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Epistar to increase VCSEL wafer output in 2018

Nov 23, 11:32

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has extended production to wafers for processing VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser), with plans to expand production for the segment in 2018, according to industry sources.

3D sensing

Commentary: Micro LED development to benefit from micro-assembly

Nov 21, 15:40

Integrating micro LED chips with various ICs and biometrics sensors using micro-assembly technology offers many business opportunities.

Epistar expects mini LED to be growth driver in 2018

Nov 21, 13:11

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar is poised to produce mini LED chips for smartphone and TV backlighting and expects mini LED to be a major growth driver in 2018, according to company chairman Lee Biing-jye.

Epistar chairman Lee Biing-jye (right)

Apple reportedly whittles down micro LED R&D team in Taiwan

Nov 20, 10:07

Apple has reportedly downsized its R&D team for development of micro LED display products in Longtan, northern Taiwan, due to issues related to mass transfer of micro LED chips onto receiver substrates, according to sources from Taiwan's upstream LED suppliers.

Epistar records 3Q17 EPS of NT$0.75

Nov 13, 12:18

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported its third-quarter 2017 net EPS reached NT$0.75 on consolidated revenues of NT$6.958 billion (US$230 million). For the third-quarter, gross margin was 23.82%, with net operating profit reaching NT$851 million and net profit NT$804.2 million.

Lextar, Unity Opto, Edison Opto post mixed results for January-September

Nov 10, 15:40

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics and LED packagers Unity Opto Technology and Edision Opto have released their financial reports for third-quarter 2017, with Lextar netting NT$0.17 per share and Unity Opto and Edison Opto suffering net loss per share of NT$0.74 and NT$0.72 respectively...

I-Chiun losses continue in 3Q17

Nov 9, 12:27

I-Chiun Precision Industry, a maker of lead frames used in LED packaging, recorded continued net operating loss of NT$42.4 million (US$1.4 million) for third-quarter 2017 mainly arising from price competition for SMD lead frames in the China market, the company has disclosed.

EOSRL forms consortium to develop micro LED panels for AR/VR devices

Nov 8, 15:08

The Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories (EOSRL) has formed the Consortium for Intelligent Micro-assembly System to develop monocrhome blue-light micro LED panels coated with quantum dot materials by integrating quantum dot material suppliers, IC design houses and LED makers....

Lextar ships LED backlighting devices for automotive, quantum-dot displays

Nov 7, 12:16

LED vertically-integrated firm Lextar Electronics has disclosed it has begun shipments of LED backlighting applications for automotive and quantum-dot displays, as well as new models for gaming monitors and games consoles. Lextar has increased the proportion of LED backlighting devices for high-end...

Veeco wins preliminary injunction for patent infringement against SGL Carbon

Nov 7, 10:59

Veeco Instruments has announced that the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted Veeco's motion for a preliminary injunction against SGL Carbon, a supplier of wafer carriers to Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC). The injunction prohibits the sale of wafer carriers by...

EOSRL cooperates with PlayNitride, Macroblock, Unimicron to develop ultra-fine pixel pitch Micro LED displays

Nov 6, 15:48

The Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories (EOSRL) under the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is cooperating with PlayNitride, LED driver IC design house Macroblock and PCB maker Unimicron Technology to develop ultra-fine pixel pitch Micro LED panels, according to...

Macroblock has rolled driver ICs for Macro LED display products

Veeco, Allos co-develop MOCVD for micro LED wafers

Nov 3, 12:34

Veeco Instruments has transferred Allos Semiconductor's epitaxy technology onto its Propel Single-Wafer MOCVD system to enable micro LED production on existing silicon production lines.

Epistar inks LED supply pact with Hongli Zhihui

Nov 1, 15:38

China-based LED packager Hongli Zhihui has announced it has singed a pact with Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar for 4-year supply of LED chips for making automotive lighting.

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San'an Optoelectronics posts net profits of CNY2.378 billion for 1Q-3Q17

Oct 27, 12:34

China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics has reported net profits of CNY$2.378 billion (US$349 million) for January-September 2017, hiking 59.0% on year.

San'an obtains subsidy for MOCVD tool purchases

Oct 25, 15:45

China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics has obtained first-phase subsidy of CNY124 million (US$18.7 million) from the government of Xiamen City, southeastern China, for procuring 30 MOCVD sets for making 4-inch LED wafers, according to industry sources.

Micro LED development racing against time, says Mikro Mesa chairman

Oct 24, 12:56

Taiwan firms developing micro LED are racing against time to make technological breakthroughs within 500 days, or the technology will be limited to niche-market applications, according to Chen Li-yi, chairman for Mikro Mesa Technology.

