A new high-powered LED has been created especially for use in car headlights.
The Ostar Compact from Osram Opto Semiconductors features compact dimensions that improve its ability to drive high currents in both new and existing headlight designs.
According to Compound Semiconductor, the number of LEDs being used in daytime running light (DRL) applications is on the increase and they are no longer reserved for top-of-the-range models.
This new product allows Osram to expand its offering and ensure that the entire automotive portfolio of a headlight manufacturer can be catered for.
Pete Knittl, marketing director at the firm's automotive division, said: "To offer new designs in variable forms and an alternative to point-like DRL designs, you need one thing above all else – a small high-power light source."
Meanwhile, the Korea IT Times recently reported that the speed with which many firms recovered from the recession meant that they experienced a shortage in supply of semiconductors.