Panasonic develops White Color Power LEDs by employing GaN Substrates

March 5, 2007
Panasonic develops White Color Power LEDs by employing GaN Substrates

Panasonic today announced that it has developed a blue LED element by employing GaN substrates for the first time in the industry.

From middle of March 2007, the company will mass-produce a white high-power LED series using these elements. Use of a GaN substrates, which has very high thermal and electrical conductivity, substantially improves the performance of this LED in the high current area, and achieves the industry's top-level output. The emitted light wavelength is 460 nm, the total radiation flux 355 mW at a forward current of 350 mA, with an external quantum efficiency of 38%.

Its marked crystal stability gives it high reliability as a device, and since the substrates and light-emitting layer have the same refractive index, the result is light delivery efficiency over 1.5 times that of the conventional company sapphire-based LED element.

The blue LED element covered with a uniform fluorescent layer results in a compact white high-power LED with little color variation. Application of this technology is likely to bring forward the development of new applications, such as LED-based lighting and camera flashes.

An LED produced on a sapphire substrates based on current primary technology suffers problems with light emission efficiency due to the difference in refractive index between the substrates and the light-emitting layer. Poor heat dissipation properties tend to result in saturation of output at high currents. The conventional fluorescence application process generates unevenness in the white color, and the large volume of the white light-emitting body limits the optical design possibilities of the lens.

Source: Panasonic

Explore further: Electronics that better mimic natural light promise more vivid, healthy illumination

Related Stories

High-quality white light produced by four-color laser source

October 26, 2011

( -- The human eye is as comfortable with white light generated by diode lasers as with that produced by increasingly popular light-emitting diodes (LEDs), according to tests conceived at Sandia National Laboratories.

OLED experts to advance improved production techniques

October 8, 2014

Back in May, Steven Shankland in CNET said that, for the lighting business, "the next technology is coming: OLED (organic light-emitting diode) lighting. It replaces the small, bright dots of LEDs with sheets of light that ...

Recommended for you

The ethics of robot love

November 25, 2015

There was to have been a conference in Malaysia last week called Love and Sex with Robots but it was cancelled. Malaysian police branded it "illegal" and "ridiculous". "There is nothing scientific about sex with robots," ...

No lens? No problem for FlatCam

November 23, 2015

How thin can a camera be? Very, say Rice University researchers who have developed patented prototypes of their technological breakthrough.

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

not rated yet Apr 08, 2008
I would like to input my opinions along with a short article I've written on the future of the LED lighting technology.
At the end of the 19th century, man was awakened with a fabulous new lighting for all to enjoy. The incandescent light bulb was born. Thanks to the inventiveness and perseverance of one of the most famous inventors of our times, Thomas a. Edison, we are able to still enjoy its benefits, but can we still enjoy its luxuries?
Led Lighting, The World's Final Frontier

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.