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Macroblock 2017 revenues to rise at least 10%

Jan 17, 11:02

LED driver IC supplier Macroblock is expected to enjoy at least 10% revenue growth in 2017 with higher profits, thanks to robust demand for small pitch LED display products, as well as contributions made by the company's new product lines, according to industry sources.

Epistar expanding AlGaInP chip, blue-light LED flip-chip capacity

Jan 16, 11:08

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar is expanding production capacity for AlGaInP LED chips and blue-light LED flip-chips, according to company president Jou Ming-jiunn. The first quarter is an off-season period and the capacity expansion is preparing for demand in the second quarter, Jou said...

Epistar president Jou Ming-jiunn

Sony micro LED displays close to commercialization

Jan 11, 15:45

Sony showcased CLEDIS (crystal LED integrated structure) large-size displays at CES 2017 in Las Vegas during January 5-8, signaling that commercial application of micro LED will soon take off, according to Taiwan-based LED makers.

Germany appeal court backs Nichia infringement case against Everlight

Jan 11, 11:45

A Germany court of appeal has upheld a ruling in favor of Japan-based Nichia's LED patent infringement case against Taiwan-based Everlight Electronics.

Everlight, Epistar see decreased December revenues

Jan 10, 11:20

LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.535 billion (US$79.2 million) for December, decreasing 4.44% sequentially and 1.71% on year, while LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has disclosed its consolidated revenues for the month slipped...

Lextar sees decreased December revenues

Jan 6, 11:23

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.053 billion (US$32.9 million) for December, dropping 7.49% on month and 7.22% on year.

Digitimes Research: Global production value for high-brightness LED chips to reach US$13.179 billion in 2017

Jan 6, 11:13

Global production value for high-brightness LED chips in 2017 will reach US$13.179 billion, growing 2.8% on year, according to Digitimes Research.

Sanan Optoelectronics to hike prices for some LED chips

Jan 5, 15:20

China's largest LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics will hike quotes by about 8% for S-30MB and S-32BB-series LED chips beginning January 10 to reflect increased costs for copper, gold wire, aluminum and PCBs in the second half of 2016, according to the company.

Genesis Photonics boosting FC CSP application to avoid continued net losses

Dec 26, 14:59

Genesis Photonics has been making efforts to promote FC CSP (flip chip chip scale packaging) for automotive headlights in a bid to bounce back from eight consecutive quarters of net losses, according to the company.

Everlight Electronics' Germany subsidiary WOFI Leuchten subject to patent infringement

Dec 22, 12:22

The District Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, has judged that WOFI Leuchten Wortmann & Filz GmbH, a Germany-based residential lighting subsidiary maker of Taiwan-based LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics, infringed Nichi's two YAG phosphoric material (white LED) patents, EP 2...

MLS to invest in Huaian Aucksun Optoelectronics Technology

Dec 22, 12:07

The largest China-based LED packaging service provider MLS will invest CNY500 million (US$72.5 million) in Huaian Aucksun Optoelectronics Technology, a China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker, for a 26.88% stake to secure supply of LED chips, according to industry sources.

NTU and NTHU achieve breakthrough in near IR OLED

Dec 16, 15:31

An joint R&D team from National Taiwan University (NTU) and National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) has synthesized a platinum complex compound that can form a linear array able to extend efficient light-emitting wavelengths to the near infrared (IR) spectrum (740nm).

China LED packaging service providers to keep expanding capacities in 2017

Dec 16, 11:11

China-based LED packaging service providers, in view of significantly growing demand for LED lighting, large-size LED displays and LED automotive lighting, will continue expanding production capacities in 2017, according to industry sources.

Macroblock 2016 EPS to reach NT$6.50-7

Dec 9, 11:07

LED driver IC supplier Macroblock is expected to see its EPS for 2016 reach between NT$6.50 (US$0.21) and NT$7, according to market sources. The company's EPS for the first three quarters of the year came to NT$5.01, already surpassing the NT$3.51 reported for all of 2015.

LED players see November revenues up

Dec 9, 10:58

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar and LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics have reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.136 billion (US$67.2 million) and NT$2.653 billion respectively for November, increasing 0.16% on month and 17.81% on year and 10.02% and 4.48% respectively...

China LED material, chip makers hike prices

Dec 7, 11:54

China-based makers of LED materials, including aluminum substrates, copper foil and plastic materials, have hiked quotes by 30-40%, sending China-based LED chip makers raising prices by about 10%. China-based LED packaging service providers will soon follow suit, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Global digital gaming market to reach US$99.6 billion in 2016

Dec 7, 11:16

The global digital gaming market is expected to reach US$99.6 billion in 2016 and further increase to US$118.6 billion in 2019, representing a CAGR of 6.6% during the four-year period, according to Digitimes Research.

