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LED backlit penetration in monitors to reach 22% in 2010

Posted: 08 Dec 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LED? backlight? LCD?

The use of LEDs in LCD monitors is growing rapidly due to its the slim form factor and energy savings potential. Although the desktop monitor market is mature, panel makers and brands are working together to develop new features to rejuvenate the sector. Panel makers are using LED backlights in mainstream monitor sizes such as 18.5-, 19-, 22-, 23-and 24-inch wide. Although LED backlight penetration in monitor panels was only 1.4 percent in Q3 09, current panel maker plans indicate that the penetration could reach 22 percent in Q3 10, assuming adoption by brands.

According to DisplaySearch's latest Quarterly LED Backlight Panel Shipment & Forecast Report, InnoLux was the leading supplier of LED backlit monitor panels in Q3 09, with 34.4 percent of unit shipments. Other panel makers producing such panels include LG Display, AUO, Samsung and CMO. Brands like Samsung, Dell, LG, Acer, Lenovo, BenQ and AOC began launching LED backlit LCD monitors ranging from 18.5-inch wide to 24-inch wide in Q3 09. In Q1 10, 20-, 23.6- and 27-inch wide panels will enter the market. Also, there are small LCD TV sizes such as 26-inch wide that are adapting monitor panels, the LED backlight is also brining the attractions to this segment. TV brands like Vizio are promoting 18.5-inch wide and 23-inch wide LCD TVs using LED backlit monitor panels, and more brands are expected to join in 2010.

"LEDs have significant advantages over traditional backlights, such as power consumption, slim form factor, and product differentiation," noted Brian Chen, DisplaySearch research director for TFT LCD & materials and the author of the report. "While there are still some technical concerns such as brightness performance, the LED backlight premium in the LCD monitor is much smaller than LCD TV. Meanwhile, the awareness of green technology and energy savings factors in LEDs has generated consumer demand. We are seeing panel makers and also monitor brands promoting LED backlightsresulting in panel makers' aggressive target for 22 percent penetration in Q3 10."

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