US court fines Epistar US$9.3 million for patent infringement
Nov 27, 11:18
The jury of a US district court in Massachusetts has made a preliminary decision to fine Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar US$9.3 million for infringing US patent No. 5,687,738 possessed by Trustees of Boston University.
Epistar reports losses for 3Q15
Nov 10, 11:12
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has released its third-quarter 2015 financial report, recording net loss per share of NT$0.96 from net operating loss for the second consecutive quarter.
Lextar, Unity Opto see on-month growth in October revenue
Nov 9, 11:06
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics saw consolidated revenues of NT$1.308 billion (US$40.2 million) for October increase 2.67% on month and 17.19% on year, while LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology had those of NT$588 million growing...
China LED makers see mixed growth in January-September
Nov 5, 15:37
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker San'an Optoelectronics saw revenues of CNY3.602 billion (US$576 million) and net profit of CNY1.447 billion for January-September 2015 increase 3.55% and 37.82% respectively on year, while fellow maker HC SemiTek had revenues of CNY699 million growing...
Expansion by China makers to increase global LED chip capacity by 8% in 4Q15
Oct 26, 15:15
As subsidies offered by local governments in China for procuring MOCVD sets will end soon, some of China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers are procuring such equipment and most of the additional MOCVD sets are expected to come into operation by the end of 2015, according to industry sources...
Aceplux to set up PSS joint venture in China, says paper
Newswatch - Oct 20, 11:26
Taiwan-based PSS (patterned sapphire substrate) maker Aceplux Optotech will cooperate with China-based LED epitaxial wafer maker Hexalux Optoelectronics and the government of Yunxiao County, southeastern China, on a joint venture basis to set up annual PSS production capacity equivalent to 12 million...
Epistar, Lextar Electronics September revenues up on month, down on year
Oct 8, 10:43
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar posted consolidated revenues of NT$2.147 billion (US$65.3 million) for September, increasing 11.84% on month but decreasing 5.36% on year, while fellow maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics had those of NT$1.274 billion growing 10.57%...
Tera Xtal to shut down northern Taiwan plant
Oct 5, 11:14
Sapphire ingot and wafer maker Tera Xtal Technology will close its Yangmei plant in northern Taiwan by November 25 because the lease of the factory will expire soon, according to the company.
Epistar to invest in Malaysia-based Dominant Opto Technologies
Oct 1, 10:17
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will acquire 11 million shares of Dominant Opto Technologies Sdn Bh, a Malaysia-based SMT LED packaging service provider, at a total price of MYR64.845 million (US$14.55 million), with the investment to strengthen existing strategic cooperation, according...
Epistar, MLS to set up joint-venture in India
Sep 29, 13:46
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar and China-based LED packaging service provider MLS will establish an LED lighting joint-venture in New Delhi, India, to tap the large local market, according to industry sources.
Taiwan, China IT industries reach consensuses for cooperation for next 12 months
Sep 24, 15:53
The 12th Cross-Strait Information Industry and Technology Standards Forum hosted by Sinocon Industrial Standards Foundation, Chinese Electronics Standardization Association and China Communications Standards Association closed on September 23 with participants from China and Taiwan reaching 32 consensuses...
MLS to invest in Epistar China joint venture
Sep 14, 10:56
MLS, the largest China-based LED packaging service provider, will invest CNY180 million (US$28.3 million) to acquire a 10.91% stake in KFES Lighting (Xiamen), a China-based joint venture established by Taiwan-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, according to MLS.
Equipment spending slows but still positive in 2015 and 2016, says SEMI
Sep 10, 15:44
Front-end fab equipment spending (including new, used, and in-house) is projected to increase 5% in 2015 to US$37 billion, and rise another 6.6% in 2016 to US$39.4 billion, according to SEMI. Data indicates that some companies still plan to increase equipment spending in the second half of 2015, compared...
Epistar, Everlight post mixed results for August
Sep 9, 11:09
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has reported August consolidated revenues of NT$1.920 billion (US$59.1 million), decreasing 9.05% sequentially and 25.44% on year. LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has posted August consolidated revenues of NT$2.335 billion, growing 3.61%...
Lextar Electronics August revenues up on month, down on year
Sep 8, 14:19
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on September 7 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.152 billion (US$35.5 million) for August, increasing 5.61% on month but decreasing 18.78% on year, and NT$9.345 billion for January-August, slipping 5.11% on...
Taiwan 1H15 LED production value down, says PIDA
Sep 7, 15:06
Taiwan-based LED wafer and chip makers generated total production value of NT$19.786 billion (US$623 million) in first-half 2015, slipping 19.49% on year, while LED packaging service providers saw NT$44.883 billion in revenues during the same period, down 0.49% on year, according to Photonics Industry...
