October 18, 2004... Company unveils 13,300-lumen solid state RGB light engine
WESTAMPTON, New Jersey USA ? Lamina Ceramics today announced it has broken a technological barrier with its development of the brightest LED light engine ever built. The ultra-high lumen RGB (red-green-blue) LED array is about 10 times brighter than any It generates light in any of more than 16 million vibrant, saturated colors, including white, and represents a quantum leap in solid state lighting technology.
The company has announced it is now accepting orders for delivery of the device during the second quarter of 2005.
Development of the ultra-high lumen light engine is expected to revolutionize the solid state lighting industry and result in many new applications for LED lighting, including illumination for buildings, large interior spaces and many other architectural lighting uses.
Immediate excitement has emerged from the theatre, studio and event lighting communi- ties. Internationally acclaimed lighting virtuoso Jules Fisher ? who holds a record 7 Tony awards for lighting design and has seen the light engine operate ? noted ?Lamina Ceramics? new light engine produces a brightness level far exceeding any existing LED fixture used in the theatre. For the first time, color mixing wash luminaires will surpass incandescent sources. They will be as bright as incandescent lights but use less energy, pro-duce less heat and require less space ? all important factors for theatre lighting designers. This has great potential for the creative designer.?
The key to achieve the ultra-high light output is Lamina?s proprietary multi-layer ceramic-on-metal packaging, providing unsurpassed thermal management and interconnectivity between individual light emitting diodes. Designated as low temperature co-fired ceramic-on-metal ( LTCC-M), it is a breakthrough technological development providing an unmatched combination of thermal performance, greatly lengthened LED life and reliability. LTCC-M enables Lamina to densely cluster multiple LEDs to achieve exception-ally high luminous intensities in very small footprints: The Array of LEDs including the light engine is round and 5 inches in diameter.
LTCC-M technology emerged from years of research and development in the Sarnoff laboratories, the same labs that developed world-changing inventions such as color television, and key technologies used in cell phones, laptops, watches, today?s high definition television (HDTV) And satellite TV technology, to name a few.
Lamina, a venture-backed corporation, is the exclusive licensee of Sarnoffs 12 years of research into LTCC-M. Lamina has continued Sarnoffs spirit of innovation through the ongoing development and optimization of LED arrays.
Uses Abound for New, Brighter LEDs
-Oil development of the brightest-ever LED light engines opens up new, energy efficient worlds of opportunity for dependable, long-lived indoor and outdoor architectural light-ing, sports lighting and a number of very exciting applications for stage, screen and television studios ????? Taylor longair, Lamina Ceramics? president and CEO. ?This long-life, actively-cooled light engine emits no heat in its light beam and features instant-on, instant re-strike and fully dimmable capabilities. Have shown this to are very excited at the possibilities we are opening for them.?
A distinguished lighting scientist also noted the significance: ?Historically, LED lighting systems have not provided the high lumen output necessary for many types of general illumination, observed Nadarajah Narendran, Ph.D., director of research, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Instituteå•è¯This barrier has relegated solid-state lighting to indicator applications, such as traffic signals and exit signs. Heat extraction is a key factor in creating LED arrays with high lumen output and longer life. With emerging high-lumen LED systems, the technology ?s dream for general lighting is more promising than ever.?
The 13,300, 860 watt RGB LED engine also breaks a world record with its 677 lumens per square inch of vibrant, saturated colors. (The previous best-to-date array pro-vided 100 lumens per square inch.) For red, green, blue or additive color mixing to produce white, it provides 4,600 lumens of red (at 210 watts), 7,600 lumens of green (at 320 watts) and 1,100 lumens of blue light (at 330 watts). ?record setter? can simulate dawn through noonday to dusk white light with variable color temperatures ranging from 3,000 ? 6,500 nucleus., with concentrating lumen output ranging from 6,500 ? 9000.
?This revolutionary LED light engine greatly extends our existing line of small and bright to large and exceptionally bright products,? explained Joe Mazzochette, Lamina?s vice president of engineering. ?Across all our products, Lamina?s patented chip-on-board Technology allows us to manufacture solid state light engines with amazing thermal per-formance which are compatible with virtually every high-brightness LED die manufac-tured. Even when they are pushed hard.?
With outputs ranging from 8 to 2000 lumens (and passively cooled), Lamina?s lower in-tensity light engines are available in a variety of customizable configurations ranging from 7.3 by 8.4 mm (delivering from 8 to 45 lumens) to 26.7 by 31.8 mm (delivering from 162 to 2000 lumens). Wattages range from 1 to 100 in colors including white, am-ber, red, blue, green and RGB.
About Lamina Ceramics, Inc.
Founded in 2001, Lamina Ceramics defines the state of technology in the development and manufacture of super-bright LED arrays. As the market?s leader, the company?s LED packaging technology and design with its proprietary multi-layer ceramic on metal pack- Aging provides unsurpassed thermal management and interconnectivity. Lamina?s technology was twelve years in development by Sarnoff Corporation.
Lamina Ceramics is headquartered in Westampton, New Jersey, USA, (between Princeton and Philadelphia) and occupies a 50,000-square-foot state-of-the-art, automated manufacturing facility. The Lamina team consists of industry-seasoned engineering and production personnel Dedicated to designing and building long-lasting light engines to exacting specifications. Lamina is supported by an industry leading global sales and dis-tribution network. Its investors include Morgenthaler Venture Partners, Sarnoff Corporation, Kemet Electronics Corporation and SpaceVest.