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ISELED Alliance Continues to Grow

Support from many industrial sectors significantly expands the potential of innovative LED technology.

Munich, 20 September 2019 – Following ISELED's official debut at electronica 2016, this innovative technology based on a true "digital LED" has experienced enormous acceptance in the industry. This is also reflected in the development of the ISELED Alliance, which has set itself the goal of offering a comprehensive system solution – an ecosystem – around ISELED. From initially five members in autumn 2016, the number of Allianz members has increased to 28 companies. The entire value chain is now covered in order to establish ISELED as a standard solution – in future also beyond the confines of the automotive industry.

"The broad spectrum of the Alliance's members gives ISELED technology ever greater dynamism and enormously expands its potential range of applications – far beyond the original idea of automotive interior lighting," emphasizes Robert Kraus, CEO of Inova Semiconductors and one of the founders of the ISELED Alliance. "With our new ILaS bus concept (ISELED Light and Sensor Network) based on the ISELED protocol, not only LED elements, but also other components such as matrix LED lights, sensors and actuators can in future be controlled in large numbers via a simple two-wire connection, which is not possible in this form with today's common buses such as LIN and CAN.

The ISELED Alliance is delighted to welcome its six new members: with the Dräxlmaier Group, a leading automotive supplier and Everlight Electronics, a highly respected LED manufacturer, two further major players in the lighting segment are now supporting the ISELED ecosystem.

The product portfolio of the Dräxlmaier Group for premium cars includes ambient and functional lighting systems, interieur systems, board networks and battery systems for e mobility. The company with headquarters in Vilsbiburg (Germany, Lower Bavaria) was founded in 1958 with today about 70.000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.

„As a vendor of premium lighting scenarios for the automotive industry we look at the standardization of interfaces and future proved protocols as a key topic, significantly increasing the opportunities of functional lighting, “stated Dr. Martin Gall, CTO of the Dräxlmaier Group.

Everlight is a leading optoelectronics provider with a diverse product portfolio consisting of high-power LEDs, SMD LEDs, lamps, lighting components, digital displays, opto-couplers and IR components for various applications. Everlight with headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan is a global company with over 5.600 employees. Everlight Electronics Europe is located in Karlsruhe, Germany.

“We are a global leader in automotive market for both visible and non-visible lighting components.

Everlight is joining the ISELED Alliance with our unique product family, Everlight SMARTLED,” said Alex Liu, Senior Director and Department Head of Automotive Product Center of Everlight. He continued: “ISELED is meanwhile an established technology, receiving broad acceptance in the automotive market”.

Also new to the Alliance is Xingyu Car Light Co. Ltd. based in Changzhou, China, which develops, manufactures and markets automotive LED lamps. Based on a patented technology platform, the Scottish company designLED integrates LEDs into thin and mechanically flexible "light tiles" without bulky secondary optics and heat sinks for applications ranging from automotive interior lighting to architecture and design. Headquartered in Nashotah, Wisconsin, Techniplas is a global group of companies providing design and manufacturing services with innovative technologies for a networked world. At CES 2019, the group of companies presented, among other things, a concept vehicle with cognitive light, smart structures and lightweight construction. The Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe has made itself a name as a specialist for first-class products in vehicle interiors – from innovative ventilation systems to highly integrated trim panels and sophisticated modules for instrument panels and center consoles. The group has its headquarters in Kronach, Upper Franconia and employs more than 4,000 people worldwide.

Inova Semiconductors presents the ISELED technology including demos and first products at ISAL (23 to 24 September 2019) at Darmstadt, Germany.

About Inova Semiconductors

Inova Semiconductors GmbH is a fabless semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. The company was founded in 1999 and specializes in the development of state-of-the-art products for Gigabit/s serial data communication. Besides its successful APIX (Automotive Pixel Link) products, sold in very high volume – more than 100 million devices - and now in their third generation, Inova developed the innovative ISELED technology in 2016, meanwhile offering the first products. Inova Semiconductor’s IC products are manufactured at leading foundries in Asia and sold through a worldwide sales network. More information: https://inova-semiconductors.de/main.html

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Inova Semiconductors presents innovative lighting solutions for the automotive industry at ISAL 2019

Digital ISELED LED technology opens up new possibilities in interior lighting and beyond

Munich and Darmstadt, 23 August 2019 – Organized by the Lighting Technology Faculty of the TU Berlin, ISAL 2019 will be taking place from 23 to 25 September. The "International Symposium on Automotive Lighting 2019" is aimed at designers, engineers, scientists and decision-makers from the automotive lighting industry. This makes the renowned ISAL congress exhibition the ideal platform for Inova Semiconductors to present its innovative solutions for automotive lighting with a focus on interior lighting.

