Demand for UV-A LED may take off in 2015, say Taiwan makers
Jul 29, 12:08
As the LED backlighting market is approaching saturation and prices for LED lighting, despite growing demand, have been falling, many LED makers have been developing UV (ultraviolet)-A LED and prices for UV-A LED are expected to drop 20-30% in 2015. Consequently, demand for UV-A LED is likely to take...
Everlight dismisses Nichia patent claims
Jul 27, 21:12
Taiwan-based LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has dismissed Nichia's claims that it has obtained two new white LED patents, coded EP 2 197 053 and EP 2 276 080, from the European Patent Office (EPO).
Epistar licenses LED filament patent to China-based Leedarson Lighting
Jul 24, 12:01
LED Epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has licensed its LED filament patent to China-based LED lighting maker Leedarson Lighting for making LED filament style light bulbs. The patent is valid in Taiwan, China, the US, Europe and other countries, according to the company.
LED prices in 3Q15 expected to be stable
Jul 23, 15:33
As prices for LED chips and LED packaging services dropped 10-17% in the first half of 2015, prices are expected to be stable in the third quarter due to peak demand, but may fall again in the fourth quarter and the first quarter of 2016 due to slow demand, according to Taiwan-based LED makers.
China-based CEC to acquire Bridgelux
Jul 22, 11:35
Bridgelux, a developer and manufacturer of solid state lighting (SSL) technologies, today announced it has entered a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investment group led by the China Electronics Corporation (CEC), and ChongQing Linkong Development Investment Company.
Digitimes Research: Cree lowers 2Q15 forecast revenues due to keen competition
Jul 21, 11:30
Cree has lowered its revenues forecast for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 (the second quarter of calendar year 2015), including a big decrease by US$35 million attributable to LED devices which consisted of US$27 million reduction in total inventory value of channels and US$8 million short of original...
Tyntek 2Q15 gross margin hits nearly 10-year high
Jul 14, 22:23
LED chip and optical communication device maker Tyntek recorded gross margins of 22%, a nearly 10-year high quarterly level, and net EPS of NT$0.4 for the second quarter of 2015, resulting in net EPS of NT$0.74 (US$0.024) for the first half of the year, according to the company.
Epistar expects business operations to peak in 3Q15
Jun 29, 21:29
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in view of large growth in demand for LED lighting and LED backlighting from China-based LCD TV vendors, expects its business operations to peak in the third quarter of 2015, with the corresponding net operating profit to exceed that for the first half of...
Lextar showcasing products at Taipei 2015 LED Lighting
Jun 16, 12:31
Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics is showcasing LED lighting products including lamps, light panels, light engines and ultraviolet (UV) applications at the 2015 LED Lighting show in Taipei, whcih runs till June 18.
Photonics Festival in Taiwan set to begin
Jun 15, 22:21
The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei during June 16-18, with more than 500 exhibitors showcasing the latest optoelectronics technologies and development trends from the optoelectronics industries and featuring 1,011 booths to attract more than 30,000 visitors from over 40...
Genesis Photonics sees rising shipment ratio for flip-chip LEDs
Jun 15, 11:19
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics saw flip-chip LEDs account for 10-15% of total LED chip shipments in first-quarter 2015 and expects the ratio to rise to 20-25% in the second quarter and 30% in the second half of the year, according to company chairman David Chung.
China market: LED industry set for more merger deals in 2015
Jun 12, 15:07
The LED industry in China is expected to enter a new phase of consolidation in 2015 with combined merger and acquisition deals to reach over CNY20 billion (US$3.22 billion) in the year compared to CNY6 billion in a year earlier, according to industry sources.
Epistar revenues down in May
Jun 9, 11:25
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.27 billion (US$73.8 million) for May, decreasing 12.11% on month and 18.82% on year, while sales of NT$11.498 billion for January-May dropped 0.42% on year.
Three trends driving optoelectronics market growth through 2019
Jun 8, 22:02
Over the past 15 years, strong growth in optoelectronics has been fueled by several different product categories at different times. Laser transmitters for high-speed optical networks were a major growth driver before the "dot.com" implosion in 2001. Image sensors and lamp devices (primarily...
San'an Optoelectronics to raise funds to expand capacity
Jun 3, 14:57
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics will issue 157.399 million new shares for private placement to raise additional paid-in capital of CNY3.51 billion (US$566 million), with CNY1.91 billion of it earmarked for expanding production capacity of LED wafers and chips and...
Digitimes Research: 385nm UV-A LED competitive with mercury-vapor lamps
Jun 2, 19:03
Lighting is a major application of UV (ultraviolet) LED currently and 385nm (spectral wavelength) UV-A LED is competitive with mercury-vapor lamps in terms of performance-cost ratio while 365nm UV-A LED is expected to increase in power output by 84.8% and decrease in production cost by 71% during 2014-2016,...
