Multi-chip LED extends color options for automotive uses.

Press Release Summary:

Featuring 3 independently controllable LED chips in red, green, and blue, MultiLED LRTB GVSG offers broad blue color range with wavelength of 447–476 nm. Device provides beam angle of 120° and luminous intensity of 750, 370, and 1630 mcd for red, blue, and green, respectively. Housed in 3.3 x 3.0 x 1.8 mm SMT package, corrosion-resistant MultiLED integrates 2 kV ESD protective diode, making it suitable for speedometers, GPS displays, and backlighting for switches.

Original Press Release:

Osram MultiLEDs Give Automobile Designers More Color Options

New multi-chip-LEDs provide a broad bright blue color range

Colors are playing an increasingly important role in the automotive sector. Now you can not only choose the exterior color of the vehicle, you can also tailor the interior lighting to the customer’s individual taste. Thanks to the very wide blue color range of the new RGB MultiLED from Osram Opto Semiconductors, lighting designers have a virtually unlimited choice of colors for ambient lighting, including customer-specific colors. Color design now covers cluster lighting to an increasing extent, notably in combined instruments such as speedometers and RPM indicators, in infotainment and GPS displays, as backlighting for switches and in accent, ambient and trim lighting. Vehicles are fast becoming objects of individual design.

The main feature of the new MultiLED from Osram is a very broad blue color range with a wavelength of 447 to 476 nanometers (nm) and high brightness. Deep saturated blue tones can now be produced thanks to the use of three LED chips in red, green and blue (RGB). Other properties of the MultiLED, such as its integrated ESD (electrostatic discharge) protective diode (2 kilovolts), its improved corrosion resistance, and its longtime market availability, make these LEDs ideal for use in automobiles. The MultiLED was developed specifically for applications in the automotive sector and meets all the requirements of an automotive certified component.

All shades of blue

The new MultiLED consists of a red chip, a green chip and a blue chip (RGB LED). At 370 millicandelas (mcd), the blue is much brighter than in other multi-chip LEDs on the market. This brightness is a significant advantage because the sensitivity of the human eye causes the color blue to be perceived as darker than it actually is. "The new LED can offset this darker perception so that customer brightness requirements can be met for all color ranges," said David Rousseau, LED Product Marketing Manager at Osram Opto Semiconductors. "What's more, a short-wave blue color has a pleasant saturated appearance. We have now succeeded in implementing this color range in an RGB LED version."

The three independently controllable LED chips in blue, red and green in the MultiLED are available in different brightness groups thanks to finely defined grouping (known as binning). They can be individually combined to produce a large color spectrum. All three chip colors are the product of state-of-the-art technology: blue and green in UX:3 technology, red in the latest thin-film technology. The light is extracted from the chip with very high efficiency, resulting in high luminous intensity. In the upper blue wavelength range, for example, a level of up to 560 millicandelas is achieved at an operating current of 20 mA. Luminous intensity in candelas (cd) corresponds to luminous flux in lumens (lm) emitted by a light source in a particular solid angle. The typical thermal resistance between the chip and the solder point is 127 K/W for blue and green, and 96 K/W for red.

The standard SMT package measures 3.3 x 3.0 x 1.8 mm and has the same footprint as the predecessor version.

Technical data MultiLED LRTB GVSG:

Component size

3.3 mm x 3.0 mm x 1.8 mm

Beam angle


Luminous intensity (typical)

750 mcd (red), 370 mcd (blue), 1630 mcd (green)

Conducting current (max.)

40 mA (red), 50 mA (blue, green)

Forward voltage (typical)

2.05 V (red), 3.2 V (blue, green)


OSRAM GmbH of Munich, Germany is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. Its subsidiary, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors GmbH in Regensburg (Germany), offers its customers solutions based on semiconductor technology for lighting, sensor and visualization applications. Osram Opto Semiconductors has production sites in Regensburg (Germany) and Penang (Malaysia). Its headquarters for North America is in Sunnyvale (USA), and for Asia in Hong Kong. Osram Opto Semiconductors also has sales offices throughout the world. For more information go to

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