The deal brings Plessey’s range of innovative GaN-on-Silicon LED lighting and sensing products into Astute’s hand-picked portfolio of elite manufacturers, all of whom have shown long-term commitment to the Hi-Rel sector.
Mick Martin, semiconductor divisional manager for Astute, says: “Astute is excited to represent such a ground-breaking company and offer a first point of contact for technical advice and design-in expertise. Plessey is the only LED maker in the world commercially making LEDs on silicon substrates and like Astute they represent a very promising UK enterprise.”
The beauty of Plessey’s products is the efficiency and uniformity of the lighting, which is a product of the GaN-on-silicon production and single-die process. The black cross that is normally visible on LEDs with separate dies is not noticeable on Plessey’s LEDs.
Giuliano Cassataro, Plessey director of sales, says: “Astute’s global distribution network is an extremely important channel for Plessey and we are delighted that Astute now offers the Plessey product portfolio to its lighting customers worldwide.
“We have been immensely impressed with the skills within Astute for finding lighting solutions for difficult applications. We are looking forward to working with them and bringing to Astute some of the innovative lighting technologies and solutions Plessey has built up.”
Giuliano Cassataro further added: “Where Plessey challenges more established LED vendors is in being able to offer a single-chip solution that provides 30 per cent more light output than standard 4-chip designs at half the cost, providing a differentiated solution that is particularly suited to portable torches and lamps, but equally applicable for spotlighting and down-lighting, and even high-bay and floodlighting requirements, a win-win all round!”
Plessey provides components and solutions across the whole of the lighting value chain. Lighting system designers and specifiers can access its design, build and supply chain expertise from blue die through packaged LEDs and modules to complete luminaires and fixtures.