15 March 2010


Luminus licenses Forepi to make small-chip PhlatLight-based LEDs

Luminus Devices Inc of Billerica, MA, USA, which makes large-chip LED solid-state light sources for illumination applications (including high-definition TVs, video projectors, avionics displays, and lighting systems), has announced a licensing agreement that enables Taiwan-based LED epiwafer and chip maker Formosa Epitaxy (Forepi) to manufacture small and mid-power chip blue and green gallium nitride (GaN) LEDs on Luminus’ PhlatLight platform.

Luminus says that, by licensing and incorporating PhlatLight (Photonic Lattice) chip technology, Forepi can now produce high-performance vertical-GaN chips for markets that require the performance of PhlatLight technology, but in a small and mid-power chip form-factor.

“By working with an innovative company like Forepi, the benefit of the PhlatLight chip-platform is now available for smaller form-factor chips,” says Luminus” chief technology officer Alexei Erchak. “Luminus has been granted more than 40 patents for our PhlatLight technology with over 100 more applications on file. Although our primary business remains manufacturing big-chip LEDs, we are pleased that through licensing these patents we can help solid-state lighting grow even faster in small-chip applications,” he adds.

“We chose to license PhlatLight technology because it provides the highest-efficiency chip design in the industry for all chip sizes,” says Forepi’s president & CEO Frank Chien.

Designed to provide an ultra-bright, reliable light source, PhlatLight big-chip LEDs are used in display applications by some of the world's largest electronics companies such as Acer, LG, Sony, Samsung and Toshiba, says Luminus. PhlatLight LEDs are also enabling new general illumination applications in lighting markets such as architectural, entertainment, retail, residential, roadways, digital signage and industrial high-bay lighting.

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