2020-10-15

Konka to Release Mini LED Backlit TV, More Mini LED Products Entering the Market

Chinese TV brands have been proactively launching Mini LED backlit TVs. After TCL and Xiaomi releasing their new products, Konka also announced that it will debut a 75-inch 8K TV featuring Mini LED backlight technology. Konka said that this 75-inch 8K TV adopts Mini LED backlight technology with more than 20,000 units of Mini LED chips to realize 5184 local dimming zones. Implementing IPS RGB display, the TV achieves 8K resolution and support 120Hz and 60Hz refresh rate. (Image: Konka) Cost of Mini LED Backlit TVs Remain High...
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2020-10-07

TrendForce Announces Top 10 Tech Industry Trends for 2021

In this release, TrendForce provides its forecast of 10 key trends in the tech industry for 2021. As the DRAM industry officially enters the EUV era, NAND Flash stacking technology advances past 150L The three major DRAM suppliers Samsung, SK Hynix, and Micron will not only continue their transition towards the 1Znm and 1alpha nm process technologies, but also formally introduce the EUV era, with Samsung leading the charge, in 2021. DRAM suppliers will gradually replace their existing double patterning technologies in order to optimize their cost str...
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2020-09-28

TrendForce: Samsung to Galvanize Growth of Mini LED Backlight TV Market, while Intense Competition in LED Supply Chain Projected to Resurface

Yearly Mini LED backlight TV shipment is projected to reach 4.4 million units for 2021, a 2% penetration rate in the overall TV market, as brands begin integrating Mini LED backlights into their TVs and continue to improve technologies as well as optimize costs, according to TrendForce’s latest investigations. While Apple is set to release IT products featuring Mini LED backlights, Korea-based Samsung and LG will both debut their own Mini LED backlight TVs in 2021. In particular, as part of its effort to deploy Mini LED backlight across its produ...
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2020-09-23

New Arrival! TrendForce 2021 Global LED Video Wall Market Outlook and Price Cost Analysis

According to TrendForce 2021 Global LED Video Wall Market Outlook and Price Cost Analysis, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, TrendForce revised down the global market scale of LED video wall in 2020. However, it is still expected that in 2H20, outdoor video wall and municipal projects like security and control room will benefit from government’s financial policies and economic stimulus programs such as new infrastructural construction and more. As such, the market demand of outdoor transportation and control room will improve in 2H20. It is esti...
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2020-09-22

Samsung “The Wall” Enters Japanese B2B Market

As LG officially released its Micro LED display, Samsung’s The Wall is also moving a step forward by breaking into the commercial display market in Japan. BusinessKorea reported that Japan’s largest display solution company NGC is offering Samsung’s The Wall series to its customers such as NHK and TV Asahi. (Image: Samsung) For the Korean company, it is a great achievement to penetrate the Japanese market as it had been a rather close environment favoring domestic suppliers. However, since other Japanese competitors like NEC and Sh...
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2020-09-21

Sanan to Supply Mini LED Chips to Apple? TrendForce: Patent is Still the Key

It was reported today on September 21 that Chinese LED chip manufacturer Sanan Optoelectronics has progressed faster than expected with its Mini LED chip development and might begin to supply its product to Apple’s iPad Pro and MacBook in 2021. If Sanan joins the supply chain with lower price, the business of Epistar, the Taiwan-based LED supplier who is reportedly the major Mini LED chip supplier of Apple, may be impacted. However, TrendForce said that Sanan has yet made its way into the Apple supply chain and the low price may not be the first priori...
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2020-09-10

Automotive and Wearable Micro LED Displays at Display Week 2020 Demonstrate Mass Transfer and Bonding Breakthroughs

Even without a physical presence, Display Week 2020 still functioned as a major arena for competing technology providers to showcase their offerings. Noteworthy participants that unveiled their latest Micro LED products included LGD, AUO, Tianma, and BOE. In demonstrating their cutting-edge solutions, exhibitors used videos, images, and other media resources to overcome the limitations of the virtual venue. The lack of physical exhibitions and conferences did not diminish the excitement over Micro LED displays during Display Week 2020. Many prominent developers ...
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2020-09-09

South Korean Company Develops 12-inch Sapphire Wafer, Aiming to Strengthen Domestic Material Supply