At the exhibition accompanying the congress, Inova will be presenting the first available products and applications based on ISELED technology. A "Carbox" demonstrator illustrates, among other things, the interaction between dynamic light and image content. This opens up new possibilities for driver assistance and infotainment systems. A matrix light demo based on the digital ISELED LEDs will be presented as well as "digital LEDs" from various manufacturers, standalone drivers and development kits (ADK) for a simple, flexible and rapid ISELED design implementation.

The ISELED concept

Originally designed for dynamic ambient lighting indoors – where a large number of RGB LEDs on a light strip can be individually controlled by a local controller – the ISELED concept is constantly opening up new areas of application. After outdoor lighting and dynamic backlight display, a new fieldbus is also under development. The ILaS (ISELED Light and Sensor) network will expand the capabilities of the current ISELED protocol so that not only LEDs, but also sensors and actuators in almost any number and combination can be controlled in the future.

The ISELED concept integrates a dedicated microcontroller together with LEDs in a highly compact package. The controller contains the correction data for the individual colour LEDs, thus eliminating the time-consuming 'binning' required up to now. Binning is a process by which LEDs are sorted according to their slightly different manufacturing properties in order to avoid visible differences in colour and brightness in the application. This aspect is becoming ever more important with the increasing number of LEDs in vehicles that require the use of uniform LED components. ISELED can also be used to readjust the LEDs, taking into account the temperature variation and ageing during operation. The correction data are determined by the manufacturer during the final test of the RGB LED and stored directly on the controller chip. The digital RGB LEDs can thus be operated with an optimised protocol without the previous overhead. A further boost for ISELED technology comes from automated/autonomous driving, where, in addition to displays, light will increasingly be used to transmit information and warnings.

A far-reaching development environment and the support of industrial partners are an essential prerequisite for the success of a new trend-setting technology. Against this background, the ISELED Alliance was created. This alliance is an open industrial alliance with the objective of developing a comprehensive ecosystem – i.e. a complete system solution for innovative automotive lighting – based on ISELED technology. Currently (as of August 2019), 23 companies/institutions support ISELED technology within the alliance. The spectrum ranges from semiconductor manufacturers and lighting/design specialists to major Tier 1 automotive suppliers. This covers the entire value chain in order to establish ISELED as a standard solution.

 

PR 08.07.2019 - ISELED ALLIANCE WINS PRESTIGIOUS “ELECTRONS D’OR” AWARD

French trade magazine ElectroniqueS and expert jury choose ISELED Alliance in the automotive segment

Paris, Munich 08 July 2019 – On 27 June 2019, the 2019 Electrons d’Or Awards were presented at a special celebration in the Centre d’Affaires Paris Trocadero. The awards ceremony marked the conclusion of a half-day round-table event on the theme of smart homes and buildings, organized by the leading French trade magazine ElectroniqueS in partnership with the industry association ACSIEL (Alliance Electronique). The coveted awards comprise a total of 14 categories, and have now been presented for the 22nd time.

Alongside various product categories including microcontrollers, analogue/mixed signal, passive components and connectors, embedded, and instrumentation, awards were also presented for innovations and solutions in the automotive, medical technology, aerospace/defence, and smart homes/buildings sectors. Plus there were two awards for start-up of the year and business of the year.

The trade magazine ElectroniqueS compiled a shortlist with more than 80 proposals in total – several in each category. Then the winners were chosen by an expert jury representing industry and research together with the editorial team.

The jury gave the 2019 Electrons d’Or award to the ISELED Alliance for applications in the automotive sector. In the final selection, the innovative concept based on the “digital LED” won out against high-profile competition from leading semiconductor manufacturers. The award was received by Stefan Hoffmann (Inova Semiconductors, on the right in the photo, source: Maÿlis Devaux/Electroniques/Acsiel) and Antonio Poianella (Magna Lighting, on the left) for the ISELED Alliance. The experts’ decision is further testimony to the high innovation potential of ISELED technology that goes far beyond the originally intended application of automotive interior lighting.

