The global infrared LED market is stimulated by rise in optoelectronics industry in the recent years. Surge in demands for optoelectronic devices is likely to augment the market growth in the near future.
Infrared LED market is gaining a huge traction in the digital age. There has been a lot happening in this industry from the innovation perspective. Recently, Osram introduced agricultural LED in the market that used infrared chips to read the crop content such as fruit or cereal whenever they’re ready for harvest.
The new product named SFH4736 belongs to Osram’s Oslon Black line that is designed to fit into tablet or smartphone is highly efficient than its earlier version SFH 4735 LED that was positioned for horticulture.
Similar to 4735 and other Osram chips, LED uses near-infrared spectroscopy and for 4736, the technology is involved in determining grain, fruit or sugar content and in some cases soluble fat. This helps the farmers to understand if the crops are ready for harvest. The technology entails infrared light on the substance to by measuring the reflected light. Using inference, it is easy to understand at a certain level if it’s a sugar, water, fat or any other substance.
By deploying the reading of reflected light, a databank assists the smartphone or tablet that analyses the crop at any point of time.
Osram shared that an inherent lens in the 4736 model emphasizes more on the substance as 4735 did and requires a different set of optics. The 4736 LED receives more reflected light to gauge the measuring parameters.
Carola Diez, senior marketing manager for Osram’s Opto semiconductors group, shared that as compared to 4735 model which is lens free, the 4736 model gives more output under ideal conditions.
Osram has identified horticulture and agricultural applications as key market for infrared LEDs.