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Inova Semiconductors – Growth Champion 2019


Inova Semiconductors has been ranked by Focus magazine as one of Germany's growth champions of 2019. With its impressive annual growth rate of 22%, Inova has firmly staked its place amongst Germany’s top 500 fast-growing companies.

Robert Kraus, CEO of INOVA Semiconductors, said: "We are very proud to be ranked as one of Germany’s business success stories. It is a positive and tangible acknowledgement of our strong position in the global automotive electronics segment, founded on two key technologies: APIX, our advanced multi-channel SerDes Technology and ISELED, the revolutionary 'digital-LED' solution for functional and dynamic ambient  lighting solutions in the car"

This award is based on in-depth research by the Focus magazine utilizing data from Statista and aims to identify businesses achieving high relative annual turnover growth in the period from 2014 to 2017.

Out of nearly 2 million entries in the Commercial Register, including both private and publicly listed companies, 12150 companies have been selected and then Statista identified the top 500 fastest growing companies. To qualify, companies had to be standalone entities headquartered in Germany with a turnover of at least EUR 1.8 million in 2017 and least EUR 100,000 in 2014.

Inova is featured in the electronics, electro- and medical technology category. It has previously also appeared in the Growth Champion list in 2016 and 2018.


OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, one of the world's leading LED manufacturers, joins the ISELED Alliance


Munich, 05 October 2018 – OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, a global semiconductor manufacturer and leading provider of LED solutions, has joined the ISELED Alliance. The alliance was founded in 2016 to further develop and market the "digital LED" (controller chip with three coloured LED chips) for an innovative LED lighting concept for vehicle interiors. In addition to OSRAM Opto Semiconductors, Inova Semiconductors, Dominant Opto Technologies, Lucie Labs, Melexis, OLSA Group, NXP, TE Connectivity, the University of Pforzheim and Valeo have already joined the alliance.

The alliance aims to install a complete ecosystem with the corresponding hardware and software for the ISELED concept. The key product is a "smart" digital RGB LED in a very compact package. The focus here is not on the individual products, but on their interaction within the overall system. A special protocol ensures optimum coordination of the individual hardware and software components used by the system solution, thus guaranteeing optimum integration of the smart LED and the associated controller. Thanks to this innovative approach, not only can the LED controller be greatly simplified, but also the possibilities of in-car LED lighting systems can be significantly extended.  

With the development towards more automated and autonomous driving, the use of car interiors changes fundamentally. The interior design acquires a particular significance not only due to the possibility of visual differentiation to the competition. On the other hand, the demands on the installed light sources, in particular on LEDs, are also increasing. The new generation of automotive interior or ambient lighting uses hundreds of LEDs, usually made up of flexible strips with a large number of RGB LEDs, which in turn have to be controlled individually to create dynamic lighting effects.

In the ISELED concept, each of the "digital LEDs" consists of a red, green and blue LED chip, which are integrated together with a controller in a small package and can be daisy-chained. In total, up to 4079 of these digital LEDs can be arranged via a differential 2-wire bus with a data rate of 2 Mbps and controlled by an external controller. With a data rate of 2 Mbps and using the corresponding application software – also available from ISELED partners – fascinating lighting effects with video speed are possible.

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors will soon be introducing the first prototypes of smart RGB LEDs on the market. "A key customer advantage of these innovative smart LED components is that the complex calibration for adjusting colour location and brightness between the individual LEDs is no longer necessary," explains Hermann Senninger, Senior Marketing Manager Automotive Interior at Opto Semiconductors. "In addition, this technology also opens up many other potential applications for our customers – first for the vehicle interior and later also for the exterior."

"The addition of OSRAM Opto Semiconductors – one of the world's leading providers of innovative LED products – underscores the growing acceptance of ISELED and its ecosystem as a highly innovative and forward-looking technology," said Robert Kraus, CEO of Inova Semiconductors and a founding member of the alliance, welcoming the new member of the alliance. "With its extensive LED expertise and manufacturing know-how, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors will continue to strengthen the unique technology concept and enable new, previously unrealisable LED lighting capabilities for the next generation of vehicles."

