LED chipmaker Lextar Electronics Corp (隆達電子) yesterday reported that sales increased 10.1 percent month-on-month to NT$1.17 billion (US$39.53 million) last month because of increased shipments of LED backlight products.
On an annual basis, sales last month reflected a 49.5 percent expansion from NT$779 million a year ago, the company said in a statement.
Cumulative sales during the January-to-August period totaled NT$12.63 billion, up 35.39 percent from NT$9.33 billion in the same period last year, the statement showed.
“The October-December quarter is traditionally slow for the LED industry, but we received more orders for backlight displays from clients last month,” Lextar said.
Lextar reported strong shipments in LED tube and panel light products last month, especially to Asia-Pacific markets.
Next year, Lextar expects its LED tube, bulb and panel light products to remain the company’s LED lighting products sales drivers, the statement said.
Lexstar said it is developing chips-on-board (COB) devices and high-color rendering index (CRI) LED products.
Total shipments of COB devices could more than double next year from this year, the company said.
In addition, Lextar said it is set to begin mass production of its new direct-lit TV product, dubbed “OD 15,” by the end of this year.
According to Lextar, the “OD 15” direct-lit TV model would be slimmer and incorporate a minimized light mixing area of 1.5cm-by-1.5cm in the backlight module.
As the new direct-lit TV product had been set as the company’s sales driver next year, Lextar said it expects its “OD 15” slim direct-lit TV product series to account for up to 50 percent of the company’s total direct-lit TV shipments next year.