News in brief: TIR, SolarOne, StockerYale, UDC

TIR signs another licensee for Lexel, SolarOne installation survives winter, StockerYale realigns operations, and Universal Display wins two OLED grants.

TIR signs another licensee for Lexel

TIR Systems has signed a strategic development agreement with Spectral GmbH, a privately-held designer and manufacturer of architectural lighting products based in Freiburg, Germany

The initial focus of this design collaboration will be to develop products for lighting applications based on TIR's Lexel technology.

P.H. Neuhorst, founder and managing director of Spectral stated, “We are sure that LED-based lighting is the future, with its ability to produce a new quality of light. The potential to control color temperature and the option to use colored light have greatly increased the scope of lighting design. TIR’s technological breakthroughs in these areas made a partnership essential. This strategic cooperation will result in new lighting fixture designs and new lighting applications.”

SolarOne installation survives winter

SolarOne has provided an update to the case study of its solar-powered LED installation at Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Download the case study (PDF, 300 K)

The lights, installed in October 2005, illuminate a pathway from the College’s residence hall area to its athletic fields. SolarOne says the lights rode through a period of record rainfall and cloudy weather without a hitch.

StockerYale realigns operations

StockerYale has realigned its operations into three core growth businesses: lasers, LEDs and specialty optical fiber. The move is intended to accelerate growth of the company's highest gross margin businesses and accelerate new product development through more focused R & D efforts. StockerYale manufactures custom-engineering LED modules for machine vision and other applications.

Two OLED grants for Universal Display

Universal Display Corporation has been awarded a two-year, $730,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract by the U.S. Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center (CERDEC).

UDC will develop and demonstrate an active-matrix, flexible phosphorescent OLED (PHOLED) display containing infrared (IR)-emitting PHOLED pixels in addition to visible spectrum PHOLED pixels. The company's IR-emission OLED technology is being designed to be seen only through night vision goggles so to avoid visual detection in darkness.

By combining IR-emitting and visible PHOLED pixels into one display, the company is creating a novel display architecture to meet the Army's requirement for a single, high-information-content display that works in high, low and no light conditions.

The active-matrix PHOLED display, also enabled by UDC's proprietary flexible OLED (FOLED®) and top-emission OLED (TOLED®) technologies, will be built on flexible metal foil using poly-silicon backplane technology from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) to provide flexibility, light weight and ruggedness.

UDC has also been awarded a $69,999 SBIR Phase I contract by the U.S. Army Research Laboratories (ARL), for a program entitled "Flexible and Conformal Environmental Barrier Technology for Displays".

UDC will integrate a novel low-temperature plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) process coating technology with its proprietary FOLED®, TOLED® and PHOLED(TM) technologies. The PECVD process is based on pioneering research at Princeton University, which is believed to enable the deposition of flexible and protective films onto the top surface in an OLED without causing damage to the OLED. The end result will be the demonstration of a flexible OLED display prototype built on a stainless steel substrate.

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