PlayNitride to construct 2nd micro LED line
Taiwan-based PlayNitride plans to kick off construction at its second micro LED chip production line soon, having secured the first part of the funds for its US$50 million expansion project, according to company sources.
Epistar-Lextar merger plan receives Taiwan approval
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Eipstar and vertically-integrated LED maker Lextar Electronics have received approval from Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for their plan to put both of them under a holding company they are forming through a stock swap deal.
Harvatek will work with affiliated YoungTek Electronics to provide probing and testing services for mini/micro LED chip makers, according chairman Bily Wang for both companies.
Macroblock has obtained orders for its mini LED driver ICs from major display vendors for use in their large-size RGB mini LED TVs, according to the company.
Micro LED chips and displays are in the last phase of development towards volume production, according to PlayNitride chairman and CEO Charles Li.
Highlights of the day: TSMC gearing up for 2nm R&D
TSMC is set to open its R&D center for 2nm and more advanced manufacturing processes in Hsinchu in 2021, with plans to build its 2nm wafer fab nearby. TSMC has disclosed it is working closely with a major client to accelerate its 2nm...
Lextar Electronics has unveiled a full series of new-generation mini LED backlighting solutions, using COB (flip-chip on board), DOB (driver on board) and mini-lens array technologies.
FitTech expects demand for mini LED probing and testing services to take off in fourth-quarter 2020 and the segment's revenues in 2021 to reach about NT$900 million (US$30.5 million), according to company chairman Hsu Chiu-tien.
Opto Tech reportedly to lay off over 100 employees
LED chip and Si-based sensor chip maker Opto Tech will reportedly lay off more than 100 employees, according to industry sources.
Shareholders of Epistar and Lextar Electronics have approved the establishment of EnnoStar, a holding company that will wholly own both LED firms later this year, according to the two companies.
Smartwatches will be the first major applications for micro LED with volume adoption likely to take place 3-4 years from now, according to Epistar chairman Lee Biing-jye.
Work- and study-from-home needs in the wake of the pandemic have shored up demand for IT devices, benefitting makers along the supply chian, including Taiwanese panel suppliers who saw shipments for large-size LCD applications shoot up...
RiTdisplay to ship mini LED display products in 2021
PMOLED panel maker RiTdisplay has taped out commodity mini LED display products and is ready to ship samples to clients for validation, with commercial shipments likely to kick off in 2021, according to company CEO DC Wang.
Epistar sees capacity utilization rise to 70%
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has seen utilization of production capacity rise from 50-60% in the second quarter of 2020 to 70% currently due to increased demand for LED chips for backlighting, lighting and fine-pitch displays, according to the company.
PlayNitride, to fund its plan to set up its second micro LED production line, will raise additional paid-in capital of US$50 million by the end of September 2020, according to the company.
Shipment momentum for servers, datacenter servers, notebooks and tablets has shown signs of deceleration as many countries begin lifting coronavirus-induced lockdowns, according to Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER)
LED makers who have suffered from price drops amid oversupply are banking on mini/micro LEDs to revive their businesses, and they are forming strategic partnerships among one another and with LCD firms looking to better their competition against the OLED camp.
LED chipmaker Epistar has seen shipments for fine-pitch RGB mini LED displays increase significantly in the third quarter of 2020, with orders to last into the fourth quarter, according to the company.
Epistar and Lextar Electronics have teamed up vying for orders from Samsung for TV-use mini LED backlight units (BLU), with their samples being validated by the Korean vendor, according to industry sources.
Highlights of the day: Apple 5G iPhone strategy
Apple looks set to unveil dual-mode 5G iPhones later this year, setting the benchmark for high-end smartphones and outracing Andriod competitors in phone specs. But industry observers speculate that Apple may introduce single-band iPhones...
AUO to sharpen mini LED development with Epistar, Lextar
AU Optronics (AUO) will enhance its cooperation with a holding company to be formed by one of its subsidiaries Lextar Electronics and Epistar, as it moves to sharpen its LED technology and product development, according to industry sources.
Local governments in China offered subsidies of CNY1.05 billion (US$149 million) for Chinese LED firms in first-half 2020, according to Gaogong Industry Research Institute (GGII).
Epileds to expand UV-C LED capacity
Epileds Technologies will expand by two to three time its monthly production capacity for UV-C LED to more than one million chips, with the new capacity to gradually come online beginning fourth-quarter 2020, according to company president Hsu Ming-sen.
Epistar ships RGB fine-pitch mini LED displays
Epistar has disclosed it began shipping RGB mini LED displays with pitches below 0.8mm for procurement projects in June and will start shipping to Europe-based operators of recreational centers and Chinese clients in third-quarter 2020.
Demand for UV-C LED disinfection applications has been soaring since the coronavirus pandemic broke out in first-quarter 2020, according to industry sources.
Taiwan LCD monitors – 2Q 2020
Taiwan's second-quarter 2020 PC monitor shipments grew 24.8% sequentially.
Global tablet market – 2Q 2020
Second-quarter 2020 global tablet shipments amounted to 39.65 million units, surging 60.5% from a quarter ago and 21.4% from...
Taiwan LCD TVs – 2Q 2020
Taiwan makers' TV shipments reached 6.28 million units in the second quarter of 2020, growing 35.1% sequentially.
Outbreak impact: China smartphone and AP shipments
The coronavirus outbreak has resulted in labor shortages and shipment disruptions in China's supply chain, but Digitimes Research...
Coronavirus impact special report: Mobile devices
The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted production and weakened consumer confidence, with all ICT sectors bracing for major declines...
Global server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2020
Digitimes Research estimates that global server shipments moderately declined 1.4% in 2019 but will turn to show positive growth...