Digitimes Research: TSMC SSL merger to enhance Epistar in the LED market
Jan 14, 23:15
Epistar has invested NT$825 million (US$25.94 million) to merge with TSMC Solid State Lighting (SSL), helping to enhance Epistar's capability in the lighting industry. Before the decision was made, many companies such as SemiLEDs and Advanced Optoelectronic Technology (AOT) had also been talking to...
Epistar to own 94% of TSMC SSL
Stockwatch - Jan 12, 11:06
Epistar and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) have both announced that their boards of directors have approved a transaction of TSMC Solid State Lighting (TSMC SSL) shares.
TSMC subsidiary to merge with Epistar, says paper
Newswatch - Jan 5, 14:40
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will form a strategic partnership with LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar by having its subsidiary, TSMC Solid State Lighting, sell MOCVD sets to Epistar and then acquiring new shares to be issued by Epistar for a 5-10% stake, according to Chinese-language...
Lextar receives urgent orders for LED light tubes
Dec 29, 21:33
LED epitaxial wafer and chipmaker as well as LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics have received orders for LED light tubes with urgent shipments, according to the company.
Taiwan LED makers eyeing DoB market
Dec 29, 14:09
Taiwan-based LED firms are targeting DoB (driver on board) orders from 6,000-7,000 small- to medium-size regional lighting vendors mostly in the US and Europe, according to industry sources.
Demand for LED chipsets to increase to 1.4 billion in 2018, says DisplaySearch
Dec 25, 12:37
The demand for LED chipsets, primarily for the LED lighting market, is forecast to increase substantially through 2018. According to DisplaySearch, measured in standard units (500 by 500 micron chip size), demand for LED chipsets are expected to increase 293% from 35.8 million in 2013 to 1.4 billion...
Lextar aims to ship over 40 million LED light bulbs in 2015
Dec 24, 22:57
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics has received LED lighting orders with shipments scheduled through June 2015 and aims to ship more than 40 million LED light bulbs in 2015, according to the company.
GT Advanced Technologies to sell sapphire furnaces
Dec 24, 11:51
GT Advanced Technologies has announced that following the bankruptcy court's recent approval of its settlement agreement with Apple, GT is now pursuing ASF furnace opportunities for sapphire cover glass applications across the broader smartphone market as well as ongoing opportunities in the LED and...
China government to end financial aids to LED makers
Dec 22, 11:15
China's State Council (central government) has ordered its subordinate agencies and local governments to stop offering subsidies and tax incentives for China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers because such offering has disrupted market mechanisms and may violate WTO rules, leading to international...
Epistar expects December revenues to grow sequentially
Dec 16, 22:07
LED Epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar expects its consolidated revenues for December to increase significantly on month mainly due to orders from China-based LCD TV vendors with urgent shipments to meet peak demand before the 2015 Lunar New Year in late February, according to company chairman...
Everlight, Epistar see sequential drops in November revenues
Dec 9, 21:52
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics on December 9 reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.744 billion (US$89.2 million) for November, decreasing on month by 2.21% but increasing on year by 21.47%, while LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar had November consolidated revenues of...
Digitimes Research: Global MOCVD shipments in 2015 estimated at 252 sets
Dec 3, 22:18
Based on LED epitaxial wafer makers' capacity expansion plans, there will be 252 MOCVD sets shipped globally in 2015, growing 10.5% on year and consisting of 186 sets to be added by China-based makers, 30 by Taiwan-based ones, 19 sets by Japan-based makers and 17 sets by South Korea-based players,...
YoungTek 4Q14 sales to fall up to 10%
Dec 1, 10:18
YoungTek Electronics, which provides backend services for LED and IC testing and sorting, is expected to post an up to 10% sequential decrease in fourth-quarter revenues due to a seasonal slowdown in demand, according to market watchers.
Epistar sees decreasing capacity utilization
Nov 26, 20:05
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has seen its overall capacity utilization drop from about 50% in October to below 50% in November and the utilization is expected to further slip in December, according to the company.
Falling LED bulb prices put pressure on LED driver IC firms
Nov 21, 10:34
Falling retail prices for LED light bulbs have put the LED driver IC market under pressure, according to industry sources. Some LED driver IC suppliers incapable of lowering their manufacturing costs will be forced to leave the market in 2015, the sources indicated.
LED chip makers to see drops in 4Q14 shipments
Nov 19, 11:43
Due to inventory adjustments at lighting makers and weak demand for TV backlighting applications, LED chip makers are expected to suffer significant on-quarter decreases in shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to LED supply chain makers.
China-based San'an Optoelectronics to add 100 MOCVD equipment sets
Nov 17, 22:04
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics, due to subsidies of CNY1.0 billion (US$163 million) offered and orders worth CNY3.0 billion arranged from the government of Xiamen City, southeastern China, will set up a factory to house 100 additional MOCVD sets in the city with...
Epistar adjusts swap ratio for Formosa Epitaxy stock
Nov 14, 14:40
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has adjusted the stock swap ratio from one Epistar share for 3.448 shares Formosa Epitaxy, originally determined in late June 2014, to one Epistar share for 3.603 shares of the latter, according to Epistar.
Lextar posts 3Q14 net EPS of NT$0.59
Nov 6, 11:45
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics has released its third-quarter 2014 financial report, recording net profit of NT$309.3 million (US$10.2 million) or EPS of NT$0.59.
Taiwan makers tapping emerging markets of LED lighting
Nov 5, 11:14
Taiwan-based makers from the LED lighting sector have been tapping emerging markets, including Indonesia, Thailand, India, Russia and Brazil, as they face fierce competition in North America, Europe, Japan and China, according to industry sources.
Contrel invests in PSS production using soft mask photolithography
Oct 31, 12:12
Contrel Technology, which makes TFT-LCD, PV and LED inspection and testing equipment, will invest in production of PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) using soft mask photolithography technology developed by a R&D team under National Cheng Kung University.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.