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opportunities presented by the increasing rapid adoption of high brightness LEDs,
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revolution" for a previously "analog" world. LEDs are having a
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is booming and the 2011/2012 Summit Series is coming back to keep the message
Launched in 2008, the SSL
Summit will bring the quality story to New York City in October 2011, and
then back to LA in March 2012. At every one of the Summit events, the feedback
remains consistent: Just what we need, do it again soon. The Summit brings together
lighting decision makers with industry thought leaders, pioneers, and innovators
from the across the solid state lighting eco-system.
Continuing the tradition, 2011/2012 will continue
to be all about quality, quality, quality.Showcase
participants and sponsors are vetted to separate the wheat from the chaff
(have your IES LM-79 test reports ready!). Last year's event in NYC included
representatives of over 100 million square feet of developed property, and the
one thing we don't want to leave out for 2011 is you! Look into the series information
at www.SSLsummit.com for the details.
Sponsorships are available for the full series.
Daktronics Installs Lagest Ever Display at Ector County ISD High School LIGHTimes News Staff
August 19, 2014...Daktronics supplied and installed the largest display that it has ever
installed at the high school level for Ratliff Stadium of Ector County ISD
(ECISD). Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas is home to Odessa High School as well
as Permian High School of "Friday Night Lights" fame. The company also recently
installing the largest display in college football at Texas A&M
University's Kyle Field and the largest display in professional football at the
Daktronics notes that ECISD's new display is one of the largest in all of
high school sports. The display with a 15HD pixel layout measures about 27 feet
high by 50 feet wide, a little more than 1,330 square feet. It's size makes it
larger than displays at three professional stadiums including the New Orleans
Saints, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.
Daktronics originally installed the district's previous video display in
2005 that was less than 400 square feet. This display is still being used in
the stadium. ECISD is apparently the only high school in the nation that uses
two two displays with full video capability for a combined 1700 total square
feet of video space.
The Daktronics Sports Marketing team helped ECISD secure 1.2 million dollars
of equipment and and more than 2 million dollars in ad contracts over ten
years. With the assistance, the district was able to pay off the existing
equipment, which will stay where it is. The district is also expected to pay
off the new equipment two years sooner. Any revenue generated above obligations
is returned to the district.
If you are interested in advertising at Ratliff Stadium, contact Michael
Vogelaar at 432-235-0103.
DRSA Wins Contracts to Refit Yauchts with LED lighting LIGHTimes News Staff
August 19, 2014...DRSA, a supplier of marine LED lighting, recently secured more than 12 major
contracts to refit yachts ranging between 100 and 175 with LED
lighting. According to DRSA, refitting yachts with LED lighting that have
dimming capabilities is now in high demand because the technology for LED
lighting has finally made its way to the yacht industry.
We have dramatically increased our focus on designing, creating
and sourcing LED light products over the past year as we have seen significants
benefits in the marine industry, said DRSA president Cathy Smith.
LED lights are smaller in size, brighter in appearance and lower in
heat emissions. Also, we have now been able to identify solutions to properly
dim LED lights on board, so anyone with a yacht going thru a refit - or a used
build - is well advised to look at these alternatives, Smith added.
For more than 25 years, DRSA has designed, developed, manufactured, and
imported luminaires, light bulbs and LEDs to illuminate entire vessels from bow
DRSA will be showcasing its products at the International Boatbuilders
Exhibition and conference (IBEX) 2014, September 30-October 2 at the Tampa
Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.
Daktronics to Acquire European Display Company Focused on Transportation Market LIGHTimes News Staff
August 19, 2014...Brookings, South Dakota-based LED display company, Daktronics, recently
agreed to purchase Data Display, a transportation focused display company that
has manufacturing and engineering capabilities in Ireland. Data Display has
served customers across the European Union and United States.
Under the terms of the agreement, Daktronics will retain Data Display's
workforce of manufacturing, engineering, service, and sales teams. Data Display
is headquartered in Ireland and includes a modern, ISO 9001:2008 certified
manufacturing facility with 60,000 square feet (5.575 square meters) of space
in County Clare, Ireland. Further terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Data Display has focused on the mass transit industry for more than 30
years. The company offers electronic displays for real-time passenger
information (RTPI) in bus and tram networks and provides customer information
systems (CIS) for railway networks. According to Daktronics, Data Display has
built a strong business in Europe and brings a complementary customer base,
skilled workforce and valuable mass transit sector experience.
