New BivarOpto™ Full-Color, Full-Spectrum LEDs Offer Color and Packaging Versatility in Space Saving Designs

7/29/2002 - BivarOpto™, the Optoelectronics Division of Bivar, Inc., has introduced an extensive selection of Bi-Color and RGB (Red/Green/Blue) LEDs, providing unlimited color possibilities in a wide selection of through-hole and SMD packages. Offering the most extensive selection worldwide, the new LEDs are available in a variety of dual-chip and tri-chip packages including, 0807, 1210, PLCC, Mako™, and BivarOpto's innovative Pik-Tek™ large format lensed SMD package.

The RGB LEDs employ a large reflector based lead frame that allows the placement of three individually addressable LED die. Each LED chip shares the basic optics, reflector and lens, with the other two chips creating three unique LEDs in one standard SMD or though-hole package. By varying the amount of current to each chip, the design engineer can create any color imaginable, including white and purple. The RBG LEDs offer designers the capability of communicating a wide range of messages in a single LED space, providing an innovative new solution for products with increasingly smaller PCB real estate. Bi-color display control is achieved with the "dual-die" models. These bi-color LEDs are available in combinations of any two available LED colors.

These LEDs are ideally suited for full-color moving message signs, general status indication, consumer products, backlighting, large-scale graphics displays, instrumentation, or any application where a full color LED with unique high-density, high visibility, SMT display is desired.

"Bi-Color and RGB LEDs offer designers a new way to provide significantly more descriptive messaging without giving up additional board space," said Anthony Vilgiate, Bivar Vice President Strategic Business Development. "Each RGB LED chip, in effect, provides three unique LEDs in one standard SMD through-hole package. This not only allows the design engineer to create any color imaginable, it provides LED status indication while using fewer LEDs."

Immediately available from stock in 800-3000 pieces per reels, typical pricing in production quantities is from $0.25 each. For more information, contact Bivar, Inc. at 800-SPACERS or visit Bivar online at

Since 1965, Bivar has become a recognized leader in the electronic PCB assembly and hardware industry. The company is an active Executive Member in PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group), an international consortium of over 500 leading companies who collaboratively develop specifications and products that adapt to compact PCI technology. Bivar's Optoelectronics Division features the world's largest selection of LED mounts and assemblies, 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 supporting the company's 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:; Internet:

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