LED Displays feature dual-chip redundancy.

Press Release Summary:

Single-digit, 7-segment BD Blue Series offers 5 digit heights from 0.301-1 in. in 24 styles and models. For uniformity, each segment features 2 chips in series. Connection and choice of common anode or common cathode circuitry enables use in any numeric display configuration. Utilizing compounded diffused lens for even color distribution, Pb-free displays feature standard wavelength of 465 nm and are suited for medical and life support systems, avionics, and industrial controls.

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BivarOpto(TM) Introduces High Reliability 1.0" Blue Seven-Segment Display Featuring Dynamic Color Brightness and Consistent Uniformity

Dual-chip redundancy offers improved reliability for critical applications, devices are Pb-Free manufactured in compliance with RoHS PB-Free materials/processes

Irvine, CA, March 30, 2005 - BivarOpto(TM), the Optoelectronics division of Bivar, Inc., introduces an all-new, ultra high reliability blue seven-segment display for applications requiring dependable performance in mission critical uses, such as medical and life support systems, avionics, industrial controls, and where the greater eye appeal and color enhancements will improve accurate visual perception and attention.

Each segment of the new 1.0" seven-segment display features two chips in series that results in industry's highest uniformity, and tight BIN control processes for greatest brightness and color. These new seven-segment displays employ Cree Technology-based dice, the same high-efficiency InGaN chips as used in BivarOpto discrete and surface mounted (SMD) LED products, a geometrically enhanced design to maximize light extraction efficiency, while operating at low current. To meet the growing emphasis on environmental responsibility, they are manufactured in compliance with WEEE and RoHS materials and process specifications.

The new BD Blue Series is available in a range of single-digit, seven-segment LED displays, ranging in 5 different digit heights from 0.301" (7.7mm) to 1.0" (25.4mm), in 24 different styles and models. Connection and the choice of either common anode or common cathode circuitry enables use in any numeric display configuration, including right and left hand decimal, including 18 alpha characters. Standard wavelength is 465nm (peak), featuring a specially compounded diffused lens for even color distribution. Standard face color is black with white diffused segments. Other segment or face colors are available by special order.

BivarOpto also offers segment displays in multi-digit arrays from 2-8 with overflow (+/-) and clock display options. Ready for immediate installation or use with automated insertion equipment or dispensing systems, all segments are shipped in ESD-dissipative tubes to assure safe handling during shipping and simplified inspection.

Anthony Vilgiate, Vice President, Strategic Business Development at Bivar, stated, "The redundant dual-chip design in each segment assures reliable performance and uniform light distribution, while the chip's inherent strengths creates enhanced brightness at this wavelength which supports recent market interest in blue indicators and displays."

The BD Series of seven-segment displays are priced from less than $ 4.00 per digit in production piece quantities. Standard ESD-packaged units are immediately available from stock. Custom options in color or characteristics are available by special quotation. For more information, contact Bivar, Inc., at 1-800-772-2377, or visit www.bivar.com.

About Bivar, Inc.
Bivar has established an industry-leading position in the electronic PCB assembly and hardware industry, providing low-cost solutions for problems associated with the assembly and manufacturing process. Founded in 1965, Bivar has continually developed unique designs for the installation of PCB-mounted devices and the packaging of PCBs in enclosures and systems. In January 2004, Bivar opened "BivarAsia", with manufacturing and customer service facilities in the city of Dong Guang, in the People's Republic of China, expanding their global capabilities with immediate product and service support. Bivar's Optoelectronics Division, BivarOpto(TM), features the world's largest selections of LED mounts and assemblies, and innovative LED devices, while the Bivar Enclosure and PCB Assembly Hardware Group provides an extensive selection of permanent mounts and wash-away spacers, PCB packaging products and hardware for use in the manufacturing process. Bivar obtained ISO9000 certification in 1998 and ISO9001: 2000 Certification in June 2004, supporting the company's consistent commitment to high quality products and customer service. For more information or to receive a catalog, contact Bivar, Inc., 4 Thomas, Irvine, CA 92618-2593; Tel: (949) 951-8808; Fax: (949) 951-3974; e-mail: Info@Bivar.com; Internet: www.bivar.com.

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