Business News | Oct 05, 2006

Strategies unlimited predicts increasing role for advanced substrates for gallium nitride devices

Moutainview, California USA, over the past 10 years, the availability of high quality sapphire and silicon carbide substrates has enabled the rapid growth of the gallium nitride device (mainly high-brightness LED) market to over $3 billion. Read more »

Business News | Oct 03, 2006

LED chipmaker Epistar to merge with UMC affiliates

After announcing a merger with United Epitaxy Company (UEC) last August and becoming the world`s largest AlGaInP (aluminum gallium indium phosphide) LED supplier, Epistar on September 28 announced it will acquire Epitech Technology and Highlink Technology, two LED affiliates of United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC). Read more »

Business News | Oct 03, 2006

Opto Tech announces capital decrease on OLED losses

Vancouver, BC – TIR Systems Ltd. (TSX: TIR), the developer of the first fully integrated Solid State Lighting (SSL) source for general lighting, the  Opto Tech, a Taiwan-based LED and OLED (organic light-emitting diode) specialist, announced recently that its shareholders have approved a plan to reduce its capital by around 19.7% to NT$1.53 billion (about US$46 million), to amend its losses and strengthen its financial structure, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE). Read more »

Business News | Sep 27, 2006

TIR Systems retains Montgomery & co. to explore strategic opportunities

Vancouver, BC – TIR Systems Ltd. (TSX: TIR), the developer of the first fully integrated Solid State Lighting (SSL) source for general lighting, the Lexel™, has retained Montgomery & Co. to assist TIR’s Board of Directors and management in evaluating a range of strategic opportunities to build and strengthen the company’s leading position in SSL and enhance shareholder value. Read more »

Business News | Sep 26, 2006

LED industry at a critical crossroad, says iSuppli

LEDs have a bright future in lighting despite a dramatic slowdown in the growth of the market in 2005, according to iSuppli. Read more »

Business News | Sep 22, 2006

Leading european lighting manufacturer joins LEXEL consortium: Semperlux AG Signs Development and Supply Agreements for Lexel™

Vancouver, BC – TIR Systems Ltd. (TSX: TIR), announces that Semperlux AG of Berlin, Germany has signed strategic development and supply agreements, joining the growing consortium of light fixture manufacturing partners that are developing and marketing lighting products based on TIR’s award-winning Lexel technology. Read more »

Business News | Sep 22, 2006

Macroblock launches initial public offering in Taiwan

With the continuous efforts of all employees, Macroblock has become a leading LED driver IC company certified for its innovative technology, such as PrecisionDrive™, Share-I-O™, and S-PWM™. Read more »

Business News | Sep 22, 2006

Philips light unit sees strong growth and profit

Philips Electronics said on Wednesday that its lighting business was on track to post annual sales growth of 6 percent to just over 5 billion euros ($6.34 billion), boosted by Asian demand and bright LEDs. Read more »

Business News | Sep 21, 2006

AIXTRON to participate in R&D project for introduction of OLEDs into the lighting market

aixtron_oled-gif Aachen, Germany, AIXTRON will participate in an R&D project with their Organic Vapor Phase Deposition (OVPD) technology platform in a consortium together with OSRAM, Philips, BASF and Applied Materials. Read more »

Business News | Sep 21, 2006

Avago Technologies Awarded Optoelectronic Components Growth Excellence Award by Frost & Sullivan: Best Practices Award Recognizes Excellence in Implementing, Sustaining Growth through Unique Business Strategies

SAN JOSE, Calif., Avago Technologies, the world’s largest privately held semiconductor company, today announced it has been awarded the 2006 North American Optoelectronic Components Growth Excellence Award by Frost & Sullivan, a global consulting company. Read more »

Business News | Sep 21, 2006

DOE SSL commercial product testing program

Solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies today are undergoing rapid change and improvements, and products arriving on the market exhibit a wide range of performance. Industry groups, standards setting organizations, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are moving quickly to develop needed standards and test procedures for SSL products. In the meantime, however, there is a need for reliable, unbiased product performance information to foster the developing market for high-performance SSL products. Read more »

Business News | Sep 12, 2006

President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen presents the Millennium Technology Prize to Professor Shuji Nakamura: ”Using LEDs for lighting could halve the amount of electricity consumed for this purpose.”

mill_prize-gif The 2006 Millennium Technology Prize was presented to Professor Shuji Nakamura in Helsinki for his invention of new sources of light. President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen handed Professor Nakamura the prize of one million euros and ”Peak”, the prize trophy. Read more »

Business News | Sep 08, 2006

Avnet electronics marketing americas launches Avnet LightSpeed

Phoenix, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, the largest operating group of Avnet Inc. , announces the launch of the Avnet LightSpeed(TM) business unit. Read more »

Business News | Sep 06, 2006

Philips to set up hight power LED production facility in Singapore

Amsterdam – Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHI) announced today it will invest in the setting up of a high power LED production facility in Singapore. Initial production is expected to start in Q1 2007, ramping up to double Philips’ total power LED production capacity by the end of 2007. Read more »

Business News | Sep 06, 2006

OLED shipments up 15% in 2Q 2006, but revenues down 14%, says research firm

Worldwide OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) shipments grew 15% on-year to 16.1 million units in the second quarter of 2006, but revenues experienced an annual decrease of 14%, according to research firm DisplaySearch. Read more »

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Lumileds Maximizes Field Usable Lumens: New LUXEON HL2X LED

Lumileds Maximizes Field Usable Lumens: New LUXEON HL2X LED Lumileds introduces the LUXEON HL2X, the ideal choice for roadway lighting and sports lighting fixtures with the highest flux and efficiency in an industry standard package. "With 318+ lumens at 700 mA and 85°C, LUXEON HL2X delivers more 'field usable lumens' for optical engineers to work with. ... Read more »

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Australian Associated Press Recently Wrote: Red Light Could Improve Over-40s' Eyesight

Australian Associated Press Recently Wrote: Red Light Could Improve Over-40s' Eyesight A small LED torch that emits deep red light could help improve declining eyesight, scientists have said: A study by University College London, involving a small sample size of 24 people, has shown that staring at long wavelength light for three minutes every day can "significantly improve vision" ... Read more »

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Signify Invests to Broaden Its UV-C Lighting Portfolio for Professional Disinfection

Signify Invests to Broaden Its UV-C Lighting Portfolio for Professional Disinfection Signify, the world leader in lighting, is increasing its UV-C lighting production capacity and expanding its UV-C product portfolio. The company is leveraging more than 35 years of expertise in UV-C lighting to address the growing global need for the disinfection of air, surfaces and objects. Read more »