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ITRI Exhibits Novel OLED and LED Lighting Applications at 2018 TILS

ITRI will display innovative OLED and LED lighting applications at the pavilions of OLED Lighting (B0821), LED Lighting and Health (B1014), and Smart Light-Smart Life (B1222) at 2018 Taiwan International Lighting Show (TILS) between April 25th and 28th. Among the applications featured will be flexible OLED technology, an Energy Dome, and smart LED lighting able to detect failures. These applications offer insight into a next-generation lighting environment and highlight innovative LED and OLED technologies. In particular, ITRI are assisting local lighting manufacturers in identifying untapped growth opportunities, thereby generating value in smart lighting.

Light, thin, and flexible OLEDs offer an array of application scenarios
Dr. Chih-I Wu, ITRI’s Vice President and General Director of Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories, remarked that advances in OLED materials and production methods have helped to greatly reduce OLED-related technology costs, while at the same time paving the way for more diverse applications. ITRI, he said, has comprehensive OLED lighting development capabilities and trial production capacities, enabling it to meet the specific needs of customers and solving cost issues related to roll-to-roll (R2R) production. For instance, ITRI has successfully introduced high-end FOLED products, overcoming significant challenges such as flexible substrate transfer, R2R production process integration, and soft light source system design. ITRI’s technical breakthroughs have greatly simplified production processes and have cut costs. Monthly output will be able to reach 50,000 pieces by this year. ITRI has shared its technology with 14 domestic lighting fixture factories, 15 schools, and 9 commercial areas. Moreover, ITRI is working with Depo Auto Parts Industrial, Vision Automobile Electronics Industrial, and Ado Optronics on the release of automobile headlights and drives, which is hastening the promotion of OLED lighting.

ITRI’s “OLED Lighting” pavilion focuses on the theme “Smart Living-Home Lighting” and demonstrates various applications of FOLED technologies. While in the past OLED was developed primarily on glass substrate, ITRI has developed FOLED using flexible substrate technology. This bendable panel weighs only 10.7 grams and is less than 0.5 mm thick. On display are lighting art featuring a palm tree, a scenario conducive to interaction between parents and their children, home furnishings, and auto lamps.

Adjustable spectrum LED lighting that conforms to circadian rhythms
The “LED Lighting and Health” pavilion spotlights adjustable spectrum LED using multi-chip multi-color module design. Specific wavelengths can be mixed to form white light to provide the human circadian rhythm health effects. The adjustable spectrum LED lighting module developed by ITRI provides white light with the same color temperature as seen by the eye, but the ratio of red, blue and green light is in fact different. This leads to different amounts of melatonin inhibited by light and consequently impacts one’s day and night perception unwittingly.

Dr. Wu stated that the increasing maturity of LED technology is gradually expanding the scope of applications in the LED lighting market. Contrasting with the past when LED lighting R&D centered on boosting efficiency, focus nowadays tends to be more on raising added value, he said. In practical terms, this marks a transition from “technology R&D centering on lighting alone” to “system integration and smart applications.” Taking an office setting for example, efforts today are centered on making lighting comfortable and energy efficient, while at the same time ensuring worker efficiency and health. Dr. Wu explained that ITRI hopes to combine its strengths in LED and ICT together with innovative ideas to help Taiwan’s LED industry escape from cutthroat competition that is engulfing much of the sector and instead set its sights on untapped Blue Ocean opportunities.

High quality light sources and energy efficient lamps
ITRI also set up a “Smart Light-Smart Life” pavilion that features smart LED power supply with failure detection and reporting functionality. ITRI has already transferred this technology to Great Connection System Co., Ltd., which in conjunction with other ICT has created a low cost, energy saving, and reliable LED lighting control system module that can detect failures. The development of this technology alleviates the need for additional sensors, as the system can instantly detect the status of the light fixture and report it directly to managers or the vendor, thereby ensuring real-time monitoring and reducing manpower and maintenance costs.

Dr. Robert Yie-Zu Hu, ITRI’s Vice President and General Director of Green Energy and Environment Research Laboratories, commented that ITRI has long been committed to developing smart and highly efficient lighting technologies, with a particular emphasis on quality in LED lighting. The smart LED lighting module that automatically reports failures provides greater convenience and speed in maintaining lamps. This will lead to greater customer satisfaction and boost product image, creating a win-win situation for managers and customers. Moreover, ITRI is working with partners on developing ultra-high power LED lighting technology that will boost the lighting efficiency of LED lamps. This technology has already been introduced at a stadium in Hsinchu County where the level of illumination has been more than doubled and has better uniformity.

