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Jan 10th, 2014
LED cost cutting propels package designs
Manufacturers are exploring many alternatives of package substrate, format and phosphor as they try and balance the price/performance equation for solid state lighting, according to Yole Développement’s Eric Virey and Pars Mukish.
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Ask a member of the general public to draw an LED, and you’ll probably still get a picture of the two-pin domed through-hole format widely used as indicators. But in lighting up small displays and TVs, packages have evolved dramatically, becoming unrecognisable when laid against their ancestor. Now, to address their third growth cycle, where revenue increases will be driven by general illumination, these packages must offer better performance for their cost. And with packaging comprising up to 45 per cent of the cost of a packaged LED, it’s unsurprising that it’s now a major focus of those efforts.

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