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LED panel shipments to reach 104.5m

By Lisa Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Shipments of computer and TV flat-panel displays using light-emitting diodes (LED) for backlighting are expected to grow to 104.5 million units by year’s end on demand for netbooks, bringing market penetration by the energy-saving panels above 25 percent from 12 percent now, market researcher DisplaySearch said yesterday.

The researcher said LED backlit computer and TV panel shipments would exceed the shipments of those with cold-cathode-fluorescent-lamp liquid-crystal-displays (LCD) in the third quarter.

The nation’s biggest LCD panel maker, AU Optronics Corp (友達光電), will be the top supplier of LED backlit panels by the end of the year, seizing 32 percent of total market share, the report said.

The company expects 70 percent to 80 percent of total notebook computer panels to use LED backlighting by the end of the year.

Hannstar Display Corp (瀚宇彩晶) will rank No. 2, followed by South Korean company Samsung Electronics Co, DisplaySearch said.

In the first quarter of this year, shipments of LED backlit panels used in computers grew almost 8 times from the same period last year to 10.6 million units, the report showed.

Notebook computers are leading demand for LED backlighting, with 4.2 million units shipped for netbooks, or 100 percent LED penetration, and 5.9 million for notebook PCs, or 26 percent penetration, in the first three months of this year.

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