A Korean company announced that it has developed “12-inch sapphire wafer” with required quality which can help to support local demands of semiconductor materials, reported ETNEWS, a Korean media. Japan imposed restriction on exportation of three semiconductor materials that are critical for display manufacture to South Korea due to disputes between the two countries. The Korea government and companies have thus been pushing the development of materials, components and equipment so that they will be less reliable on imposed products. (Image: Samsung) The...
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2020-09-08

Mini/Micro LED Technologies to Support New Automotive Applications

According to the latest report of TrendForce, “2020 Global Automotive LED Product Trend and Regional Market Analysis,” demands for automotive LED increase stably driven by advanced applications such as intelligent headlamp, central tunnel taillights, HDR automotive displays, ambient lights and more. Headlamps play the major role in the development of automotive LED lighting. The driving momentum include halogen replacement, small aperture, adaptive driving beam (ADB) and projection. TrendForce analyzed that halogen replacement and ADB will occup...
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2020-09-08

Chinese Players Increase Investment to Expand Capacity for Mini/Micro LED Chips and Displays

As applications adopting Mini LED technology are about to boom, Chinese companies reported their new investment projects for expanding capacity for the new display technologies including Mini LED and Micro LED. Last week, LED display maker Dicolor and LED chip producer Focus Lightings announced their new projects for Mini and Micro LED respectively. Dicolor added RMB 1 billion (US$ 146.28 million) to build a Mini LED display production center in Chuzhou and Focus Lightings announced that it will expand capacity for Mini/Micro LED chip with an...
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2020-09-03

Epistar, Lextar and AUO to Leverage Their Expertise to Expand Micro/Mini LED Business through Collaboration with Big Brands

Mini LED backlight display technology is going to be adopted by Apple and Samsung for tablets and TVs launching next year. Meanwhile, we have seen several Micro LED technology breakthroughs recently with AUO, PlayNitride and ITRI showcasing their prototypes for innovative applications. To speed up Micro/Mini LED display technology, integration within the supply chain is a major strategy recognized by industry players. Epistar and Lextar, the two Taiwan-based LED chip manufacturers, are merging with the aim to leverage their expertise and avoid duplicated ...
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2020-08-26

Taiwan-based Supply Chain Equipped for Upcoming Mini LED Display Applications

2021 is expected to be the year that Mini LED will illuminate the display market. Apple is getting ready to launch the new iPad Pro featuring Mini LED backlight display and Samsung will probably debut new high end TV portfolio based on the technology. Recently a Korean media added that Samsung might produce about 2 million units of Mini LED backlit TV next year. With all the upcoming Mini LED display applications, the supply chain in Taiwan covering LED manufacturers and panel makers who have been dedicating to improving the display technology based on mini...
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2020-08-26

Innolux Presents Rollable Mini LED Display for Commercial and PID Applications

Innolux hosted 2020 new product premiere yesterday and presented a 55-inch rollable Mini LED emissive display featuring active matrix (AM) driving technology. The panel maker also introduced new display products targeting health and entertaining applications. The rollable display adopts flexible PCB backplane and features high curvature, brightness, contrast and saturation. However, Innolux did not reveal further details such as resolution for the product. Comparing to the rollable OLED panel LG demonstrated before, Innolux claimed that direct emissive Mini LE...
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2020-08-25

Foxconn Group Integrates Internal Resources to Boost Mini/Micro LED Display Applications

Sharp’s mass production plan for Micro LED displays marked a progress of the Foxconn Group in next-gen display technology development. Incorporates LED chip production, packaging technology, panel manufacture and TV brands, the Foxconn Group is known for its ambition to set up an internal Micro LED supply chain. The Micro LED displays developed by Sharp, a 0.38-inch full color panel featuring 1053 PPI and a 0.13-inch blue display with 3000 PPI, were designed by the semiconductor group under Foxconn and manufactured by Sharp Fukuyama Semiconductor. ...
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2020-08-24

Lextar Launches Upgraded Mini LED Backlight Products for TV and Automotive Display Applications

Taiwan-based LED company Lextar announced the expansion of its I-Mini LED portfolio with four new Mini LED backlight products targeting applications covering TVs, monitors, automotive display and nautical instruments. The products have been manufactured in volume and delivered to its clients. (Image: Lextar) Lextar introduced the technologies adopted in its new I-Mini LED backlight products including COB, DOB and microlens array. By bonding Mini LED flip chip directly onto driver substrate, the COB (Chip on Board) technology achieves ultra-thin ...
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2020-08-21

