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CREE NX : XD16 __ New Data Found __

The future is possibly brighter than expected! Let’s hope this new platform is flashlight and DIY friendly..

http://www.cree.com/news-media/news/article/new-cree-nx-technology-platform

http://www.cree.com/led-components/landing-pages/nx

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Not a lot of real info seems mostly marketing talk now.

Small bright LEDs , easy to reflow and combine is what I take from it. But because it seems geared at combining to make street lights and such idk how much flashlight use they’ll have.

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Let’s wait what type of leds this leads to. I’m pretty optimistic about the story, the technology sounds really good and has the potential of very small die leds with high output like we want for flashlight use!

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I think The Miller is right. This marketing poster doesn’t give much info. And it doesn’t seem to be much of a revolution in LED tech – more like evolution along the lines of where Cree was already (seemingly) going. But, as djozz said, if it results in smaller, more lumen-dense emitters, it may still be a move in the right direction for flashlight use as well. We’ll just have to wait and see. I hope they get that first one out (for a reasonable price) pretty soon, so somebody here can test it and dispel some of the mystery!

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Interesting. It reminds me of the Nichia E21A and E17A’s compact package design and ability to be placed close together. 264 lumens/mm^2 isn’t that high if the die area is being considered, but is much higher when instead the package area is being considered, which is probably the case here. Hopefully the die will extend to the edge of the package and can handle a lot of current. This would enable us make large area high surface brightness “single die” emitters, like the XHP35, but as big as we want.

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Another 4 die LED. Extreme density.
http://www.ledsmagazine.com/articles/2017/04/cree-announces-new-nx-packa...

Cree did not provide many details about the first XD16 LED due on the market. We presume that the 16 refers to a package measuring 1.6×1.6 mm. In the current Cree portfolio, the XD16 might be considered in the same class as the XQ-E LEDs. White XQ-E products top out at around 334 lm. Based on the stated lumen density levels, the new XD16 LEDs might hit the 800-lm level.

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What may be interesting is if these can be tightly packed and allow us to customize 1×1, 2×2, 3×3, etc die sets all in parallel if we so choose.. assuming 800 lumens/emitter then we could have ~7000 lumens out of a ~XM footprint at 3V and domeless?? Just speculating.. We’re allowed to dream right??? Party

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It it may be installed in M43 like flashlight,several dozens of it with active cooling…with 4*20700…mmm

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“264 lm per square-millimeter”
but that’s not the highest like they say, the flat black is 1×1mm and does 300-400 lumens stock, and can do close to 800 when driven near the max…

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Came across this picture somewhere:

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Interesting, the question is does the die extend to the edge or is it only part way like the 144a?

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From Cree’s promo:

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Too bad, not sure they will prove very useful for flashlights like that, much like the 144A.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
Too bad, not sure they will prove very useful for flashlights like that, much like the 144A.

More like the E17A and E21A actually.
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Even if there is a bit of a gap, putting nine of them together would get one of them dead center in the array. 3×3, 5×5, 7×7, 9×9, and so on, all have a central led. Knock off the corners for more rounded profiles. The larger the array the more “round” it can be.

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djozz wrote:
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Too bad, not sure they will prove very useful for flashlights like that, much like the 144A.
More like the E17A and E21A actually.

lol, brain fart, those are what I was thinking of.

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Hoop wrote:
Even if there is a bit of a gap, putting nine of them together would get one of them dead center in the array. 3×3, 5×5, 7×7, 9×9, and so on, all have a central led. Knock off the corners for more rounded profiles. The larger the array the more “round” it can be.

I agree with this but they are only rated at what, 200 lumens each? a 9×9 grid would match an xhp35 for rated output. I am not sure that they will offer anything over existing high output LED’s personally other then possibly the ability to run them at 3V.

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djozz wrote:
Came across this picture somewhere: !http://www.insight.com.mx/contenido/daaf2c754_news_noticia.png!

