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    China-based LED epitaial wafer and chip maker Focus Lightings Tech has signed a deal for Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC) to supply Prism A7 MOCVD sets worth CNY628 million (US$96.6 million), according to media reports from China.
  • Commercialization of Micro LED displays have come closer to reality since Sony unveiled CLEDIS (crystal LED integrated structure) display based micro LED technology in 2016.
  • Leading China-based smartphone vendors, including Huawei Technologies, Oppo and Xiaomi Technology, plan to adopt mini LED-backlit panels as an alternative to AMOLED for smartphones to be launched in second-half 2018 and have asked Taiwan-based makers to start producing mini LED backlighting in June...
  • Due to oversupply of LED chips and off-season effects, China-based LED packaging service providers have been asked mainly by lighting vendors to lower quotes by 10-15%, according to industry sources.
  • LED wafer and chip maker Epistar have reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.052 billion (US$68.4 million), increasing 13.04% sequentially but decreasing 0.68% on year. LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics' December consolidated sales reached NT$2.137 billion, slipping 4.7% and 15.72...
  • Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$865 million (US$28.8 million) dropped 3.11% sequentially and 17.89% on year in December.
  • PlayNitride began trial production of micro LED engineering samples for 10-20 potential clients in the fourth quarter of 2017 and 5-6 of them are willing to continue developing micro LED products, according to company chairman and CEO Charles Li.
  • LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epileds Technologies is relocating production from a rented plant to another of its own in the Southern Taiwan Science Park, according to Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News. It is installing equipment at the new facility and the production lines...
  • LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will see its stake in Kaistar Lighting (Xiamen), its joint-venture in southeastern China, decrease as a result of new investment from others, according to industry sources.
  • The use of LEDs to illuminate buildings and outdoor spaces reduced the total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of lighting by an estimated 570 million tons in 2017, which is roughly equivalent to shutting down 162 coal-fired power plants, according to IHS Markit. LED lighting uses an average of 40% less...
  • With the solar power and automotive electronics sectors expected to sustain stable growth momentum for a while, discrete power component supplier HY Electronic (HYE) will step up exploring the automotive aftermarket while maintaining its stable share of the solar diode market in the first quarter of...
  • China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics has obtained subsidies of CNY93.135 million (US$14.1 million) from the local government in Xiamen for the purchase of 30 sets of 4-inch MOCVD equipment, according to industry sources.
  • Taiwan-based LED firms Epistar, Tyntek and Lextar Electronics Bright Led Electronics and Harvatek, to cope with pricing campaigns for commodity products from China-based competitors, have developed devices for market-niche applications, according to Chinese-language newspaper Commercial Times
  • MediaTek wireless communications business general manager TL Lee
    MediaTek has revealed that it has received orders for its newly released health monitoring solution, Sensio MT6381, from China-based first-tier smartphone vendors and other wearable device makers, with related devices powered by Sensio to hit the market prior to the second quarter of 2018.
  • The largest China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics has lowered quotes for LED chips, especially by 20% for 2835 models used in lighting products, with HC SemiTek, the second largest China-based fellow maker, also cutting prices, according to industry sources.
  • Veeco Instruments has announced that it has received an order for multiple TurboDisc EPIK 868 gallium nitride (GaN) metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems from China-based Focus Lightings Tech.
  • Veeco is seeking to invalidate AMEC's patent before Beijing's IP court
    Veeco Instruments (Shanghai) has announced that it is preparing to appeal to the Beijing IP Court against the decision previously made by the Patent Reexamination Board (PRB) regarding the validity of patent ZL201220056049.5 held by Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC).
  • Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$18.527 billion (US$617.5 million) for November 2017, representing a 5.06% increase on month and 13.17% drop on year.
  • A Chinese court has granted China-based Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment's (AMEC) motion for an injunction preventing Veeco Instruments' subsidiary in Shanghai from importing, manufacturing and selling MOCVD sets and related wafer carriers that infringe AMEC's patent, with the non-appealable injunction...
  • LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.815 billion (US$60.2 million) for November, shrinking 12.31% on month and 15% on year.
  • The largest China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics has announced it will invest CNY33.3 billion (US$5.03 billion) to set up an LED production base in Quanzhou, southeastern China.
  • LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar expects VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) diodes and mini LED chips to become a main source of business growth over the next two years and is poised to undertake trial production or small-volume production for the two product lines in the second...
  • Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$892.8 million (US$29.6 million) for November, falling 5.06% on month and 21.60% on year, due to decreased shipments of LED lighting products and backlighting devices.
  • Mini LED chips sized 100-200 micrometers size are set to be used in LCD TV, monitor, and smartphone panel backlighting, and fine-pixel pitch displays in 2018, according to industry sources.
  • China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Xiamen Changelight has placed an order with Germany-based Aixtron SE for several sets of AIX 2800G4-TM MOCVD equipment for producing GaAs epitaxial wafers used to make AlGaInP red- and yellow-light LEDs, according to the company.

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