Mikro Mesa chairman Chen Li-yi

Epistar files infringement complaint against All Star Lighting Supplies

Oct 20, 13:08

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has filed a complaint against All Star Lighting Supplies in New Jersey District Court, alleging that US-based company's sales of Luxrite-brand LED filament light bulbs infringe its eight US patents and seeking damages, according to a company announcement.

Epistar chairman Lee Biing-jye

Taiwan makers all set for mini LED

Oct 19, 12:11

Taiwan-based LED firms, in view of tight supply of AMOLED smartphone panels and increasing competition in the LED backlighting segment from China-based makers, are ready adopt mini LEDs for TV and smartphone backlighting applications and fine pixel pitch displays, according to industry sources.

Linde LienHwa making new gas production investments in Taiwan

Oct 17, 11:55

Linde LienHwa, a joint venture between the Germany-based Linde Group and Taiwan-based LienHwa Industrial, is a manufacturer of bulk and electronic specialty gases used during the manufacturing of semiconductors, displays, solar panels, LEDs and others.

Linde LienHwa's new electronics R&D center in Taichung, Taiwan

Osram Opto Semiconductors to start production at new Malaysia plant

Oct 16, 12:04

Germany-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Osram Opto Semiconductors will inaugurate a new factory in Kulim, Malaysia, on November 23, 2017, posing challenges to competitors such as Japan's Nichia and Taiwan's Epistar, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Global high-brightness LED production value to grow 2-5% annually in 2018-2022

Oct 11, 13:40

Global production value for high-brightness LED chips in 2017 is estimated at US$13.179 billion, growing 2.8% on year, and the production value will increase 2-5% annually during 2018-2022, Digitimes Research estimates.

Epistar September revenues hit 30-month high

Oct 11, 13:09

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.476 billion (US$81.6 million) for September, the highest monthly level since April 2015 with growth of 6.15% sequentially and 12.77% on year.

Lextar September revenues drop

Oct 6, 10:29

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has reported consolidated revenues of NT$987 million (US$32.6 million) for September, decreasing 7.26% sequentially and 20.28% on year.

Epistar to see mild seasonal impact in 4Q17

Oct 3, 12:23

LED wafer and chip maker Epistar will only see mild seasonal impacts in the fourth quarter, with shipments and consolidated revenues to slip sequentially by less than 10%, according to industry sources.

Commentary: Will micro LED feature on Apple devices?

Oct 2, 15:49

Apple has unveiled Apple Watch Series 3 characterized by a built-in eSIM (embedded SIM) chip which independently connects the device with LTE networks for voice communications and playing Apple Music without via iPhone. However, Apple Watch 3 still faces a challenge: high power consumption for screen...

San'an sells Epistar shares

Sep 29, 13:07

China-based LED wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics has disposed of 33.306 million shares of Taiwan-based fellow maker Epistar, equivalent to a 3.05% stake, according to the company.

Lextar releases IR LED dual-recognition biometric sensor module

Sep 29, 12:24

Lextar Electronics has released PR88M32, an infrared (IR) LED biometric sensor module that it says can recognize human faces and iris. With a thickness of 1.4mm, the sensor module is expected to be adopted for notebooks and residential access control systems in first-half 2018. Lextar is also seeking...

Lextar IR LED biometric sensors

Commentary: Micro LED panels can be competitive in smart displays

Sep 27, 15:46

As the displays market is approaching saturation, micro LED panels can compete with LCD and OLED if they are used as smart displays through being embedded with sensors.

A smartwatch with a micro LED display developed by PlayNitride

Mikro Mesa, ITRI developing micro LED panels

Sep 26, 10:59

Taiwan-based Mikro Mesa Technology is developing 55-inch micro LED TV panels, while Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories (EOSRL) under government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is developing micro LED ultra-fine pixel pitch indoor displays through cooperation...

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PlayNitride chairman upbeat about micro LED

Sep 25, 16:25

While many industry observers believe it will take at least three more years before micro LED can be commercialized, PlayNitride is undertaking trial production of micro LED panels for niche market applications for a few types of devices, expecting the technology to take off soon, according to company...

PlayNitride chairman and CEO Charles Li

Panel makers look to mini LED backlighting

Sep 22, 15:46

As OLED smartphone and TV applications are in short supply with the market segment dominated by Samsung Display and LG Display, LCD panel makers from China and Taiwan are working with LED wafer and chip maker Epistar to develop direct-type backlighting using mini LED chips, according to industry sou...

PlayNitride to kick off trial production for Micro LED panels at year-end 2017

Sep 15, 16:20

Taiwan-based PlayNitride is undertaking R&D of Micro LED display panels for smartwatches, VR (virtual reality)/AR (augmented reality) devices, smartphones and TVs through cooperation with potential clients and plans to begin trial production at the end of 2017, according to company chairman and...