About the ISELED Alliance

The ISELED Alliance is an open industrial alliance with the objective of developing a comprehensive ecosystem – i.e. a complete system solution for innovative automotive lighting – based on ISELED technology. The alliance was founded in autumn 2016 and presented for the first time together with ISELED technology on 8 November 2016 at electronica in Munich. Meanwhile, ISELED products from several manufacturers, including a complete demo kit, are available. As of today, the ISELED alliance consist of 22 companies/institutions. Further information: www.iseled.com

PR 18.03.2019 - ISELED Alliance welcomes eleven new members


Broad support from many industrial sectors relating to innovative LED technology

 Munich, 18 March 2019 – Following ISELED's official debut at electronica 2016, this innovative technology based on a true "digital LED" has found enormous acceptance in the industry. This is also reflected in the development of the ISELED Alliance, which has set itself the goal of offering a comprehensive system solution – an ecosystem – around ISELED (https://iseled.com/). Starting with initially five members in autumn 2016, the number of alliance members supporting ISELED has doubled in the last few weeks alone from 11 (as of November 2018) to 22 companies now. The spectrum ranges from semiconductor manufacturers and lighting/design specialists to major Tier 1 automotive suppliers. This covers the entire value chain in order to establish ISELED as a standard solution – in future also beyond the confines of the automotive industry.

 “Lighting in vehicles is increasingly becoming an important design element but will in future also take on functional tasks. In conjunction with displays, light is becoming an integral part of innovative visualization concepts especially with regard to highly automated and autonomous driving,” said Robert Kraus, CEO of Inova Semiconductors.

 “ISELED is pursuing this high dynamism in the lighting sector. In future, the possibilities will go far beyond interior lighting, for which ISELED was originally conceived. The close cooperation with the alliance partners in particular makes it possible for us to realize a dynamic display backlight with ISELED, which one editor spontaneously called an “OLED killer”. We are working on the first systems for outdoor lighting – including car-human communication – and are currently introducing an ISELED-based fieldbus, the ICN (ISELED Communication Network), which will in future not only connect lighting elements but also sensors and actuators,” continues Kraus. 

 The broad spectrum of the new alliance members will give a further boost to ISELED's already strong momentum: in addition to LED manufacturers such as Brightek from Taiwan or ITSWELL from Korea, Allegro MicroSystems from the USA – manufacturer of power and sensor semiconductors, the Bamberg-based company UG-System for test systems and iSYS RTS from Munich for software development joined the alliance. Lightworks from Holzkirchen and feno from Oberhaching – both located in the Munich area – specialize in lighting design and the development of the corresponding electronics support ISELED. The company novem from Vorbach (Bavaria), which sees itself as a world market leader for high-quality trim parts and decorative functional elements in vehicle interiors, is also a new member of the ISELED alliance. Likewise, the globally operating Prettl group from Pfullingen (Baden Württemberg), which offers the complete package of sophisticated, high-quality lighting and plastic modules/systems for vehicle interiors and exteriors.

 The ISELED Alliance is also very pleased that with Hella and Grupo Antolin, two further leading automotive suppliers for the lighting sector are enriching the ISELED ecosystem. Stephan Fritsch, head of electronics development at Hella Innenleuchten-Systeme GmbH commented: „Limited space is one of the main challenges for automotive interior light design. The highly integrated ISELED technology provides us with completely new opportunities to realize innovative lighting solutions. So we are really delighted to be part of the alliance.“

 “ISELED technology enables us to equip the vehicle interiors we develop and manufacture with even better lighting solutions,” said Markus Daubner,Technical Director Ambient Lighting, Grupo Antolin. “The technical combination of LED and microcontroller is very exciting for us, and that's why we're getting involved in the first series applications.”

 About the ISELED Alliance

The ISELED Alliance is an open industrial alliance with the objective of developing a comprehensive ecosystem – i.e. a complete system solution for innovative automotive lighting – based on ISELED technology. The alliance was founded in autumn 2016 and presented for the first time together with ISELED technology on 8 November 2016 at electronica in Munich. Meanwhile, ISELED products from several manufacturers, including a complete demo kit, are available. Further information: https://iseled.com/

 With the eleven new members, the ISELED Alliance today – as of March 2019 – consists of 22 companies/institutions: Inova Semiconductors, Dominant Opto Technologies, Lucie Labs, NXP, TE Connectivity, Pforzheim University, Valeo, Magna Lighting, Melexis, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Microchip, Hella, Grupo Antolin, Brightek, ITSWELL, Allegro MicroSystems, iSYS RTS, Prettl Group, Lightworks, feno, novem and UG Systems.

About Inova Semiconductors

Inova Semiconductors GmbH is a fabless semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. The company was founded in 1999 and specializes in the development of state-of-the-art products for Gigabit/s serial data communication. Besides its successful APIX (Automotive Pixel Link) products, sold in very high volume – more than 100 million devices - and now in their third generation, Inova developed the innovative ISELED technology in 2016, meanwhile offering the first products. Inova Semiconductor’s IC products are manufactured at leading foundries in Asia and sold through a worldwide sales network. More information: https://inova-semiconductors.de/main.html


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