Lextar sees mild drop in November revenues

Dec 6, 11:14

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.139 billion (US$35.8 million) for November, slipping 0.2% sequentially and 2.46% on year, and those of NT$12.735 billion for January-November dipped 2.75% on year.

LED industry still seeing hardships, says Nichia Taiwan president

Nov 25, 16:23

Despite rebounding prices for LED products, development of the LED industry still faces problems due to overcapacity, according to president Dai Zhen-jia for Nichia Taiwan.

Nichia Taiwan president Dai Zhen-jia (center)

ITRI forms consortium to promote Micro LED

Nov 25, 14:47

Government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) on November 24 formed Consortium for Intelligent Micro-assembly System (CIMS), an interdisciplinary platform for combing industries of display panels, LED, semiconductors and system integration to boost development of Micro LED technology...

Nichia set to begin Micro LED certification for large-size displays

Nov 24, 15:34

Japan-based Nichia has undertaken R&D of Micro LED for more than 10 years and is poised to begin the process of certification for large-size display solutions, with are likely to be commercialized in 2017, according to president Dai Zhen-jia for Nichia Taiwan.

AimCore expanding PSS capacity

Nov 22, 11:00

AimCore Technology has extended production from ITO glass used in touch panels to PSS (patterned sapphire substrates) based on nano-imprint lithography technology and is expanding monthly production capacity from 80,000 2-inch-equivalent PSS in the first quarter of 2016 to 200,000 units in the fourth...

Macroblock revenues and profits rise in 1Q-3Q16

Nov 21, 15:04

LED driver IC supplier Macroblock has reported revenues for the first three quarters of 2016 increased 24.7% from a year earlier to NT$1.88 billion (US$58.7 million), while net profits hiked 78% on year to NT$163 million.

Epileds Technologies, High Power Lighting cooperate on UV-C LEDs

Nov 18, 11:21

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epileds Technologies and invisible LED packaging service provider and module maker High Power Lighting have cooperated to develop UV-C LED products, which will launch under the brand Bioraytron in the second quarter of 2017, according to the companies.

Arima Optoelectronics steps into AlGaInP LED chips

Nov 17, 15:20

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Arima Optoelectronics has stopped production of blue-light LED chips and shifted production to AlGaInP models to avoid price-cut competition in the blue-light segment, according to the company.

Genesis Photonics suffers 3Q16 net operating loss for 8th quarter straight

Nov 17, 14:47

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics reported a net operating loss of NT$315.8 million (US$10.0 million) for the third quarter of 2016, suffering a net operating loss for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to the company.

Epistar 3Q16 operations turn profitable

Nov 8, 11:34

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has posted net operating profit of NT$189.6 million (US$6.01 million) for third-quarter 2016, swinging into profitability from continued net operating losses for the preceding five consecutive quarters.

Digitimes Research: Global high-brightness LED production value to increase at CAGR of 3.7% from 2017-2021

Nov 7, 21:32

The global production value for high-brightness LED chips will increase from US$13.179 billion in 2017 to US$15.250 billion in 2021 during 2017-2021 at an annual compound growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7%, according to Digitimes Research.

Digitimes Research: Growing use of facial recognition increases demand for IR LED devices

Nov 3, 10:07

Among biometrics technologies, facial recognition is in growing application due to its being contactless, quick recognition and easy to use, and this is expected to increase demand for infrared (IR) LED devices which are used to enhance accuracy of facial recognition, according to Digitimes Research...

MLS hikes 3Q16 estimated profit, Sanan Optoelectronics, Foshan Nationstar see increased 3-quarter performance

Nov 1, 15:16

China-based LED packaging service provider MLS has upward adjusted estimated net profit for January-September 2016 from CNY192-210 million (US$29.2-31.9 million) to CNY285-325 million which grows 14.15-30.58% on year, while fellow maker Foshan Nationstar Optoelectronics posted January-September revenues...

Epistar settles patent infringement lawsuit with Adamax

Nov 1, 14:51

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reached a settlement with US-based lighting distributor Adamax concerning charges it filed in the US alleging Adamax has infringed on six patents concerning LED filament and lighting products, according to Epistar.

Micro LED technology stands 50% chance of success, says EOSRL head

Oct 26, 15:08

Based on existing development and established supply chain of Micro LED, the possibility of successful development in terms of commercial applicability is about 50%, according to general director Wu Chih-I for Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories (EOSRL) under the government-sponsored...

Lextar developing human-centric lighting with Europe vendors

Oct 26, 12:03

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has disclosed it is cooperating with Europe-based lamp vendors to develop human-centric lighting featuring control systems that adjust color temperatures to simulate light at different times of the day.

