Seoul Semi builds its future on IP
January 26, 2012 // Christoph Hammerschmidt
LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor expects a very positive business performance in 2012. The company's optimisms is based on two factors: The high number of patents and the production ramp-up of its Acrich2 LED, its current top strategic product.
According to Seoul Semi's Managing Director Manuel Zarauza, the company currently possesses more than 10.000 Korean and international patents. This is one of the largest IP portfolios in the LED industry worldwide, Zarauza pointed out.
The company invests heavily into LED-related R&D and into the number of its patents. The goal is to reach a leading position in the LED market. Currently it is holds the fourth place in the global industry rankings, but the company does not content with this position — in an earlier interview with EE Times Europe LEDLighting, Zarauza already announced that Seoul Semi plans to advance further.
Seoul Semiconductor invests 10 to 20 percent of its annual sales into research and development. Currently, the company's patent portfolio covers materials, design, manufacturing and methods. In addition, Seoul holds exclusive and non-exclusive licenses with research institutions such as the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).
The portfolio also includes patents for deep ultraviolet radiation sources. Seoul Semi believes that in the future the demand for this type of LED will grow very fast. One possible application segment could be future semiconductor manufacturing: With shrinking geometries, the chip industry will soon hit the limitations of visible light in its lithography processes. It is common sense that then deep ultraviolet will take the role of lithography light sources. Currently, sources for deep UV radiation are extremely expensive.
For the near future, the Acrich2 production is expected to increase the proceeds. With its broad patent portfolio, the company has reached technological independence to a large extend, Zarauza said.
As recently as December 2011, Seoul Semi has signed a cross licensing agreement with Philips.All news
Are you worth insuring? Wearables to decide
January 30, 2015
At Cicor's first Innovation Insights Symposium held in Zurich end of January, the focus was very much on smart wearables ...
Security flaw in BMW's ConnectedDrive detected
SMBus Version 3.0 offers improved power management performance
Quantum entanglement now on-a-chip
Single crystal perovskites promise cheaper solar cells and LEDs
Wafer-scale perovskite solar cells on the horizon
January 30, 2015
Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory have revealed a solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth ...
Spread Spectrum Frequency Modulation Reduces Automotive LED Driver EMI
Privately-owned car not on the red list, study says
Private equity buys Canadian MEMS foundry
- Accelerate SDN and NFV with Off-the-Shelf Software
- Sensing Elements for Current Measurements
- Investigating Die attach Failure in IGBTs using Power Cycling Tests
- Power Semiconductor Failure Diagnosis using Thermal Characterization and Power Cycling
InterviewCEO interview: Bosch's IoT startup is all about the system
Thorsten Mueller, CEO of Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany), has been guiding the latest startup subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH since 2013 when he started the initiative ...
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
To ensure you have a good start in 2015, Freescale is giving away five of its QorIQ TWR-LS1021A Tower system modules, worth USD269 each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
The module is the most feature-rich and high-performance Tower system offered by Freescale, enabling compatibility and interoperability with the growing list of Tower expansion modules, offering an easily accessible...MORE INFO AND LAST MONTH' WINNERS...
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.