MiniLED backlight products will be used in gaming LCD screens and high-end notebook computers in the second half of 2019

by:Kimeery     2021-06-05

Industry insiders said that Mini LED backlight products are expected to be more used in gaming LCD screens and high-end notebook computers in the second half of 2019, and the application may be further extended to LCD TVs by the end of this year.

Currently, the traditional edge-lit LED backlight commonly used in LCD TVs uses about 50 LED chips, while the Mini LED backlight consists of more than 20,000 Mini LED chips. Sources pointed out that unlike gaming LCD monitors, high-end notebook computers and LCD TVs, Mini LED backlights for smartphones face fierce competition from LCD for Samsung panels whose prices have been falling.

Since the second quarter of 2019, the demand for LED backlights has rebounded, but the demand for LED lighting is still weak, causing the prices of related mainstream packaging products to fall by about 5-10%.

MiniLED backlight products will be used in gaming LCD screens and high-end notebook computers in the second half of 2019

LED epitaxial wafer and chip manufacturer Epistar's comprehensive revenue in the first quarter of 2019 It was NT$3.753 billion (US$122 million), down 10.98% from the previous month and 27.09% year-on-year, mainly due to weak demand; and it is estimated that the corresponding capacity utilization rate will continue to decline by more than two percentage points.

Through equity investment in LED packaging service provider ProLight Opto Technology, Epistar began to actively manufacture RGB (red, green, blue) fine pitches through the use of Mini LED chips Products such as monitors and backlit gaming LCD monitors, tablet computers and car monitors.

Sources said that Lextar Electronics, a vertically integrated LED manufacturer, launched Mini LED backlight units (BLU) for 32-inch gaming LCD monitors and 15.6-inch notebook computers in the second half of 2018. It is reported that Longda Electronics has received many inquiries about Mini LED BLU and is developing several new models recently.

LED packaging service provider Unity Opto Technology (UnityOptoTechnology) is certifying Mini LED BLU for gaming LCD monitors and LCD TVs, and shipments will begin as early as the second half of 2019.

At the same time, Macroblock, an LED driver IC design company, began to ship driver ICs for Mini LED backlights for gaming LCD monitors in small batches in the first quarter of 2019. According to sources, Mini LED backlights for gaming LCD displays usually require 2-6 driver ICs, while 65-85-inch LCD TV backlights may require more than 16 driver ICs.


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