 


I saw that picture too. That’s actually what got me thinking more about them. Realizing that there will be hotspots/deadzones even with tightly packed arrays, I think there’s still a good chance you can get a decent beam with odd-number square arrays (as Hoop also pointed out). Maybe think of the artifacts like an MT-G2.. just worse. haha Wink

There’s also this:



 


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Hoop wrote:
Even if there is a bit of a gap, putting nine of them together would get one of them dead center in the array. 3×3, 5×5, 7×7, 9×9, and so on, all have a central led. Knock off the corners for more rounded profiles. The larger the array the more “round” it can be.
I agree with this but they are only rated at what, 200 lumens each? a 9×9 grid would match an xhp35 for rated output. I am not sure that they will offer anything over existing high output LED’s personally other then possibly the ability to run them at 3V.

@TA  I do believe they’ll be way more than 200 lumens (XD16 anyway). My estimations are about 600-700 CREE rated and roughly 800-900 BLF rated. That means that a 3×3 array would be around 7000 lumens. I’m thinking throw potential rivalling and XHP35 HI with “expandable” lumens and hotspot.

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Texas_Ace wrote:
Hoop wrote:
Even if there is a bit of a gap, putting nine of them together would get one of them dead center in the array. 3×3, 5×5, 7×7, 9×9, and so on, all have a central led. Knock off the corners for more rounded profiles. The larger the array the more “round” it can be.

I agree with this but they are only rated at what, 200 lumens each? a 9×9 grid would match an xhp35 for rated output. I am not sure that they will offer anything over existing high output LED’s personally other then possibly the ability to run them at 3V.

A 9×9 grid would have 81 dies, far exceeding the output of existing single high power packages.

If these have the good output usual with cree dies they could really offer new flexible ways to get a lot of lumens in a small area. It will be interesting to see what the beam looks like with an odd number array. As mentioned above the beam center should have good intensity unlike the current 4 die arrays. But the rest of the beam would still have lower intensity resulting from the averaging of luminance from the dies and gaps between the dies.

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When TA said 9x9 I'm assuming he meant to say 3x3 or 9 LED array. I've found myself almost doing the same. He's too sharp of a gent to think we're talking about an 81 LED in a flashlight. Of course this is BLF so I'm sure someone will think that Beer

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I don’t like that they seem to have the two-pad footprint so the usual DTP-board mounting does not work.

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Hey guys. I’m not as knowledgeable as a lot of the others on this forum, but AFAIK, if you make an array of these in an odd-numbered configuration, only the one emitter in the center will contribute to throw. In other words, whether you have 1, 9, 25, 81, etc. of these, you will have the same amount of throw. As far as the LED is concerned, throw only depends on the brightness at the center of the focal point. There’s only one focal point, so adding more LED’s won’t change the amount of throw.

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JaredM wrote:

When TA said 9×9 I’m assuming he meant to say 3×3 or 9 LED array. I’ve found myself almost doing the same. He’s too sharp of a gent to think we’re talking about an 81 LED in a flashlight. Of course this is BLF so I’m sure someone will think that Beer

lol, yeah I totally messed that up. I was thinking 9 total dies when doing the math and it must have slipped into the post.

If they are rated for 600 lumens then that is another story. The only thing I saw was something like 200 lumens each die.

Like djozz said, without the thermal pad I am worried that they will not see the overdriven benefits we see in other LED’s. Much like the E21A or any LED that is not used with a DTP MCPCB.

I would love to be proven wrong though, a 3×3 with 6000 luemns is nice but would be basically the same as the XHP70.2 in a performance aspect. The key difference would be the ability to run it at 3V, which would be nice.

Although with boost driver tech improving this is less important then it used to be.

Overall I would say I am firmly neutral on these at this point. Simply not enough hard data to make any conclusions. It could go either way equally IMHO.

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djozz wrote:
I don’t like that they seem to have the two-pad footprint so the usual DTP-board mounting does not work.

This type of problem really drives me crazy. There must be a simple solution to this.


 


I’m thinking for a 3V/parallel application there’s a fairly simple fix to get DTP performance. Series array applications would get complex/practically impossible. But if we used Aluminum “DTP” boards where one of the pads was “DTP” and then the base was anodized we may see decent results. You could then use a typical copper overpour as a heat spreader for the other pad.


