Osram wins the internationally renowned “R&D 100 Award”

Itos Phaser 3000

One of this year’s “Oscars of Invention” goes to the Osram Itos Phaser 3000, honoring the development of the first LED/laser-based white light module

Osram has been announced as one of the winners of this year’s “R&D 100 Awards” for the development of the first LED/laser-based white light module. With the Itos Phaser 3000, developers at the lighting manufacturers have succeeded in producing a highly compact yet exceptionally powerful light module primarily for industrial and production facilities but also for microscopic and endoscopic applications. The module has an output comparable to that of a 300 W xenon lamps but has a lifespan of 30,000 hours. In other words, it will last up to 60 times as long. Phaser technology, a combination of the words phosphor and laser, is based on blue beams of light focused on a phosphor converter to produce white light of exceptionally high luminance.

“We are very much looking forward to receiving the award for the Itos Phaser 3000 from R&D Magazine as one of the most innovative technical products of the year. Thanks to new technology, this light source provides much more intense illumination than before”, according to Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of the Special Lighting division at Osram.

To ensure optimum results from close-up work in industrial and production facilities the illumination needs to be as bright and as homogeneous as possible, and that is precisely what the Itos Phaser 3000 provides. What’s more, this phaser generates less heat than the xenon lamps previously used for such applications so much less cooling is required. Applications are not restricted to the industrial sector, however. This light module from Osram can also be used in microscopes and endoscopes.

The US R&D Magazine presents the “R&D 100 Awards” to the 100 most significant developments to come onto the market in the last year. The winning products come from a wide range of sectors, including telecommunications, material sciences, chemical engineering and biotechnology. The awards have been presented each year since 1963 and are highly respected in all branches of technology. You can find out more about this year’s winners here.


OSRAM of Munich, Germany is one of the two leading light manufacturers in the world. The company's portfolio covers the entire value chain from components – including lamps, electronic control gear and opto semiconductors such as light-emitting diodes (LED) – as well as luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. OSRAM has more than 35,000 employees worldwide and generated revenue of almost €5.3 billion in fiscal 2013 (ended September 30). The company's business activities have been focusing on light – and hence on quality of life – for over 100 years. The company was listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt and Munich on July 8, 2013 (ISIN: DE000LED4000; WKN: LED 400; Trading symbol: OSR). Additional information can be found at www.osram-group.com