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Epistar files infringement complaint against All Star Lighting Supplies

Oct 20, 13:08

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has filed a complaint against All Star Lighting Supplies in New Jersey District Court, alleging that US-based company's sales of Luxrite-brand LED filament light bulbs infringe its eight US patents and seeking damages, according to a company announcement.

Epistar chairman Lee Biing-jye

Taiwan makers all set for mini LED

Oct 19, 12:11

Taiwan-based LED firms, in view of tight supply of AMOLED smartphone panels and increasing competition in the LED backlighting segment from China-based makers, are ready adopt mini LEDs for TV and smartphone backlighting applications and fine pixel pitch displays, according to industry sources.

Linde LienHwa making new gas production investments in Taiwan

Oct 17, 11:55

Linde LienHwa, a joint venture between the Germany-based Linde Group and Taiwan-based LienHwa Industrial, is a manufacturer of bulk and electronic specialty gases used during the manufacturing of semiconductors, displays, solar panels, LEDs and others.

Linde LienHwa's new electronics R&D center in Taichung, Taiwan

Osram Opto Semiconductors to start production at new Malaysia plant

Oct 16, 12:04

Germany-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Osram Opto Semiconductors will inaugurate a new factory in Kulim, Malaysia, on November 23, 2017, posing challenges to competitors such as Japan's Nichia and Taiwan's Epistar, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Global high-brightness LED production value to grow 2-5% annually in 2018-2022

Oct 11, 13:40

Global production value for high-brightness LED chips in 2017 is estimated at US$13.179 billion, growing 2.8% on year, and the production value will increase 2-5% annually during 2018-2022, Digitimes Research estimates.

Epistar September revenues hit 30-month high

Oct 11, 13:09

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.476 billion (US$81.6 million) for September, the highest monthly level since April 2015 with growth of 6.15% sequentially and 12.77% on year.

Lextar September revenues drop

Oct 6, 10:29

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$987 million (US$32.6 million) for September, decreasing 7.26% sequentially and 20.28% on year.

Epistar to see mild seasonal impact in 4Q17

Oct 3, 12:23

LED wafer and chip maker Epistar will only see mild seasonal impacts in the fourth quarter, with shipments and consolidated revenues to slip sequentially by less than 10%, according to industry sources.

Commentary: Will micro LED feature on Apple devices?

Oct 2, 15:49

Apple has unveiled Apple Watch Series 3 characterized by a built-in eSIM (embedded SIM) chip which independently connects the device with LTE networks for voice communications and playing Apple Music without via iPhone. However, Apple Watch 3 still faces a challenge: high power consumption for screen...

San'an sells Epistar shares

Sep 29, 13:07

China-based LED wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics has disposed of 33.306 million shares of Taiwan-based fellow maker Epistar, equivalent to a 3.05% stake, according to the company.

Lextar releases IR LED dual-recognition biometric sensor module

Sep 29, 12:24

Lextar Electronics has released PR88M32, an infrared (IR) LED biometric sensor module that it says can recognize human faces and iris. With a thickness of 1.4mm, the sensor module is expected to be adopted for notebooks and residential access control systems in first-half 2018. Lextar is also seeking...

Lextar IR LED biometric sensors

Commentary: Micro LED panels can be competitive in smart displays

Sep 27, 15:46

As the displays market is approaching saturation, micro LED panels can compete with LCD and OLED if they are used as smart displays through being embedded with sensors.

A smartwatch with a micro LED display developed by PlayNitride

Mikro Mesa, ITRI developing micro LED panels

Sep 26, 10:59

Taiwan-based Mikro Mesa Technology is developing 55-inch micro LED TV panels, while Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories (EOSRL) under government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is developing micro LED ultra-fine pixel pitch indoor displays through cooperation...

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PlayNitride chairman upbeat about micro LED

Sep 25, 16:25

While many industry observers believe it will take at least three more years before micro LED can be commercialized, PlayNitride is undertaking trial production of micro LED panels for niche market applications for a few types of devices, expecting the technology to take off soon, according to company...

PlayNitride chairman and CEO Charles Li

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...

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...

PlayNitride

China LED chip output value to grow 30% in 2017, says GGII

Sep 15, 12:32

China-based LED chip makers, due to growing demand and production capacity expansion, will see total output value in 2017 increase about 30% on year, according to Shenzhen Gaogong Industry Research (GGII).

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.

Epistar August revenues hit 28-month high

Sep 8, 12:16

LED wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.332 billion (US$77.1 million) for August, hitting the highest monthly level since May 2015 and increasing 3.70% sequentially and 5.26% on year.

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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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...

Opto Tech to expand sensor chip capacity by 10%

Aug 25, 12:17

Opto Tech will invest NT$200-300 million (US$6.6-9.9 million) to expand production capacity for semiconductor-based sensor chips by 10%, with the expansion to be completed by the end of 2017, the company has disclosed.

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.

Tyntek production disrtuped by power outage

Aug 21, 11:18

Visible and infrared LED chip maker Tyntek has disclosed a fire at its factory in northern Taiwan on August 18 temporarily disrupted power supply for production and it will take 7-10 days to resume supply.

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.

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.

Oxford Instruments to expand R&D staff at ITRI

Aug 10, 10:11

UK-based precision instrument maker Oxford Instruments on August 9 announced the expansion of its R&D staff stationed at the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and signed an MoU with ITRI to extend R&D cooperation to develop semiconductor and optoelectronic...

Finance director Adam Jaufurally for Plasma Technology under Oxford Instruments (second from right)

Epileds Technologies relocates factory

Aug 9, 15:18

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epileds Technologies has inaugurated a factory in Tree Value Park, southern Taiwan, and is shifting production equipment from its factory in Southern Taiwan Science Park. The relocation is scheduled to be finished in the first quarter of 2018, according to the comp...

Epistar 2Q17 operations turn to net profit

Aug 9, 10:57

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported second-quarter 2017 operations swung from net losses for the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 into net profit of NT$730.9 million (US$24.1 million).

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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...

Sanan Optoelectronics expanding capacity, Epistar to follow suit

Aug 3, 09:16

China's largest LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics continues to expand production capacity, while the largest Taiwan-based maker Epistar will expand capacity through replacing old MOCVD sets with new models with higher throughput in 2018, according to industry sources.

Sanan Optoelectronics tops China LED chip makers in government subsidy

Aug 1, 15:41

Sanan Optoelectronics has obtained the largest amount of subsidies from China's government authorities among all local LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers, according to industry sources.

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...

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),...

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 makers to retire about 1,800 old MOCVD sets in 2018-2020

Jul 5, 15:02

China-based LED firms are expected to retire about 1,800 old MOCVD sets in 2018-2020, triggering a wave of replacement demand, according to industry sources.

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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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Lextar Electronics to focus on profitability in 2017

Jun 30, 10:52

Lextar Electronics will focus its 2017 operations on profitability instead of revenue growth, by maintaining improvements in product mix, according to company chairman David Su.

Lextar Electronics chairman David Su

Small-size Micro LED applications may emerge in 1-2 years, says Epistar chairman

Jun 23, 16:30

Application of Micro LED technology to small-size devices including smart wearables, VR and AR devices is likely to emerge in one to two years, while large-size devices may emerge three to five years later, according to chairman Lee Biing-jye for LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.

Epistar lands orders for ultra-brightness AlGaInP LED chips used in plant-growth lighting

Jun 22, 14:38

LED epitaxial wafer and maker Epistar has obtained new orders for ultra-brightness AlGaInP LED chips used in plant-growth lighting, with shipments scheduled until August-September 2017, according to company president Jou Ming-jiunn.

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