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  • Application of UV-C LED to disinfection
    LED firms have seen a rise in demand for using UV-C LED technology to disinfect bathroom equipment and drinking water as well as purify air from Taiwanese and Chinese potential clients in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, according to industry sources.
  • Micro LED development may be delayed by the coronavirus outbreak
    As new micro LED products are expected to be unveiled at SID Display Week 2020 to take place in San Francisco during July 9-11, LED makers are worried that the coronavirus outbreak could impact the exhibition and the progress of developing micro LED technology.
  • China's LED firms are set to see weak results in 1H20
    China-based LED makers who have resumed production in mid-February have only seen 50% of workers return amid the coronavirus outbreak in China, according to industry sources.
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    Taiwan-based LED makers, due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, will give shipment priority to clients based in Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries at present, according to industry sources.
  • Work to resume, but normal production unlikely
    For many parts of China, work is supposed to resume starting February 10 after an extended Lunar New Year break in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, but manufacturers generally do not believe their production can return to normal levels. Materials...
  • Notebook ODMs to see low utilization rates in China
    The coronavirus outbreak in China has widespread impacts on the ICT supply chain. Although many makers are supposed to resume production in China next week or in mid-February if no further complications occur, they cannot tell how normal their operations will be. Notebook...
  • Epistar's mini LED products are all made in Taiwan
    Epistar has maintained manufacturing of all its mini LED products in Taiwan and therefore progress in developing and promoting mini LED products is not affected by the coronavirus outbreak in China.
  • Lextar chairman David Su
    Demand for mini LED applications is taking off, according to David Su, chairman and CEO for vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics.
  • 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...

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