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  • Taiwan market: BenQ aims to sell 20,000 curved Full HD WCG TVs in 2015; Ultra HD TV penetration to reach 5%

    Displays | 25min ago

  • LCD TV sales expected to reach 5 million during holiday period in North America

    Displays | 1h 32min ago

  • Macronix posts net losses of NT$1.1 billion for 3Q14

    Bits + chips | 1h 53min ago

  • MLS, Unity Opto expand LED lighting capacities

    LED | 2h 2min ago

  • LG Display develops 5.3-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones with 0.7mm bezel

    Displays | Oct 30, 21:22

  • ASE nets NT$1.98 per share for January-September

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  • Taiwan ODMs, component makers eye orders from China mid-range, high-end smartphone vendors

    Mobile + telecom | Oct 30, 20:04

  • Hermes Microvision posts January-September net EPS of NT$25.13

    Before Going to Press | Oct 30, 20:59

  • Standards committees and industry consortia working through number of video standards to support Ultra HD

    Before Going to Press | Oct 30, 20:55

  • TDDI may push down touch IC, LCD driver IC prices in 2015

    Before Going to Press | Oct 30, 20:00

  • Innolux expects global Ultra HD TV shipments to reach 30 million in 2015

    Before Going to Press | Oct 30, 19:42

  • Innolux capex to reach NT$20 billion in 2014

    Before Going to Press | Oct 30, 19:31

  • Innolux will continue to invest in a-Si and IGZO panel technologies, says chairman

    Before Going to Press | Oct 30, 19:30

  • Digitimes Research: Global top-6 notebook vendors to share 81.7% of 2015 global shipments

    Before Going to Press | Oct 30, 19:13

  • Grand finals of MSI Beat IT 2014 Global to be held in Taipei

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MOEA conditionally approves Sanan Optoelectronics stake in Epistar

Oct 29, 20:06

Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) on October 29 approved the conversion of China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics' 19.9% stake in Taiwan-based Formosa Epitaxy into a 3.1% stake in Epistar, with the following strings attached: Sanan cannot transfer patents and...

Epistar

China LED makers cut prices, Taiwan makers to follow suit

Oct 28, 10:54

China-based LED makers' production capacity expansion in the first half of 2014 has since resulted in oversupply, forcing them to reduce quotes to compete for orders in the fourth quarter. Taiwan-based competitors will follow suit in cutting prices, with quotes for backlighting products used in hand-held...

Tera Xtal cancels plan to raise additional capital

Oct 20, 15:40

Sapphire wafer maker Tera Xtal Technology has cancelled a plan to issue 25 million new shares mainly due to large drops in its stock prices.

Taiwan, Japan LED makers to face price competition from China, says Nichia executive

Oct 17, 12:12

China-based LED makers have been rapidly developing their operating scale and technological capability and are expected to pose price pressure for Taiwan- and Japan-based makers in 2015, according to chief legal and intellectual property officer Katsuyuki Akutagawa for Japan-based Nichia.

Nichia chief legal and intellectual property officer Katsuyuki Akutagawa

LED lighting demand weak in 4Q14

Oct 16, 15:10

Demand for LED lighting products for the fourth quarter will be weak as LED lighting vendors took deliveries in the second and third quarters for products to be launched in the fourth, and some will adjust inventories through the end of the year, according to Taiwan-based LED makers.

Digitimes Research: GTAT woes disrupt sapphire industry

Oct 16, 11:14

GT Advanced Technologies' (GTAT) move to seek bankruptcy protection on October 6 came as a surprise to the IT industry especially because the maker was a major supplier of Apple for sapphire screens.

Lextar shareholders consent to Cree stake investment

Oct 14, 15:09

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on October 14 held a shareholders meeting to approve an investment of US$83 million by US-based Cree for a 13.32% stake through subscribing to 83 million new shares via private placement, according to Lextar.

Tera Xtal wages patent infringement war

Oct 13, 14:33

Sapphire ingot maker Tera Xtal Technology has filed with Taiwan's Intellectual Property Court a charge against Apple Asia, Apple's subsidiary based in Hong Kong, and Taiwan-based consumer electronics retail chain Senao International and mobile telecom carrier Vibo Telecom for infringement of its Taiwan...