Everlight, Lextar licensed to use PFS phosphor from GE Lighting
Aug 12, 11:23
LED packaging service providers Everlight Electronics and Lextar Electronics have obtained licensing from GE Lighting for using PFS (potassium-fluorosilicate)-based phosphor (so-called red phosphor), a technology able to hike richness of displayed red color, to produce high-end LED backlighting packaging,...
Lextar Electronics sees decreased July revenues
Aug 6, 15:01
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker as well as LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics on August 5 reported consolidated revenues of NT$1.091 billion (US$34.6 million) for July, decreasing 8.35% on month and 22.86% on year, and those of NT$8.193 billion for January-July, falling 2.81% on ye...
Cree and Epistar sign LED chip patent cross-license agreement
Aug 5, 16:11
Cree and Epistar have signed a worldwide patent cross-license agreement for LED chips to further advance the growth of the LED lighting and LED bulb markets. Cree and Epistar both hold broad LED chip patent portfolios that are important for making blue LEDs, the foundation of white LEDs found in most...
Epistar lands orders for UV-A LED chips
Aug 5, 14:41
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has obtained orders for UV-A (ultraviolet-A, with wavelength of 320-410nm) LED chips for use in making cosmetics products, according to industry sources.
Demand for UV-A LED may take off in 2015, say Taiwan makers
Jul 29, 12:08
As the LED backlighting market is approaching saturation and prices for LED lighting, despite growing demand, have been falling, many LED makers have been developing UV (ultraviolet)-A LED and prices for UV-A LED are expected to drop 20-30% in 2015. Consequently, demand for UV-A LED is likely to take...
Everlight dismisses Nichia patent claims
Jul 27, 21:12
Taiwan-based LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics has dismissed Nichia's claims that it has obtained two new white LED patents, coded EP 2 197 053 and EP 2 276 080, from the European Patent Office (EPO).
Epistar licenses LED filament patent to China-based Leedarson Lighting
Jul 24, 12:01
LED Epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has licensed its LED filament patent to China-based LED lighting maker Leedarson Lighting for making LED filament style light bulbs. The patent is valid in Taiwan, China, the US, Europe and other countries, according to the company.
LED prices in 3Q15 expected to be stable
Jul 23, 15:33
As prices for LED chips and LED packaging services dropped 10-17% in the first half of 2015, prices are expected to be stable in the third quarter due to peak demand, but may fall again in the fourth quarter and the first quarter of 2016 due to slow demand, according to Taiwan-based LED makers.
China-based CEC to acquire Bridgelux
Jul 22, 11:35
Bridgelux, a developer and manufacturer of solid state lighting (SSL) technologies, today announced it has entered a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investment group led by the China Electronics Corporation (CEC), and ChongQing Linkong Development Investment Company.
Digitimes Research: Cree lowers 2Q15 forecast revenues due to keen competition
Jul 21, 11:30
Cree has lowered its revenues forecast for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 (the second quarter of calendar year 2015), including a big decrease by US$35 million attributable to LED devices which consisted of US$27 million reduction in total inventory value of channels and US$8 million short of original...
Tyntek 2Q15 gross margin hits nearly 10-year high
Jul 14, 22:23
LED chip and optical communication device maker Tyntek recorded gross margins of 22%, a nearly 10-year high quarterly level, and net EPS of NT$0.4 for the second quarter of 2015, resulting in net EPS of NT$0.74 (US$0.024) for the first half of the year, according to the company.
Epistar expects business operations to peak in 3Q15
Jun 29, 21:29
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, in view of large growth in demand for LED lighting and LED backlighting from China-based LCD TV vendors, expects its business operations to peak in the third quarter of 2015, with the corresponding net operating profit to exceed that for the first half of...
Lextar showcasing products at Taipei 2015 LED Lighting
Jun 16, 12:31
Vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics is showcasing LED lighting products including lamps, light panels, light engines and ultraviolet (UV) applications at the 2015 LED Lighting show in Taipei, whcih runs till June 18.
Photonics Festival in Taiwan set to begin
Jun 15, 22:21
The 2015 Photonics Festival in Taiwan is taking place in Taipei during June 16-18, with more than 500 exhibitors showcasing the latest optoelectronics technologies and development trends from the optoelectronics industries and featuring 1,011 booths to attract more than 30,000 visitors from over 40...
Genesis Photonics sees rising shipment ratio for flip-chip LEDs
Jun 15, 11:19
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Genesis Photonics saw flip-chip LEDs account for 10-15% of total LED chip shipments in first-quarter 2015 and expects the ratio to rise to 20-25% in the second quarter and 30% in the second half of the year, according to company chairman David Chung.