Lextar expects capacity utilization to rise to 80-90% in 3Q15
May 29, 13:58
Lextar Electronics, which provides LED epitaxial wafers, chips and packaging services, expects its capacity utilization rate to rise from about 80% currently to 80-90% in the third quarter of 2015, according to company chairman David Su.
Prices declining for 4-inch PSS
May 26, 22:05
Prices for a 4-inch PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) have fallen from US$50 in the first quarter of 2014 to US$40-42 in the first quarter of 2015 and further to US$38-39 currently. Pricing is expected to drop to US$35 by the end of 2015, according to Taiwan-based PSS makers.
Digitimes Research: US, Japan firms dominate UA LED
May 20, 11:46
Leading companies developing UV (ultraviolet)-A LEDs include Japan-based Nichia and Nitride Semiconductors, South Korea-based LG Innotek and US-based Lumileds Holding. Japan-based Riken and Nikkiso as well as US-based Crystal IS and HexaTech lead in the UV-C LED segment, according to Digitimes Resea...
Everlight Electronics tops LED makers in 1Q15 net EPS
May 20, 11:39
Everlight Electronics, among eight major Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers as well as LED packaging service providers, recorded the highest net EPS of NT$1.31 (US$0.0416) for the first quarter of 2015.
Epistar to merge with subsidiary Chip Star
May 8, 14:44
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has announced it will merge with its subsidiary Chip Star. Episits currently holds a 97.95% stake in Chip Star and will acquire the remaining 2.05% at NT$1.46 per share.
Everlight wins against Nichia in US patent infringement suit
Apr 27, 15:01
In April 2012, Everlight Electronics filed for declaratory judgment of invalidity and non-infringement of Nichia's US patents related to white LEDs, including US Patent Nos. 5998925 and 7531960. These two patents are directed to YAG phosphor being used with blue LED chip to emit white light, and its...
2nd-tier China LED makers may start price-cut competition
Apr 22, 14:16
As Taiwan-based LED chip makers have taken technological lead in producing flip chips for use in direct-type backlighting of LCD TVs and global demand for LED chips used in conventional LCD TV backlighting has approached saturation, second-tier China LED chip makers have seen orders decrease and therefore...
Rigidtech expanding PSS capacity in China
Apr 16, 10:22
PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) maker Rigidtech Microelectronics is setting up a factory in eastern China with initial monthly capacity of 100,000 PSS and volume production there will begin around the end of 2015, according to the company.
Digitimes Research: Philips makes wise move selling Lumileds stake
Apr 14, 11:49
Philips originally planned to spin off its wholly-owned subsidiary Lumileds and automobile lighting business to make them an independent company by the end of the first half 2015. But on March 31, Philips announced a deal to sell a 80.1% stake in Lumileds to Go Scale Capital for an amount of US$2.8...
Scientech March sales soar
Apr 13, 22:11
Scientech has reported March consolidated revenues increased 69.3% sequentially to NT$313 million (US$10 million).
Epistar, Everlight Electronics see sequential growth in March revenues
Apr 10, 10:36
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar's March consolidated revenues of NT$2.365 billion (US$75.3 million) increased 26.87% on month but decreased 0.19% on year, while LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics reported NT$2.503 billion, growing 13.64% and 12.04%, according to the comp...
Lite-On Technology sees revenues stay flat on year in March
Apr 8, 21:50
Lite-On Technology has reported revenues of NT$18.19 billion (US$585.73 million) for March, up 26% sequentially and unchanged from a year earlier. Revenues for the first quarter of 2015 totaled NT$51.55 billion, or at the same level of a year ago.
Lextar sees increased March revenues
Apr 8, 11:35
LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.178 billion (US$37.4 million) for March, increasing 11.78% sequentially and 4.92% on year, and its January-March consolidated revenues totaled NT$3.502 billion, growing 8.67% on year.
220 GaN MOCVD reactors to be installed in 2015, says IHS
Apr 1, 10:54
Due to the major aggressive expansion plans of some China-based LED companies, IHS forecasts that 220 gallium nitride (GaN) reactors will be installed in 2015. This new capacity expansion is slightly different from what happened several years ago, when large numbers of LED companies in China purchased...
Niching 2014 profits hit 3-year high
Mar 31, 10:41
IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial has posted net profits of NT$61.37 million (US$1.96 million) in 2014, up 116% on year and hitting a 3-year high. The earnings translated into a net EPS of NT$1.57.
Sapphire makers seeing strong orders in March
Mar 27, 15:17
Patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) maker Rigidtech Microelectronics is seeing strong orders in March and expects continued growth into April, with 4-inch units expected to be at the forefront, according to company president Hung Wen-ching.
Taiwan International Lighting Show begins
Mar 25, 15:42
The 2015 Taiwan International Lighting Show and LED Taiwan both started today (March 25) in Taipei, with 337 exhibitors from 10 countries to use 898 booths, according to the government-sponsored Taiwan External Trade Development Council. The shows run till March 28.