Daktronics CEO Reece Kurtenbach noted, "We believe Daktronics and Data
Display complement each other well. Daktronics is active in the transportation
business, mainly in the United States, and we have a global presence with
offices and people in many countries, currently focused on sports, third-party
advertising and video solutions. Adding the strengths of Data Display will
allow our combined organizations to better serve transportation customers
world-wide and broaden our leadership position on a global scale. Daktronics
looks forward to further expanding its customer and market focus in Europe and
AUO to Begin Making 1.6-inch AMOLED Panels in Q4 of 2014
August 14, 2014...AU Optronics (AUO) plans to begin producing 1.6-inch AMOLED panels for smart
wearable devices in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to a
2011, the company has been developing small- to medium-size OLED panels. It has
provided 5.5-inch Full HD and 5-inch HD panels used in smartphones for Taiwan-
and China-based vendors.
In related news, the Japanese government has sponsored Innovation Network
Corporation of Japan (INCJ), Japan Display, Panasonic, and Sony will jointly
invest JPY20 billion (US$196 million) to set up an OLED panel production in
2015 and begin volume production in 2018. While, Samsung Display currently
boasts about 90% of the global market for small- to medium-size OLED panels,
AUO asserts that AMOLED panel market may take off when more companies
Quirky to Market Yoga Mat with Integrated Pressure Sensors and LEDs to Aid in Yoga Instruction LIGHTimes News Staff
August 13, 2014...An invention marketing company called Quirky has created an interactive yoga
mat. Quirky is tentatively calling the product Beacon. The yoga mat has
integrated LEDs and pressure sensors. The mat gives feedback in the form
colored LEDs. For example, the LEDs can emit green light around a person's
hands on the mat if the person has balanced the weight distribution on their
The Interactive Yoga Mat, which its inventors first referred to as Glow,
came out of a 2009 Product Engineering class for seniors at MIT. Molly Duffy
and her team at MIT came up with a prototype of Glow as part of the class's 'Be
The company says that Beacon provides instruction and feedback for a
customized yoga experience. Further feedback comes from a laptop or cellphone
app that works with the mat. The company claims that with the help of the mat's
sensors, LEDs, and the smartphone app, users can get much of the same
instruction that they might get one-on-one from a master yogi. Also according
to Quirky, the mat and app enable a completely personalized Yoga workout,
allowing the user to perform a single pose or a series of poses.
The LEDs can show users exactly where to put their hands and feet.
Initially, the LEDs glow purple to show the user where to position themselves.
The LEDs glow red to reveal areas that are getting too much pressure and green
when the user is accurately positioned. The device communicates with the app
via Bluetooth or USB cable and has a rechargeable battery for extended use.
New Meridian Centre in Ontario to Feature Daktronics Centerhung LED Video Display LIGHTimes News Staff
August 7, 2014...The Meridian Centre in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, which is scheduled
to open in September of 2014, will feature a centerhung video display. The new
centerhung display from Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota USA, will
complement the activities occurring at the new facility including athletic
events, concerts, conventions, and more.
The main centerhung will feature four video displays. Each will measure
about 7.5 feet high by 13.5 feet wide and feature 10 millimeter line spacing.
The displays will be able to show scoring information, a variety of color
animations, vivid graphics, up-to-the minute statistics, and sponsor
"We're very excited to be featuring another Daktronics installation in
one of our facilities as SMG grows our business in Canada," said Ken
Noakes, general manager of the Meridian Centre. "It's important to have
partners like Daktronics that can supply state-of-the-art technology to our
clients. Sourcing this leading edge technology, at the right price, helps us
reinforce SMG's position as the leading private facility management company in
Daktronics rigging will supply the custom-designed, permanently-installed
hoist system that can raise and lower the center hung. The hoist system will
allow the elevation of the display to vary depending on the arena's needs.
"Daktronics is excited to be working with and serving multiple customers
at this facility," said Ryan Stratton, Daktronics sales representative.
