SSL | Components | LEDs | IR-LEDs | Surveillance | Jan 15, 2021

Ushio's New Narrow Angle 850 nm IR Single-Chip LED Package Achieves World Record Output Power

Ushio Inc. 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, ANPR [1], and other similar devices, this product has achieved both the highest power output in the world [2] (19 W [3]) and narrow-angle irradiation. Compared to conventional LEDs for use with surveillance cameras [4], this product has achieved five times higher output per package, an irradiated area approximately four times wider, and approximately two times higher central illuminance, when used for long-distance irradiation.

Product features:
•    Highest power output in the world, five times that of conventional
     products. The product has achieved the highest power output in the
     world for 850 nm infrared LEDs, at 4 W per package at continuous wave
     (CW), which is three times that of conventional products, and 19 W per
     package using pulse operation, which is approximately five times that of
     conventional products.
•    Light distribution angle of ± 19° enabled by a package with a lens,
     achieving narrow-angle irradiation. The product realizes an irradiation
     area four times wider and two times brighter in central illuminance than
     conventional products when used for long-distance irradiation
     (100 meters or longer).
•    A wide selection of lenses to choose from Lenses with light distribution
     angles from ± 19° to ± 61° are available according to the installation

This product is the latest model in the SMBB family of high-power LED packages, which were initially developed by Ushio in 2013, and have been used for diverse applications, including the quality inspection (sorting) of food and other products, medical devices, and defect inspection. At the wavelength of 850 nm, the product realizes both narrow-angle irradiation and the highest power output in the world, which is effective for long-distance irradiation. Thus, the product permits long-distance imaging using a surveillance camera, ANPR, or similar device. Further, the high output power permits the reduction of LED packages per system, enabling infrared irradiation equipment to achieve smaller dimensions and lower costs. Accordingly, the product contributes to increased adoption of surveillance systems, and eventually to building a social environment with increased security and peace of mind.

Development background of the SMBB850DS-1200 series, 850 nm infrared LED package

Reflecting the growing awareness of safety and security among people in recent years, surveillance cameras have begun to be used not only in buildings but also outdoors, such as in areas around buildings, parking areas, and city streets. The application of ANPR has also been expanded to expressways and public highways. Amid this trend, the distances that infrared illumination for outdoor surveillance cameras are required to irradiate have increased (to distances ranging between 100 and several hundred meters), demanding higher power.

In addition, while LED packages with lenses are used for the narrow-angle irradiation, which is necessary for long-distance irradiation using infrared rays, multiple packages need to be aligned in these units to secure a sufficient amount of light. This results in larger size, larger area required for installation, and a higher cost of the irradiation equipment, which are problems. Further, while there is technology for mounting multiple chips on a package to secure a sufficient amount of light, a large-sized outer lens must also be mounted on these packages to enable narrow-angle irradiation. This technological challenge had to be overcome to achieve further downsizing.

Solving issues by increasing the LED chip area and adapting the package with a lens

In response, Ushio developed the SMBB850DS-1200 series package with a lens, which is capable of emitting a narrow-angle beam using only one chip while significantly increasing the output power per package with a larger LED chip area.

This enables the reduction of the number of packages mounted on the irradiation equipment for surveillance cameras or ANPR and removes the need for an outer lens, permitting systems to be miniaturized and their cost reduced.
Ushio will continue to contribute to building a safe, reassuring society with light, by increasing performance and improving quality of LEDs.

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About USHIO Europe:

Since its inception in 1964, USHIO has garnered a worldwide reputation as the specialist in industrial light sources. Covering the entire light spectrum from Ultraviolet to Infrared, USHIO solutions can be found in diverse range of products from cinema screens and water dispensers to life-saving medical devices, and are used in the production of the latest smartphones and the testing phase of space exploration. USHIO is proud to contribute to a more advanced, happier and healthier society. -

[1]    Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is a system which
        automatically reads vehicle registration plates while vehicles are
        moving, using high-speed imaging technology.
[2]    As of December 31, 2020, according to research by Ushio
[3]    Output value per package using pulse operation
[4]    Compared to SMBB850DS-1100, a conventional product