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Q2 LED backlight panels post 116% q-on-q growth

Posted: 18 Sep 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LED  LCD TV  backlight 

LED backlight panel shipments reached 2.30 crore units in Q2 09, according to DisplaySearch, translating to an increase of 116 per cent Q/Q. Further growth will see the segment taking on 22 per cent of the large-area TFT LCD market in 2009.

"While there are still some technical and cost premium concerns about LED backlights, TFT LCD panel makers are aggressively promoting LED backlight products for better performance, lower power consumption, slim form factors and market differentiation—significantly contributing to growth in this segment," noted David Hsieh, vice president of DisplaySearch, and research leader for large-area TFT LCDs.

Table 1: Large-area LCD panel shipment by backlight type (Click on image to enlarge.)

Of the 2.30 crore LED backlight panel units shipped, 1.43 crore were notebook PC panels, 79 lakh were mini-note (netbook) panels, 6 lakh were TV panels and 1 lakh were monitor panels. In Q2 09, LED backlight penetration was 100 per cent in netbook PCs, 43 per cent in notebook PCs, but only 2 per cent in LCD TV, and merely 0.3 per cent in LCD monitors. (See Table 1)

HannStar ranked first in LED backlight mini-note panel shipments, followed by AU Optronics and LG Display. Most of the mini-note panels shipped were wedge LED backlights, with 79 lakh shipped; slim LED shipments accounted for only 1 lakh units.

LG Display ranked first in LED backlight LCD monitor panels, focusing on 22-inch and 24-inch panels, followed by Samsung.

LG Display also led in LED backlight notebook PC panel shipments in Q2 09 with a 39 per cent share, followed by AUO at 28 per cent, Samsung at 19 per cent and Chi Mei Optoelectronics at 8 per cent.

Table 2: 2009 Large-area LCD panel shipment by backlight type (Click on image to enlarge.)

For LCD TV panels with LED backlights, Samsung was ranked first with a 91 per cent share. Despite this, LG Display was the champion in direct LED backlights, while Samsung's shipments were primarily edge-light backlights.

According to DisplaySearch, Q3 09 LED backlight panel shipments are expected to reach 3.76 crore units, accounting for 25 per cent of all large-area LCD panel shipments. In Q4 09, the penetration is expected to reach 29 per cent. As shown in Table 2, panel makers are expected to ship 11.45 crore LED backlight TFT LCD panels in 2009, which would represent 22 per cent penetration for the year; LED penetration is forecast to grow rapidly from 12 per cent in Q1 09 to 29 per cent in Q4 09.

"In Q3 09, LED backlights will pass CCFL backlights in notebook PC panels; at the same time, we expect very vigorous development activities in LED backlights for LCD TVs and monitors. LED will definitely be the buzzword for the next few years in the LCD industry," Hsieh concluded.





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