26 May 2010


LED maker Bridgelux wins 2010 Bourne Technology Award from El Dorado Ventures

Entrepreneur-focused, early-stage venture capital firm El Dorado Ventures has awarded lighting firm and LED maker Bridgelux Inc of Sunnyvale, CA, USA the 2010 Bourne Technology Award, which is presented annually to recognize companies that develop and deploy unique technology with demonstrated customer impact.

The award is named after El Dorado Ventures’ chief technology officer Steve Bourne, who is known for his work on the UNIX system while at Bell Laboratories (where he designed the ‘Bourne Shell’ UNIX command language).

Bridgelux provides compact integrated LED-based lighting solutions that reduce the design complexity and solution cost for lamps and luminaires, the firm claims. Its LED Array portfolio delivers lighting performance ranging from 240 to 4500 lumens, enabling the replacement of high-volume conventional light sources such as incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps. The LED arrays contain proprietary technology at the epiwafer, chip and packaging level, enabling what is claimed to be the industry’s lowest thermal resistance with excellent color control and consistency in an easy-to-use plug-and-play product.

Bourne comments that Bridgelux pioneered innovations in the chip layer, wiring patterns and packaging that can drive down the cost and improve the energy efficiency of LED lighting systems. With more than 275 patent applications filed or granted, Bridgelux claims to be the only vertically integrated manufacturer of LED solid-state light sources specifically for the lighting industry.

“Bridgelux has made significant technical advances,” says Bourne. “They have brought to market innovative lighting solutions using leading-edge technology to reduce energy consumption while improving lighting quality.”

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