"Through providing products and services to the Meridian Centre, we are
able to support our current customer SMG and find two new customers with the
city of St. Catharines and the Niagara IceDogs. This sale represents an ongoing
effort by Daktronics to supply products to all of the OHL in Ontario and the
The Meridian Centre will also receive a bank of hours from Daktronics
Creative Services for the creation of digital content. The content will consist
of any mixture of headshots, crowd prompts, sponsorship messages, game opens,
and venue announcements at the venue's request.
Osram Continues Restructing with Planned 7,800 Layoffs Due to Traditional Lighting Business Decline LIGHTimes News Staff
July 31, 2014...Osram's substantial gains with LED-based products in the third quarter of
the fiscal year 2014, nearly offset the considerable shrinkage of its
traditional general illumination business. The company's revenue dropped
somewhat by one percent year-on-year to about €1.2 billion. Osram's
LED-based products business, posted a revenue increase of 21 percent in the
third quarter for 38 percent of consolidated group revenue.
The company announced measures to improve the competitiveness of its
operating units. Osram says it plans on eliminating 7,800 positions globally
over the next three fiscal years. The staff elimination will reportedly include
about 1,700 domestic positions and around 6,100 international positions. As
part of the previously announced second phase of the OSRAM effort, the company
now plans to begin further process improvements and adjust the company business
structure after consulting employee representatives.
Osram began the first stage its restructuring in 2012. The company says that
all measures for the first stage of its restructuring are being implemented or
have been completed. At the end of the third quarter, the cumulated gross
savings from these efforts totaled to aproximately €760 million, including
€118 million from the recent quarter.
During the second stage of the restructuring Osram indicated that it will
greatly reduce the production capacities of traditional lighting products and
will reduce its staff accordingly. In total, the company intends the measures
to lead to a permanent cost reduction of about €260 million until the end
of the fiscal year 2017. Osram expects the gross costs to amount to about
€450 million in the same period.
Osram Opto Semiconductor's, the company's opto semiconductor business
segment posted a 5 percent revenue increase over the same period a year ago.
About €5 million of the improvement comes from the business segment's
recent licensing agreement.
Osram's Automotive Lighting and Display/Optics units, continued to
experience rising demand in the automotive segment to achieve a comparable
revenue increase of ten percent. About 33 percent of total revenue in the
segment came from LEDs. The LED Lamps & Systems (LLS) reporting segment
that covers the business with LED lamps, light engines as well as LED drivers
posted comparable revenue growth of 68 percent in the third quarter due to the
fast-growing LED demand.
The Luminaires & Solutions (LS) reporting segment, which is comprised of
luminaires for professional customers, products for consumers, in addition to
the service and solutions business, recorded a sales decline of 13 percent in
the third quarter because of the reorganization of the service business in
North America. However, strong growth of LED-based luminaires segment the
luminaires business posted a comparable revenue increase.
“While earnings continue to develop nicely, the growing market
acceptance of LED technology is, as already announced, causing a significantly
faster decline of the traditional business,” said Wolfgang Dehen,
CEO of OSRAM Licht AG. “We will successfully complete the first stage
of OSRAM Push shortly. However, we have always stressed that the transformation
of the lighting market will also continue after 2014 and that it will require
additional capacity adjustments. Against the backdrop of the latest
developments, additional measures are now necessary to safeguard our position
as a leading lighting manufacturer in the long term. We need to be even closer
to the customer, further strengthen the entrepreneurship of our segments and at
the same time create cost structures that are appropriate to the size of the
company, but also to that of its individual businesses.”
Seoul Semiconductor Files Patent Infringement Complaints Against Curtis International and Craig Electronics LIGHTimes News Staff
July 29, 2014...On July 22, 2014 in Florida Southern Court, U.S., Seoul Semiconductor (SSC)
filed a LED TV patent infringement lawsuit against Curtis International, a
Canadian consumer electronics company, according to numerous legal
publications. Seoul Semiconductor filed a separate, but related lawsuit against
Craig Electronics Inc.
Both of Seoul Semiconductor's complaints allege that the defendant companies
have infringed U.S. Patent Nos. 6,007,209, 6,473,554, 6,942,731, 7,572,653,
7,964,943, 8,314,440. The lawsuit (1:14-cv-22729-CMA)
alleges that Curtis International. has been manufacturing and selling TV
products infringing the above listed patents in the Florida Southern district.
The lawsuit, (1:14-cv-22728-RNS)
alleges that Craigs Electronics has been selling and distributing infringing
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