Government-run Hsinchu Science Park (HSP), Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) generated revenues totaling NT$2,109.441 billion (US$68.43 billion) in January-October 2018, growing 5.57% on year, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
Epistar succeeds in defending patents in US
Epistar has diclosed it has triumphed over US-based Lowe's Home Center and China-based fellow maker Sanan Optoelectronics after its US patents concerning LED filament light bulb technology were upheld by the authorities.
LED chip makers Opto Tech and Tyntek have obtained significant orders for Si-based sensor chips, mainly photo diode, photo transistor and Zener diode chips, with their corresponding production capacities utilized at 90-100% and shipments scheduled through January 2019, according to industry sources.
FitTech becomes supplier for top-3 China LED firms
Taiwan-based FitTech has become a supplier of LED wafer and chip probing and testing equipment for the three largest China-based LED device makers, according to the company.
As China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers have gradually brought additional production capacities into operation but market demand has remained unchanged, there has been oversupply of LED chips and consequently China- and Taiwan-based makers have been faced with too high inventory levels,...
Lextar showcasing VCSEL products at electronica 2018
Lextar Electronics is exhibiting VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) 3D depth-sensing modules integrated with camera modules and software at electronica 2018 in Munich, Germany during November 13-16, according to the company.
Everlight, Epistar report profits for January-September
LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics and LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar have released reported net EPS of NT$1.48 (US$0.05) and NT$0.48 respectively for January-September.
Lextar begins shipments of VCSEL devices
Lextar Electronics has disclosed it began shipping VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) devices for use in smartphone-based 3D facial recognition, and VR/AR devices in third-quarter 2018.
Mini LED-backlit high-end smartphones were originally expected to be launched by year-end 2018, but smartphone vendors have been reluctant to adopt such backlighting, which has seen its competitiveness undermined by falling OLED pricing, according to industry sources.
Epistar to combine 4 overseas subsidiaries into one
LED epitaxial wafer and maker Epistar on November 1 decided to combine four British Virgin Islands (BVI)-based wholly owned subsidiaries into one in line with its overall organizational adjustment.
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker and LED packaging service provider Lextar Electronics will exhibit newly developed I-Mini Square automotive lighting modules based on I-Mini LED display technolgoy at Electronica 2018 to take place in Munich, Germany from November 13-16, according to the company.
Nichia has maintained it will seek damages from Everlight Electronics and its subsidiary WOFI Leuchten Wortmann & Filz GmbH for infringing its YAG patent before it expired.
While mini LED backlighting can enhance LCD displays' brightness and HDR (high dynamic range), its competitiveness against OLED hinges on cost, according to WitsView.
Lextar Electronics has become a supplier of LED automotive taillight modules for Taiwan-based electric scooter vendor Gogoro and Europe-based ones, according to industry sources.
Innolux has reshaped its corporate structure by setting up two new business units: India Business Center and mLED Business Unit, as it moves to respond to increasing competition in the display industry.
While mini RGB LED fine-pitch displays have begun to come into commercial use, they are still faced with technological difficulties in chip mass transfer, precise placement, yield rate and repair.
LED chip prices in China in fourth-quarter 2018 are expected to drop nearly 10% sequentially mainly due to increased supply and decreased demand arising from seasonality, leading to on-year decreases of 20-30% for the whole year, according to industry sources.
Everlight wins patent lawsuit against Nichia in China
China's intellectual property authorities has dismissed Nichia's claim that Everlight Electronics' China patent concerning flip-chip LED packaging technology, CN 101 400 197, is invalid, which is tantamount to upholding its validity in China, according to industry sources.
Everlight loses patent lawsuit in Japan
The Tokyo District Court has dismissed a claim filed by LED packaging service provider Everlight Electronics that Japan-based Nichia, Citizen Electronics and Daiko Electric infringed on its Japanese patent, according to Nichia.
The development of mini RGB LED technology is now being considered the next-generation display technology as mini LED applications are different from the general LED display products, and offer better image quality.
Epistar implementing spin-off plans
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has disclosed it has spun off its semiconductor foundry business unit and will also turn its mini LED R&D operation into a separate entity next year.
Everlight Eelctronics, Epistar and Lextar Electronics have all reported on-year declines for September revenues.
Tyntek building 6-inch Si epitaxial wafer plant
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Tyntek has completed a factory of 6-inch epitaxial wafers for making Si-based sensor chips, with manufacturing equipment being installed and trial production to being in November 2018, according to Commercial Times.
Mini LED is beginning to be used in high-end devices and stands a chance of replacing existing LED backlighting in the future mainly because of its simpler structure and material, according to David Su, chairman of Lextar Electronics.
Sanan Optoelectronics LED plant hit by explosion
An explosion hit Sanan Optoelectronics' AlGaInP LED epitaxial wafer and chip plant in Tianjin, northern China, in mid-September, according to industry sources.
Taiwan LCD monitors – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD monitor shipments grew 6.3% sequentially and 7.5% on year to reach 22.35 million units in the third quarter.
Taiwan LCD TVs – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's LCD TV shipments increased 11.4% sequentially, but down 3.1% on year to arrive at 8.52 million units in the third quarter...
Taiwan handsets – 3Q 2018
Taiwan's handset shipments increased 5.5% sequentially, but dropped 6.8% on year to come to 21.8 million units in the third...
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