According to industry sources, in 2019, Mini LED backlight applications will be mainly used for gaming LCD displays, and their demand will soar in the second half of 2019.
According to sources, the backlight unit (BLU) of a 27-inch gaming LCD requires about 10,000 Mini LEDs, which is equivalent to using a 2-inch Mini LED epitaxial wafer. In contrast, the 5.5-inch or 6.0-inch smartphone BLU uses only about 2,000 Mini LEDs, but the global demand for smartphones is far greater than the demand for gaming displays.
Although Chinese smartphone makers Huawei and Xiaomi are currently looking to adopt the Mini LED BLU, their decision will ultimately depend on the cost and production yield of the BLU.
The price of the Mini LED BLU for smartphones may drop to $20-30 in 2019, and the overall Mini LED backlit LCD display will cost about $10 more than comparable OLED products. However, sources said that OLED panel prices are expected to decline further in 2019 due to additional capacity, which has weakened the competitiveness of Mini LED BLU.
It is reported that Jingyuan Optoelectronics has begun to produce Mini LED, and also obtained a 52.5% stake in LED packaging service provider ProLight Opto Technology; among them, Haotian Technology has completed the production of Mini LED using Jingyuan Optoelectronics. BLU certification process.
In addition, Ronda Electronics began production of the Mini LED BLU for gaming LCD monitors and high-end notebooks in the fourth quarter of 2018 and will be available in 2019.