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Bitcoin hit a fresh high in Asian trading on Saturday, extending a two-month rally that saw its market capitalisation cross $1 trillion a day earlier.

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency rose to an record $56,620, taking its weekly gain to 18%. It has surged more than 92% this year.

Bitcoin’s gains have been fuelled by evidence it is gaining acceptance among mainstream investors and companies, such as Tesla Inc, Mastercard Inc and BNY Mellon.

Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and daily volume, hit a record $2,040.62, for a weekly gain of about 12%.

Ether is the digital currency or token that facilitates transactions on the ethereum blockchain. In the crypto world, the terms ether and ethereum have become interchangeable.

Ether futures contracts launched on derivatives exchange CME earlier this month.

(Reporting by Vidya Ranganathan; Editing by William Mallard)

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By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The World Bank is working to standardize COVID-19 vaccine contracts that countries are signing with drug makers, and is pushing manufacturers to be more open about where doses are headed, as it races to get more vaccines to poor countries, the bank’s president said on Friday.

World Bank President David Malpass told Reuters he expected the bank’s board to have approved $1.6 billion in vaccine funding for 12 countries, including the Philippines, Bangladesh, Tunisia and Ethiopia, by the end of March, with 30 more to follow shortly thereafter.

The bank is working with local governments to identify and fill gaps in distribution capacity, after they purchase vaccines under a $12 billion World Bank program, and also to standardize the contracts they are signing with manufacturers, he said.

The bank’s International Finance Corp, its private financing arm, has $4 billion to invest in expanding existing production plants or building new ones, including in developed countries, but needs more data on where current production is headed, he said.

“We are eager to be investing in new capacity, but it’s hard to do because you don’t know how much of the existing capacity is already committed to the various off-takers,” Malpass said in an interview with Reuters. New or expanded plants could be used to produce other types of vaccinations in the future, he said.

The bank’s funds could be used to expand plants in advanced economies, if the production was earmarked for developing nations, he said.

Malpass welcomed Friday’s pledge by the Group of Seven rich countries to intensify cooperation on the pandemic, saying it could help jump-start deliveries of vaccines to poorer countries, which are lagging far behind rich countries in getting shots in arms.

Data compiled by Our World In Data, a scientific online publication, showed Israel was leading the world in COVID-19 vaccinations, with nearly 82 of 100 people vaccinated, while India and Bangladesh reported less than one person per 100, Many African countries have not started at all.

Malpass said he was heartened by news about new vaccines coming down the road, and about Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE seeking permission to store their vaccine at higher temperatures, which would ease another obstacle to deliveries in lower-income countries.

(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Heather Timmons and Leslie Adler)

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By Paresh Dave

(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google will evaluate the performance of its vice presidents and above on team diversity and inclusion starting this year, the company said on Friday in one of several responses to concerns about its treatment of a Black scientist.

Timnit Gebru, co-leader of Google’s ethical artificial intelligence research team, said in December that Google abruptly fired her after she criticized its diversity efforts and threatened to resign.

Alphabet and Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai ordered a review of the situation. While Google declined to share specific findings, the company announced on Friday it will engage human resources specialists during sensitive employee departures.

Pichai in June said that by 2025, Google aims to have 30% more of its leaders come from underrepresented groups, with a focus on Black, Latinx and Native American leaders in the United States and female technical leaders globally. About 96% of Google’s U.S. leaders at the time were white or Asian, and 73% globally were men.

As a result of the investigation, the company also expanded a commitment announced in June to devote more resources to retaining and promoting existing employees, including by expanding a team addressing disputes among workers and their managers.

The diversity component of executive performance reviews was not previously announced, and the company did not immediately share details about what would be measured and how pay would be affected.

Alphabet for years had rejected proposals from shareholders and employees to set diversity goals and tie executive pay to them.

Irene Knapp, a former Google employee who advocated for one such proposal at a 2018 shareholder meeting, said on Friday, “I am pleased that they met our demand from 2018, which was a bare minimum that should have been easy to do immediately.”

Evaluating managers on diversity goals is becoming more commonplace. McDonald’s Corp on Thursday tied executive bonuses to diversity.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

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