Nichia and Infineon Develop HD Micro-LED Matrix Solution for Adaptive Driving Beams

September 20, 2019 Laura Dolan

Nichia Corporation and Infineon Technologies are developing a high-definition (HD) light engine with more than 16,000 micro-LEDs for front light applications.

The new HD light will minimize design and production complexity for car manufacturers. It will also improve the driver’s ease-of-use, as the new HD light engine can be programmed digitally as a function on demand either in the factory or activated by the driver.

“Our new LED matrix light will offer a resolution about 180 times as high as that of comparable solutions on the road today,” said Nichia’s Head of the Advanced R&D Center, Kanji Bando. “This will pave the way for new and improved safety features and enhance driving comfort.”

Nichia will be contributing micro-LED technology and Infineon will be contributing a new driver IC to the new HD light engine.  

“Our chip will control and diagnose all 16,000 micro-LEDs individually,” said Infineon’s Automotive Division’s VP and GM of the Body Power Business Unit, Andreas Doll. “In addition to the safety benefits, our new solution will also significantly increase energy efficiency because it allows us to turn on only those LEDs actually needed for a light pattern.”

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