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About the ISELED Alliance

The ISELED Alliance is an open alliance with the objective to provide an ecosystem - a complete system solution for automotive lighting – around the ISELED technology. The Alliance was announced together with ISELED on November 8th, 2016 at the electronica 2016 fair in Munich. The first products to become available include a complete demo kit. More information: www.iseled.com

About OSRAM

OSRAM, based in Munich, is a leading global high-tech company with a history dating back more than 110 years. Primarily focused on semiconductor-based technologies, our products are used in highly diverse applications ranging from virtual reality to autonomous driving and from smartphones to smart and connected lighting solutions in buildings and cities. OSRAM uses the endless possibilities of light to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. OSRAM’s innovations enable people all over the world not only to see better, but also to communicate, travel, work and live better. OSRAM has approximately 26,400 employees worldwide as of end of fiscal 2017 (September 30) and generated revenue of more than €4.1 billion. The company is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED 400; trading symbol: OSR). Further information can be found at www.osram.com.


ISELED Alliance expands to further drive market entry of the “digital LED”


Belgian semiconductor player Melexis joins ISELED Alliance

Munich, 27 September 2018 – Melexis, a global semiconductor manufacturer, becomes the newest member of the open ISELED Alliance that was formed to develop and market an innovative in-vehicle LED lighting concept – the "digital LED". Melexis joins a number of existing members including Inova Semiconductors, Dominant Opto Technologies, Lucie Labs, OLSA Group, NXP, TE Connectivity, Pforzheim University and Valeo.

The ISELED Alliance is committed to creating an ecosystem, which delivers a complete solution based upon the ISELED concept including both hardware and software. The core product is a “Digital” RGB LED that is integrated into a tiny package. In addition to the simplification of LED control, the innovative approach enables new extensions of the functionality of LED lighting in automobiles.

The next generation of in-car lighting will feature hundreds of LEDs, typically in the form of flexible light strips each comprising many single RGB LEDs, which need to be individually controlled to produce dynamic effects. Each “Digital LED” on the strip consists of a single red, green and blue LED with the ISELED controller integrated in the same package. The “Digital LEDs” can be daisy-chained. Up to 4,079 of them can be connected via a differential bus at a speed of 2 Mbps. They will be controlled by a single external master controller such as the S32K microcontroller series of NXP. This will effectively make new applications and lighting controls possible for applications where the relatively slow LIN bus is not suitable. With a data rate of 2Mbit light effects at true video speed are possible with the ISELED system. With the application software developed by Alliance member Lucie Labs, fascinating lighting effects may be created and simply controlled by an app on a smartphone.

“Melexis is proud to join the ISELED alliance and to actively contribute to one of the most innovative fields within the automotive industry - lighting,” commented Michael Bender, Product Line Manager Lighting Products at Melexis. “As a global automotive semiconductor supplier, we are always focused on innovation and technology evolutions. Today, we provide multiple ICs and IC-sets to enable cost efficient and innovative lighting implementations within the automotive industry thereby enabling a bright future. We want to use this knowledge to further develop ISELED into an accepted industry standard as well as to enable additional application fields”.

„The Melexis entry into the Alliance further underlines the acceptance of ISELED as a highly innovative technology, including the associated ecosystem,” stated Robert Kraus, CEO at Inova Semiconductors and a founding partner of the Alliance. “We will announce additional new members – major players like Melexis - to the Alliance very soon, further strengthening this unique technology concept and enabling new and exciting LED lighting features in the next generation of cars. “

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About the ISELED Alliance

The ISELED Alliance is an open alliance with the objective to provide an ecosystem - a complete system solution for automotive lighting – around the ISELED technology. The Alliance was announced together with ISELED on November 8th, 2016 at the electronica 2016 fair in Munich. The first products to become available include a complete demo kit. More information: www.iseled.com

