LEDs | RGB LEDs | Components | Jan 31, 2017

ROHM Introduces the World’s Smallest Reflector-Type High Brightness 3-Color LED

ROHM has recently announced the availability of an ultra-compact reflector-type LED optimized for consumer devices such as matrix light sources for gaming and wearables that demand increased miniaturization.

Applications:
•    Matrix light sources for gaming and entertainment
•    Display light sources for industrial and consumer equipment

Part No.

Color

IF
(mA)

VF
(V)

Brightness
(mcd)

λD
(nm)

 

MSL0402RGB

 (6pin)

R

20

2.1

400

624

G

3.5

550

527

B

3.3

180

470

The MSL0402RGBU reflector-type 3-color LED leverages miniaturization technology cultivated over many years to achieve the smallest size in the industry (1.8mmx1.6mm). This enables high-density mounting and provides excellent color mixing characteristics, ensuring support for high resolution LED matrices.

In order to turn on matrix light sources it is necessary to take measures against ESD. Unlike conventional solutions that utilize a Zener diode, the MSL0402RGBU adopts an element with high ESD resistance. This makes it possible to superior ESD protection without a Zener diode and prevent light emission of unnecessary blocks in matrix circuits, resulting in clearer display.

In recent years, LEDs capable of representing the full color range are expected to be widely adopted in a variety of fields, including digital signage requiring improved design flexibility. At the same time, as applications become smaller and more sophisticated the need for greater expressiveness grows, along with increased miniaturization and long-term reliability. Up to now, ROHM offers ultra-compact molded type LEDs (PICOLED®), high brightness reflector types (MSL series), and compact high brightness 3-color LEDs with excellent color mixing, but to meet market demands ROHM developed the industry’s smallest high brightness reflector-type RGB LEDs (MSL0402RGBU).

Key Features:

Reflector-type high brightness RGB LED delivers greater color representation in the smallest form factor on the market:

Until now, 3.5 x 2.8 mm LEDs are typically used in dot matrices, resulting in a coarse display which can be problematic when higher resolution is demanded. In response, ROHM utilizes miniaturization technology cultivated through decades of LED development to reduce mounting area by 70% over ROHM’s conventional LEDs. This makes it possible to construct high brightness, ultra-high resolution matrix light sources that contribute to improved performance and display capability in gaming and other applications.

Class-leading anti-sulfuration performance increases reliability:

The combination of silver plated frames and silicon resins used in conventional LEDs will typically result in a drop in brightness after 1 year due to 30% sulfuration caused by sulfur components in the air originating from tobacco smoke and exhaust gases, presenting problems for long-term reliability. In response, the MSL0402RGBU utilizes a gold plated substrate that prevents sulfuration even when silicon resin packages are used. This minimizes brightness degradations and contributes to greater long-term application reliability.

High ESD resistance eliminates the need for a Zener diode:

Normally, Zener diodes are used as a countermeasure to static electricity in LEDs. However, in matrix circuits this can cause current to flow to other LEDs, resulting in unwanted light emission. In contrast, the MSL0402RGBU employs a high ESD resistance element that eliminates the need for a Zener protection diode, ensuring superior display performance in matrix circuits.

Terminology: Matrix Light Source:

A configuration where LEDs (light sources) are arranged in a grid pattern on a planar (flat) surface. Each LED is used as a single dot for displaying a variety of text and images.

For further information please visit the MSL0402RGBU product page at www.rohm.com/web/eu/products/-/product/MSL0402RGBU  or contact www.rohm.com/eu

About ROHM Semiconductor:

ROHM Semiconductor is a global company of 352,397 million yen (3,30 billion US$) revenue per March 31th, 2016 with 21,171 employees. ROHM Semiconductor develops and manufactures a very large product range from the Ultra Low Power Microcontroller, Power Management, Standard ICs, SiC Diodes, Mosfets and Modules, Power Transistors and Diodes, LEDs to passives components such as Resistors, Tantalum Capacitors and LED display units, thermal Printheads in state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, China and Europe.
LAPIS Semiconductor (former OKI Semiconductor), SiCrystal AG, Kionix and Powervation Ltd. are companies of ROHM Semiconductor Group.
ROHM Semiconductor Europe has its head office near Dusseldorf serving the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).

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