InfiniLED congratulates Brian Corbett on his Intel Award

posted 12 Jul 2013, 09:09 by William Henry   [ updated 12 Jul 2013, 09:13 ]

InfiniLED is delighted to congratulate Brian Corbett of the Tyndall National Institute on his receipt of an Intel Outstanding Researcher Award for 2013. The work by Brian and his research group on MicroLEDs led to the formation of InfiniLED. The award is in recognition of outstanding contributions that Brian and his team have made in the field of Photonics and Material Science over a number of years. InfiniLED was formed in 2010 on the basis of research carried out in the III-V Materials and Devices group. In 2009 Brian won the Enterprise Ireland Commercialisation Award for his work on the applications of photonics devices.

Commenting after the awards ceremony, Bill Henry, Chief Commercial Officer of InfiniLED said: “The InfiniLED team is delighted to hear of this award. Brian is very deserving of it and his selection was an excellent choice by Intel. He has made substantial contributions to both the fundamental understanding of photonic materials and the applications of photonic devices. The range of both academic and industrial collaborators that the III-V Group has worked with over the years highlights the breadth of their work. As a former member of Brian’s team, I am particularly happy to hear of this award. InfiniLED have an on-going relationship with Tyndall and specifically with Brian’s group. We see value in these collaborations.”

The award was presented by Kelin Kuhn from Intel. Dr. Kuhn is an Intel fellow and director of Advanced Device Technology. Also in attendance at the award presentation was Anita Mcguire, Vice President of Research at University College Cork.

InfiniLED continue to have a strong on-going relationship with Brian’s research group and the Tyndall National Institute. As well as an access agreement with Tyndall, InfiniLED have a number of research project focussed on new developments and industrial applications of the MicroLED technology. 

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InfiniLED: Micro-LED start-up - article in Electronics Weekly

posted 10 Jul 2013, 09:34 by Tobias Poensgen

In an interview with Electronics Weekly, InfiniLED Director and Chief Commercial Officer Dr. William Henry talks about InfiniLED's next generation MicroLED technology and the company's technology and commercial strategy since being spun-out of the Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

BioPhotonics Article on InfiniLED MicroLEDs

posted 29 May 2013, 04:28 by William Henry   [ updated 10 Jul 2013, 09:26 by Tobias Poensgen ]

MicroLEDs Enabling New Generation of Fluorescence Instruments

New light sources can be tailored with respect to emitter design, emission profile, beam shape and power consumption, offering significant benefit for the development of new fluorescence and life sciences applications. 

The use of fluorescence continues to grow in life sciences applications. For analytical applications, it offers the potential for low detection levels, high specificity and minimal power consumption. In imaging applications, it offers benefits such as high signal-to-noise ratios and the ability to view dynamic processes. The availability of a range of low-cost and high-sensitivity light detectors has further accelerated the adoption of fluorescence techniques. However, a number of significant challenges continue to inhibit further performance enhancement across the broad range of target applications.

Not least of these is the challenge of producing high-quality light to excite the target fluorophores. Although initial fluorescence systems used arc lamp or gas laser sources, the size, lifetime and drive conditions of such devices made them troublesome for a range of uses. Semiconductor light sources such as diode lasers and LEDs have mainly replaced these older lamp components, but challenges remain.

A new technology, called microLED, combines the benefits of lasers and LEDs to offer enhanced optical performance of fluorescence-based systems by simplifying the optical path, controlling the excitation spectrum and minimizing the wasted light, and enhancing system performance through reduced power consumption and system size.

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InfiniLED MicroLEDs achieve Ultra-High Light Intensity

posted 22 Jan 2013, 07:17 by Tobias Poensgen

InfiniLED’s latest MicroLEDs (µLEDs) have produced record optical beam intensity. This new device is capable of producing up to 1mW of light from a single 20µm pixel at 405nm. This is equivalent to a light output density of more than 300 W/cm2 – the highest recorded for a commercially available LED type device. 

The MicroLED combines the benefits of a laser and a LED to produce ultra-high light output. The MicroLED provides the wavelength flexibility, drive characteristics and simplicity of a LED as well as the power and collimated beam of a laser. The ability to produce such light intensity and control directly from the chip enables the light to be efficiently used in a range of applications. 

InfiniLED has achieved this record performance using the patented MicroLED structure. A parabolic reflector is etched into the semiconductor material during the fabrication process. This places an optical component directly at the site of light generation and at the most effective position for control of the light produced. Not only has the light been shown to be extracted in ultra-high intensity but also at high efficiencies. By directing all the generated light through a single surface of the semiconductor it can be efficiently collected and used in the wider system. 

