News in brief: Carmanah, Aixtron, Agilent, Holiday Creations

Carmanah wins further bus stop contract

Carmanah Technologies has been contracted by PACE Suburban Bus of Chicago, Illinois, to supply its proprietary i-STOP(TM) solar-powered LED bus stop lighting systems.

The contract is valued at up to $885,000. Installation is scheduled over the next five years with the first $194,000 in i-STOP systems to be delivered before the end of August.

Chinese start-up orders LED growth equipment

Hangzhou Silan Azure Co., a start-up company in China that aims to mass produce high-brightness LEDs, has purchased two sets of epitaxial growth equipment from Aixtron AG , a German systems supplier.

Silan Azure is a joint venture of Hangzhou Silan Microelectronics Joint-stock Co. Ltd., a publicly-traded company in China specializing in designing, developing and manufacturing ICs. The company's technical team consists of domestic and overseas experts with many years of experience in compound semiconductor industry.

Agilent LED backlight system taken up by Coretronic

Agilent Technologies has announced that its illumination and color management system (ICM) has been included in Coretronic's reference design for 30-inch LCD flat-panel TVs. The reference design enables TV manufacturers to quickly offer next-generation LCD TVs using red, green and blue LED backlighting. Backlighting with RGB LEDs provides 25 percent richer colors than LCD TVs using fluorescent backlighting.

The 30-inch diagonal LCD TV reference design combines Coretronic's RGB LED backlight module with Agilent's ICM system. It offers LCD flat-panel TV manufacturers resolution of 1280 x 768 WXGA and brightness of 550 cd/m2. The LCD panel color saturation achieves 106 percent of the color space defined by the National Television System Committee (NTSC), which is responsible for setting television and video standards in the United States. The backlight unit color saturation is rated at 123 percent of NTSC.

Holiday Creations receives power smart award from Canadian power company

Holiday Creations of Littleton, CO, was the recipient of this year's "Power Smart Excellence Award for Manufacturing" given by BC Hydro of Vancouver, British Columbia. The award is given annually to the manufacturer that demonstrably helps the power company conserve the most electricity in the province.

Holiday Creations, under license from the patent holder, Fiber Optic Designs of Yardley, PA, manufactures and markets AC-driven LED holiday lights. The lights use 90 percent less electricity than traditional incandescent holiday lighting, and are designed to last up to 20 years.

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