Mini LED Demand Strong Samsung's Sanan Optoelectronic Mini LED Capacity
According to industry sources, Samsung Electronics has ordered Mini LED capacity from China LED epitaxial wafers and chip maker Sanan Optoelectronics in Xiamen to ensure that it will supply large-size high-end LCD TV backlight chips in the third quarter of 2018. According to sources, Samsung has already paid 16.83 million U.S. dollars for this chip supply.
In the past year, Samsung, the boss of the global TV market, was squeezed by the old rivals Sony and LG in the high-end market, which made Samsung very uncomfortable. On the road to "preservation," Samsung not only continues to bet on Quantum-dot TVs, but also prepares "another hand," which is the MicroLED display TV.
As early as this year's CES conference, Samsung has exhibited the world's first MicroLED display television, a modular TV with a size of 146 inches, this TV is Samsung named The Wall. According to foreign media reports, this overbearing product will be introduced to the market in the second half of this year, but the price is ridiculously high, initially priced at 300,000 US dollars.
However, the higher price of the product still cannot stop Samsung from launching the MicroLED display TV. Samsung and Sanan Optoelectronics recently announced the signing of a "prepayment agreement" and paid Xiamen Sanan a total of approximately US$ 16.83 million in advance to ensure that Xiamen Sanan will give priority to Samsung. This time, Sanan’s Mini LED production capacity has been sub-packaged by Samsung. Samsung also expects to introduce high-end Mini LED TVs to the customized market in the third quarter.
Chinese LED chip makers Huacan Optoelectronics and Xiamen Ganzhao Optoelectronics have also started the research and development of MicroLED and Mini LED technology, while China's LED packaging service provider National Star Optoelectronics set up a MicroLED and Mini LED research center in early March 2018. In order to be able to package 0.5-1.0mm Mini LED in 2020. In Taiwan, LED epitaxial wafers and chip maker Epistar may start production of Mini LEDs for smartphone backlighting in the third quarter of 2018. Epistar plans to start production of Min LEDs for backlighting of LCD TVs and game displays by the end of 2018, while also producing Mini LED fine pixel pitch displays.
Taiwan's vertically integrated LED manufacturer Longda Electronics will cooperate with AU Optronics to start packing small quantities of Mini LEDs for notebook backlighting and high-end display panels in the second quarter to the third quarter of 2018. In 2019, the revenue ratio of Lunda Mini LED package is likely to exceed 10%. Taiwan's LED packaging service provider Rongchuang Energy Technology has partnered with Innolux to develop Mini LED backlight solutions for smart phones, LCD TVs and automotive display applications.
Compared with the cost of about $75 for OLED smart phone panels, chip backlights for LCD smart phone panels that use 4,000-5,000 mini LCDs only cost about $10. The total cost of LCD panels is still lower than the cost of OLED panels. The backlighting of 15.6-inch notebook panels and LCD TV panels requires the use of 2,000 and 5,000-10,000 micro LED chips, respectively.