- First localized product featuring high intensity and low heat resistance at 25 percent production cost savings - Technology to be used on multifunction LED headlamps, AFLS and other high-tech lamps. - World-class performance and price competitiveness makes them suitable for applications on a variety of conventional car models and exports - Two large corporations collaborate in cross-industry project for the development of futuristic high-technology that encompass various core technologies
The leading parts manufacturers for Hyundai Motor and Samsung have collaborated to develop advanced headlamps that could only be made from key import parts, drawing much attention from the automotive industry. MOBIS, the company that leads in creating modules and key components for the auto parts industry, has teamed up with Samsung LED to create the first all-Korean-technology LED headlamps.
The new all-local LEDs created by MOBIS and Samsung LED have anywhere from 15 to 40 percent higher intensity than other brands, with a lower heat resistance (2.0℃/W, i.e. 2.0℃ increase per watt) that minimizes heat value and thus renders a much longer life span. These lamps also emit an even amount of light to various directions and perform better than their counterparts overall, but with more than 25 percent of costs being reduced.
The localization of this technology is particularly meaningful because it was the result of a joint project that transcends the electronics and manufacturing industries. Samsung LED is a leader in core technologies in LCD TV and LED lighting and MOBIS has the expertise to design and produce headlamps and their union has allowed LED devices to be applied to cars. MOBIS plans to establish a market for this technology by developing high-value-added products so that it could be applied to both domestic and foreign vehicle models as quickly as possible. Some of the application examples include: the Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), which is a system that moves the lamp left-right up-down according to specific road, driving and weather conditions; as well as the ‘multifunction LED headlamp’, which can project both low- and high-beams from a single light source. Currently, LED headlamps are only used for select luxury vehicles such as the Lexus 600h (low-beam), Audi R8 (high/low-beam) and Cadillac Escalade (high/low-beam).
“These LED headlamps co-developed Samsung LED feature world-class performance and higher price competitiveness than the rest,” a MOBIS representative said, “ultimately we will be installing these eco-friendly lights into more conventional models and will be exporting them to carmakers overseas.” Experts say that the worldwide automotive LED market last year was worth about \1 trillion, with a growth in demand this year that will raise the figure to about \1.15 trillion. Other than developing LED headlamps, MOBIS plans to concentrate its efforts in developing other high-value-added technology that combine both auto system and electronic control system technologies, such as intelligent parts and electronic chassis. The company sees the global crisis within the auto industry as an opportunity to push more aggressively to gain competitiveness and become a leading name in the global market. MOBIS plans to invest over \320 billion in its R&amp;D division.