Epistar expects LED demand to rebound in 3Q18
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar expects demand for LED chips used in lighting and backlighting to rebound in third-quarter 2018 because clients will replenish inventories in preparation for peak demand in the fourth quarter, company president Jou Ming-jiunn said at a shareholders meeting...
ITRI developing micro LED applications
Government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is developing micro LED applications for displays of various sizes.
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers are expected to bring about 300 additional MOCVD equipment sets into operation in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, according to industry sources in China.
Everlight, Epistar May revenues down on year
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics and LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.985 billion (US$66.4 million) and NT$1.814 billion respectively for May, the former increasing 2.43% sequentially but decreasing 16.16% on year, and the latter...
LED chip makers Opto Tech and Tyntek are expanding production capacities for Si-base sensor chips and will bring additional capacities into operation in July and September 2018 respectively, according to the companies.
Chengdu Xingu Industrial Parks, a mega complex located in Shuangliu District of the largest city in the midwestern area of China, is moving at full throttles to build semiconductor ecosystems associated with IC designs, IC fabrication and terminal applications, aiming to score aggregate annual revenues...
Lextar Electronics will begin small-volume production of mini LED backlighting devices in third-quarter 2018, according to company chairman David Su.
LED chip maker Opto Tech, in order to meet increased orders for silicon-based sensor chips mainly consisting of photo diode and photo transistor chips, is expanding monthly production capacity from about 3.0 billion chips to 3.5-3.6 billion units via investment of NT$400 million (US$13.4 million),...
Demand for mini LED applications will take off in the second half of 2018, and LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will begin to ship mini LEDs for smartphone backlighting and ultra-fine pixel pitch displays in the third or fourth quarter of 2018, according to company president Jou Ming-jiunn...
No product roadmap for micro LED displays yet, says AUO
AU Optronics (AUO) has said that it does not have a specific roadmap as well as a schedule for volume production of micro LED display products currently although it has successfully developed related technology.
Epistar to spin off business groups
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will spin off two of its existing three business groups as subsidiaries in six months, company president Jou Ming-jiunn has disclosed.
Sanan Optoelectronics and HC SemiTek - the two largest China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers - and Epistar, their biggest counterpart in Taiwan, have seen inventories piling up to alarming levels, according to industry sources.
Epistar to ship VCSEL chips to China smartphone vendors
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar is poised to ship VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) chips used to China-based smartphone vendors through EMS provider Lite-On Technology's smartphone-use CCM (compact camera module) supply chain, according to industry sources.
HLJ to build 6-inch epi fab to boost VCSEL capacity
Taiwan-based VCSEL application solutions provider HLJ Technology has decided to invest NT$2.7 billion (US$90.08 million) to build a 6-inc epi wafer fab at its plant complex in northern Taiwan to better cash in on huge VCSEL application market potentials by integrating relevant epi chip design, fabrication,...
LiDAR market set for explosive growth, says Yole
The global LiDAR systems' market for automotive applications is showing an impressive growth between 2017 and 2023: from US$726 million to US$5 billion, it should reach a 43% CAGR during this period, according to Yole Developpement.
Samsung nearly books up mini LED capacity at Sanan
Samsung Electronics has almost booked up China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics' mini LED production capacity in Xiamen to secure supply of chips for backlighting of large-size high-end LCD TVs it will launch in third-quarter 2018, according to industry sources.
Epistar sues V-TAC for patent infringement in US
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has filed with the US District Court for the Central District of California a charge against V-TAC USA - a subsdiary of Europe-based LED lighting supplier V-TAC - for alleged infringement of its seven US patents concerning LED filament light bulbs.
Everlight reports 1Q18 profits, Lextar sees losses
LED packager Everlight Electronics has reported profits for first-quarter 2018, while vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has posted losses.
Foxconn may become largest shareholder of Epileds
Members of the Foxconn Group have reportedly taken over a 7.32% stake in LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epileds Technologies from the original shareholder Catcher Technology and plan to acquire up to 20 million new Epileds shares to become its largest shareholder, according to industry sources.
Osram acquires VCSEL specialist Vixar
Osram has added to its expertise in semiconductor-based optical security technology by acquiring US-based Vixar. Already a technology leader in infrared LEDs and infrared laser diodes, Osram said it will have an expanded product portfolio after bringing on board Vixar's specialist capabilities in the...
Epistar to deal out dividend for 2017
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has decided to distribute a cash dividend of NT$0.80 per share for 2017, accounting for 51.61% of the corresponding net EPS of NT$1.55.
ITRI showcasing OLED lighting at TILS 2018
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is exhibiting OLED lighting and smart lighting technologies and applications at Taiwan International Lighting Show (TILS) 2018 in Taipei during April 25-28.
Epistar setting up 6-inch epitaxial wafer capacity
Epistar has dislosed it is setting up production capacity for 6-inch epitaxial wafers mainly for making VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) and GaN LED chips for power devices, with completion scheduled for June 2018 and operation to kick off in the third quarter.
AMEC to set up MOCVD base in Nanchang
China-based semiconductor equipment maker Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC) has signed a deal with Nanchang city government, central China, to set up an MOCVD R&D and production base.
China makers defer placing orders for MOCVD sets
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers originally planned to order 280-300 MOCVD sets in total in 2018, but in view of continual drops in LED chip pricing, have temporarily deferred release of orders for more than 100 sets, according to industry sources.
Taiwan handsets – 1Q 2018
Taiwan's handset shipments decreased 27.8% sequentially, but went up 17.5% on year to arrive at 17.8 million units in the first...
Taiwan LCD TVs – 1Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD TV shipments decreased 33.8% sequentially and 4.9% on year to come to only around 6.6 million units in the first...
Taiwan LCD monitors – 1Q 2018
Taiwan makers' monitor shipments dropped below the 20 million mark in the first quarter of 2018, decreasing 6.3% sequentially,...
Global AP market, 2017-2021
Digitimes Research estimates total shipments of smartphone application processors (AP) worldwide will grow 1.5% on year to 1.67...
Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2018
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments...
China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020
This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers,...