FitTech Expects Revenue Growth in 2021 with Booming Mini LED Applications

LED testing and sorting equipment manufacturer FitTech held investor conference yesterday (August 20, 2020) and announced that in order to meet the demand of Mini LED chip process from its clients, the company will expand its capacity in 4Q20. The expansion is expected to finish in the second quarter of 2021 and will be a major growing momentum for FitTech. (Image: FitTech) Being part of the Mini LED backlight technology supply chain, FitTech provides LED testing equipment for Epistar, who is known for the major Mini LED chip supplier for Apple’s ...
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2020-08-18

TrendForce: HDR and Local Dimming Enter Automotive Display Markets

According to the latest report of TrendForce, “2020 Global Automotive LED Product Trend and Regional Market Analysis,” the market demand for automotive panel has reached 134-144 million units in 2019-2020 with center informative display accounting for the highest share. This was estimated based on the sales of car shipment. Currently, 12.3 inch is the mainstream size for center informative display, which is designed with two or three connected panels, or even designed into a whole panel sized 30 to 50 inch. Since 2020, car makers attempt to implement HDR and...
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2020-08-14

Strengths of Micro LED and Mini LED Supply Chain in Taiwan

In the second half of 2020, increasing applications based on novel display technologies are emerging in the market. Mini LED backlight technology has reached the stage of commercialization with several notebook and monitor products launched. Chinese TV brands TCL have released its Mini LED TV series and Korean giants Samsung and LG are likely to roll out Mini LED backlight TVs in the near future as well. And of course, the most expected Mini LED product would be the 12.9 iPad Pro of Apple. Meanwhile, Micro LED technology is still developing and a few...
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2020-08-12

TCL Launches New Mini LED Backlight TV Lineup and Xiaomi Presents Transparent OLED TV

Chinese brands TCL and Xioami introduced their new TV products featuring advanced display technologies. TCL launched its new Mini LED backlight TV, 6-series and Xiaomi presented a transparent OLED TV. TCL released 5- and 6-Series Roku TV lines. The 6-series products are based on Mini LED backlight technology with 240 dimming zones that enables brilliantly bright and deeply dark areas to achieve ultra-high contract ratio. According to TCL, the series will be the first TV with THX® Certified Game Mode, supporting a refresh rate of 120Hz. A...
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2020-08-11

Leading Brands to Kick Start Mini LED Backlight Applications Based on Mid to Large Size Panels

Among the next-gen display technologies based on miniaturized LEDs, while Micro LED is still confronting issues of low yield and high cost, Mini LED backlight display technology has been commercialized and is seeing a thriving future starting next year. Currently at the market, we can see Mini LED backlit gaming notebooks and monitors launched by Acer, Asus, MSI, Lenovo and other notebook brands. The long rumored Mini LED iPad Pro from Apple is another highlight expected by the market and the industry. In addition, Samsung is reportedly debuting a series o...
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2020-08-10

Epistar Announces Board of Directors of the New Holding Company ENNOSTAR

On August 7, LED companies Epistar and Lextar held an extraordinary shareholders meeting to pass the share conversion of both companies to the new holding company, ENNOSTAR. The members of the board of directors, supervisors and chairman of ENNOSTAR were also elected. As expected, Epistar holds three seats in the board of directors, Lextar takes one seat and its parent company AUO gets one seat as well. The members of the board of director include Biing-Jye Lee, Chairman of Epistar; Chin-Yung Fan, President of Epistar; Shih-Shien Chang, Vice P...
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2020-08-07

TCL to Boost Mini LED Backlight TV Shipment, Lifting Supply Chain Business

Mini LED backlight display applications are spreading with increasing products entering the market including notebooks, monitors and TVs. Leading brands like Apple and Samsung are going to launch products based on the technology in 2021 as well. Meanwhile, TCL, the Chinese TV brands who released Mini LED backlit TVs last year, is reportedly increasing the product shipment. In 2019, TCL launched 65- and 75-inch Mini LED backlit TVs. The company changed its pricing strategy this year by cutting the 65-inch TV from $1,999 to US$999 and the 75-inch from ...
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2020-08-06

【Display Week】AUO Showcases Micro LED and Mini LED Technologies Targeting Applications in Post-pandemic Era

As virtual Display Week goes on, Taiwan-based panel maker AUO announced its demonstration of advanced display technologies covering Micro LED automotive displays, Mini LED medical displays, a full range of gaming displays as well as display applications in smart retail and transportation. Pioneering the next generation display technology, AUO is showcasing a complete series of full color TFT driven Micro LED automotive displays. The 9.4-inch flexible Micro LED display developed jointly by AUO and PlayNitride is now integrated into a automotive display t...
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2020-08-05

