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Thursday 6 May 2021
Nichia setting up miniLED chip production capacity
Nichia, with investment of JPY60 billion (US$549 million), is setting up dedicated production capacity for miniLED chips for backlighting applications in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, with completion scheduled for July 2021 and production to kick off at the end of September 2021, according to Dai Tsuan-jia, general manager for Nichia Taiwan.
Wednesday 5 May 2021
Epistar sees LED orders shifted from Osram Opto
As car-use LED supply from Germany-based Osram Opto Semiconductors has fallen short of demand, many cevice makers have turned to Epistar for support, sending the Taiwanese firm's capacity for AlGaInP LED chips to full utilization, according to industry sources.
Tuesday 4 May 2021
GCS to increase investment in Unikorn
GaAs, InP and GaN wafer foundry service provider Global Communication Semiconductors (GCS) Holdings has disclosed it will add investment of NT$400 million (US$14.1 million) in Unikorn Semiconductor, a compound semiconductor maker spun off from LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar, to raise its stake ratio from 34.73% to 45.39%.
Monday 3 May 2021
MiniLED-backlit iPad Pro to account for 10% of Apple tablets in 2021
The recently launched 12.9-inch miniLED-backlit iPad Pro is expected to account for almost 10% of all Apple tablet shipments in 2021, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Monday 3 May 2021
TSMT to trial surface mounting for Macbook-use miniLED backlights
Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology (TSMT) will trial surface mounting of miniLED chips, ICs and other components on PCBs for use in backlighting of two MacBook models to be launched in second-half 2021, according to industry sources.
Monday 3 May 2021
Eternal Materials sees increasing shipments for miniLED packaging sealant
Eternal Materials has seen shipments increasing for silicone-based sealant used in miniLED packaging amid growing demand for miniLED backlighting, according to industry sources.
Friday 23 April 2021
Samsung launches Neo QLED 8K TVs in Taiwan
Samsung Electronics has launched in Taiwan its new Neo QLED 8K series TVs that feature the combination of a miniLED backlighting module and a QD display, and support AI and algorithm technologies.
Friday 23 April 2021
Macroblock launches miniLED backlighting driver ICs
Macroblock has launched four models of miniLED backlighting driver ICs for screens of different sizes.
Friday 23 April 2021
GP, C Sun introduce miniLED equipment
Group Up Industrial (GP) and C Sun, eyeing fast growing demand for miniLED backlighting, have introduced corresponding manufacturing equipment, according to industry sources.
Friday 23 April 2021
Epistar to hike quotes for LED, miniLED
Epistar will hike quotes for LED and miniLED chips in second-quarter 2021 to reflect increases in material costs, according to company president Patrick Fan.
Thursday 22 April 2021
Highlights of the day: TSMC sees strong demand for 5nm process
Strong demand from major clients has prompted TSMC to raise its output from its 5nm manufacturing process. The pure-play foundry house is expected to process up to 150,000 wafers monthly at the 5nm node through the end of the year. Morris Chang considers Samsung a strong competitor of the company he founded, but is skeptical about Intel's bid to expand its presence in the foundry sector. Apple has just unveiled its new miniLED-backlit iPad Pro devices powered by M1 chip. Shipments for the new devices are expected to reach 11 million units in 2021.
Thursday 22 April 2021
MiniLED, microLED a focus at Touch Taiwan 2021
Ennostar is showcasing miniLED backlighting and fine-pitch RGB miniLED displays at Touch Taiwan 2021, where PlayNitride is exhibiting microLED displays of varying sizes.
Thursday 22 April 2021
New-gen iPad Pro shipments to peak in 3Q21
Shipments of Apple's just-unveiled miniLED-backlit iPad Pro will peak for 2021 in the third quarter, according to industry sources.
Thursday 22 April 2021
Touch Taiwan 2021 kicks off
The three-day physical event of the Touch Taiwan 2021 exhibition kicked off on April 21 in Taipei, highlighting over 100 smart display solutions coupled with an array of new technologies and applications, according to the show organizer.
Wednesday 21 April 2021
Apple introduces new iPad Pros featuring M1 chip and Liquid Retina XDR display
Apple has announced a new iPad Pro equipped with in-house-designed M1 chip and a 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, and has also unveiled an 11-inch model.
Tuesday 20 April 2021
AUO breaks into supply chain for Samsung microLED TVs
AU Optronics (AUO) has cut into the supply chain for Samsung's microLED TVs by providing glass backplanes, with shipments to kick off in the second half of 2021, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Highlights of the day: MiniLED applications gaining momentum
Apple is expected to soon unveil a miniLED-backlit iPad Pro, and its miniLED supply chain is ready to expand shipments, having improved yield rates. In the semiconductor sector, supply for packaging tools has been extremely tight, with equipment vendors reluctant to expand production, wary of possibly a lurking bubble in the market. And MediaTek is keen to maintain its leadership in the 5G phone market segment. The IC vendor has stepped up purchases of BT substrates for use in its 5G mobile SoCs to make sure it has enough supply.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Apple supplier to increase miniLED shipments for iPad Pro in April
Apple's supplier of backlight-use miniLED for the vendor's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro will see shipments pick up later in April 2021, according to industry sources.
Wednesday 14 April 2021
Tyntek starts trial production at 6-inch epitaxial wafer factory
LED chip and Si-based sensor chip maker Tyntek has begun small-volume trial production at its 6-inch epitaxial wafer factory and will gradually expand monthly production capacity there from 10,000 wafers at present to 30,000 units, according to company chairman Bosco Foo.
Tuesday 13 April 2021
Highlights of the day: TSMC confident about US fab project
TSMC chairman Mark Liu took part in a White House-hosted online meeting of the world's semiconductor powerhouses on Tuesday. After the meeting, Liu reiterated the Taiwan-based foundry house's commitment to building a wafer fab in the US state of Arizona. The semiconductor supply chain has been troubled by shortages for months, with major Taiwanese IC vendors set for another wave of price hikes in second-quarter 2021. Development of microLED applications have been gaining momentum, and commercialized products may be available as early as year-end 2021.
Tuesday 13 April 2021
MicroLED may start taking off at year-end 2021, says PlayNitride executive
Development of microLED applications has been gaining momentum, with commercialization of the technology likely to begin at year-end-2021 at the earliest, according to Falcon Liu, marketing director for Taiwan-based PlayNitride.
Monday 12 April 2021
Orders for miniLED test equipment clear till September, says FitTech chairman
FitTech has received significant orders for equipment for probing, testing and sorting miniLED used in backlighting, with shipments scheduled until September 2021, according to company chairman Hsu Chiu-tien.
Monday 12 April 2021
China panel makers keen on miniLED development
Leading China-based panel makers China Star Optoelectronics Technology (CSOT), BOE Technology and Tianma Micro-electronics have stepped up efforts developing miniLED applications, according to industry sources.
Friday 9 April 2021
Ennostar invests in Tyntek
Ennostar has invested less than NT$3.0 billion (US$106 million) to take an about 10% stake in LED chip and Si-based sensor maker Tyntek, according to industry sources.
Friday 9 April 2021
Lijing Microelectronics to expand miniLED packaging capacity ahead of schedule
China-based Lijing Microelectronics Technology (Jiangsu) will expand monthly miniLED packaging capacity to 800 million chips by the end of May 2021, seven months ahead of schedule, according to one of its parent companies, Leyard Optoelectronics.