PlayNitride

China LED chip output value to grow 30% in 2017, says GGII

Sep 15, 12:32

China-based LED chip makers, due to growing demand and production capacity expansion, will see total output value in 2017 increase about 30% on year, according to Shenzhen Gaogong Industry Research (GGII).

Arima Lasers expects automotive laser modules to drive revenue growth in 2018

Sep 11, 11:15

Arima Lasers, a maker of laser epitaxial wafers, diodes and modules, expects laser modules for automotive applications to drive revenues growth in 2018.

Epistar August revenues hit 28-month high

Sep 8, 12:16

LED wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.332 billion (US$77.1 million) for August, hitting the highest monthly level since May 2015 and increasing 3.70% sequentially and 5.26% on year.

Micro LED chip production not as difficult as expected, says PlayNitride chairman

Sep 8, 11:22

Many observers originally thought it would take at least three years for Micro LED displays to become available in market due to technological bottlenecks, but judging from the present development, Micro LED production is not as difficult as originally expected, according to Charles Li, chairman and...

Lextar to ship IR LED devices for 3D facial recognition

Sep 6, 15:23

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has revealed it has cooperated with clients to develop infrared (IR) LED devices for 3D facial recognition, with such devices being validated and volume shipments expected to begin in 2018.

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Mini LED commercialization expected soon

Aug 31, 16:17

Because of technological bottlenecks in the production of Micro LED chips, Mini LED chips are expected to be a market focus when commercial applications become available as early as the end of 2017, according to industry sources.

Digitimes Research: Development of small-size, low-cost LiDAR sensors leads to wider application

Aug 29, 10:58

LiDAR sensors, whose use had been previously limited to surveillance in tunnels and at factories due to prohibitive pricing, will see growing adoption for self-driving, drone and home-use robotic applications, as vendors have been developing solid-state LiDAR sensors of smaller sizes at lower production...

Opto Tech to expand sensor chip capacity by 10%

Aug 25, 12:17

Opto Tech will invest NT$200-300 million (US$6.6-9.9 million) to expand production capacity for semiconductor-based sensor chips by 10%, with the expansion to be completed by the end of 2017, the company has disclosed.

Micro LED development is highly uncertain: Q&A with Epistar president Jou Ming-jiunn

Aug 24, 11:46

While development of Micro LED technology is fraught with uncertainties, many firms engaged in the development believe that they will eventually succeed.

epistar president

China LED makers expanding capacities

Aug 24, 10:45

Major China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers San'an Optoelectronics and HC SemiTek as well as LED packaging service providers MLS, Foshan Nationstar Optoelectronics and Hongli Zhihui are expanding production capacities, according to industry sources.

Tyntek production disrtuped by power outage

Aug 21, 11:18

Visible and infrared LED chip maker Tyntek has disclosed a fire at its factory in northern Taiwan on August 18 temporarily disrupted power supply for production and it will take 7-10 days to resume supply.

Everlight, Lextar report profits for 1H17

Aug 11, 11:42

LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics and vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics have released their financial reports for second-quarter 2017, recording net EPS of NT$1.56 and NT$0.09 respectively for January-June.

Osram Opto Semiconductors starts expansion of LED factory in China

Aug 10, 10:37

Germany-based Osram Opto Semiconductors has begun expansion at its factory in Wuxi, eastern China, with an investment of EUR195 million (US$229 million). The expansion is scheduled to be completed in early 2019, according to China-based media reports.

Oxford Instruments to expand R&D staff at ITRI

Aug 10, 10:11

UK-based precision instrument maker Oxford Instruments on August 9 announced the expansion of its R&D staff stationed at the Taiwan government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and signed an MoU with ITRI to extend R&D cooperation to develop semiconductor and optoelectronic...

Finance director Adam Jaufurally for Plasma Technology under Oxford Instruments (second from right)

Epileds Technologies relocates factory

Aug 9, 15:18

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epileds Technologies has inaugurated a factory in Tree Value Park, southern Taiwan, and is shifting production equipment from its factory in Southern Taiwan Science Park. The relocation is scheduled to be finished in the first quarter of 2018, according to the comp...

Epistar 2Q17 operations turn to net profit

Aug 9, 10:57

LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported second-quarter 2017 operations swung from net losses for the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 into net profit of NT$730.9 million (US$24.1 million).

Epistar

Lextar, Unity Opto see July revenues rise on month

Aug 8, 15:05

Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics and LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology have reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.115 billion (US$36.7 million) and NT$482 million respectively for July, the former rising 9.52% sequentially and 6.71% on year and the latter growing...

Sanan Optoelectronics expanding capacity, Epistar to follow suit

Aug 3, 09:16

China's largest LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics continues to expand production capacity, while the largest Taiwan-based maker Epistar will expand capacity through replacing old MOCVD sets with new models with higher throughput in 2018, according to industry sources.

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