power
LED offers a more efficient and more robust solution for engineers working to
develop demanding applications that require a UV light source.”
“For those exploring UV LED technology for the first time, our
team at ILS are able to provide design support and prototyping within the
European market place,” said Adrian Amor. “We also have
the capability to deliver production LED and assemblies to wherever in the
world that the customer’s manufacturing or assembly is being
ILS is making available star boards with wires, strips and component LEDs
through RS Components.
Duke Researchers Speed Up Fluorescence for Faster Turn-on LEDs LIGHTimes News Staff
October 14, 2014...Duke Researchers Speed Up Fluorescence for Faster Turn-on LEDs
Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of
light 1,000 times sooner after being turned on than normal. While LEDs appear
to turn on instantly, they are apparently not fast enough to make light-based
communications truly practical. Modern telecommunications systems, operate
nearly a thousand times faster. Atoms in an LED can emit about 10,000 photons
when the LED is turned on. The researchers sandwiched fluorescent molecules
between metal nanocubes and a gold film to achieve record photon emission rates
from the molecules. The results appear online October 12 in Nature
“One of the applications we’re targeting with this research
is ultrafast LEDs,” said Maiken Mikkelsen, an assistant professor of
electrical and computer engineering and physics at Duke. “While
future devices might not use this exact approach, the underlying physics will
Mikkelsen’s group created 75-nanometer silver nanocubes and trapped
light between them, producing much more intense light. Through an effect called
Purcell enhancement, the molecules emit photons at a faster rate when
fluorescent molecules are placed near intensified light.
The group with the help of co-author David R. Smith, the James B. Duke
Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke, used
computer simulations to determine the exact size of the gap between the
nanocubes and gold film so that the gap’s resonate frequency maximized
the photon emission rate for the color of light that the molecules respond to.
The optimum gap was just 20 atoms wide. Because the experiment used many
randomly aligned molecules, the researchers believe they can get the emission
rate even higher.
Osram Claims Lab-Produced LED Brightest Ever for Car Headlights LIGHTimes News Staff
October 14, 2014...At Vision Congress in Paris (October 14 and 15, 2014) Osram Opto
Semiconductors is showcasing an LED for car headlights, which the company says
has three times the luminance of existing versions. The company notes that this
single LED can provide a complete low beam. Whereas several LED chips were
required in the past with the number dependent on the design and the type of
The company says it developed the new LED’s tremendous brightness
using a combination of its ceramic conversion technology, its UX:3 chip
technology, and high-current technology used in projection applications. Osram
Opto boasts that future headlights could be much smaller with every lighting
function smaller than a box of matches.
While currently the LED being showcased is a lab-based result, the company
contends that a low beam unit measuring only 30 mm x 50 mm generating a 1400
lumens from a single LED chip could be a reality in just a few years. The 200
megacandelas per m² LED has three times the luminance of existing LEDs for
these applications. It loses less than ten percent of its intensity even at
high operating temperatures of 85°C, according to the company.
"In developing the LED we applied our extensive experience in projection
applications to combine the high-current technology used in such applications
with UX:3 chip technology and ceramic conversion technology which is standard
practice for white headlight LEDs,“ said Stefan Grötsch, Senior Key
Expert at Osram Opto Semiconductors.
Like the company did with its Osram Ostar used in projection applications,
the company soldered the chip directly to the copper. The copper allows large
amounts of heat from the high-output LED to be dissipated much more easily. The
company says that under laboratory conditions, the light distribution from the
LED proves that it will meet the standards for automotive headlights.
GPE Ardenghi Srl Introduces New Screen Printer With UV LED Curing
October 9, 2014...GPE Ardenghi srl of Hillsboro, Oregon USA, has introduced the new Mod. GPE/24-LED automatic screen printer. UV LED curing technology enables the printer. The new machine can perform screen printing on pens, barrels and other small round articles. The printer employs LED technology from Phoseon that provides the maximum UV output with lower energy consumption, and cooler operating temperatures that allow for printing on heat sensitive substrates.
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