13 April 2011

Osram’s OSTAR Headlamp LED receives PACE Award for Automotive Innovation

On behalf of Osram Opto Semiconductors GmbH of Regensburg, Germany, LED automotive director Peter Knittl has accepted an award for innovation at the 17th annual Automotive News PACE Awards held at a ceremony at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, MI.

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

Picture: PACE Award for innovation for Osram’s OSTAR Headlamp LED in controlling forward headlamp functions (such as in the Audi A8 sedan).

The OSTAR Headlamp LED uses the auto industry’s 1st ThinGaN light-emitting diodes with phosphor layer transfer. It 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.

Osram Opto claims that the 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 and 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 160lm at 700mA. Depending on the variant and operating current, values between 125lm and 1100lm are achievable. An innovative conversion process provides a seamless white color impression at maximum brightness levels.

Picture: Audi A8 sedan, featuring headlamps incorporating Osram's OSTAR LEDs.

The firm says that, with its scalable brightness, the OSTAR headlamp suits all headlamp functions. In the top-of-the-line Audi A8 sedan, OSTAR LEDs have advanced headlamp lighting beyond simple low and high beams, it is claimed. They provide all of the forward lighting functions, including LED headlamp for nighttime driving, low-beam light sources for daytime running lights (DRL), and special lighting functions such as motorway beams, cornering lights and all-weather lights. “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,” comments Knittl.

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