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Analysis: What's behind TSMC's LED venture?
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TSMC's foray to the LED market leaves some to wonder if the foundry giant is just looking for new market or making a huge strategic shift by taking a step as an IDM.
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I would guess/agree that TSMC sees a large market where the manufacturing know-how can be put to good use quickly as the semi market is maturing. The entry by large manufacturing companies like TSMC into new markets like LED (including selling under their own brand name) could in fact energize further a market that is already booming. As long as economies of scale can be achieved, and assuming no predatory moves occur (which I doubt can be the case here given the historical enabling of vendors and customers by TSMC) making products more affordable will allow new applications to emerge making the LED ecosystem more sustainable. LEDs of any kind need to be as commoditized as possible, leaving the product and application as the differentiating element. Besides, one can be a supplier and a competitor depending on the setting. This reminds me of an analogy (while we are on the lighting subject), light can exhibit wave-like behavior in certains conditions while it also can have particle-like behavior in others without being only one or the other. If the issue is entering new markets due to growth potential (new entrant) or being driven out by a more efficient competitor (existing supplier), this again is no different from any other endeavor in the marketplace, so the answer to all players would then continue to innovate, improve or evolve or risk extinction.
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LED has huge potential and everyone is jumping onto this bandwagon, even the car maker BYD has produced their own brand of LED lights. http://www.ledlightware.com/
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