Uniroyal Technology Corporation's Optoelectronics Segment Demonstrates Highest Brightness Levels in Industry

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Uniroyal Technology Corporation

    SARASOTA, Fla., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Uniroyal Technology Corporation (Nasdaq:   UTCI) today announced that its
 Uniroyal Optoelectronics (UOE) division's recent high brightness blue LED
 products are exhibiting brightness levels ranging from 3.5 to 4 milliwatts in
 die form which represents the highest brightness levels achieved by any LED
 manufacturer.   When conventionally packaged, the expected lamp power output
 is between 8 and 10 milliwatts providing an exceptional product for high
 brightness applications such as outdoor displays, signage and traffic signals.
     The recent significant increase in power levels of UOE's high brightness
 blue products is attributable to the development of UOE's Research &
 Development team in Tampa, Florida.  The experience and technical knowledge of
 the team's members in semiconductor processes and properties has led to
 significantly increased brightness levels in a very short period of time.
 UOE's R&D team includes members who came to UOE from Sandia National
 Laboratory, Meijo University in Japan, the University of California in Santa
 Barbara, the University of Florida and Bell Labs/Lucent.
     "The Optoelectronics team has done an outstanding job of rapidly ramping
 up production of exceptional products to meet our strategic plan," said Robert
 L. Soran, President and Chief Operating Officer of Uniroyal Technology
 Corporation.  "The addition of the R&D group has been instrumental to product
 advancements made over the last several months.  The brightness levels we are
 currently demonstrating provide Uniroyal the opportunity to be the leader in
 the high brightness LED market," noted Mr. Soran.
     Recent industry forecasts indicate that the demand for high brightness
 LEDs remains strong as evidenced by a 54% increase over 1999.   Applications
 utilizing very high brightness LEDs continue to increase as higher brightness
 levels result in more cost efficient conversions to LED lighting from
 conventional incandescent methods.  "Brightness levels in the range being
 demonstrated by Uniroyal Optoelectronics promote the development of a number
 of light mediated biomedical and dental procedures," noted David G. Pelka,
 Director of Product Development, Teledyne Lighting and Display Products,
 Hawthorne, California.  "In many cases, the use of high brightness LEDs will
 replace expensive laser sources used in dental curing procedures and as
 treatment for a number of medical conditions," said Mr. Pelka.
     Uniroyal Technology's Compound Semiconductors & Optoelectronics business
 segment includes Uniroyal Optoelectronics, Sterling Semiconductor, Inc., and
 NorLux Corp.  Uniroyal Optoelectronics manufactures high brightness light
 emitting diodes (HB-LEDs), a rapidly growing market with applications such as
 traffic signals, indoor/outdoor signage and automotive applications.  Brand
 names include POWER-Ga(i)N(TM) and POWER-BR(ite)(TM).  Sterling Semiconductor
 is a leading producer of silicon carbide (SiC) substrates, epitaxial thin
 films on SiC substrates and is developing SiC devices for wireless
 communications, industrial process control, and power amplification.  NorLux
 Corp. specializes in the design and manufacture of custom lighting solutions
 utilizing light emitting diodes (LEDs).  Well-known brand names in Uniroyal's
 Coated Fabrics and Specialty Adhesives segments include NAUGAHYDE(R) and
 NAUGASOFT(TM) in coated fabrics and, SILAPRENE(R), HYDRA FAST-EN(R) and
 GUNTHER ULTRA/BOND(R) in adhesives.
     The Company's common stock and warrants trade on the Nasdaq/NMS under the
 symbols UTCI and UTCIW, respectively.
 
     Statements made herein that are forward-looking in nature within the
 meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 are subject to
 risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.
 Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to
 business conditions and the financial strength of the various markets served
 by the Company, the level of spending for such products and the ability of the
 Company to successfully manufacture and market its products.
     For the latest news about Uniroyal Technology Corporation, call
 800-836-4014.
 
