16 June 2011

Luminus launches compact RGB LED chipsets for ultra-mobile LED projectors

In booth 2589 at this week’s InfoComm 2011 event at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL (15–17 June), Luminus Devices Inc of Billerica, MA, USA, which manufactures PhlatLight (photonic lattice) LEDs for illumination applications, has announced the availability of the Compact SBT-16 and SBT-39 chipsets, its newest red–green–blue (RGB) LED chipsets targeted primarily at consumer projectors. Both chipsets come in a surface-mount package (SMT) and were designed to address the market demand for increasingly compact form factors while retaining very high brightness output.

Personal and ultra-mobile LED projectors are an emerging class of miniature projection devices with sizes of typically 150–400cm3. These projectors may include built-in digital media players and can connect to portable devices such as PDAs and notebook computers to provide a large-display experience.

The new chipsets consist of red, green and blue LEDs that are individually assembled in a small-footprint, performance surface-mount package. Each Compact SBT-16 comes with a 1.6mm2 LED emitter and has a 18.5mm2 footprint (a 70% reduction over the previous-generation device). They are engineered for the most compact palm-size or embedded projectors with performance ranging from 30 to 150 lumens, depending on the available power budget. The SBT-39 include a 3.9mm2 LED emitter with a package footprint of only 33mm2. It is designed for mid-range projectors with performance ranging from 150 to 300 lumens.

“The Compact SBT-16 and SBT-39 chipsets integrate the latest advances in LED technology and allow our customers to create thinner, more compact projectors while retaining the high brightness that consumers expect from LED projectors,” says Stephane Bellosguardo, Luminus’ director of global product marketing, Display Business Group. “Continued innovation in light source technology enables new applications and product differentiation, fueling an increasingly segmented market that research firms predict will be a multi-million unit market by 2013.”

Luminus says that the Compact SBT-16 and SBT-39 integrate seamlessly with standard SMT manufacturing processes and equipment. Samples of both chipsets are now available to lead customers.

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