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Osram Continental brings the newst eXchangeable Light Engine to the industry of auto LED headlamps

The Osram Continental joint venture focused on automotive LED lights recently showed a new modular light engine — the eXchangeable Light Engine (XLE) — for automotive LED headlamps. There are a few words in the industry hint at perhaps the XLE becoming an industry standard. Now that could mean that Osram Continental hopes the modules to simply dominate the market. Or it could mean they may allow other players to copy it.
The front of CREE newest Exchangeable light engine for led headlamps
The modules have a small rectangular form (seen above). The open-frame housing acts as a heat sink. The LEDs are installed and connected to a simple PCBA that includes a card-edge connector at the opposite end from the LEDs. Initially there are three versions — one with two emitters and two with three emitters.

The modules were designed to work with standardized reflector with the light engine radiating from a mounting location at the top of the cavity. The automotive LED light designer will can use two, three, or four reflector cavities easily to achieve flexibility in style and function.

The three variants measure 40×58×13, 45×65×17, and 55×75×17 mm. The XLE 650 delivers 720 lm, the XLE 900 delivers 970 lm, and the XLE 1100 delivers 1160 lm. The companies announced that they will deliver LED driver technology for the modular light engines.

The module family and standardized reflectors could deliver everything required in a modern LED headlamp such as multiple beams, daytime running lights (DRLs), and more. Also, designers can add more advanced features, although these XLE modules are not used for applications such as adaptive drive beam headlamps. Actually, Osram has been leading in adaptive technologies. 

Back to the new eXchangeable Light Engine , Osram Continental did show a supply chain schedule for the new modules. Samples are available now. According to the plan, they would enter that Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) in January 2022. The XLE project has moved rapidly for the automotive LED light industry. The companies said the project started in June 2020.

The latest XLE technology could remove the cost barrier to broader LED application in LED headlamps. The initial customers will be Tier 1 and 2 suppliers to the auto makers and also the OEM brands themselves.

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