Today’s innovations in the consumer electronics and lighting industry largely depend on advances in photonics technology. From faster lasers to powerful LEDs, photonics paves the way to a profitable, sustainable and innovative future in electronics and lighting.
High resolution screens for smartphones, tablets and TV’s
Photonics plays a vital role in today’s consumer electronics. High resolution flat-panel displays and screens for smartphones, tablets and TV’s require extremely complex and high-precision manufacturing. Current laser technology is reaching its limit in fulfilling those requirements. Many photonics companies focus on innovations in laser technology, such as ultrafast lasers, which is crucial for the continued manufacturing and cheap production of these sophisticated consumer electronics.
Leading the LED technology revolution
It goes without saying that photonics, being the science of light, is also spearheading innovations in the lighting industry. One example is the LED technology revolution. LEDs are quickly becoming the dominant lighting technology worldwide, consuming 20-50% less energy than other light sources.
In the display industry the development of organic LEDs (OLEDs) and active-matrix organic LEDs (AMOLEDs) offers superior overall image quality, power efficiency and weight at lower manufacturing costs.
Intelligent lighting solutions
Photonics is building the foundation for intelligent digital lighting solutions. Intelligent light management systems regulate light output according to ambient lighting conditions and people’s presence and activities. Combined with LED technology intelligent lighting could save 70% in electricity consumption.
LiFi is a wireless communication technology which utilizes light to transmit data and position between devices. In terms of its end use, the technology is similar to WiFi but uses light to transmit data instead of radio frequency.
Using light to transmit data allows LiFi to offer several advantages, most notably a wider bandwidth channel, the ability to safely function in areas otherwise susceptible to electromagnetic interference (e.g. aircraft cabins, hospitals, military), and offering higher transmission speeds.
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