AU Optronics (AUO): LED Backlight to Penetrate 80% of Notebooks in Q2’09


80% LED Backlight AU Optronics (AUO), Taiwan’s largest LCD manufacturer, is very optimistic about LED backlights for notebook PCs. The company expects 80% of its LCD panels geared for notebook PC applications to feature LED backlights. That’s a big increase from 60% in Q1’09. The picture you see above is a profile shot of Dell’s Adamo 13 that makes use of a 13.4″ TFT LCD with a LED backlight sporting a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1366 x 768 pixels.

CULV Growth The growth is due in part to growing demand for CULV (consumer ultra-low voltage) notebook models according to AUO. The company claims to have a 20% market share of the global CULV notebook LCD panel market in Q1’09. AUO was the first company to begin developing CULV LCD panels.

LED TV LCD TVs will slowly transition to LED backlights too. Samsung is aggressively promoting its “LED TVs” which are LCD TVs with LED backlights that are positioned on the edges to make them ultra-thin. AUO expects 5% of its total LCD TV panel shipments to feature LED backlights by the end of 2009. That number will double by the end of 2010.

The transition from CCFL to LED as a backlight lightsource is going on strong. The benefits include more ruggedness, thinner LCDs, lower power consumption and greener products thanks to LED not having to make use of mercury, a poisonous substance.

Source: DigiTimes

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