Ushio's Spectro Broadband LED breaks own output power world record

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Upon its 2019 release, Ushio’s Spectro series of broadband LEDs caught the attention of machine vision manufacturers by setting a new broadband LED optical output power record of 160 mW. Not content to accept the record as the limit of its broadband achievements, Ushio set about breaking the record once again. In 2021, the new and improved Spectro LED has been unveiled with an extra 20 mW of power added to the existing package.

One small SMBB footprint simultaneously emits a broadband visible and near infrared (NIR) spectrum, from 400 nm to 1,000 nm. The SMBB package possesses excellent heat dissipation abilities and a choice of lens options. The updated indium gallium nitride (InGaN) chip achieves a new record output power of 180 mW, at 500 nm – 1,000 nm.

Ushio’s Spectro LEDs work best in collaboration with photodetector sensors and spectral imaging cameras. Capturing the spectral absorption properties of common materials allows automated systems perform categorisation, quality assurance, and other sorting tasks. Potential applications include detecting moisture content within an object, such as in optical food sorting applications, or monitoring the fill level of a medicine bottle.

Technical specifications of Ushio’s Spectro broadband LED series


World’s highest optical output power for a broadband LED
Hyperspectral wavelength emission
Emission spectrum stable against temperature and forward current
Compact SMBB package
Easy installation for simple integration into OEM devices
Tiny footprint
High standard of heat dissipation
Long-life compared to conventional halogen alternatives
Lens selection allows different viewing angles
Multiple chips can be implemented depending on the required output power
Customised requests can be discussed and fulfilled to customer requirements


What makes Ushio’s broadband LEDs special?

Developed in Kyoto, Japan, the Spectro Series has proven popular in the food and medicine production industries. The absorption characteristics of near infrared (NIR) light differ from one substance to another, so these LEDs lend themselves well to applications such as determining the type and quantity of a substance.

Simultaneously identifying multiple materials, each with a different peak light absorbency, is possible by deploying separate LED and sensor packages to illuminate and detect each respective material independently. A popular solution for this is Ushio’s multi-chip SWIR packages, such as the Epitex D series. The D series can house up to three narrowband chips, each emitting a different wavelength. So why would you need a broadband LED?

One reason to choose a broadband LED light source is the wider range of wavelengths simultaneous emission. By using complimentary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) sensors to detect how much of the broadband emissions are absorbed, it is possible to identify multiple materials within a substance while only using one broadband light source. Not only can does this technique make it possible to recognise multiple contents within an object, the data gleaned from the analysis can provide accurate quantitative measurement.

Potential applications for Ushio’s Spectro broadband LEDs

There are many potential applications for Spectro broadband LEDs, such as checking the sugar content of a soft drink or monitoring blood oxygen saturation. Since the broadband output includes wavelengths in the visible spectrum, more applications are able to utilise broadband LEDs. The spectral emission of Spectro is roughly in-line with the spectral sensitivity of the CMOS photodetector typically employed in common sensory devices. This offers incredible possibilities for implementation such as the sorting of items by material, colour, or the detection and removal of foreign matter from a production process.

Ushio’s LED experts can guide you to the right broadband solution. Contact Ushio today if you are interested in the following applications:


Substance / matter analysis
Machine vision
Optical sorting (by raw material, by colour, etc.)
Detection of foreign matter
Blood oxygen saturation analysis
Endoscopic procedures
Hyperspectral imaging
Photodynamic therapy
Instrument diagnostics and research execution
Spectroscopy


Miniaturisation continues to progress, while the expectations of portable devices have become an outright demand by consumers and industry alike. Until fairly recently, many LEDs on the market were able to eliminate the bulky size and excessive heat issues that are synonymous with halogen lamp solutions; but they were only able to offer a relatively weak output in comparison.

The broadband LED Spectro series offers a higher power, and consequently, measurement applications can become even more accurate. The construction of the SMBB package means that there is no need for a heat-dissipation jig to accompany it. Multiple LEDs are also no longer necessary to cover a hyperspectral wavelength band, thanks to the implementation of a phosphor that features a continuous spectrum extending from violet-visible to NIR.

Contact Ushio for advice on all solid state lighting applications

If you would like to make an enquiry about Ushio’s record-breaking Spectro broadband LED series, or any other SSL requirement, contact Ushio’s regional experts via the following links:

Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA): https://www.ushio.eu/contact/
Asia: https://member.ushio.co.jp/en/members/contact/product-led
United States: https://www.ushio.com/contact-us/
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