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Digitimes Research: LED makers extend development to IR, UV applications

Jun 30, 11:10

An international LED forum held in Taiwan in mid-June showed that makers have extended development and production from general lighting to IR (infrared), UV (ultraviolet) chips, and high-end automotive lighting, according to Digitimes Research.

Go Scale Capital facing challenges running Lumileds, says Epistar chairman

Jun 30, 10:58

Philips has decided to sell an 80.1% stake in its subsidiary Philips Lumileds Lighting to China-based Go Scale Capital, and the latter is expected to be faced with challenges, mainly on how to operate Lumileds and handle its patents, according to chairman Lee Biing-jye for Taiwan-based LED epitaxial...

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...

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Taiwan LED makers faced with decreased global TV demand, competition from China makers

Jun 29, 21:25

Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers and LED packaging service providers have been faced with decreasing orders for LED backlighting from international LCD TV vendors due to stagnant growth in global demand for LCD TVs as well as increasing competition from China-based fellow makers, according...

Digitimes Research: Cree to downsize LED capacity due to price competition from China makers

Jun 26, 11:26

US-based Cree will spend US$85 million to restructure its LED device business through reducing total production capacity for LED chips. The move is mainly due to negative impact price competition from China-based LED makers, according to Digitimes Research.

Monocrystal expanding sapphire capacity to target global share of 30%, say Taiwan makers

Jun 24, 12:30

Russia-based Monocrystal is expanding its monthly sapphire production capacity from 4.0 million 2-inch wafers in equivalent currently to 5.0 million units to target a global market share of 30% at the end of 2015, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.

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...

The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei

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.

Genesis Photonics 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.

Digitimes Research: UV LED to take up 40.3% of production value for UV light sources in 2018

Jun 12, 11:22

As UV (ultraviolet) LED applications are growing fast, production value as a percentage of total production value for all UV light sources will rise to 40% in 2018, according to Digitimes Research.

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...

Lextar Electronics to showcase DCOB modules at Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition

Jun 8, 13:55

Lextar Electronics will exhibit DCOB (driver on chip on board) light engine modules at the 2015 Guangzhou International Lighting Exhibition, June 9-12, according to the company.

Genesis Photonics obtains loan of NT$2.55 billion

Jun 8, 11:18

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics has obtained a syndicated loan of NT$2.55 billion (US$82.4 million) from five local banks, according to the company.

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.

Crystal Applied Technology unveils sapphire substrate plant in Taiwan

May 22, 10:32

Sapphire substrate maker Crystal Applied Technology (CAT) on May 21 inaugurated a new factory with a monthly production capacity of 300,000 substrates in northern Taiwan, according to the company.

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...

EU postponement of energy-inefficient halogen bulbs ban until September 2018 to have varying results, says IHS

Apr 24, 10:35

The European Commission has voted to postpone the ban on energy-inefficient halogen bulbs until September 2018. The ban was originally planned for September 2016, as part of the wider strategy to promote more energy-efficient technologies, like compact fluorescent (CFL) and LED bulbs. The move will...

Osram to transfer general lighting lamps business into independent legal structure

Apr 24, 10:30

Based on its discussions held on April 15, 2015, the Managing Board of Osram Licht AG intends to transfer the general lighting lamps business to an independent structure. This business includes traditional as well as LED-based lamps from the current business units CLB and LLS. The measure is to be...

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.

GaN-on-GaN in potential use for lighting, says Nobel laureate

Apr 14, 12:06

GaN-on-GaN technology can be used to grow blue-light laser as a source of lighting with luminous efficiency of 220lm/W, said 2014 Nobel laureate in physics Shuji Nakamura in a speech given inTaipei recently.

2014 Nobel laureate in physics Shuji Nakamura

Tyntek 1Q15 gross margin hits 10-year high

Apr 14, 11:53

LED chip maker Tyntek has reported gross margin of 21.8% for the first quarter of 2015, the highest quarterly level in the past 10 years.

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.

Epistar to start production of integrated power drivers based on Si substrates

Mar 30, 22:05

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has developed silicon substrate applications for integrating power drivers on single-chip devices, with volumes of such devices being 75% smaller than those of conventional models, and the company says it plans to start production by the end of 2015.

China-based MLS expects 2015 LED lighting revenues from US to hike 5-10 fold

Mar 30, 10:58

China-based LED packaging service provider MLS has extended production to own-brand LED lighting and began to sell LED light bulbs and tubes in the US market in 2014, and expects LED lighting revenues from the US in 2015 to grow on year by 5-10 fold, according to the company.

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.

LED light bulb prices to fall to US$5 in 2015, says Epistar chairman

Mar 26, 15:07

The lowest price for an LED light bulb will drop from US$8 in 2014 to US$5 in 2015 and ex-factory prices will slip to US$2-3 in 2015, according to chairman Lee Biing-jye for Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.

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.

LED makers optimistic about WCG development in 2015

Mar 24, 16:06

As the LED backlighting market is reaching saturation, makers are looking to tackle orders for high-end, higher resolution devices such as Ultra HD (4K) TVs to secure performance in 2015.

Taiwan LED makers ask for PSS price cuts

Mar 23, 21:57

As PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) makers have been expanding production capacities, PSS supply has significantly increased and therefore Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers have asked PSS makers to lower quotes for a 4-inch PSS to US$40, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Taiwan panel makers concerned about water restrictions

Mar 20, 12:12

Panel makers in Taiwan are calling on the Taiwan government to loosen restrictions on new policies geared toward reducing water supply out of concern that operations will be affected.

Lextar, Everlight see increasing capacity utilization

Mar 20, 10:35

Lextar Electronics and Everlight Electronics have seen utilization rates rise to 80% and expect the rates to further rise to 100% and 85%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2015 due to increasing orders for LED lighting and backlighting, according to the companies.

Everlight not considering merger with Edison, says chairman

Mar 18, 15:06

LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics is not considering a merger with Taiwan-based Edison Opto in order to expand LED packaging capacity, according to Everlight chairman Robert Yeh.

China sapphire makers Biel crystal, Lens Technology expand capacities

Mar 17, 10:50

China-based sapphire makers Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology, in view of growing adoption of sapphire optical applications in wearable devices and smartphones, have expanded production capacities, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Crystalwise reports net profit for 2014

Newswatch - Mar 13, 12:27

Sapphire substrate and PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) maker Crystalwise Technology has reported record net profit of NT$42.3 million (US$1.34 million) for 2014 after consecutive net losses for 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times (CT).

Epistar acquires GaN-on-Si technology from Allos

Mar 13, 10:37

Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has announced is has received a license for GaN-on-Si technology from Germany-based Allos Semiconductors and the two firms have already completed the first phase of technology transfer.

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