 

SOURCE Uniroyal Technology Corporation
    SARASOTA, Fla., April 10 /PRNewswire/ --
 Uniroyal Technology Corporation (Nasdaq:   UTCI) today announced that its
 Uniroyal Optoelectronics (UOE) division's recent high brightness blue LED
 products are exhibiting brightness levels ranging from 3.5 to 4 milliwatts in
 die form which represents the highest brightness levels achieved by any LED
 manufacturer.   When conventionally packaged, the expected lamp power output
 is between 8 and 10 milliwatts providing an exceptional product for high
 brightness applications such as outdoor displays, signage and traffic signals.
     The recent significant increase in power levels of UOE's high brightness
 blue products is attributable to the development of UOE's Research &
 Development team in Tampa, Florida.  The experience and technical knowledge of
 the team's members in semiconductor processes and properties has led to
 significantly increased brightness levels in a very short period of time.
 UOE's R&D team includes members who came to UOE from Sandia National
 Laboratory, Meijo University in Japan, the University of California in Santa
 Barbara, the University of Florida and Bell Labs/Lucent.
     "The Optoelectronics team has done an outstanding job of rapidly ramping
 up production of exceptional products to meet our strategic plan," said Robert
 L. Soran, President and Chief Operating Officer of Uniroyal Technology
 Corporation.  "The addition of the R&D group has been instrumental to product
 advancements made over the last several months.  The brightness levels we are
 currently demonstrating provide Uniroyal the opportunity to be the leader in
 the high brightness LED market," noted Mr. Soran.
     Recent industry forecasts indicate that the demand for high brightness
 LEDs remains strong as evidenced by a 54% increase over 1999.   Applications
 utilizing very high brightness LEDs continue to increase as higher brightness
 levels result in more cost efficient conversions to LED lighting from
 conventional incandescent methods.  "Brightness levels in the range being
 demonstrated by Uniroyal Optoelectronics promote the development of a number
 of light mediated biomedical and dental procedures," noted David G. Pelka,
 Director of Product Development, Teledyne Lighting and Display Products,
 Hawthorne, California.  "In many cases, the use of high brightness LEDs will
 replace expensive laser sources used in dental curing procedures and as
 treatment for a number of medical conditions," said Mr. Pelka.
     Uniroyal Technology's Compound Semiconductors & Optoelectronics business
 segment includes Uniroyal Optoelectronics, Sterling Semiconductor, Inc., and
 NorLux Corp.  Uniroyal Optoelectronics manufactures high brightness light
 emitting diodes (HB-LEDs), a rapidly growing market with applications such as
 traffic signals, indoor/outdoor signage and automotive applications.  Brand
 names include POWER-Ga(i)N(TM) and POWER-BR(ite)(TM).  Sterling Semiconductor
 is a leading producer of silicon carbide (SiC) substrates, epitaxial thin
 films on SiC substrates and is developing SiC devices for wireless
 communications, industrial process control, and power amplification.  NorLux
 Corp. specializes in the design and manufacture of custom lighting solutions
 utilizing light emitting diodes (LEDs).  Well-known brand names in Uniroyal's
 Coated Fabrics and Specialty Adhesives segments include NAUGAHYDE(R) and
 NAUGASOFT(TM) in coated fabrics and, SILAPRENE(R), HYDRA FAST-EN(R) and
 GUNTHER ULTRA/BOND(R) in adhesives.
     The Company's common stock and warrants trade on the Nasdaq/NMS under the
 symbols UTCI and UTCIW, respectively.
 
     Statements made herein that are forward-looking in nature within the
 meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 are subject to
 risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially.
 Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those related to
 business conditions and the financial strength of the various markets served
 by the Company, the level of spending for such products and the ability of the
 Company to successfully manufacture and market its products.
     For the latest news about Uniroyal Technology Corporation, call
 800-836-4014.
 
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