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Facepalm wait.. this makes me wonder. How do they make the Al to solder junction on regular Al DTP boards??

 

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You could make a DTP pcb for one of the pads on these LED’s with some driver tweaks to apply either the ground or V+ through the flashlight body. They would need custom drivers though and as we learned with the E21A, only making one of the pads DTP doesn’t help all that much.

Even with both pads DTP with the E21A clemence found very little to be gained by over driving them. I see no reason to expect much difference with the cree version.

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Was this data/experimentation posted somewhere? I didn’t see this. That’s a bummer then. I agree that the two platforms are likely going to share the same issues. Here’s for hoping they go up to at least an XB footprint then. XD25 anyone? Innocent

The other thing that has me wondering is they claim to have improved the alignment properties while soldering so could they have done something wild with the solder pad geometry to cause this?

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I found the thread you are referring to! It’s funny to see that clemence had the same thought – 4 months earlier haha Wink I’ll shut up now.

Also, I see now that Nichia used an interesting solder pad geometry themselves..

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Found this data today.. By the looks of it we should see tint shift be nearly eliminated and surface brightness that rivals or beats all previous CREE products. That last part is highly dependent on how underdriven the specs are relative to previous generations of LEDs. The trend seems to be that they are getting more aggressive with max ratings, leaving less room for improvement when BLF-ing them.

http://www.arrowuec.co.jp/blog/pickup/3262/

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It also says: neutral thermal pad: no.
So I assume a two-pad footprint.
Makes BLFing much less succesful too.

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Yes. This is true. But even running them within the factory specs makes for interesting possibilities. I’d be shocked if you couldn’t get another 33-50% out of them too. Historically we can get 66-100% additional output from overdriving Cree products. I’m not saying they’re going to blow everything out of the water, but where I think they will make the greatest impact is with system integration. Optical efficiency and flexibility here is what excites me the most. Not record breaking lumens or throw, though they may get close. I’m keeping an open mind here. I think about a 5×5 array that’s capable of a *rated*16000 lumens in a footprint similar to an MT-G2 and surface brightness on the heals of and XP-G2 at any voltage configuration you want and utilizing a single optic (aka 100% aperture utilization vs a triple or quad which run ~65%) without tint major tint shift.. Sounds pretty nice. Even running within specs. I’ll take the efficiency and add LEDs and get a broader hotspot (albeit with some heavy MT-G2 style artifacts)

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Just because the individual dies have a higher surface brightness the total package has a higher surface brightness compared to the xhp50.2.

BTW should make an interesting mcpcb design to put the LEDs so close to each other.

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JaredM wrote:
Yes. This is true. But even running them within the factory specs makes for interesting possibilities. I’d be shocked if you couldn’t get another 33-50% out of them too. Historically we can get 66-100% additional output from overdriving Cree products. I’m not saying they’re going to blow everything out of the water, but where I think they will make the greatest impact is with system integration. Optical efficiency and flexibility here is what excites me the most. Not record breaking lumens or throw, though they may get close. I’m keeping an open mind here. I think about a 5×5 array that’s capable of a *rated*16000 lumens in a footprint similar to an MT-G2 and surface brightness on the heals of and XP-G2 at any voltage configuration you want and utilizing a single optic (aka 100% aperture utilization vs a triple or quad which run ~65%) without tint major tint shift.. Sounds pretty nice. Even running within specs. I’ll take the efficiency and add LEDs and get a broader hotspot (albeit with some heavy MT-G2 style artifacts)

I think these would be better in multi-emitter optics than as arrays. Masters of neither throw nor output, but a good combination of both.
ADDED:
I’m thinking about something like that:
https://skylumen.com/collections/v54-lights/products/emisar-d4vn-smalles...

These would hopefully enable better throw, much better cd/W than XP-G2 while having only slightly lower output. And hopefully slightly better lm/W too, though probably not.
It would throw slightly less than a quad array with a single optic of the same diameter, but be smaller and (am I right here?) put more lm in the hotspot.

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