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18 November 2009


LEDs to grow to 56% share of TFT LCD backlight market in 2011

LEDs will become the dominant large-area TFT LCD backlight unit light source by 2011 with a 56% market share as traditional backlights using fluorescent tubes — cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) and external-electrode fluorescent lamps (EEFLs) — for notebook PC, monitor, and TV displays drop to 44%, according to the most recent ‘Quarterly LED & CCFL Backlight Report’ from market research firm DisplaySearch. LED penetration will skyrocket to 78% in 2015, the firm adds.

With the transition to LEDs already taking place in the notebook PC segment, DisplaySearch forecasts that LED penetration in large-area TFT LCDs will reach 27.8% in 2009. As a result of the LCD TV supply chain's efforts to promote LED-backlit TVs, and the introduction of new LCD monitors with LED backlights, LED penetration in large-area TFT LCD is forecast to reach 44% in 2010. Traditional CCFL and EEFL backlights will fall from 72% in 2009 to 55% in 2011.

“LEDs have significant advantages over CCFL and EEFL backlights, such as power consumption, slim form-factor, enhanced performance and market differentiation,” notes Yoshio Tamura, senior VP & leader of DisplaySearch’s materials and cost research team. “While there are still some technical and cost premium concerns about LED backlights, this is the first time the LCD TV supply chain (including backlight, display and consumer products) has joined forces to aggressively promote the benefits of LED backlight products,” he adds.

“We are seeing a tremendous LED backlight structure improvement, with cost reduction and supply chain revolution efforts, and this will only accelerate over the next five years,” Tamura continues. “LED backlights will continue to drive momentum for continued growth in the TFT LCD industry. As LED backlights gain share in TFT LCD, pressure will be added on emerging display technologies such as PDP and OLED,” he concludes.

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