2020-10-12

Lextar Partners with X Display to Accelerate Micro LED Mass Production

Lextar and X Display Company (XDC) announced that they have entered into agreements, including Development and License Agreement and Services Agreement wherein Lextar has licensed XDC’s Intellectual Property, and both Lextar’s and XDC’s customers will be supplied Lextar’s high-performance MicroLEDs. “We are pleased to announce our partnership with XDC, which brings the innovative and feasible Micro LED display mass-production technology to Lextar, “said Mr. C.N. Huang, Vice President of Lextar Technology Ce...
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2020-09-21

Merge of Epistar and Lextar Delayed as the Case Still under Review of the Chinese Antitrust Authorities

Taiwan based LED companies Epistar and Lextar announced that the share conversion date of their new holding company ENNOSTAR will be delayed. The two companies originally set the date on October 20, 2020 to convert shares of both company and list ENNOSTAR. But since the case has yet pass the review procedure of the Chinese antitrust authorities, the share conversion date is now rescheduled to January 6, 2021. (Image: Pixabay) Epistar and Lextar announced that they are establishing a new holding company through share swapping with the aim to integrate reso...
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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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2020-09-03

Osram Launches Automotive LEDs with Enhanced Brightness and Announces Settlement with Lextar

Osram announced the expansion of its automotive LED portfolio, launching a new generation of 1 to 4-chip versions in the Oslon Compact PL product family. The company also reported settlement with its contract manufacturer Lextar. The new version of the Oslon Compact PL products feature ceramic components with an electrically insulated pad that makes it much easier to dissipate heat from the package. The design enables a higher current to allow the 1-chip version to achieve an outstanding brightness value of 395 lumens at 1A with a chip area of 1mm². Sized small as 1...
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2020-08-31

QD Color Conversion and Wafer Technologies Drive Micro LED Display Mass Production

Micro LED technology developers from Taiwan unveiled their latest progress in quantum dots (QD) color conversion and wafer production. Lextar introduced its progresses in reliable QD development to realize full color Micro LED displays while PlayNitride shared its achievement of 6-inch Micro LED epitaxial wafers with advanced uniformity. (Image: screenshot from PlayNitride video) Lextar, a vertical integrated LED company based in Taiwan, shared that the company has been working on deploying QD color conversion technology on Micro LED display. Since M...
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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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2020-08-24

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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2020-08-10

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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2020-07-10

New Holding Company of Epistar and Lextar Named ENNOSTAR

Epistar and Lextar, the two LED companies in Taiwan said that they are forming a new holding company via share conversion with the aim to strengthen Micro LED and Mini LED display technology and business. The new holding company is now named ENNOSTAR, revealed Epistar in its announcement following the agreement of both companies. The share conversion ratios of two companies are set at one share of Epistar for 0.5 ordinary share of ENNOSTAR, and one share of Lextar for 0.275 ordinary share. An extra ordinary shareholders meeting and the promoter’...
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2020-06-19

Apple as Nudge to Epistar and Lextar Merge?

Taiwanese LED chip maker Epistar and Lextar are going to form a new holding company, aiming to intensify its growing momentum in next-gen display technologies Mini LED and Micro LED. LEDinside noticed that Apple, who is reportedly launching Mini LED-based products, could be a nudge that lead to the alliance of Epistar and Lextar. Rumors of Apple to release several Mini LED backlight technology adopted products including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 14.1-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2020 and 2021 have been going on since last year. Epistar, the Taiwan com...
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2020-06-19

Epistar and Lextar to Jointly Establish New Holding Company to Accelerate Mini/Micro LED Development

Two Taiwan-based LED companies, Epistar and Lextar, announced yesterday (June 18) that they will jointly set up a new holding company via share conversion. Through the collaboration, the two companies aim to integrate their resource and focus on their expertise to speed Mini LED and Micro LED technology development. For the new holding company, Epistar and Lextar will swap one share for 0.5 and 0.275 shares respectively. The share swap is scheduled to be completed on October 20, 2020. Once the new holding company is listed upon the share swap date, both Epistar a...
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2020-03-24

Nichia Files Lawsuit against IPF for Selling LED Headlight Products Infringing Its Patent

On March 17, 2020, Nichia filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Tokyo District Court against IPF Corporation, a Japan-based distributor of automotive aftermarket parts. Nichia accused IPF of selling LED headlamp that infringes Nichia’s patent and sought an injunction and compensation for damages. The accused product in this lawsuit is a LED headlamp bulb (product number: 301HLB2) incorporating LED jointly developed with the Taiwanese LED manufacturer Lextar (see photo). Nichia alleged the LED infringes Nichia’s patent JP5526782 related...
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2020-03-13

Global LED Companies Launch UVC LED Products to Meet Growing Demands

The coronavirus has now declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and the infected numbers continues to rise all over the world. Products used for preventing infection thus became bestsellers everywhere. Featuring disinfecting function, UVC LED embedded products are also drawing attentions in the market. LED companies who have been progressing UV LED technologies now leverage their strengths to launch UV LED products for meeting the surging demands for disinfection applications. (Image: Pixabay) Lextar, the vertical integrated LED ...
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2019-12-26