Leading Brands Boost Demands for BLU LEDs, Driving Production of LED Suppliers in Taiwan, Korea and China

As the market is expecting Apple and Samsung to release products adopting Mini LED backlight display technology, companies of the supply chain are gearing up with increase production to meet the hiking demands. These big names are reportedly securing their LED chip supply from manufacturers in Taiwan, Korea and China. (Image: Pixabay) Samsung, who is likely to release Mini LED backlit TVs series in 2021, has been in talk with Episar, Lextar, Sanan and HC Semitek to make sure that its demands of 30 billion Mini LED chips for over 3 million TV units wou...
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2020-08-05

GE Unveils Inkjet-Printed Red Phosphor Targeting Micro/Mini LED Display Markets

With a focus on the emerging Micro LED and Mini LED display markets, GE unveiled its advances with narrow-band red (PFS-KSF) and green phosphors that will accelerate their integration into these next generation display applications. These advances were highlighted during a keynote presentation by Dr. James Murphy during the SID Virtual Display Week Business Conference. GE demonstrated the new inkjet-printed red phosphor on a plastic substrate which that illustrates advances toward printing phosphors for Micro- and Mini- LED displays. (Image: GE) ...
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2020-08-04

UK-based Backplane Material Supplier SmartKem Presents Mini LED Backlight Prototypes at Display Week 2020

SmartKem is a UK-based organic semiconductor materials producer and it has announced its development of Mini LED backlight prototypes for full array local dimming aimed at TV, monitors and signage applications. The company is showcasing its development at Display Week 2020, which is virtually taking place this week. Organic materials for organic thin-film transistors using SmartKem materials can be used to manufacture active matrix backplanes, driving arrays of thousands of individual Mini LEDs on a substrate, thereby delivering impressive high resolution images with...
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2020-07-31

AUO Expects Thriving Panel Market in 2H20 and Supplies 8K QLED and Mini LED Display to Leading Brands

Taiwanese panel manufacturer AUO held its investor conference yesterday and announced financial results of 2Q20. Driven by “Stay-at-home” economy, the company reported strong demand for display applications and expects the growth momentum to continue in the second half of the year. For 2Q20, AUO posted consolidated revenues of NTD 63.50 billion (US$ 2.16 million), up by 18.3% QoQ. Gross margin came to 2.7%. In the second quarter of 2020, large-sized panel shipments totaled around 30.71 million units, hiked by 37.0% QoQ. Shipments of small-and-medium-s...
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2020-07-31

K&S Reports Revenue and Profit Growth in Its FY3Q20 with Rising Demands for Mini LED and Micro LED

Singapore based equipment supplier K&S announced financial results of its fiscal 3Q20 ended June 27, 2020. The company posted revenue of US$ 150.5 million which grown by 18.4% YoY. For the third fiscal quarter of 2020, K&S reported a gross profit of US$ 69.4 million and a gross margin of 46.1%. On the non-GAAP base, the company’s net income grew by 258.3% YoY to 12.9 million. The increased profit and revenue were boosted by the company’s recently mass produced Pixalux, which was designed to meet the high speed transfer needs in Mini LED...
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2020-07-30

Micro/Mini LED Revenue Projected to Reach US$4.2 Billion in 2024 as Major Brands Step Up Developmental Efforts, Says TrendForce

Next-generation Micro/Mini LED display technologies have generated a market which companies hoping to recover from the pandemic-induced global economic downturn look to for the next wave of commercial opportunities. Furthermore, major brands including Samsung, Apple, Facebook, Google, LG, and Sony are also rushing to get a head start in Micro/Mini LED development, in turn galvanizing the growth of the overall supply chain. Total Micro/Mini LED revenue is projected to reach upwards of US$4.2 billion in 2024. TrendForce’s latest investigations find that cu...
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2020-07-28

Mini LED Backlight Applications to Drive Demands for Chips

Mini LED backlight products are expect to bring a revolution to the display market with driving momentum from leading brands including Apple and Samsung. The two companies are reportedly launching Mini LED backlight tablets and TVs in the coming months or next year, which will bring up demands for Mini LED chips. LED chips suppliers from Taiwan and China are seeing a surging demands for Mini LED chips in the second half of 2020. Taiwan-based Epistar has been preparing its Mini LED capacity for Apple and will be ready to begin shipment in September. E...
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