GTAT financial woes likely stem from low yield rates, say Taiwan makers

Oct 9, 11:07

US-based sapphire ingot producer GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has applied for bankruptcy protection possibly because its HEM technology-based ingot growing process has seen much lower than expected yield rates at only about 40%, according to sources with Taiwan-based sapphire suppliers.

Epistar September revenues down sequentially

Oct 8, 20:40

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar on October 8 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.269 billion (US$75.0 million) for September, decreasing 11.89% on month but increasing 21.6% on year.

Cree investment is good for Taiwan LED development: Q&A with Lextar chairman David Su

Oct 8, 12:35

US-based Cree will invest US$83 million to take a 13.32% stake in Taiwan-based Lextar Electronics, which provides LED epitaxial wafers and chips, as well as packaging services, as it looks to secure steady supply of blue-light mid-power LED chips. Lextar in turn will obtain licensed use of Cree's patents...

Lextar Electronics chairman and CEO David Su

Tyntek to downsize capital by 33.73%

Stockwatch - Sep 22, 10:26

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Tyntek will reduce its paid-in capital by 33.73% from NT$3.61 billion (US$120 million) to NT$1.218 billion to cover cumulative losses and improve its financial health. The downsizing will be finished before November 3, 2014, according to the company.

Everlight Electronics August revenues hit record

Stockwatch - Sep 10, 15:24

The largest LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics posted consolidated revenues of NT$2.859 billion (US$95.3 million) for August 2014, its highest monthly figure on record, with growth of 9.43% on month and 18.61% on year, and NT$19.390 billion for January-August, increasing 24.95% on...

Digitimes Research: US$30 to be competitive price for 5.5-inch sapphire covers to be adopted by smartphone vendors other than Apple in 2015

Sep 5, 15:39

Whether major smartphone vendors follow Apple to adopt sapphire-screen covers will hinge on cost, and US$30 for a 5.5-inch sapphire-cover will be a competitive price in 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

Lextar August revenues hit record

Sep 5, 10:20

Lextar Electronics, which makes LED epitaxial wafers and chips and provides LED packaging services, has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.419 billion (US$47.3 million) for August, hitting a monthly record for the third consecutive time with growth of 0.31% on month and 14.73% on year.

Samsung developing new Ultra HD TV with 300 LEDs

Sep 3, 20:20

Samsung Electronics is reportedly in the process of launching a new Ultra HD TV that will come equipped with a 300 LED direct-type LED backlit unit, according to supply chain sources.

Samsung TVs

Rigidtech Microelectronics to expand PSS capacity

Stockwatch - Sep 3, 14:56

Rigidtech Microelectronics currently has a monthly production capacity of 800,000 2-inch-equivalent PSS (patterned sapphire substrates), consisting of 320,000 2-inch PSS and 120,000 4-inch PSS, in Taiwan and will expand capacity to 1.2 million 2-inch-equivalent units by the end of 2014, the company...

Niching looks to ramp up LED leadframe and FC CSP substrate shipments in 2015

Sep 3, 14:20

IC packaging material and tool distributor Niching Industrial looks to ramp up its shipments of EMC-based (epoxy molding compound) LED leadframes and FC CSP substrates to drive revenue growth in 2015.

Epistar, Genesis may benefit from Cree investment in Lextar, says Epistar

Sep 2, 21:52

Cree will invest in LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Lextar Electronics to secure a steady supply of blue-light mid-power LED chips on a long-term basis, which is likely to drive other LED vendors including Osram and Philips Lumileds Lighting to shift orders from Lextar to fellow makers Epistar and...

LED demand turns weak in 3Q14, says Epistar chairman

Sep 2, 12:10

As clients are adjusting inventories of LED chips used in backlighting and lighting, demand for LED chips in the third quarter of 2014 will significantly decrease sequentially, according to chairman Lee Biing-jye of Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.

LED driver IC vendors look to flat performance in 3Q14

Aug 28, 22:12

LED driver IC vendors including Silergy, Macroblock and On-Bright Electronics are expected to see their sales stay flat in the third quarter of 2014 before riding higher in the fourth quarter, according to industry sources.

Cree to invest in Lextar Electronics

Aug 27, 14:22

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on August 27 announced that US-based Cree will invest US$83 million to acquire 13.32% of its stock through subscribing to 83 million new Lextar shares at NT$30 (US$1) per share via private placement.

