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The evolution of light: Nichia and Infineon to build high-definition micro-LED matrix solution for adaptive driving beams

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Automotive lighting as an important safety and popular design feature in vehicles has evolved rapidly in the past years. Now, Nichia Corporation and Infineon Technologies AG (OTCQX:IFNNY) start a collaboration to add further momentum to this evolution. Together, they are developing a high-definition (HD) light engine with more than 16,000 micro-LEDs for front light applications. Unlike current HD solutions, the new device will provide high resolution light to the entire field of view of the driver.

“Our new LED matrix light will offer a resolution about 180 times as high as that of comparable solutions on the road today,” said Kanji Bando, Head of the Advanced R&D Center at Nichia. “This will pave the way for new and improved safety features and enhance driving comfort.” For example, HD light can be used to warn the driver of hazards by highlighting people or objects on the roadside. It can project markings on the road – for example, in order to help the driver navigate through a construction site. And established features such as the glare-free high beam or bending lights run more precisely and smoothly.

The new HD light engine will employ micro-LED technology from Nichia and a new driver IC from Infineon. “Our chip will control and diagnose all 16,000 micro-LEDs individually,” said Andreas Doll, Vice President and General Manager of the Body Power Business Unit of Infineon's Automotive Division. “In addition to the safety benefits, our new solution will also significantly increase energy efficiency because it allows us to turn on only those LEDs actually needed for a light pattern.” Current micro-mirrors solutions turn on all LEDs and deflect surplus light.

The new HD light can also contribute to reducing design and production complexity for car manufacturers. At the same time it increases the driver's ease-of-use. Left-hand and right-hand drive configurations have different lighting requirements, for example. With the new HD light engine, the necessary adaptions could be programmed digitally in the factory or activated by the driver as a function on demand.

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The production launch of the new HD light engine is planned for 2023 as part of Nichia's automotive LED and laser portfolio.

About NICHIA Corporation

Having 'Ever Researching for a Brighter World' as a motto, NICHIA takes great pride in being the technology leader and world's largest LED, Laser Diodes manufacturer. Founded in 1956 as a speciality chemical producer, NICHIA quickly became the leader in luminescent materials (phosphors). NICHIA later developed and commercialised the first high-brightness blue LED in 1993 and the first white LED in 1996. Additional nitride-based LEDs in various colours were developed, including ultraviolet and visible Laser Diodes. NICHIA believes that its products will remain at the forefront of energy-efficient solutions throughout the world for years to come.

NICHIA will continue to be a company that makes contributions to the world by evolving its original and unique technologies and 'Ever Researching for a Brighter World'. For more information, visit www.NICHIA.com

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