About Melexis

Combining a passion for technology with truly inspired engineering, Melexis designs, develops and delivers innovative micro-electronic solutions that enable designers to turn ideas into applications that support the best imaginable future. The company’s advanced mixed-signal semiconductor sensor and actuator components address the challenges of integrating sensing, driving and communication into next-generation products and systems that improve safety, raise efficiency, support sustainability and enhance comfort. Melexis is headquartered in Belgium and employs over 1,500 people in 20 locations worldwide. The company is publicly traded on Euronext Brussels (MELE). More information: www.melexis.com.


ISELED Alliance is Continuously Growing


Italian based OLSA Group joined the alliance as the latest member to drive the market penetration of the “digital LED”

Munich, 26 September 2018 – As a further international lighting supplier, the Italian based OLSA Group has entered the open ISELED Alliance formed to develop and market this innovative in-vehicle LED lighting concept – the "digital LED". OLSA joined alongside existing members Inova Semiconductors, Dominant Opto Technologies, Lucie Labs, NXP, TE Connectivity, Pforzheim University and Valeo.

The ISELED Alliance is committed to create an ecosystem, a complete solution around the ISELED concept including hard- but also corresponding software. The core product is a smart LED driver from Inova Semiconductors integrated together with three RGB LEDs into a tiny package from Dominant Opto. This innovative approach reduces costs, simplifies control, and expands the functionality of LED lighting in the automobile significantly.

The next generation of in-car lighting will feature hundreds of LEDs typically in form of flexible light stripes each comprising of up to 30 LEDs and more. Each “Digital LED” on the stripe consists of one red, green and blue LED with the ISELED controller integrated in the same package. The “Digital LEDs” which can be daisy-chained up to a number of 4.079 via a differential 2-wire bus with 2 Mbps will be controlled by one single external controller like the S32K microcontroller series of NXP. This effectively will replace the present cumbersome and costly work-around utilizing multiple microcontrollers and a relatively slow LIN bus. Despite the low data rate of the ISELED bus light effects at true video speed nevertheless are possible. With the application software of Alliance member Lucie Labs fascinating lighting effects may be created and simply controlled by an App on the smartphone.

“OLSA is proud to join the ISELED alliance to actively contribute to one of the most innovative fields of ambient lighting,” highlights OLSA’s CEO Stefano Cassis. “As a worldwide player in automotive lighting we have always focused on innovation and tech evolution. Today, also thanks to the acquisition by Magna International, we have more and more capacity and capability to support our customers in driving lighting into a bright future”.

„The OLSA entry is further underlining the acceptance of ISELED as a highly innovative technology and all its already existing ecosystem around,” stated Robert Kraus, CEO at Inova Semiconductors and a founding partner of the Alliance. “We will announce additional new members – major players like OLSA - to the Alliance very soon, further strengthening this unique technology concept and enabling new and exciting LED lighting features in the next generation of cars. “

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About the ISELED Alliance

The ISELED Alliance is an open alliance with the objective to provide an ecosystem - a complete system solution for automotive lighting – around the ISELED technology. The Alliance has been announced together with ISELED on November 8th, 2016 at the “electronica” fair in Munich. First products are available including a complete demo kit. More information: www.iseled.com

About OLSA

OLSA is an international supplier founded in 1947 in Italy, designing and producing lighting products for the automotive industry. The company is based in Rivoli (Italy) and present in 7 countries. OLSA is supplying leading car makers in Europe, North and South America, Asia and is committed to develop competitive products on a high technology and quality level. OLSA is also supplying automotive spare parts to the aftermarket through its sister company OLSA Parts SrL.
Magna has signed a deal to acquire OLSA S.p.A. Pending regulatory approval and other standard closing conditions, the deal is expected to be finalized before the end of 2018. More information: www.olsagroup.com