Use of sapphire in smartphones may take off in 2015, say Taiwan makers

Aug 27, 12:00

Following the use of sapphire to make covers for the home button and camera of the iPhone 5, China- and South Korea-based smartphone vendors are considering the adoption of sapphire, and therefore the application in smartphones is likely to take off in 2015, according to Taiwan-based sapphire makers...

Tera Xtal to expand PSS capacity, says paper

Newswatch - Aug 25, 11:47

Sapphire maker Tera Xtal Technology will expand its PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) monthly production capacity from 100,000 units currently to 200,000 units by the end of 2014 due to fast growing demand for LED lighting, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN)...

China may raise LED tariffs to 10%

Aug 22, 11:01

Rumors are spreading that China's Ministry of Commerce may raise LED tariffs from 4% to 10%. Word broke out in several China-based newspapers that the government is considering the move in order to further advance China's LED chip industry as well as protect against monopolization by international...

Digitimes Research: GTAT estimated to supply up to 1.35-2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhone sapphire covers in 2014

Aug 22, 10:55

US-based GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), the exclusive sapphire supplier for Apple, is estimated to supply enough sapphire to make covers for up to 1.35-2.25 million 5.5-inch iPhones by the end of 2014 based on the progress of GTAT's sapphire production ramp, according to Digitimes Research.

Tera Xtal wins AAA arbitration over dispute with GTAT

Aug 15, 11:08

Sapphire ingot maker Tera Xtal Technology has disclosed the American Arbitration Association (AAA) has decided that US-based equipment supplier GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) should return payment Tera Xtal made in 2012 for sapphire crystal growing furnaces which failed to work, plus interest, for...

Lextar Electronics expanding LED capacity

Aug 15, 10:57

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics is expanding production capacity for LED lighting chips to 140 million units a month, as well as capacity for flip-chip LEDs used in direct-type TV backlighting, and models used in wide-color-gamut TVs, the company...

Digitimes Research: Sapphire demand to reach over 108 million mm in 2015

Aug 12, 10:57

Global demand for sapphire for use in LED and optical applications (such as smartphone covers) will reach 80.084 million mm of 2-inch equivalent ingots in 2014 and increase 36.1% to 108.902 million mm in 2015, according to Digitimes Research.

Epistar, Unity Opto net NT$0.81, NT$0.40 for 2Q14

Aug 8, 10:40

LED epitaxil wafer and chip maker Epistar and LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology on August 7 published financial reports for the second quarter of 2014, recording net EPS of NT$0.81 and NT$0.40 respectively, according to the companies.

Digitimes Research: Optical-use sapphire demand to reach 12.44 million mm of 2-inch equivalents in 2014

Jul 23, 10:48

There will be an estimated demand for 12.44 million mm of 2-inch-equivalent sapphires for optical purposes in 2014, mainly consisting of 54.3% for use in smartphone button covers, 24.1% iWatch covers and 17.4% smartphone camera lens covers, according to Digitimes Research.

Genesis Photonics June revenues down sequentially

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 18:09

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics on July 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$397 million (US$13.2 million) for June, decreasing 5.82% on month but increasing 27.54% on year, NT$1.206 billion for the second quarter, growing 10.69% on quarter, and NT$2.295 billion for January-June,...

Everlight sales down 2.63% in June

Stockwatch - Jul 11, 18:00

LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics on July 10 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.532 billion (US$84.4 million) for June, decreasing 2.63% on month but increasing 33.83% on year, NT$7.690 billion for the second quarter, growing 23.48% on quarter, and NT$13.918 billion for January-June,...

Lighting-use LED market scale to reach US$4.88 billion in 2014, says LEDinside

Jul 10, 15:03

The global high brightness LED market scale will reach US$14.4 billion in 2014 and is estimated to increase to US$16.6 billion by 2018, with a compound annual growth rate of 4%, according to LEDinside. The LED package market value for lighting applications meanwhile will reach US$4.88 billion and maintain...

Epistar June revenues hit record for 4th time straight

Stockwatch - Jul 9, 15:07

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar on July 8 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.82 billion (US$94 million) for June, hitting a monthly record for the fourth consecutive time with growth of 0.87% on month and 46.45% on year.

