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Intel, Ikea back nanowire LED pioneer Aledia

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By Peter Clarke

Intel joins existing investors, including Braemar Energy Ventures, Demeter, Ecotechnologies Fund of BPI France, Ikea Group, Sofinnova Partners and Supernova Invest.

Aledia was founded in 2011 to capitalize on a previous six years of research at Leti research institute in the creation of 3D GaN-on-silicon nanowire LEDs. Aledia’s technology uses millions of sub-micron diameter light-emitting GaN pillars standing up from the silicon surface to obtain an improved area efficiency of light generation. The technique produces three times more light per square millimeter of planar area.

Aledia is now developing LEDs that are manufactured on 200mm-diameter wafers and scalable to 300mm wafers and targeted at mobile display applications. The technology promises brighter, more energy-efficient displays at moderate cost, the company claimed.

Aledia has been listed within the EE Times Silicon 60 of emerging startups on numerous occasions up to and including the latest iteration version 17.0.

Aledia is working on displays with several unnamed partners in the industrial and consumer sectors. These include medium sized displays for computers and mobile phones as well as smaller displays for virtual, augmented and mixed-reality and smartwatch applications.

“Energy efficiency, display quality and cost are three critical characteristics of mobile consumer electronics displays, and we feel Aledia’s 3D LED technology, based on large-area silicon fabrication, can impact this space,” said Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the client computing group at Intel, in a statement issued by Aledia.

“Today more than 3 billion people interface to the Internet with mobile displays, and LED technology is expected to be used in a majority of these displays in the next few years,” said Giorgio Anania, CEO, chairman and co-founder of Aledia, in the same statement. “The unique advantages that 3D LED technology delivers position it as the driver of a once-in-a-generation shift.”

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www.aledia.com

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