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Nichia's Laser Diode Technology Received a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)

Nichia's laser diode technology has been recognized for its contribution to the advancement of the motion picture industry and has received a Scientific and Technical Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

About the Academy Awards for Science and Technology

The Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards are given to companies and engineers who have developed significant technologies that have contributed to the motion picture industry.

Five of Nichia's LD engineers involved in the development of the blue and green laser light sources used in laser projection systems for movie theaters have been awarded in the category of "Technical Achievement Award".

Nichia's blue and green laser diodes have been widely adopted in laser projection systems for movie theaters, and Nichia's contribution to their widespread use has been highly regarded.

Nichia's Laser Diode Development Dept. team members recognized by the Academy

From the left:
 Tsuyoshi Hirao (Development of the LD chip)
 Tomonori Morizumi (Development of the reliability technology)
 Yoshitaka Nakatsu (Development of the green LD)
 Kazuma Kozuru (Development of the package)
 Yoji Nagao (Development of the blue LD)

Photo of the certificate

Nichia's Laser Diode Module: OctoLas®

The Background of Winning the Academy Award

Cinema projector light sources are rapidly transitioning from conventional bulb-type lamps to Nichia's laser diode sources, a new technology developed specifically for the cinema industry, thus the background of Nichia's award and recognition. A variety of reasons justify this shift, including:

Long Lifetime

Laser diodes have a longer lifetime compared to lamp-based light sources, significantly reducing the frequency of replacements. This not only cuts down on operational costs and maintenance efforts but also reduces the amount of waste generated, thereby lessening the environmental impact.

High Image Quality

Laser diodes offer a wider color gamut, achieving more vivid colors and deeper blacks. The high contrast ratio makes images clearer and more realistic, enhancing the visual experience.


Laser diodes can emit very bright light, enabling clear projection of images on large screens. This allows cinemas to offer a more impressive movie experience.

Stable Light Output

The long-lasting laser light source experiences less light output depreciation over time compared to lamp-based sources, ensuring greater stability. This leads to less deterioration in image quality and maintaining consistent video quality over a longer period of time.

Energy Saving

Laser diodes are more energy-efficient than conventional lamp-based light sources and can therefore reduce power consumption. This not only cuts down on operational costs but also reduces energy usage and carbon dioxide emissions, making it an excellent choice for minimizing environmental impact.

Quick Start-up and Shutdown

Laser diodes have a significantly faster start-up and shutdown time versus lamp-based light sources, reducing the preparation time for projectors.

High Installation Flexibility

Laser projectors can have a smaller cooling mechanism due to their low power consumption, making them more compact than conventional lamp-based projectors. Additionally, unlike lamp-type light sources, there are no restrictions on the installation direction, making the placement flexible and allowing for projection from various angles and positions. This increases flexibility in cinema spatial design.


The superior performance of laser projectors is not only utilized in cinemas but is also widely used to meet visual needs in various fields. Many applications are expanding for various reasons:


In educational institutions such as schools and universities, projectors are used for presentations and lectures in classrooms and auditoriums. The long life and low maintenance of laser projectors are particularly valued in educational settings where they are frequently used. Additionally, the ability to display large, bright, and clear images is expected to help in the visualization of teaching materials and enhance learning outcomes.


In corporate meeting rooms and events, communication through presentations and videos is common. The bright images and vivid color reproduction of laser projectors provide a professional impression and effectively communicate information in business settings. Furthermore, their instant-on capability reduces unnecessary waiting times, contributing to more efficient use of time.


Laser projectors are also being adopted in the entertainment sector for concerts, events, and projection mapping. Their high image quality and ability to project onto large screens provide audiences with an overwhelming visual experience. Additionally, they can meet the high reliability demands necessary to preserve those irreplaceable moments.

Public Facilities

In public facilities such as museums, art galleries, and libraries, projectors are used to provide information and explanations for exhibits. Laser projectors long hours of operation and are suitable for continuous displays.


For applications such as airplane pilot training and car driving simulations, a recreation of realistic experiences is required. Laser projectors are ideal for reproducing immersive and realistic spaces because they deliver vivid, rich colors and can produce images in a variety of directions with no restrictions on installation orientation. Additionally, their long lifetime and low maintenance requirements make them cost-efficient for extended use.

Home Theater

Laser projectors are also becoming popular among home theater enthusiasts. For users seeking a high-quality home theater experience, laser projectors, with their brightness and richness of color, make watching movies, sports, and playing video games a more immersive experience.

Bringing Academy Award-Winning Technology to You

Many home projectors are equipped with Nichia’s laser light source. The laser products featured below utilize the same technology found in Nichia's Academy Award winning blue and green laser light sources.



120LX 8K 120” RGB Laser TV

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