WEBCAST: Near Infrared – Challenges in Lighting and Sensing

March 2, 2011
This Webcast will discuss the design challenges of building systems that utilize near-infrared LEDs, lasers and sensors.

Title: Near Infrared – Challenges in Lighting and Sensing

Originally Broadcast: Wednesday April 6, 2011

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Presenter: Rolf Weber, Sr. Application Engineer, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors


Today's high efficiency, lower-cost near-infrared (NIR) LEDs and lasers enable many commercial applications. Whether you are designing surveillance systems, mobile devices or automotive active safety systems there is a NIR product to suit your design. Along with new technologies come new design challenges and questions. This webinar will discuss challenges with light sources and detectors, and propose solutions using examples of applications. Learn from the experts at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors about the benefits of NIR components and how to integrate them into your next design.

What you will learn:

  • NIR basics (850/950nm)
  • Challenges of new and existing designs, including number of LEDs required, and using lenses to shape beam
  • Optical, electronic and thermal solutions
  • NIR applications


OSRAM Opto Semiconductors

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors develops intelligent lighting solutions and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of optoelectronic semiconductors. For more than 30 years the company has stood for innovative semiconductor technologies, setting standards in a wide range of applications.

Its product portfolio includes components for the illumination, visualization and sensing sectors. High-power light emitting diodes (LEDs), semiconductor lasers, infrared diodes (IREDs), detectors and organic LEDs (OLEDs) are among the most well-known products. The range of LED light sources covers everything from miniature components for backlighting cell phone displays to extra bright units for street lighting, TV screens and automobile headlights.


Rolf Weber

Rolf Weber is Sr. Application Engineer for infrared, sensors and ¬laser products at OSRAM Opto Semiconductors North America.

Rolf Weber joined OSRAM Opto Semiconductors in 2006 and has worked in customer tech support (including optical and thermal simulations) and the design of PCB demos. Prior to joining OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Mr. Weber worked for 13 years in Application Support in the automotive industry including 7 years with Siemens.

Rolf Weber is member of the Optical Society of America. He holds a master degree in Physics from the University of Bonn, Germany and a PhD. in Physics from the University of Berlin, Germany.