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Osram keeps up its innovation with PACE Award

Osram OSTAR Headlamp GaN based LED was recognised for innovation in forward headlamp control in motor vehicles.

Osram Opto Semiconductors was an award winner at the 17th Annual Automotive News PACE Awards for innovation held at a black tie ceremony held earlier this week at the Max M. Fisher Music Centre in Detroit, Michigan. The award was accepted by Peter Knittl, LED automotive director at Osram Opto.

Osram’s OSTAR Headlamp LED

Osram’s OSTAR Headlamp LED won an award in the Product category, which honours innovation in new products, components or systems that have significant market impact and act as “game changers” in the automotive industry. The prestigious PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers’ Contribution to Excellence) Award is presented by Automotive News, Ernst & Young and Transportation Research Centre (TRC).

OSTAR Headlamp LED featured in the Audi A8 sedan

The Osram OSTAR Headlamp LED uses the auto industry’s 1st ThinGaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with phosphor layer transfer. The Osram OSTAR Headlamp was developed with a unique integrated shutter function to control the output of the light, eliminating the need for mechanical shutters and projecting a clearly-defined legal beam pattern onto the road without the loss of light commonly associated with mechanical shutters.

The Osram OSTAR LED platform of products provides more styling freedom, reduces energy use, is more reliable and generates more light than conventional headlamps.  It is available in five chip configurations -- 1X1, 1X2, 1X3, 1X4 & 1X5 -- with precisely packaged chip spacing to achieve a consistent and uniform beam pattern critical to the optical design.  Typical light values achieved for each LED chip are 160 lm at 700 mA. Depending on the variant and operating current, values between 125 lm and 1100 lm are achievable. An innovative conversion process provides a seamless white colour impression at maximum brightness levels.

With its scalable brightness, Osrm says the OSTAR headlamp is perfectly suited to all headlamp functions. In the top-of-the-line Audi A8 sedan, Osram OSTAR LEDs have advanced headlamp lighting beyond simple low and high beams. The OSTAR Headlamp LED provides all of the forward lighting functions, including LED headlamp for night time driving, low beam light sources for daytime running lights and special lighting functions such as motorway beams, cornering lights and all-weather lights.

“Osram Optical Semiconductors is pleased to have been selected as one of the lead suppliers to participate on such a prestigious flagship vehicle as the Audi A8,” said Peter Knittl. “LEDs already meet all the requirements of modern automobile lighting and are setting new standards in many respects, and the implementation of our latest OSTAR Headlamp LED forward lighting technology into this vehicle is a prime example.”
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