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Panel makers look to mini LED backlighting

Sep 22, 15:46

As OLED smartphone and TV applications are in short supply with the market segment dominated by Samsung Display and LG Display, LCD panel makers from China and Taiwan are working with LED wafer and chip maker Epistar to develop direct-type backlighting using mini LED chips, according to industry sou...

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Valeo joins ISELED Alliance

Sep 22, 14:35

ISELED, an open alliance formed to develop and market an innovative in-vehicle LED lighting concept within a full ecosystem, has announced that Valeo has joined it as its new member.

Taiwan market: Optoma launches LED projector

Sep 20, 18:43

Projector supplier Optoma, a subsidiary of BLU maker Coretronics, has launched a LED-based HD-ready projector, ML330, in the Taiwan market.

PlayNitride to kick off trial production for Micro LED panels at year-end 2017

Sep 15, 16:20

Taiwan-based PlayNitride is undertaking R&D of Micro LED display panels for smartwatches, VR (virtual reality)/AR (augmented reality) devices, smartphones and TVs through cooperation with potential clients and plans to begin trial production at the end of 2017, according to company chairman and...

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TUV Rheinland launches photobiological safety lab in South Korea

Sep 15, 15:09

TUV Rheinland has opened a photobiological safety testing laboratory in South Korea. The new facility will help Korea-based manufacturers of LED products and lighting systems to target local and international markets, including the EU.

Philips Lighting boosting smart connected LED lighting

Sep 14, 11:35

Philips Lighting aims to see its smart connected LED lighting products cover three billion people around the world by 2025, according to Bill Bien, head of Strategy and Marketing for the vendor.

Philips Lighting Global Head of Strategy and Marketing Bill Bien

August LED light bulb prices fall 1.1-1.5%

Sep 13, 14:57

Global average retail pricing for 40W incandescent-equivalent LED light bulbs stood at US$6.40 and US$7.70 for 60W equivalents in August, dropping 1.1-1.5% sequentially, according to industry sources.

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Everlight, Unity Opto see August revenues decline on year

Sep 12, 15:06

LED packaging service providers Everlight Electronics and Unity Opto Technology have reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.351 billion (US$77.6 million) and NT$506 million respectively for August, the former increasing 6.64% sequentially but decreasing 14.23% on year, and the latter growing 4.88%...

Lite-On Technology aims at 50% revenue proportion for smart products in 2022

Sep 12, 11:31

EMS provider Lite-On Technology established Smart Life & Applications SBG (strategic business group) in early 2017, setting a goal that the proportion of consolidated revenues for the SBG will gradually rise to 50% in 2022, according to company CEO Warren Chen.

Lite-On Technology CEO Warren Chen with charging piles BMW i3

Digitimes Research: August 7W LED bulb prices in China drop 6%

Sep 11, 11:39

August 2017 average retail price for 7W LED light bulbs (40W incandescent equivalents) in the China market decreased 6.0% from June 2017 to CNY25.1 (US$3.8), while 9W models (60W incandescent equivalents) increased 0.3% to CNY32.3, according to Digitimes Research.

Arima Lasers expects automotive laser modules to drive revenue growth in 2018

Sep 11, 11:15

Arima Lasers, a maker of laser epitaxial wafers, diodes and modules, expects laser modules for automotive applications to drive revenues growth in 2018.

Micro LED chip production not as difficult as expected, says PlayNitride chairman

Sep 8, 11:22

Many observers originally thought it would take at least three years for Micro LED displays to become available in market due to technological bottlenecks, but judging from the present development, Micro LED production is not as difficult as originally expected, according to Charles Li, chairman and...

Lextar to ship IR LED devices for 3D facial recognition

Sep 6, 15:23

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has revealed it has cooperated with clients to develop infrared (IR) LED devices for 3D facial recognition, with such devices being validated and volume shipments expected to begin in 2018.

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Taiwan market: Feilo Sylvania launches LED lighting

Sep 5, 16:04

Feilo Sylvania, a lighting vendor owned by China-based Shanghai Feilo Acoustics, has announced its entry into the Taiwan market by launching LED light tubes, bulbs and streetlamps.

Feilo Sylvania

Everlight offers infrared LED devices for iris recognition

Sep 1, 10:40

LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has launched NIR-C19M series infrared (IR) LED devices for iris recognition, particularly for security surveillance (access control) and hand-held terminal devices.

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Mini LED commercialization expected soon

Aug 31, 16:17

Because of technological bottlenecks in the production of Micro LED chips, Mini LED chips are expected to be a market focus when commercial applications become available as early as the end of 2017, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Development of small-size, low-cost LiDAR sensors leads to wider application

Aug 29, 10:58

LiDAR sensors, whose use had been previously limited to surveillance in tunnels and at factories due to prohibitive pricing, will see growing adoption for self-driving, drone and home-use robotic applications, as vendors have been developing solid-state LiDAR sensors of smaller sizes at lower production...