LED makers see increased demand due to Ultra HD TV developments

Jul 7, 15:52

Wide color gamut (WCG) Ultra HD TV panel demand is bringing increased business opportunities for LED makers, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Epistar-Forepi merger to help stabilize LED industry

Jul 3, 16:20

Taiwan-based LED maker Epistar announced a merger with Formosa Epitaxy (Forepi) on June 30, 2014, with the former aiming to fully acquire the latter and become the surviving company. Epistar explained that the merger is meant to improve its strengths in competition for first-tier international lighting...

Epistar to reach 15% GaN wafer capacity market share following FOREPI merger, says IHS

Jul 3, 15:36

Following the announcement on June 30 that Epistar is acquiring Formosa Epitaxy (FOREPI), Epistar will have over 400 MOCVD reactors including those from FOREPI's China subsidiaries, more than double the GaN MOCVD of its nearest competitor, according to IHS.

Lextar June revenues hit record

Jul 3, 11:01

Taiwan-based vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.355 billion (US$45 million) for June, the highest monthly figure ever with growth of 7.35% on month and of 5.02% on year.

Patterned sapphire substrate market value in 2014 to reach US$711 million, says LEDinside

Jul 1, 21:05

Strong LED market demand in 2014 has led to expanded patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) production capacity, according to LEDinside. The 4-inch PSS market is currently facing supply shortages caused by Taiwan- and China-based LED chip makers introducing large volume PSS into products. However, since...

Epistar to completely own Formosa Epitaxy

Jul 1, 12:05

Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar on June 30 announced that it will issue 174.612 million new shares to acquire a 100% stake in fellow maker Formosa Epitaxy through a stock swap of one Epistar share for 3.448 Formosa Epitaxy shares, with the swap to be finished by December 30,...

Order visibility for LED driver ICs extends through 3Q14

Jun 27, 15:40

Order visibility for most Taiwan-based LED driver IC vendors has extended to the end of the third quarter of 2014 thanks to the booming LED lighting market in China, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Taiwan PSS makers keep expanding capacities in 2014

Jun 23, 14:44

Taiwan-based PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) makers have been expanding production capacities, with total monthly capacity to increase from 2.19 million 2-inch-equivalent substrates in the first quarter of 2014 to 2.63 million units in the second, 3.55 million units in the third, and 4.27 million...

Epistar acquires factory via court auction

Stockwatch - Jun 23, 10:58

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has acquired a factory in northern Taiwan with total floor space of 39,295 square meters (422,963 square feet) at NT$835.875 million (US$27.8 million) through auction held by a local court, according to the company.

First China supplier breaks into top 10 LED rankings in 2013, says IHS

Jun 20, 14:51

China's massive investments in LED manufacturing capacity are paying off, with a China-based company entering the top ranks of the global market for the first time ever, according to IHS.

Lite-On Technology expects 2H14 revenue growth to come from CCMs, LED, SSDs

Jun 20, 11:42

Lite-On Technology expects CCMs (compact camera modules) mainly used in smartphones, LED devices and LED lighting products as well as SSDs to be the main sources of revenues growth for the second half of 2014, according to CEO Warren Chen.

High-end LED supply 20-30% short of demand, says Epistar chairman

Jun 20, 11:01

Global supply of high-end LED chips is short of demand by 20-30% currently, according to chairman Lee Biing-jye of LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar.

Formosa Epitaxy inks strategic alliance with TCL, says paper

Newswatch - Jun 19, 11:45

Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Formosa Epitaxy has formed a strategic alliance with China-based vendor TCL with a chief aim to increase supply of backlights-use LED chips for TCL's LCD TVs and smartphones, according to the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News (

Genesis Photonics aims at flip-chip LED revenue proportion of 20-25% in 2014

Jun 18, 20:03

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics began flip-chip LED shipments to China-, South Korea- and Japan-based vendors in the fourth quarter of 2013 and aims to increase the revenue proportion from 15% for the first half of 2014 to 20-25% for the whole year, according to company chairman...

Formosa Epitaxy expects over 50% sequential growth in 2Q14 revenues

Jun 13, 10:55

Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Formosa Epitaxy expects its consolidated revenues for the second quarter of 2014 to increase more than 50% sequentially and operations to possibly swing from the red in the third quarter, company chairman Frank Chien said at its 2014 shareholders meeting...

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