Optek and Lednium form alliance to target solid-state lighting

Visble LED maker Optek Technology has teamed up with an Australian packing specialist, Lednium.

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TT Electronics Optek Technology, a visible LED manufacturer based in Carrollton, Texas, has signed a joint R&D, manufacturing and marketing relationship agreement with Lednium, an Australian-based LED technology company.

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The alliance combines the strengths of both companies to create what they expect will be a "significant presence" in the emerging solid-state lighting industry.

Under terms of the agreement, Optek will develop a series of solid-state lighting products using packaging technology developed by Lednium.

Through a focused research initiative, Lednium has developed the world’s first three-dimensional LED die platform for both white and monocolor LEDs, as well as end-product LED assemblies for applications ranging from architectural lighting to automotive aftermarket assemblies for tractor-trailer exterior taillights and clearance lights.

Designated the Optek Lednium Series, the new product line will include single-chip “cup” packaged discrete LED lighting units as well as multi-chip geodesic-dome-shaped 10W LED assemblies. Available colors will include white, blue, green, amber, and red, along with color combinations such as RGB.

Optek established a visible LED business unit earlier this year, and currently offers a product line that includes industry-standard high-brightness and high-power LEDs. Optek Technology was acquired by TT Electronics plc, a global electronics company, in December 2003.

Optek and Lednium plan to jointly develop other wavelength technologies to be packaged for various markets, from medical applications to surveillance and security equipment. Applications for the Optek Lednium Series include architectural lighting, automotive, aviation, display, entertainment, gaming and vending machines, marine, military, signs and signals, variable message signs and general illumination.

"This partnership is an ideal building block for many value-added and customer-specific lighting assemblies for our automotive and industrial assemblies programs," said Richard Saffa, Vice President of Optek’s Visible LED Business Unit. "Lednium brings a wealth of experience to the partnership and their commitment to high standards has helped them achieve numerous awards."

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