China market: LED penetration of automotive lighting is rising, says MacAdam VP

Aug 25, 15:24

In the China market, the proportion of automotive lighting for LED lighting sources is increasing, and along with growing car sales, demand for LED automotive lighting is growing fast, according to Charles Wu, vice president for Taiwan-based LED automotive lighting device and module maker MacAdam.

Micro LED development is highly uncertain: Q&A with Epistar president Jou Ming-jiunn

Aug 24, 11:46

While development of Micro LED technology is fraught with uncertainties, many firms engaged in the development believe that they will eventually succeed.

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China LED makers expanding capacities

Aug 24, 10:45

Major China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers San'an Optoelectronics and HC SemiTek as well as LED packaging service providers MLS, Foshan Nationstar Optoelectronics and Hongli Zhihui are expanding production capacities, according to industry sources.

China 1H17 LED lighting exports total US$10.4 billion, says GGII

Aug 24, 10:37

China-based LED lighting firms recorded total export value of US$10.4 billion in first-half 2017, increasing 63% on year, and the corresponding export volume of 7.9 billion units grew 46% on year, according to Shenzhen Gaogong Industry Research (GGII).

Ligitek expected to turn profitable in 2017

Aug 21, 10:16

LED packaging service provider Ligitek Electronics suffered net losses for six consecutive years from 2011 to 2016 but its business in 2017 is expected to swing to profitability.

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Leotek expects 40-50% growth in 2018 LED smart streetlamp shipments

Aug 18, 15:32

Leotek Electronics, a subsidiary of EMS provider Lite-On Technology, has obtained orders for more than 100,000 LED smart streetlamps via open-bid competition in Taiwan, the US, the UK and the Middle East and expects shipments for the product line in 2018 to increase 40-50% on year.

LED smart lamps sponsored by Lite-On Technology at a Universiade 2017 venue

Ledtech reports strong 2Q17 gross margin

Aug 14, 11:05

Ledtech Electronics, among all Taiwan-based LED packaging service providers, has posted the highest gross margin of 31.76% for second-quarter 2017.

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Everlight, Lextar report profits for 1H17

Aug 11, 11:42

LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics and vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics have released their financial reports for second-quarter 2017, recording net EPS of NT$1.56 and NT$0.09 respectively for January-June.

Laster Tech expects operations to peak in 4Q17

Aug 11, 09:58

LED automotive lighting module maker Laster Tech expects quarterly operations in 2017 to peak in the fourth quarter mainly because automotive clients will launch new models, and so are expected to release increased orders, according to the company.

Coretronic acquires Calibre

Aug 10, 13:07

Backlight unit (BLU) maker Coretronic has announced it has completed the acquisition of a 100% stake in UK-based Calibre, a supplier of image processing products, specialist scalers, flat panel displays and related software products.

SY Chen, president of the visual solution business group at Coretronic

Osram Opto Semiconductors starts expansion of LED factory in China

Aug 10, 10:37

Germany-based Osram Opto Semiconductors has begun expansion at its factory in Wuxi, eastern China, with an investment of EUR195 million (US$229 million). The expansion is scheduled to be completed in early 2019, according to China-based media reports.

Lextar, Unity Opto see July revenues rise on month

Aug 8, 15:05

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics and LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.115 billion (US$36.7 million) and NT$482 million respectively for July, the former rising 9.52% sequentially and 6.71% on year and the latter growing...

China market: Prices for LED packaging materials rise

Aug 7, 09:30

Due to tight supply, suppliers of materials used in LED packaging in the China market have hiked quotes and the increased prices are likely to remain in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to industry sources in China.

LedLink 2Q17 gross margin hits 17-quarter high

Aug 3, 21:40

LedLink Optics, a maker of secondary optical lenses used in LED lighting, has released its second-quarter 2017 financial report, with gross margin of 45.69% being the highest quarterly level since second-quarter 2013.

Tons Lightology reports worse-than-expected 2Q17 results

Aug 1, 10:16

Lighting solution provider Tons Lightology saw worse-than-expected results in second-quarter 2017 despite it being a traditional peak season, as Europe-based clients adjusted inventory levels and decreased orders, and competition from China-based firms heated up significantly, according to the compa...

Digitimes Research: Mini LEDs to be initially used in backlighting for automotive displays

Jul 31, 21:20

Mini LEDs, with much higher yield rates than those for Micro LEDs, are expected to come into commercial production next year, with initial application expected to be backlighting of LCD automotive displays, according to Digitimes Research.

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Mini LED may be used in automotive displays beginning 2H18

Jul 31, 10:28

Along with increasing use of in-car central information displays, heads-up displays and dashboard displays, sizes of automotive displays will increase from about 5-inch to 8-10-inch and, due to advantages of flexible shapes and curved designs, as well as less power consumption, Mini LED chips are likely...

