Soraa, a developer of GaN on GaN LED technology, announced today that one of its founders, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. Recognizing that Nakamuraâ€™s invention, the blue light emitting diode (LED), represents a critical advancement in LED lighting, the Nobel committee explained the innovation â€śhas enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.â€ť
â€śI am very honored to receive the Nobel Prize from The Royal Swedish Academy of Science for my invention of the blue LED,â€ť said Nakamura. â€śIt is very satisfying to see that my dream of LED lighting has become a reality. I hope that energy-efficient LED light bulbs will help reduce energy use and lower the cost of lighting worldwide, and that is why we founded Soraa.â€ť
In 2007, Dr. Shuji Nakamura, along with pioneering professors Dr. Steven DenBaars and Dr. James Speck, came together and made a bet on an LED technology platform completely different than current industry practice, a technology most industry experts at the time considered to be impossible to execute.
â€śWe knew that our GaN on GaN LED technology would be the future of lighting and Soraa has made this a reality,â€ť added Nakamura.
Soraa bet that GaN on GaN LEDs would produce more light per area of LED and be more cost-effective than technology based on other foreign substrates like sapphire or silicon carbide. This strategy ran against every trend in the LED industry. That bet paid off: today, Soraaâ€™s LEDs emit more light per LED material than any other LED; handle more electric current per area than any other LED; and its GaN on GaN crystals are up to a thousand times purer than any other LED crystal.
â€śShuji is simply brilliant and well deserving of this honor. Largely as a result of his work, Soraa has been able to push the boundaries of what is possible in high performance LED lighting,â€ť said Jeff Parker, CEO of Soraa. â€śSoraaâ€™s GaN on GaN LED lamps are now regarded as the best in the world, with quality of light that far surpasses any other LED product.â€ť