Demand for mini LED applications will take off in the second half of 2018, and LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will begin to ship mini LEDs for smartphone backlighting and ultra-fine pixel pitch displays in the third or fourth quarter of 2018, according to company president Jou Ming-jiunn...
No product roadmap for micro LED displays yet, says AUO
AU Optronics (AUO) has said that it does not have a specific roadmap as well as a schedule for volume production of micro LED display products currently although it has successfully developed related technology.
Epistar to spin off business groups
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar will spin off two of its existing three business groups as subsidiaries in six months, company president Jou Ming-jiunn has disclosed.
Sanan Optoelectronics and HC SemiTek - the two largest China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers - and Epistar, their biggest counterpart in Taiwan, have seen inventories piling up to alarming levels, according to industry sources.
Epistar to ship VCSEL chips to China smartphone vendors
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar is poised to ship VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) chips used to China-based smartphone vendors through EMS provider Lite-On Technology's smartphone-use CCM (compact camera module) supply chain, according to industry sources.
HLJ to build 6-inch epi fab to boost VCSEL capacity
Taiwan-based VCSEL application solutions provider HLJ Technology has decided to invest NT$2.7 billion (US$90.08 million) to build a 6-inc epi wafer fab at its plant complex in northern Taiwan to better cash in on huge VCSEL application market potentials by integrating relevant epi chip design, fabrication,...
LiDAR market set for explosive growth, says Yole
The global LiDAR systems' market for automotive applications is showing an impressive growth between 2017 and 2023: from US$726 million to US$5 billion, it should reach a 43% CAGR during this period, according to Yole Developpement.
Samsung nearly books up mini LED capacity at Sanan
Samsung Electronics has almost booked up China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics' mini LED production capacity in Xiamen to secure supply of chips for backlighting of large-size high-end LCD TVs it will launch in third-quarter 2018, according to industry sources.
Epistar sues V-TAC for patent infringement in US
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has filed with the US District Court for the Central District of California a charge against V-TAC USA - a subsdiary of Europe-based LED lighting supplier V-TAC - for alleged infringement of its seven US patents concerning LED filament light bulbs.
Everlight reports 1Q18 profits, Lextar sees losses
LED packager Everlight Electronics has reported profits for first-quarter 2018, while vertically-integrated LED firm Lextar Electronics has posted losses.
Foxconn may become largest shareholder of Epileds
Members of the Foxconn Group have reportedly taken over a 7.32% stake in LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epileds Technologies from the original shareholder Catcher Technology and plan to acquire up to 20 million new Epileds shares to become its largest shareholder, according to industry sources.
Osram acquires VCSEL specialist Vixar
Osram has added to its expertise in semiconductor-based optical security technology by acquiring US-based Vixar. Already a technology leader in infrared LEDs and infrared laser diodes, Osram said it will have an expanded product portfolio after bringing on board Vixar's specialist capabilities in the...
Epistar to deal out dividend for 2017
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Epistar has decided to distribute a cash dividend of NT$0.80 per share for 2017, accounting for 51.61% of the corresponding net EPS of NT$1.55.
ITRI showcasing OLED lighting at TILS 2018
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is exhibiting OLED lighting and smart lighting technologies and applications at Taiwan International Lighting Show (TILS) 2018 in Taipei during April 25-28.
Epistar setting up 6-inch epitaxial wafer capacity
Epistar has dislosed it is setting up production capacity for 6-inch epitaxial wafers mainly for making VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) and GaN LED chips for power devices, with completion scheduled for June 2018 and operation to kick off in the third quarter.
AMEC to set up MOCVD base in Nanchang
China-based semiconductor equipment maker Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment (AMEC) has signed a deal with Nanchang city government, central China, to set up an MOCVD R&D and production base.
China makers defer placing orders for MOCVD sets
China-based LED epitaxial wafer and chip makers originally planned to order 280-300 MOCVD sets in total in 2018, but in view of continual drops in LED chip pricing, have temporarily deferred release of orders for more than 100 sets, according to industry sources.
China-based LED packaging service provider MLS expects Germany-based Ledvance - a lamp business which it has acquired from Osram - to become a main growth driver in 2018, during which the company's revenues are expected to grow at least 30%, according to MLS president Lawrence Lin.
LED oversupply resulting mainly from China-based makers' capacity expansion will remain in 2018, but if demand for mini LEDs for smartphone display backligting starts taking off in the third quarter, the oversupply may ease next year, according to Lee Biing-jye, chairman of Taiwan-based LED epitaxial...
LED firms Everlight Electronics, Epistar and Lextar Electronics have reported consolidated revenues of NT$2.108 billion (US$72.2 million), NT$1.776 billion and NT$921.4 million respectively for March, increasing 19.16%, 18.70% and 21.49% sequentially.
Apple plans micro LED panels for small- and large-size devices, says Digitimes Research
Apple is gearing up efforts developing micro LED panels for both small-size and large-size applications and has received support from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for the making of small-size ones, according to Digitimes Research's senior analyst Luke Lin.
The Ministry of Science and Technology has approved applications by PlayNitride and First Vertical Laser to invest NT$500 million (US$17.1 million) and NT$150 million respectively in setting up facilities at Hsinchu Science Park.
Opto Tech nets EPS NT$1.33 for 2017
LED epitaxial wafer and chip maker Opto Tech has reported net profits of NT$672.3 million (US$23.13 million) or NT$1.33 per share for 2017 in which it posted revenues of NT$5.59 billion.
Lextar intros ADB smart LED headlight module
Lextar Electronics has introduced an ADB (adaptive driving beam) smart LED automotive headlight module.
Lextar showcasing products at Light+Building 2018
Lextar Electronics is showcasing its latest products, including high-power LED lighting modules, high-voltage COB and DOB modules, infrared (IR) sensing modules and VCSEL devices, at Light+Building 2018 in Frankfur during March 18-23.
Taiwan large-size LCD panels – 1Q 2018
Taiwan's large-size LCD panel shipments decreased 4.4% sequentially, but went up 4.6% on year in the first quarter of 2018.
China smartphone AP shipments – 1Q 2018
According to surveys Digitimes Research conducted in China in March 2018, shipments of smartphone application processors (AP)...
Taiwan small- to mid-size LCD panels – 1Q 2018
Thanks to volume shipments of 18:9 smartphone panels from Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), Taiwan's small- to medium-size panel...
Global AP market, 2017-2021
Digitimes Research estimates total shipments of smartphone application processors (AP) worldwide will grow 1.5% on year to 1.67...
Taiwan server shipment forecast and industry analysis, 2018
In 2018, global server shipments will grow 8.5% to reach 13.73 million units. Digitimes Research estimates server shipments...
China AMOLED panel capacity expansion forecast, 2016-2020
This Digitimes Research Special Report examines the China AMOLED industry, focusing on the expansion capacity of the makers,...