KIMM succeeds in producing Micro LED panels using roll-to-roll transfer technology

Jul 25, 09:25

The Korea Institute of Machinery & Materials (KIMM) under South Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning on July 24 announced that it has succeeded in production of Micro LED panels using roll-to-roll transfer technology, according to South Korea-based media reports.

Quasi-Micro LED expected to be used in 2018, says LEDinside

Jul 21, 15:27

As there are technological bottlenecks in commercializing Micro LED technology, especially that in mass transfer, quasi-Micro LED chips are expected to be used in displays in 2018 as interim solution before breakthrough is achieved in mass transfer technology, according to LEDinside.

Micro LED may be competitive with OLED in large-size displays

Jul 19, 14:46

While Micro LED technology is still under development and some experts think that the technology will be initially applied to small- to medium-size displays while others think the initial application will be large-size displays, large-size applications, especially TVs, will make Micro LED more likely...

China market: Replacement demand rising for aftermaket LED automotive headlights

Jul 18, 16:35

Demand for automotive headlights with pluggable LED lighting sources has taken off in China's car maintenance sector, and Lumileds, Cree and Taiwan-based LED makers have cooperated with China-based makers to provide LED devices for them to make such lighting sources, according to industry sources.

Lextar partners with China aftermarket automotive lighting maker

Jul 17, 19:00

Taiwan-based vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has disclosed it has formed a strategic alliance with Guangzhou ZEO Electronic Technology, one of the three largest China-based makers of automotive lighting for the aftermarket.

Lextar has teamed up with China aftermarket automotive lamp maker ZEO

Nichia wins lawsuit against WOFI, sues HTC regarding patent infringement in Germany

Jul 13, 13:58

The District Court of Dusseldorf in Germany has judged that WOFI Leuchten Wortmann & Filz GmbH, a residential lighting subsidiary of Taiwan-based LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics, infringes Nichia's YAG phosphoric material (used in white LED) patent EP 0 936 682 (DE 697 02 929),...

Digitimes Research: Taiwan makers focus on automotive applications at LED Expo Taiwan

Jul 12, 11:15

At LED Expo held in Taipei last month, Taiwan-based LED and laser diode makers demonstrated a strong focus on automotive applications.

Digitimes Research: June 7W, 9W LED light bulb prices in China market rise

Jul 10, 13:39

June 2017 average retail pricing for 7W LED light bulbs (equivalent to 40W incandescents) in the China market increased 13.6% from April 2017 to CNY26.7 (US$3.9), while 9W models (equivalent to 60W incandescents) rose 1.6% to CNY32.2, according to Digitimes Research.

Taiwan taps deeper into US market with advanced automotive electronics

Jul 10, 13:22

Taiwan's auto parts industry is gaining significant growth momentum for shipments to the US, now the industry's largest export outlet, as some American high-tech heavyweights are rushing to develop electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous cars, fueling demand for advanced automotive electronics such...

Taiwan makers to introduce UV-C LED products in 2H17

Jul 7, 11:22

Prices for low-power (0.2W) UV-C LED devices have dropped from US$7-8 in 2016 to US$2-3 currently due to improved yield rates thanks to technological improvements. Consequently, Taiwan-based LED makers will begin to offer UV-C LED devices or modules for use in disinfection and purification in the second...

Epistar June revenues hit 15-month high, Everlight Electronics flat

Jul 7, 10:07

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.238 billion (US$73.9 million) for June, its highest monthly level since April 2016 and growing 1.09% on month and 6.25% on year. Meanwhile, LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics posted NT$2.373 billion,...

Lextar June revenues down on year

Jul 6, 11:01

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.018 billion (US$33.6 million) for June, growing 2.01% on month but slipping 12.6% on year.

China LED industry recovering

Jul 4, 11:17

As demand for LED end devices has resumed growth amid shortages of LED chip supply, China's LED makers have recently begun expanding their capacities and local governments are also planning new subsidy and investment programs to assist the makers, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

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Commercialization of Micro LED hinges on RGB full-color display

Jul 3, 15:28

Many enterprises and research organizations have been developing Micro LED technology, and feasibility of using red (R), green (G) and blue (B) Micro LED chips simultaneously for full-color display is key to commercialization of the technology, according to industry experts.

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Tong Hsing starts shipments for 3D sensing products

Jun 30, 15:56

Tong Hsing Electronic Industries, which provides assembly and packaging services for CMOS image sensors as well as other niche ICs, started shipments for 3D sensing products in small volume in June, and has seen orders for CMOS image sensors resume, according to market sources.

LED light bulb prices continue to fall

Jun 30, 14:34

Although LED packaging prices have become stable due to tight supply of LED chips, LED light bulb vendors are under pressure to keep lowering retail prices, according to industry sources.

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