Plessey’s Innovative MAGIC High Brightness LEDs win the Solid-State Lighting Application Category in Elektra Awards 2012
Plessey today announced that its new innovative MAGIC™ (MAnufactured on GaN ICs) High Brightness LED (HBLED) products have won the Solid-State Lighting Application Category of the Elektra Awards 2012. The winners were revealed last week at the European Electronics Industry Awards ceremony in London.
Barry Dennington, Plessey’s COO, said, “LEDs are the next key phase of the drive to reduce carbon usage but widespread adoption has been held back by the high product costs and the low level of the light output. Our MAGIC technology solves both these problems opening the way for LED lighting to become widespread and help cut energy bills. We have invested millions of pounds in our MAGIC manufacturing lines in Plymouth that are ramping up to volume production this year.”
MAGIC HBLEDs are manufactured using industry standard, silicon foundries at a much lower cost than current LED technologies based on sapphire or Silicon Carbide. Plessey’s technology uses Gallium Nitride (GaN) on 6-inch silicon substrates. It requires a much thinner GaN layer at only 2.5µm compared to 6 to 8µm in other GaN on Si technologies. This means less deposition time so that Plessey can do multiple production cycles in 24 hours to achieve higher throughputs and lower costs.
For the next generation products, Plessey intends to integrate its MAGIC HBLED products with its range of sensor and power technologies to provide smart lighting solutions for even greater energy savings and carbon footprint reductions.
Plessey is an innovator and manufacturer of technology based electronic solutions. Plessey has a deep understanding of the human interaction with electronics combined with expertise in micro-electronic product design and manufacture that delivers electronic interface solutions to enhance the human experience. Plessey has released a range of new innovative solutions including the new EPIC™ sensor – the Electric Potential Integrated Circuit. In 2013, Plessey are launching a range of MAGIC™ smart lighting solutions – MAGIC being MAnufactured on GaN Integrated Circuit. Through technology and innovation, Plessey is radically enhancing the human experience with micro-electronics solutions such that people achieve more than they thought possible.