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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

A Look At The Markets

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A Look At The Markets

Asian LED Production

Strategies Unlimited ( Mountain View , CA ) has released Asian Producers of High-Brightness LEDs ( Taiwan , South Korea , China ) . This 270-page report details the production of high-brightness (HB) LEDs in Asia . The report also includes in-depth information on epitaxial wafer and chip production capacities, production and shipment levels, revenues, markets, pricing, vendor market shares, product and technology trends and history for each of the 23 companies. In addition, this information is aggregated for each country and for the region.

Since the mid-1990s, Taiwan , South Korea and China have been the world's largest volume producer of HB LEDs. Using advanced device manufacturing techniques based on metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD), 23 companies in the region produced the equivalent of 13.4 billion red-orange-yellow (InGaAlP-based) LED chips and 3.4 billion blue and green (GaN-based) LED chips in 2003, representing 80% and 40% of the world totals, respectively. The total regional revenue for merchant epitaxial wafers and chips amounted to $403 million in 2003.

Taiwan has long been the leader in HB LED Production in the region, but South Korea has also become a significant producer in recent years, and in 2003, mainland China began ramping up its production capacity and sales. GaN-based LEDs have dominated the growth market in 2003, thanks to the growing demand for blue LEDs for backlighting mobile phone keypads. Although the vast majority of chips produced to date have been of low- to medium- performance levels, technology and performance are steadily improving, and several Asian producers are beginning to target the higher-performance HB LED markets now served by such suppliers as Nichia (Tokushima, Japan) Cree (Durham, NC), Toyoda Gosei (Nishikasugai, Aichi, Japan), Osram Opto -Semiconductor (Regensburg, Germany) and Lumileds (San Jose, CA).

Incidentally, two of the companies with headquarters outside Asia have facilities in the area. Lumileds has facilities in Japan and Malaysia , and Osram's Malaysian division, Osram Opto-Semiconductors Sdn. Bhd., is located in Penang .

Digital Signal Processing

According to a recent report by Venture Development Corporation ( Natick , MA) titled ’Digital Signal Processing (DSP): Global Market Demand Analysis,’unit volume shipments of merchant Digital Signal Processing boards are projected to increase at a 1.9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

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