LED effective in acne treatment

Acne vulgaris is a common disease, accounting for over 30 percent of visits to dermatology clinics. There is a range of treatments but some are accompanied by side effects such as a burning sensation and resistance to antibiotics. The search for alternative treatments thus continues, and light emitting diode (LED) has been recently touted.

A research team led by Prof. Suh Dae-hun at Seoul National University Hospital and Prof. Lee Jee-bum at Chonnam National University Hospital showed through clinical research that it is really effective. “Blue and red lights have been reported to have beneficial effects for acne through distinct mechanisms. However, there has been no double blind randomized study for a combination of blue and red light emitting diode phototherapy,” they noted in the research.

Irradiation from blue visible light has been known to combat acne through a process that leads to bacterial destruction, while red light has also been reported to have anti-inflammatory properties. However, this wasn’t backed up by clinical tests.

For full article, see Korea Times.

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LG and Osram agree to settle LED patent suit

LG Electronics and LG Innotek, the electronics arms of Korean conglomerate LG, said Friday they have agreed to drop all light-emitting diode (LED) patent litigations with Osram GmbH, the LED unit of Siemens AG.

As part of the Oct. 31 settlement, the companies also agreed on a license agreement for their LED patent portfolios, settling patent suits filed in countries including Korea, Germany and the United States, the LG affiliates said in a press release.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are very much satisfied with the settlement reached. It is our long-standing policy to reach license agreements with other manufacturers of LED products,” said Aldo Kamper, chief executive officer of Osram Opto Semiconductors.

For full article, see Joongang Daily.

A new smart TV or a set-top box?

Daum Communications’ little black box set to spark new battle in digital arena as it promises to undercut rivals. As Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics vie for leadership in terms of smart TV sales, Web portal Daum Communications has chosen to pursue a new niche market by supplying platforms for the latest highly-convergent goggle boxes.

In front of dozens of reporters from Seoul at its newly established Daum Space. 1 building in Jeju Island, the Kosdaq-listed firm unveiled on Friday its new Daum TV, an Android-based operating system for smart TVs.

Despite existing amid a fog of confusing definitions, smart TVs offer Internet connectivity without the need to link up to a separate computer. They also tend to function more like smartphones running on apps rather than regular flat-screens. Regular TVs can be upgraded using a set-top box.

For full article see Jongang Daily.

Busan LED Marine Convergence Center unveiled new 6 marine LED products

Source: Korea IT News

“From improving marine ecosystem to growing fry and seaweed”. LED-Marine Convergence Technology R&D Center on February 21 unveiled 6 marine LED products and test bed, which it has developed for about one year since its opening.

The new products include “LED lighting for improving marine ecosystem,” “Lighting for growing fishes,” “Lighting for fluorescent fish,” ”Lighting for seaweed,” “Lighting for incubating,” and “LED lightening engine.”

These products with LED lighting will be helpful to improve undersea environmental pollution, grow fry, enhance aquarium effects, help germination of seaweed seeds, etc.

For full article see Korea IT News.

Dongbu HiTek develops 700V LED lighting chip manufacturing technology

South Korea’s leading semiconductor foundry Dongbu HiTek revealed Tuesday that it has developed a manufacturing and processing technology of 700-volt (V) high voltage analog semiconductor, which can produce LED lighting chips.

Dongbu HiTek has been manufacturing AC/DC converters and PMICs (Power Management ICs) that are used in home appliances including laptops based on the mid- and low-voltage process. The development of the new high-voltage processing technology will enable Dongbu HiTek to extend its business area to the high value-added industrial analog semiconductors including LED lighting chips.

For full article see Maeil Business.

Seoul Semiconductor and Philips enter into a cross-license agreement

Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. announced that they and Royal Philips Electronics have agreed to settle their pending legal cases and to enter into a cross license agreement covering patents relating to specific LED technology areas. Under this arrangement, each party gains access to a substantial part of the other party’s patent portfolios for various LED level technologies. 

Source: Korea IT Times