Lextar to Showcase Mini LED Backlight Module at CES 2020

Taiwan-based LED company Lextar announced that its 17.3-inch Mini LED backlight module will be adopted by notebook brand and will be demonstrated at CES 2020. Lextar has transformed its business structure by cutting of lighting business and focusing on automotive applications, IR LEDs and Mini/Micro LED since 2018. With the transformation, the company has presented its novel technologies including automotive Mini LED, Mini LED backlight products and Mini LED RGB displays at various international events in the past year. (Image: Lextar) The M...
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2019-10-07

Rising Mini LED Penetration to Bring up Revenue for Taiwan LED Makers

LEDinside indicated in the latest Mini LED and HDR High-End Display Market Report that Mini LED backlight is projected to reach penetration rates of 20%, 15% and 10% in the application markets of ITs, TVs and tablets. The growing market of Mini LED displays and other applications is expected to spur the tepid LED market. Several Taiwanese LED producers are looking forward to revenue increase with the prospering Mini LED trend. (Image: Lextar) Taiwan-based chip maker Epistar, as a Mini LED pioneer, has begun Mini LED shipment last year...
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2019-10-03

Major Micro LED Application Trends Focused by Worldwide Industry Players

Micro LED technology is on its way to take off with various applications launched by leading companies across the world. Small size displays for wearable products, middle size display for automotive applications and extra-large TVs are the three major areas targeted by current Micro LED players according to their strategies of Micro LED technology. LEDinside observed several roadmaps of Micro LED technology developments of different leading companies in the field. Luxury Micro LED TVs Since Micro LED technology still faces the challenge of high pro...
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2019-09-04

Mini LED to Shine with Applications that OLED Cannot Achieve

Mini LED has been viewed as the technology to confront OLED in display applications. Industry players from Taiwan possessing expertise in LEDs and LCD see the opportunity and are accelerating their technology development, aiming to boost the LED industry. Chip maker Epistar and vertical integrated LED company Lextar both demonstrated a wide range of Mini LED products including Mini LED backlit displays for gaming notebook, monitors, automotive panels and large sized Mini LED RGB displays for outdoor signage. Automotive applications are the targe...
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2019-08-30

【Touch Taiwan 2019】LED and Panel Companies Showcase Micro LED/Mini LEDs Applications

Touch Taiwan 2019, the major business fair for the display industry, kicked off on August 28 at Nangang Exhibition Center in Taipei, Taiwan. The event attracted around 300 suppliers from the supply chain to show their latest display technologies and products. AUO exhibited varios high-end displays Micro LEDs and Mini LEDs are definitely the spotlight of the show this year. Event organizer particularly arranged a zone for Micro LED and Mini LED products and solutions which attracted companies including Epistar, Lextar, Macroblock, TOPCO, ASM Paci...
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2019-08-23

Lextar to Showcase Transparent Micro LED Display and Mini LED Products at Touch Taiwan

Lextar will present Micro LED display and its Mini LED series products at Touch Taiwan during August 28 to 30. The vertical integrated LED company is also releasing a new series of Mini LED ready for mass production. The products include I-Mini Blue and UFP I-Mini RGB display with a pitch size of 0.7mm. Lextar will exhibit its latest development, a 5.1-inch transparent AM Micro LED display. According to Lextar, the Micro LED display can achieve a brightness of 30,000nits by assembling flip chip Micro LED on the transparent glass. Meanwh...
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2019-08-14

Lextar Pushes Mini LED Development and Aims to Increase Chip Efficiency to Meet Energy 8.0 Requirements

Mini LED and Micro LED technologies have been the focal point of many Taiwanese LED manufacturers as they attempt to get away from severe price competition with Chinese companies. However, as Micro LED requires higher technology integration as well as production cost, Mini LED becomes an easier target. Vertical integrated LED company Lextar has begun organization restructure since 2018, cutting off LED fixture manufacture and prioritizing Mini LED research and development. Mini LED backlight and signage are the two major areas focused by Lextar. ...
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2019-07-12

Lextar Reports Revenue Growth in 2Q19 with Focuses on Mini LED and Automotive Products

Vertically integrated LED manufacturer Lextar released its revenue of June 2019, which came to NT$845 million (US$27.2 million), up by 15.1% MoM and down by 7.02% YoY. Lextar began restructure in 2018 by drastically cutting off fixtures business and turning into high margin products including Mini LED backlight, display, automotive products and other. Currently, the company is processing Mini LED shipment steadily and plans to increase the share of Mini LED backlight product to 10% by the fourth quarter of 2019. It was also reported that panel manufacture...
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2019-05-07

Lextar Maintains Profitable for 1Q19; Epistar Announces Loss due to Market Weakness

