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SETi cuts pricing on its AlGaN LEDs

The company says new high volume pricing make its aluminium gallium nitride UVTOP LEDs commercially viable in consumer type applications
Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. has completed product qualification and shipped the first SMD packaged UVTOP devices from its new high volume manufacturing line. 

This is the result of the first phase of growth of Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (SETi) that began in October 2011 with a $20 million investment into a new dedicated volume production facility and an expansion of its Advanced Technology Centre. 

These first LEDs delivered from the new line were UVC LEDs operating at 275nm for disinfection applications and give customers access to germicidal UVC LEDs intended for consumer markets.


Mainstream disinfection markets are very cost sensitive, but SETi has set a new pricing structure for standard SMD UV LEDs manufactured through the new line to compete with traditional light sources. 

“The new volume production facility has allowed SETi to focus a part of its business solely on manufacturing, which has reduced costs through operational methods and yield improvements” says Remis Gaska, President and CEO of SETi.

He adds, “We are passing these savings directly to the customer to enable new market opportunities.” 

SETi also says that UVC LEDs are now available as standard SMD products at prices similar to conventional white LEDs, enabling new product opportunities to take advantage of UV LEDs and enter new consumer markets.

“This marks and important milestone for SETi and for deep UV LEDs” comments Gaska. “We have been working with manufacturers of consumer products for the past few years and soon we will see UV LEDs in our homes disinfecting water, air and surfaces and keeping our food fresher for longer.”

Additional wavelengths are being qualified through SETi’s high volume manufacturing line and 310nm LEDs are expected to be available by Q4 2013.

SETi has ISO9001 and AS9100 certified design and manufacturing and produces LED chips ranging from 240nm to 360nm.

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