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GaN LED to cross 100 billion mark in 2013

Posted: 24 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:GaN LED  IHS  AlInGaP 

More than 100 billion Gallium Nitride light-emitting diodes (GaN LED) will ship in 2013, according to IHS Inc. With mobile phones typically containing five or 10 LEDs and televisions incorporating LEDs numbering up to the hundreds, LED consumption is clearly accelerating.

In particular, GaN LEDs account for 85 per cent of total revenues in the LED industry, dominating key applications such as TVs and lighting. Revenue for GaN LEDs this year will pass the $10 billion mark, said the market research firm.

“If we consider the total LED market—including AlInGaP, GaN and other LED types—the $10 billion revenue and the 100 billion unit shipment levels were actually reached in 2010. But now in 2013, both of these thresholds are predicted to be attained by the GaN LED market alone, showing how large the segment has become,” Jamie Fox, principal analyst, lighting and LEDs, IHS.

Tremendous growth has attended the GaN LED market in recent years. Revenue in 2013 is forecast to double from that of only four years ago, while unit shipments this year will have more than tripled since 2009. Another strong growth year is predicted in 2014 via general lighting along with other applications such as TVs and tablets, and then growth will slow after next year, with the double-digit revenue increases typical of years past harder to come by.

Within the GaN LED space, the market this year for GaN LEDs in lighting is projected to reach $3.4 billion, on its way to $6.7 billion by 2016. In contrast, the market for GaN LEDs in TVs will start declining as manufacturers reduce the number of LEDs utilised per television in the face of newer technology requiring fewer LEDs. From $2.1 billion this year, revenue for GaN LEDs in TVs will contract 7 per cent on average every year during the next several years.





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