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Wednesday 27 October 2021
Coretronic hikes forecast growth in 2021 BLU shipment to 25-30%
Coretronic has upward adjusted forecast growth in 2021 shipments for LED backlight units (BLUs) from 20% originally to 25-30%, according to president Sarah Lin for the company's Display Business Group.
Monday 25 October 2021
Ennostar, TAS developing short-wavelength infrared LED biosensing devices
Ennostar and Taiwan Asia Semiconductor (TAS, formerly Opto Tech) are developing short-wavelength (over 1,000nm) infrared (IR) LED devices for use in biosensing including heart rates, SpO2, blood glucose, and expect such devices to be use in smart wearable devices in 2022, according to industry sources.
Monday 25 October 2021
China makers actively investing in mini/microLED
China-based panel maker BOE Technology in 2020 established a business unit for developing and producing miniLED fine-pitch displays and microLED displays, while LED chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics has made plans to raise funds of up to CNY7.9 billion (US$1.23 billion) mostly for developing and producing mini/microLED chips.
Friday 22 October 2021
Apple may extend miniLED backlighting to MacBook Air in 2022
Apple is showing its preference for miniLED backlighting for high-end notebooks and tablets, and Apple is likely to adopt such backlighting for 13.3-inch MacBook Air to be launched in 2022, according to industry sources.
Friday 22 October 2021
Taiwan Asia Semiconductor expanding Si-based sensor production capacity
LED chip and Si-based sensor maker Taiwan Asia Semiconductor (formerly from Opto Tech) is setting aside NT$800 million (US$28.6 million) for production capacity expansions.
Friday 22 October 2021
Apple adoption of miniLED backlighting reduces off-season impact for LED makers
With demand for LCD TV panels decreasing, the off-season this year for the LED sector has arrived 1-2 months earlier than in the past, but Apple's adoption of miniLED backlighting for 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro has lessened the off-season impact, according to industry sources.
Thursday 21 October 2021
Macroblock gearing up for miniLED device boom
LED driver IC firm Macroblock has expressed optimism about its operations in 2022, citing a boom in demand for miniLED-backlight device applications.
Wednesday 20 October 2021
Shipments for miniLED-backlit iPad Pro, MacBook Pro estimated at 9-10 million in 2021
Shipments of Apple's new iPad Pro and just-unveiled Macbook Pro series featuring miniLED displays are forecast to reach nearly 10 million units in 2021, according to industry sources.
Friday 15 October 2021
Highlights of the day: Automotive IC shortages to remain
The car industry has been plagued by component shortages, and automotive IC shortages are likely to last till at least 2023. TSMC's plan to build a mature process fab in Japan comes as good news for a semiconductor sector yearning for more capacity supply. And PanelSemi CEO Ting Chin-lung is making efforts to materialize his concept of "panel semiconductor."
Friday 15 October 2021
Panel semiconductor: Q&A with PanelSemi CEO Ting Chin-Lung
Chinese panel makers have become the world's largest LCD makers after over a decade of fierce market competition, while South Korean panel makers have chosen to gradually withdraw from the LCD market and turn their attention to OLED.
Wednesday 13 October 2021
Laster, EOI maintain high utilization rates
LED automotive lighting module maker Laster Tech has fully utilized production capacity and expects the full utilization to remain until 2022 based on orders received, while fellow maker Excellence Optoelectronics (EOI) has utilized 80-90% of production capacity, according to the companies.
Tuesday 12 October 2021
India roundup: Startups are new force behind India economic growth
Startups are the growing force of India's economy. One of India's unicorn startups launched Ola Cars online car-shopping platform, while electric vehicles (EV), especially two-wheelers, are seeing increasing sales in India.
Friday 8 October 2021
Ennostar expanding miniLED backlighting capacity
Ennostar, a holding firm jointly established by LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar and vertically-integrated LED maker Lextar Electronics, will expand production capacity for miniLED backlighting by 20-30% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and further double the end-of-2021 capacity in 2022, according to company chairman Lee Biing-jye.
Friday 8 October 2021
Lite-On Tech September revenues up sequentially
EMS provider Lite-On Technology has reported consolidated revenues of NT$14.613 billion (US$524 million) for September, increasing 7.90% on month and but inching down 1.02% on year.
Thursday 7 October 2021
Apex enjoys robust PCB demand from Samsung
Apex International, a Thailand-based PCB maker established by Taiwanese entrepreneurs, has received booming orders for PCBs used in miniLED backlight units (BLU) from Samsung Electronics, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 6 October 2021
Opto Tech seeking stable growth in 2022
LED chip and Si-based sensor chip maker Opto Tech will put increased focus on its core business growth in 2022, and will be striving to improve its product mix for margins improvement, according to the company.
Friday 1 October 2021
Ennostar hiking yield rates for miniLED backlighting
Along with Apple's adoption of miniLED backlighting for 12.9-inch iPad Pro, demand for the miniLED backlighting has taken off, but there is considerable room for reducing production cost and hiking yield rates for such applications, according to Ennostar.
Wednesday 29 September 2021
Leadframe maker I-Chiun to ready new capacity in 1Q22
Leadframe maker I-Chiun Precision Industry plans to further expand production capacity for another two product lines - heat spreaders and LED photocouplers - by 30% each, with the additional capacity scheduled to come online in the first quarter of 2022, according to the company.
Tuesday 28 September 2021
Everlight to begin small-volume shipments for miniLED BLUs for automotive displays in 4Q21
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics will begin shipping miniLED backlight units (BLU) for automotive central information displays and dashboards in small volumes to makers in the supply chains of US and European automakers in fourth-quarter 2021, according to the company.
Friday 17 September 2021
Tons Lightology suffers delay in shipment
LED lighting maker Tons Lightology has obtained orders with shipments scheduled until several months after but has had shipments deferred due to congested logistics operations at many harbors around the world and shortage of containers, according to the company.
Wednesday 15 September 2021
91.4 million automotive display panels shipped globally in 1H21
Global automotive display panel shipments reached 91.4 million units in first-half 2021, increasing 39.1% on year, according to Omdia.
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Xiaomi unveils concept smart glasses
China-based Xiaomi has unveiled a pair of concept smart glasses featuring microLED micro-display matched with optical waveguide technology and weight of only 51g.
Tuesday 14 September 2021
Ledtech sees rebound in demand for LED low-temperature lighting
LED packaging service provider Ledtech Electronics has indicated demand for LED low-temperature lighting in China and other overseas markets began to rebound in August-September and it has obtained orders with shipments scheduled until November 2021.
Monday 13 September 2021
Epistar to expand miniLED capacity by 50% in 2022
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has fully utilized production capacity for mini LEDchips used in backlighting and will expand the capacity by 50% in 2022, according to industry sources.
Monday 13 September 2021
Laster defers shipments for 40-50% of orders
LED automotive lighting modules maker Laster Tech has disclosed it has deferred shipments for 40-50% of recently received orders because shortages of automotive semiconductors has caused China-based automakers to delay or decrease production or shipments.