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  • The Wall micro LED TV developed by Samsung Electronics
    Sony, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics had showcased large-size micro LED TVs while China-based TCL, Konka and Leyard Optoelectronic had exhibited large-size RGB (red-, green-, blue-light) fine-pitch mini LED displays at CES 2020 during January 7-10, signaling that micro LED TVs will have a good...
  • LED chip inventory is decreasing
    LED chip inventories are generally decreasing toward a healthy level with price drops to slow down, according to LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.
  • Lextar has introduced UV-C LED devices for disinfecting portable kettles
    Vertically-integrated LED maker Lextar Electronics has developed PU35CM2 UV-C LED devices for disinfecting portable kettles or small bodies of fresh water, according to the company.
  • Micro LED catches attention at CES
    CES 2020 has started with a bang. Big companies - such as Intel, AMD, and Samsung - and startups alike are showcasing their latest products and innivations at the annual show in Las Vegas. For the display sector, mini and micro LED technologies are catching attention, with Samsung demonstrating its...
  • The micro LED
    Taiwan-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is exhibiting at CES 2020 during January 7-10 a 16.7-inch modularized micro LED display that it claims is the world's first model via directly mass transferring micro LED chips onto PCB backplanes without using temporary backplanes.
  • Micro LED modules can be stacked up to form large displays
    Micro LED technology is limited to applications in high-end large-size commercial displays and deluxe home theater systems currently due to high production cost, but technological improvements are expected to broaden its adoption in display modules which can be mosaicked into large screens of various...
  • LG Innotek has stopped LED production
    LG Innotek quit LED production in December 2019, earlier than the originally planned April 2020, resulting in tight supply of UV-A and UV-C chips and devices in the market, according to industry sources.
  • FitTech to construct factory in central Taiwan
    LED probing, testing and sorting equipment maker FitTech has disclosed it has acquired a site with land area of 10,431 square meters in central Taiwan to construct a new plant, with construction planning scheduled for 2020 and construction expected to be completed in three years.
  • Samsung expected to unveil micro LED plans at CES 2020
    Samsung Electronics is expected to unveil plans regarding hardware specifications of its new micro LED displays as well as investment and schedule for micro LED display production at CES 2020 during January 7-10, according to industry sources.
  • Epistar and Leyard will set up a JV in China
    Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar and China-based LED display maker Leyard Optoelectronic are looking at CNY5 billion (US$7.18 billion) in annual revenues from a joint venture they are forming for making mini LED and micro LED chips and modules in Wuxi, eastern China, according...
  • Chang Wah chairman and president Canon Huang
    Chang Wah Electromaterials and Tian Zheng International Precision Machinery have signed a pact for collaboration in the semiconductor inspection equipment sector.
  • Micro LED to enter mass production in 2020
    LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will establish a joint-venture maker of mini LED and micro LED chips and modules with China-based LED display maker Leyard Optoelectronic in Wuxi, eastern China, according to Epistar.
  • Mini LED still sees limited adoption
    Lextar Electronics has been aggressively promoting its mini LED backlighting modules in many high-performance application industries and has reportedly obtained orders from Micro-Star International (MSI) for its Creator notebook.
  • Favite to focus on Chinese panel sector
    AOI (automatic optical inspection) equipment maker Favite will focus 2020 operation on China-based TFT-LCD and OLED panel makers, for many of whom plan to set up new plants next year, according to the company.
  • Prices of 5G SoCs likely to drop in 2H20
    Although demand for 5G smartphones is expected to pick up dramatically in 2020, prices of related SoC are expected to stay unfriendly for the first half of 2020 and are unlikely to begin to drop until the second half. Meanwhile, Quanta's plant in Thailand for making Google's smart speakers will start...
  • Demand for OLED display and mini LED-backlit applications rising
    Robust demand for OLED displays and mini LED-backlit applications will buoy IC materials distributor Wahlee Industrial's sales performance in 2020, according to market sources.
  • Tyntek chairman Bosco Foo
    LED chip and Si-based sensor maker Tyntek has begun trial operation of its 6-inch epitaxial wafer factory, focusing on production of customized Si-based sensors for use in automotive sensing, medical care, industrial automation and monitoring, according to the company at a December 16 investor confe...
  • Everlight saw November sales rise on month
    LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has reported November consolidated revenues of NT$1.9 billion (US$62.3 million), increasing 7.48% sequentially but decreasing 3.15% on year, while LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar saw those of NT$1.367 billion slip 5.77% sequentially and...
  • GCS and Epistar are strengthening their partnerships
    Pure-play compound semiconductor wafer foundry Global Communication Semiconductors (GCS) has enhanced its strategic partnership with Epistar by investing in Epistar's China-based foundry subsidiary Episky.
  • Taiwan poised to strive in global micro LED market
    Taiwan has opportunities to strive in the global micro LED market by leveraging its technological advantages in the LED, semiconductor, and backend industries, according to Louis Huang, CEO of Taiwan's Photonics Industry and Technology Development Association (PIDA).
  • Competitiveness of mini LED backlighting hinges on feasible applications
    As smartphone-use OLED panel prices have dropped since 2018, mini LED backlighting for handset-use LCD panels has become disadvantageous in cost. Market opportunities for mini LED backlighting, therefore, lie in application segments where OLED panels are less competitive in production cost.
  • Supply chain ready for Apple adopting mini LED
    Mini and micro LEDs are being touted as strong candidates to play a key role in the next-generation display market. Now Apple is said to be developing a 12.9-inch mini LED-backlit iPad Pro for launch in third-quarter 2020. Many Taiwan-based supply chain partners are eyeing the mini...
  • Apple reportedly will launch a mini LED-backlit iPad Pro
    Taiwan-based supply chain makers including Epistar, General Interface Solution (GIS), Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT), Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect are poised to receive orders for components to be used in a 12.9-inch mini LED-backlit iPad Pro that Apple reportedly will launch...
  • Notebook vendors to adopt mini LED backlighting in 2020
    Notebook vendors are ready to adopt mini LED backlighting for their devices, paving the way for the technology to move beyond public signage to consumer electronics, according to industry sources.
  • JDI has announced it has developed a prototype micro LED display
    Japan Display Inc (JDI) has announced it has developed a prototype micro LED display, a strong candidate to become a next-generation mainstream display technology, and it will be exhibited at FIinTech Japan 2019 in Makuhari Messe during December 4-6.

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