Taiwan-based LED manufacturers Lextar and Epistar announced their financial reports for the first quarter of 2019. Both companies posted an on-year degrease for 1Q19; however, Lextar managed to stay profitable while Epistar had a loss in the past two quarters with impacts from the US-China dispute. Lextar registered revenues of NT$2.167 billion (US$70.13 million) for 1Q19 with an on-year decrease of 18.15% and an on-quarter decrease of 10%. Net profit came to NT$113 million (US$3.66 million). The company also posted a revenue of NT$815 million (US$26.38 millio...
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2019-04-22

Taiwanese Firms Gear up for Mini LED Market Growth

Mini LED, with better performance in brightness, contrast and saturation for display applications, is expected to grow radically in 2019 and 2020. To meet the booming demands of Mini LED, Taiwan-based companies are preparing to expand production of related Mini LED products. The adoption of Mini LED might not be popular in consumer products, yet the industry chain has been equipped to speed up Mini LED shipment for potential applications as Apple was said to release Mini LED backlight equipped iMac by 2H19 and iPad by 4Q20. Also, Huawei and Xiaomi were m...
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2019-03-20

Lextar to Present Automotive Mini LED and VCSEL Applications at ALE

Vertically integrated LED manufacturer Lextar will exhibit its latest automotive LED developments including applications of Mini LED RGB module and VCSEL, as well as its cutting-edge automotive LED lighting matrix module at Shanghai International Auto Lamp Exhibition (ALE) from March 21 and 22, 2019. Lextar is showcasing its automotive LED lighting matrix module for the first time. The lighting module consisting 240 LED chips with an average luminance intensity of 15,000cd. With its high brightness, the product can project dynamic graphics and info...
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2019-03-14

Lextar Reports Revenue Down for 2018 with Lighting Business Cut off

Taiwan-based LED company Lextar announced its 2018 financial reports with an annual revenue of NT$ 11.056 billion (US$ 357.58 million), down by 8.2% YoY. Its after tax profit came to NT$ 49 million (US$ 1.58 million). For the fourth quarter of 2018, the company registered a revenue of NT$2.4 billion, which dropped by 19.6% compared with 3Q18. In 2018, Lextar has slashed its lighting business to focus on high technology development which resulted in the decrease of annual revenue. The market uncertainty brought by the US-China trade war also impacted the busi...
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2019-03-06

Lextar Pushes IR and VCSEL Development and Epistar Expects Blue LED Rebound

LED industry players have accelerated their development in niche products including Mini LED and sensing components IR LED and VCSEL. Taiwan-based LED company Lexter began mass producing Mini LED products since the third quarter of 2018. Apart from the initial applications in gaming monitor and notebook, Mini LED backlight has also been adopted in automotive display. The company estimates that Mini LED products will account for five percent or more of its 2019 revenue. Lextar also strengthened red LED business and pushes development in IR LE...
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2019-02-15

Lextar and Epistar Continues Its Shipment of Mini LED Backlight Products; Lite-On Reports LED Revenue Increase

Taiwanese LED companies announced their revenue of January 2019. Epistar and Lextar posted on-month revenue increase while Lite-On reported growth in LED products. Epistar registered a revenue of NT$ 1.27 billion (US$ 41.16 million) for January which increased by 6.56% MoM but dropped by 32.4% YoY. Impacted by the trade dispute and political uncertainty, business growth in the global LED market is not expected by the industry players. To cope with the sluggish market, Epistar has focused on Mini LED backlight products targeting high-end display applicatio...
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2019-01-07

Lextar Eliminates General Lighting and Target New Applications including Mini LED and VCSEL

Vertically integrated LED company Lextar announced a revenue of NT$ 715 million (US$ 23.2 million) for December 2018 with a decrease of 13% MoM and 17% YoY. The company’s revenue of 2018 was NT$ 11 billion (US$ 357 million) with an on-year decrease of 8.2%. Lextar has drastically reduced its general lighting business in 2018 and focused on new opto-semiconductor technology development with the aim to boost its profit. The company has targeted four fields including displays, professional lighting, automotive applications and sensing technologies. Mini LED...
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2018-12-20

Micro LED Technology Progress Highlights in 2018 – Industry Updates

For the LED and panel industry, the year of 2018 had a dramatic start with Samsung’s revealing of its Micro LED TV “The Wall” at the CES show. Since then, players in the industry have been releasing their achievements related to the next generation display technology. Several innovative solutions and applications have been disclosed in the past year including large size displays and wearable devices. As LEDinside has continued to track the progress of Micro LED development, we would like to list the significant breakthroughs and industry updates...
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2018-12-06

Lextar Ships Mini LED and VCSEL and Macroblock Expects Growing Momentum from Mini LED Products

The fourth quarter is usually the off-peak season for the LED market. Industry players including Lextar and Macroblock have reported lukewarm business performance in November and are expecting growth in 2019 with the booming Mini LED market. Lextar posted its monthly revenue of NT$ 823 million (US$ 26.67 million) for November with a decrease of 6.5% MoM and 7.8% YoY. The company has continued its product shipments including Mini LED backlights, Mini LED RGB modules, fine-pitch displays and VCSEL packages. Meanwhile, it also focuses on further tech...
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