LEDinside: IR LED in Handheld Device Application Market to Grow

The latest research by LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, sees a significant growth for the infrared (IR) LED market in the near future. LEDinside’s 2Q15 Gold Member Report - 2015 Global LED Supply and Demand Market provides a clear outline on the IR LED’s wide range of applications, such as imaging sensors, motion sensors, light sensors, proximity sensors, position detection systems, biometric recognition systems, and heart rate and blood oxygen monitors. “Handheld devices in particular constitute a very promising market because IR LEDs can bring many value-added features to these products, including information security and personal health management,” said LEDinside’s Assistant Research Manager Joanne Wu. “With ample room for growth and profit, the handheld device application is expected to become a strong driving force behind the IR LED market.” 

Wu added: “The 940nm IR LEDs are currently used in proximity sensors to help eliminate false touching and reduce power consumption. However, the IR LED technology has also branched into other advanced applications, such as finger vein recognition and iris recognition. Major IR LED manufacturers include Epitex, New Japan Radio Corporation, Rohm and Nichia in Japan; Osram Opto in Europe; Vishay in the U.S.; Epistar, Epileds and High Power Lighting in Taiwan. 

IR LED market to grow as wearable devices such as Apple Watch begin to adopt these technologies in their products. (Photo Courtesy of Apple)

Enhancing user security for handheld consumer electronic products such as smartphones are becoming more important as these devices incorporates identity verification and mobile payment technologies. Biometric recognition systems are especially required to meet a higher standard than ever before. Among the various technologies and methods, iris recognition is presently regarded as the most widely adopted and secure form of biometric recognition. Whereas a fingerprint has about 100 distinct marks or recognizable data points, an iris has around 2,000. Hence, the pattern of an iris is far more complex than a fingerprint’s and this results in a more accurate reading. The current iris recognition system combines three pieces of technologies: an infrared CCD camera with 700-900nm NIR LED, an automated camera control mechanism, and a biometric recognition software. A user can simply look at a smartphone’s screen in order to activate its built-in iris recognition system. The device first emits an IR LED light, and then the smartphone’s front camera takes a picture of the user’s iris, which would be verified by the software. 

Iris recognition systems are increasingly implemented applications related to personal and information security (i.e. airport, ATMs). On the mobile application front, Japan-based Oki Electric introduced the first mobile phone with an iris recognition system in 2006, and since then the technology has gone through several years of maturation. Fujitsu, another Japanese tech company, also launched a smartphone with iris recognition technology earlier this year. Known as ARROWS NX F-04G, this smartphone’s biometric recognition system provides users additional security when accessing online services and authenticate mobile payments. Other mobile brands are also following suit and filing patents for their solutions. Therefore, competing iris recognition systems will soon appear in various consumer electronic applications like Windows 10 notebook, tablets and mobile phones. At present, major developers of this technology include Panasonic, Oki Electric, IrisGuard, EyeLock and IriTech. Their efforts will create new opportunities in the field of information security. 

Please see 2Q15 Gold Member Report on Global LED Supply and Demand Market by LEDinside for the complete analysis on the IR LED market for the handheld device application.

LEDinside Gold Member: 2015 LED Demand and Supply Market

Published Date: June 2015

Format: PDF

Language: Chinese / English

Demand Market Analysis


Backlight Market Application- Outline

  • TV Market Overview
  • Global Demand Analysis
  • Specification Analysis
  • TV Brand Market shares
  • LED in TV Application
  • LED Demand Analysis
  • LED Specification Analysis
  • Product Technology-High NTSC
  • Technology- Flip Chip / CSP
  • Mobile Market Overview
  • Global Demand Analysis
  • Specification Analysis
  • Smartphone Brand Market Shares
  • LED in Mobile Phone Application
  • LED Demand Analysis
  • Product Technology-High NTSC
  • Product Technology- Flip Chip/CSP

Lighting Market Application- Outline

  • China's LED Lighting Export Growth Slowed Down
  • International Factors: The Conversion from RMB to Major Foreign Currencies Sharply Appreciated Within a Year
  • Domestic Demand: Impacted by the Depression of Real Estate Market and Fiscal Contraction
  • Demand: The Price Reduction Brought the Quantity Increase, Maintaining the Industry Growth
  • COB Market:2015 COB Main Specifications in the Markets
  • COB Market Became the New Battleground for Manufacturers
  • Various LED Manufacturers Have Launched COB Products with Higher Efficacy in Succession to Add Value

Automotive LED Market Application

High / Low Beam Market Application

  • Product Definition and Supply Chain
  • Optical Regulations and Product Features
  • Low Beam- Shape and Brightness Definition
  • High Beam- Brightness Are Emphasized
  • COB Enhancing Luminous Efficacy in Headlamp
  • LED Package Types in Headlamp Product
  • High Power LED Market Growing Up

Display Market Application- Outline

  • In Display Market, Fine Pitch Display's New Application Space Opened
  • Display Market’s Evolution: Re-Positioning Leads to Broader Industrial Growth Space
  • Specification Between Fine Pitch and General Display
  • Cost Comparison Between LCD and Fine pitch Display
  • Fine Pitch Display Supply Chain

IR LED Market Trend- Outline

What is Infrared?

  • IR LED Power Segmentation and Product Features
  • Infrared LED Package- DIP Package
  • Infrared LED Package- High Power LED
  • Infrared LED Package- High Power LED- W/O Second Lens 
  • Infrared LED Package- High Power LED- With Second Lens
  • IR LED Market Application and Product Distribution
  • Infrared LED Product Application
  • Global Surveillance Manufacturers
  • IR LED Package Type in Surveillance System
  • IR LED Market in Surveillance System

New Generation MOCVD Equipment Significantly Increase Production Capacity

Global MOCVD Installation Volume Analysis

  • Future MOCVD Installations in China Will Be Restricted By Chinese Government’s Policy
  • Acquiring Second Hand Idle MOCVD Equipment is Another Way to Expand Production Capacity
  • LED Chip House Utilization Rates Analysis

Exhibit Report- OPIE’15 UV LED/ IR LED

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