The MicroLED is currently being used in a range of applications included life sciences, consumer electronics and OEM equipment. The MicroLED (µLED) can be fabricated as a single pixel, large clusters of pixels or as addressable arrays where each pixel is individually switchable. The single pixels can be used to produce high intensity, collimated light over a small area or to produce useable light at ultra-low currents. The single pixels produce light with a few nanoamps of current. To produce larger amounts of light, clusters of tightly packed MicroLEDs are available. This results in high light density and collimated emission over a wider area. MicroLEDs (µLEDs) are also available as addressable arrays of pixels. The collimation from each pixel results in high packing densities and minimal crosstalk between the devices. 

Additionally, the high current densities achievable and low capacitance allows the MicroLEDs to be switched at very high speeds. Experimental work is on-going with the Tyndall National Institute and the results will be announced shortly. 

Commenting on today’s announcement Chief Commercial Officer of InfiniLED, Dr. Bill Henry said: “These results highlight the capabilities of the MicroLED (µLEDs). This device can be seen as a cross-over between the power and collimation of a laser and the simplicity of an LED. The unique devices enable a range of applications. InfiniLED are proud to have achieved the landmark performance of optical density greater than 300 W/cm2. This was achieved without the need for external optics indicating the potential for further improvement of the performance.”

“The applications for the MicroLED are many and varied” adds Henry. “InfiniLED is developing light sources for use in areas such as diagnostics, printing and battery powered consumer electronics. We are particularly focussed on applications where the efficient use and control of light is of greatest importance. The first products with MicroLEDs incorporated will be on the market shortly and we look forward to new releases in the near future.”  

InfiniLED will demonstrate this exciting technology at BiOS and Photonic West in San Francisco this February. Members of the InfiniLED team will be in booth 5234 at PW and booth 8929 at BiOS. They will also be giving a demonstration show on Thursday 7th February at 12.30pm in Demo Area 2 (North Hall).  

InfiniLED is an innovation development project and portfolio company of ScienceWorks Ventures plc, the international IP commercialisation company. It is also an Enterprise Ireland supported spin-out company from the Tyndall National Institute and University College Cork. The MicroLED technology was invented by a team of researchers led by Mr. Brian Corbett at Tyndall National Institute.
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25 cluster MicroLED
A cluster of 25 MicroLEDs beside the tip of a needle. 
The parabolic reflector shape can be seen in the inset close-up

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 Bill Henry:, +353 (86) 807 7081

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InfiniLED announces Access Agreement with Tyndall National Institute

posted 3 Jul 2012, 03:21 by Tobias Poensgen   [ updated 3 Jul 2012, 03:25 ]

InfiniLED is delighted to announce an access agreement with Tyndall National Institute, Cork. Tyndall National InstituteThis access agreement allows InfiniLED’s engineers to work within the institute’s ISO 9001 Certified Compound Semiconductor cleanrooms to fabricate our µLED™ (MicroLED) technology.

The access agreement is an exciting step forward for InfiniLED. The skills, infrastructure, ISO certification and capabilities at the Tyndall National Institute are unique with Ireland and the UK. The access agreement further strengthens the two way relationship between Tyndall National Institute and InfiniLED. It demonstrates Tyndall’s flexibility in working with irish indigenous spin out companies and assisting them in their growth trajectory.

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Bill Henry,, +353 (86) 807 7081

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First venture capital investment closing with IL Investment Group

posted 22 Jun 2012, 02:33 by Tobias Poensgen   [ updated 3 Jul 2012, 03:22 ]

InfiniLED is delighted to announce the closing of a first round investment led by IL Investment Groupfrom Quebec,Canada. The total investment may reach up to €1.6 million, including support from Enterprise Ireland. It will result immediately in the formation of eight new high-tech positions at InfiniLED with up to 16 staff targeted before the end of 2013. The investment will allow InfiniLED to continue the development of its µLED™ (“MicroLED”) technology and enable it to grow further the commercial interest that has already been generated.

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Bill Henry,, +353 (86) 807 7081

InfiniLED named ITLG University Challenge winners

posted 13 Oct 2011, 01:33 by Tobias Poensgen   [ updated 13 Oct 2011, 02:16 ]

InfiniLED CEO Joe O'Keeffe accepting the 2011 ITLG University Challenge award
6 October 2011, Dublin - The Irish Technology Leadership Group (ITLG) has announced that UCC-based InfiniLED has won the 2011 ITLG University Challenge held at its fourth annual Silicon Valley Comes to Ireland event at DCU.

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