More recently, laser-based headlamps have emerged. The technology for producing high-power, white laser illumination (400-700 nm wavelength) using a combination of blue laser diodes (440-450 nm wavelength) coupled to a luminescent phosphor was developed at Soraa Laser Diodes (SLD, acquired by Kyocera in 2020, to form Kyocera SLD or KSLD). Its founders include Dr. Shuji Nakamura who won the Nobel prize in 2014. Professor Haas and John Peek (ex-CTO of Phillips Automotive Lighting) are on their advisory board. Their flagship automotive product is the LaserLight™ engine which provides high-intensity lighting to illuminate the roadway at a 650 m range (1 km is possible, but is currently constrained by regulations). These light sources have been in production since 2019 for the BMW’s Series 5 model, and more recently for the iX3 and iX4 electric SUVs.
In 2011, Harald Haas revealed a technology that would see light-based wireless data pouring from our lightbulbs, yet more than a decade later few have seen it in action. Haas gave a talk at the TEDGlobal conference that introduced LiFi communication, whose recording now has 2.7 million views. In it, Haas noted that the optical spectrum is more than three orders of magnitude wider than the entire radio spectrum used for existing wireless communications. ‘People in the meantime have always asked, “Okay, if there’s so much resource, why don’t we see these very high data rates?”,’ Haas, who is now at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, told Electro Optics. ‘That is primarily down to the availability of devices.’
Company to Demonstrate Award-Winning >90 Gbps DataLight LiFi Innovation for Automotive and Consumer Applications at the Consumer Electronics Show, January 5 - 7, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV
Company to Demonstrate Award-Winning Products and New Optical Power Transfer and Disinfection Innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show, January 5 - 8, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV — West Hall Exhibition Booth 3423
KYOCERA SLD Laser, a world leader in the commercialization of laser light sources, will showcase its award winning high brightness fiber lighting technology and new LaserLight™ products at LightFair International at the Javits Center in New York City October 27 – 29, 2021.
Known as LaserLightTM, KSLD’s groundbreaking technology is the world’s brightest and most innovative light source. LaserLight outshines the limits of LED to deliver safe, high luminance white light from an incredibly small point source that is efficiently fiber delivered. LaserLight, when coupled with LiFi technology, enables secure communication at speeds 100x higher than LED based LiFi systems from an RF-free, lightweight solution.
GOLETA, Calif. - It is smaller than a grain of rice, but a component in the KYOCERA SLD Laser is producing results with more power, distance and performance than most of us have ever seen. President and Co-Founder James Raring says the use of lasers is far from what the average person thinks when they envision a stream of light.
The US manufacturer SLD Laser has launched the first white light chip with a switching function. On command, it transforms into an IR emitter with 905nm and 850nm. Both light sources are housed on the same 7x7mm chip. SMDs are also available with a starboard to facilitate mounting onto the circuit board.
It may be a while before we see a fully autonomous car capable of conquering a Canadian winter, but local research is paying off huge dividends
During CES 2021, Kyocera SLD Laser, Inc. (KSLD) announced the production launch of the world’s first dual-emission white light and infrared (IR) LaserLight source for automotive and consumer lighting, night vision illumination, precision long-range sensing beyond 250 m (820 ft), and high-speed light fidelity (LiFi) communications faster than 20 Gbps.
SLD Laser, a world leader in commercialization of gallium nitride (GaN) based laser light sources, has announced the completion of the acquisition by KYOCERA Corporation of 100% ownership of SLD Laser (formally named Soraa Laser Diode, Inc.). As a result, SLD Laser has now commenced operations as a Kyocera group company under the name KYOCERA SLD Laser, Inc. (KSLD).
Company to Demonstrate New Lighting Innovations for Illumination, Sensing, and LiFi Communications at its All Digital CES Event, January 12 - 15, 2021
Kyocera Corporation announced that it has concluded an agreement with California, U.S.-based SLD Laser to acquire 100% ownership of SLD Laser.
SLD was honored with the #7 spot on the list of Best Small and Medium Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production. This ranking considered feedback representing over 160,000 employees working at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in the manufacturing and production industry. Great Place to Work, a global people analytics and consulting firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job.
SLD Laser has been named to the FORTUNE 2020 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production list! SLD ranked #7 of 15 small-to-medium-sized companies in the nation to receive the honor.
Laser light offers faster speeds and a longer range. It seems like the way to go for wireless light-based communication. But will fiber optics without the fiber really work?
SLD Laser says its new lights not only light up the road, but also transfer data from car-to-car — yes, through the lights
The new lamps in BMW's M5 are more precise and efficient than their predecessors, and could someday broadcast data.
The company's Li-Fi system blows Wi-Fi transmission rates and LED lumens out of the water.
The laser lighting company co-founded by the Nobel-winning co-inventor of the blue LED — who believes that illumination’s future is in lasers — now hopes to make inroads in another field that LED developers are also targeting: Li-Fi data communications.
Company to Demonstrate New Innovations and Showcase High Brightness Illumination Products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2020
Acera is an endoscopic lighting specialist that has developed the battery-operated Handheld Light Source that combines patented optics with a semipolar GaN laser diode based light source, SLD LaserLight from SLD Laser Inc.
SLD Laser to showcase its Blue Laser Technology and LaserLight Products for Industrial, Automotive, Display, and Specialty Lighting Applications at Laser World of Photonics in Munich, Germany June 24-27, 2019
"We think lighting systems for autonomous technologies need to be optimized for the human eye as well as for machine vision." SLD laser aims to put light on the road in the way that the detectors will have most capability, for example being able to pulse light in patterns and have a machine look at those.
SLD Laser to showcase its High Brightness LaserLight Products for Lighting and Automotive Applications at LightFair in Philadelphia May 21-23, 2019
Off-road racers are using ultra-bright beams to see farther than ever.
Most people don’t turn on their car’s headlights and think, I wish they were brighter. Shuji Nakamura is not most people. The Nobel Prize-winning illumination scientist has spent the past five years developing a laser-based lighting system.
A quick ride in a desert racing pre-runner demos technology Baja racers can use but the rest of us can’t get, at least not yet
From all encompassing in-car entertainment to laser beam headlights, these are what we can expect in the cars of the tomorrow
Here are just a few of the highlights of the 2019 show, and what they might mean for the cars you’re likely to be driving shortly.
As imminent as full autonomy can seem, to hear many 2019 CES exhibitor companies tell it, there remain challenges to be overcome in terms of establishing rock-solid, redundant situational awareness.
SLD Laser Announces Production Launch of LaserLight Sources for Automotive and Specialty Lighting Applications.
Company Also Wins Award at LightFair and Receives Gold Innovators Award from Laser Focus World
Company Awarded Top Honor in Illumination & Light Source Category by SPIE & Photonics Media at Photonics West 2018
Company to demonstrate high luminance technology at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show
Laser diode-pumped phosphor light source offers higher luminance and scalable efficiency suitable for architectural and vehicle lighting, and projection displays.
This technology had its niches and is broadening the field of applications entering different specialty lighting, display, and automotive applications.