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Partner 6- OSRAM
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH is one of the two largest global manufacturers of optosemiconductors in the lighting, sensor and visualisation sectors. The company has more than thirty years of experience in the development and manufacture of opto-semiconductor components, combining extensive know-how in semiconductors, converter materials and packages under one roof.
Its expertise is evidenced by more than 3000 patents in various areas of semiconductor technology. The company, employing more than 3500 people, is headquartered in Regensburg, Germany with additional development and production sites located in San José (California) and Penang (Malaysia).
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has a far-reaching presence in the opto-semiconductor market with lasers, detectors, visible and infra-red LEDs as well as organic LEDs (OLEDs). In addition to offering semiconductor components, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors provides support for system integration based on these components.
The company focuses on innovative light sources in growing markets such as external automotive lighting, LED backlighting for LCD displays, projection applications, sensors for mobile applications and organic as well as standard light emitting diodes.
In the automotive sector OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is the world market leader with its pioneering lighting solutions. The company’s LEDs can already be found in large numbers in dashboards, high-line brake lights, reading lights and other interior lights. At present, LEDs are used more and more in rear light clusters. Soon, LEDs will be used for daylight running lights. Headlights equipped entirely with OSRAM LEDs have already appeared in concept cars at automobile shows. Prototypes for headlights are expected to be ready before 2010.
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is taking a dual approach to display and projection technology with its LEDs and lasers. Small and medium-size screens (for example for satnav systems, LCD monitors, mobile phones and other mobile terminals) are already available with LED and OLED backlighting. For projection applications the company is using laser technology in addition to LED systems.
In the general lighting sector, illuminated advertising, effect lighting and marker lights are some of the typical areas of application for LEDs from OSRAM Opto Semiconductors.
LED light sources are also taking over from traditional neon lights in the corporate lighting sector. As point light sources, light emitting diodes are being used in more and more different indoor applications, mainly in designer fittings. The range of use is rounded off by all types of signalling equipment such as traffic lights and railway signals.
OLEDs will also be increasingly used in a variety of interesting applications in general lighting. Our vast experience with semiconductor lasers is applied to devices addressing material processing, pumping solid-state lasers, medical applications and sensing. For example, a major contribution to road safety is the Night Vision System that OSRAM Opto Semiconductors is developing in conjunction with a series of partners.
Infrared light from our high-power lasers is used in addition to conventional headlights.
As a technology driver with a high level of application know-how and considerable competence in system solutions, consultancy and problem-solving, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors will continue to expand its product portfolio and exploit synergy effects across all product groups.
Activities within WWW.BRIGHT-EU
Within the WWW.BRIGHT.EU project OSRAM Opto Semiconductors develops multi-Watt 635 nm laser bars for photodynamic therapy (PDT). This comprises the epitaxial growth of laser structures, the fabrication of laser bars and finally the mounting into packages as shown in the preceding picture. Comprehensive characterisation after all fabrication steps is performed together with project partners Max-Born-Institute and Tyndall Institute. Project partner Biolitec integrates our red laser modules into systems ready to be deployed in the field.
For further information, please contact: Dr. Peter Brick