Nichia accuses HTC Japan-based subsidiary of infringing on white LED patents

Oct 24, 20:27

Japan-based Nichia on October 18 filed a charge with the Tokyo District Court against HTC Nippon, Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC's Japan-based subsidiary, and Kanematsu Communications, HTC Nippon's distributor, because the white LEDs in the HTC smartphone Desire 626 that the two companies sell...

MIRDC working on communication standards for LED equipment

Oct 21, 15:34

Taiwan government-sponsored Metal Industries Research & Development Center (MIRDC), under the auspices of Industrial Development Bureau of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, has drawn up a draft communication protocol for LED manufacturing equipment, according to MIRDC.

Epistar, Genesis Photonics see increasing shipments of green-light LED chips used in smart wearables

Oct 3, 12:43

LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers Epistar and Genesis Photonics started shipments of green-light LED chips for smartwatches and wearable devices in the second quarter of 2016 and have seen increasing shipments, according to industry sources.

Epistar to quadruple CSP LED capacity

Oct 3, 12:19

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in view of fast growing demand for CSP (chip scale package) LED chips used in TV backlighting, will expand production capacity to four times the current level in early 2017, according to the company.

Edison Opto reduces reliance on China market

Oct 3, 11:22

LED packaging service provider Edison Opto has been making efforts to reduce reliance on the China market through tapping the US, Europe and emerging markets, with the revenue proportion for the China market dropping from 50% in the past to 30% currently, according to the company.

Formosa Epitaxy to lay off 300 workers

Sep 21, 11:42

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Formosa Epitaxy will lay off 300 employees at the end of September, according to its parent company, Epistar.

Nichia, Taiwan LED chips makers to start UV-C LED production

Sep 20, 11:22

Japan-based Nichia will begin production of UV-C (ultraviolet with wavelength of below 280nm) LED products in fourth-quarter 2016, while Taiwan-based LED chip makers will do so by the end of 2016, according to industry sources.

Micro LED displays may be initially used in smart wearables, indoor PIDs, says firm

Sep 14, 15:58

While development of Micro LED display technology is not yet mature, it is likely to be initially applied to smartwatches and wrist bands as well as large-size indoor PIDs (public information displays), according to LEDinside.

Diode maker Eris expects shipments for car electronics to hike in 2017

Sep 14, 15:50

Eris Technology, which specializes in the manufacture of rectifier diodes, expects its shipments for car electronics to hike as much as 400% in 2017.

Eris chairman Jonathan Chang

Everlight Electronics August revenues hit 22-month high

Stockwatch - Sep 9, 11:34

LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics on September 8 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.742 billion (US$86.5 million), the highest monthly level since November 2014, with growth of 20.95% on month and 17.42% on year, and NT$19.107 billion for January-August, rising 1.16% on year.

Fab equipment spending trending upwards in 2016 and 2017, says SEMI

Sep 7, 13:44

SEMI has published an August update of its world fab forecast report, which shows increased equipment spending, reaching 4.1% on-year in 2016 and 10.6% in 2017.

Epistar sues Adamax for infringement of LED filament patents in US

Sep 2, 11:27

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has filed with the US District Court for the Northern District of California charges against US-based distributor Adamax for infringing six US LED filament patents, according to Epistar.

Smartphone vendors likely to follow Samsung to adopt IR LED-based iris recognition

Aug 30, 21:27

Samsung Electronics took the initiative to adopt iris recognition based on infrared LEDs for its flagship Galaxy Note 7 and other smartphone vendors, especially China-based ones, are watching the market response with an eye to following suit, according to Taiwan-based LED makers.

Nichia wins German Federal Court judgment on validity of YAG patent

Aug 19, 12:00

The German Federal Court of Justice on August 16 determined that Japan-based LED maker Nichia's YAG (yttrium aluminum garnet) phosphoric material patent EP (European patent code) 936 682, corresponding to German patent code DE 697 02 929, is valid. The judgment is final, meaning Taiwan-based LED packaging...

Epistar, Everlight see mixed July results

Aug 11, 10:53

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar saw July consolidated revenues of NT$2.181 billion (US$68.2 million) increase 3.52% on month and 3.33% on year, while LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics had NT$2.267 billion, decreasing 6.30% on month but growing 0.59% on year, according...

Lextar reports net loss for 1H16

Aug 10, 11:29

LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported net loss of NT$141.million (US$4.49 million) or net loss per share of NT$0.24 for the first half of the year, on consolidated revenues of NT$6.99 billion.

Epistar expands AlGaInP LED chip capacity via modifying blue-light equipment

Aug 2, 20:04

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in view of booming orders for AlGaInP LED chips since the second quarter of 2016, has been modifying MOCVD sets used to produce blue-light LED chips to produce AlGaInP LED chips, according to the company.

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