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2 December 2008


Shipments of LED-backlit notebook PCs rise 63% in Q3; penetration to rise to 25% in Q2/2009

The market penetration of LED backlights into notebook PC panels rose from 3.4% in second-quarter 2008 to a new high of 5.4% in third-quarter 2008, and is expected to more than double to 12.2% in Q4/2008 as adoption is triggered by low cost and new LED backlight structures, according to analyst firm DisplaySearch.

Correspondingly, due to cost reductions and the launch of new notebook PC models, shipments of notebook PC panels with LED backlights rose to a new high of 2.1 million units, up 63% on Q2’s 1.3 million and up 200% year-on-year.

In Q3/2008, 12.1-inch, 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch were the leading sizes of LED backlight notebook panels. Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology (TMDisplay), which ships mainly 12.1-inch and 13.3-inch panels with LED backlights, is the market leader (with a 39% share), followed by AU Optronics (AUO) and LG Display (23% each), and Samsung (12%). It is expected that new 16:9 ratio panels will largely adopt LED backlights in 2009.

Furthermore, with major PC vendors including Hewlett Packard (HP), Dell and Acer having announced plans to launch many new LED-backlit notebook models in first-half 2009, the penetration of LED backlights into notebook PC panels is expected to rise further to more than 25% in Q2/2009, says DisplaySearch.

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