Soraa was founded in 2008 in Goleta, California. A team of pioneers and scientists with profound knowledge from around the globe - ranging from mechanical engineering to semiconductor-technology - had a common vision.
A year earlier, in 2007, they had already banked on an entirely new kind of LED technology, different from any previous tech.
At the time, almost all specialists in the industry considered this approach a technical impossibility.
The pioneers had bet on Gallium GaN on GaN technology to create their new LEDs.
Up until this point all LEDs had been fabricated from GaN crystals that had been grown on a foreign substrate. Typically sapphire- or silicon-carbide. Soraa, on the other hand, counted on GaN that is grown on GaN - the same substance. The GaN on GaN technology was intended to increase the luminous efficiency of the LED’s surface. This approach opposed all of the industry’s technical procedures.
However, Soraa’s best brains had what it took to turn this vision into a reality and win the bet:
- Dr. Shuji Nakamura, inventor of the blue Laser and LED
- Dr. Steven DenBaars, founder of Nitres
- Dr. James Speck - U.C. Santa Barbara's College of Engineering
The commitment paid off:
Soraa is now the world’s only manufacturer of LEDs to use perfect GaN on GaN crystals for their products.
One of the founders - Prof. Shuji Nakamura - and scientific head of the company has been awarded the Nobel prize for physics.