Products, Materials + Tools | Aug 06, 2015

Plessey Releases New Range of GaN-on-Silicon LED Dies

Plessey today announced the release of its range of MaGIC™ LED die, manufactured on the company's patented GaN-on-Silicon technology. The blue die, sometimes referred to as blue pump for their ability to pump phosphor to a white colour range, are the latest innovation in high brightness LED die designed for a wide range of medium to high power applications including general lighting, signage, commercial, residential and street lighting.

Plessey CTO, Dr. Keith Strickland, said, "We have developed a wide range of LED die for a number of applications and our GaN-on-Silicon technology works particularly well in higher power applications such as high bay, street lights, projector lamps, spot lamps and floodlighting. This current process technology will become the base for our application specific LEDs, the ASLED, which bridges the gap between LED component suppliers, solid state lighting fixture designers and the OEMs."

The manufacturing process produces a vertical LED structure which has the anode as bottom contact and the cathode formed in the top metal layer. The layout of the top metal layer is optimised for a particular LED size and die operating current, and includes one or more bond pads for connecting to the cathode.

Giuliano Cassataro, Plessey's VP Global Sales, said, "We are seeing a definite move away from discrete PLCC designs, especially in the higher power applications. By having our own growth and semiconductor processing facility in Plymouth, Plessey provides the flexibility and speed of response required for a vast range of high-end applications that can use the thermal and light output from our silicon LED die."

Plessey offers its range of blue die in various wavelength options. Capable of generating over 60% light output efficiency, sometimes referred to as wall plug efficiency (WPE), the die are supplied to a standard thickness of 150 μm, whilst other thicknesses can be supplied, down to a minimum of 75 μm.

The die are supplied on a blue tape in single intensity and colour bins to provide close uniformity, and are intended to be used with standard pick and place machines. Samples are available in a variety of die pack formats with blue die wavelengths ranging from 420 nm to 480 nm and from mW to 10 W  with the PExS4500 range having a typical optical output power of 4000 mW from a 3 A drive current.

For further information and datasheets please visit the Plessey website

About Plessey:
Plessey is a leading expert in the manufacture of semiconductor products used in sensing, measurement and controls applications, and is now at the forefront of the Solid State Lighting revolution. Its MaGIC™ (Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) LED technology has won numerous awards for its innovation and ability to cut the cost of LED lighting by using standard silicon manufacturing techniques.By using its understanding of electronics and expertise in micro-electronic product design and manufacture, Plessey is radically enhancing the human experience with micro-electronics solutions such that people achieve more than they thought possible.