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Nichia to commercialise laser diodes for Automotive Head-Up Displays

New blue and green laser diodes to replace LEDs

Nichia Corporation, headquartered in Tokushima, in Japan, plans to commercialise blue and green semiconductor laser diode models specifically designed for automotive Head-Up Display (HUD) systems.

LEDs are currently the most common light sources for automotive HUD systems. By replacing LEDs with semiconductor laser diodes, Nichia says it will be possible to achieve a larger head-up display field of view, lower energy consumption, higher contrast, and an extended range of reproducible colours

Nichia plans to start shipping test samples from October 2014 and mass production from October 2015.

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