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LED Makers Concerned About Virus Impact On SID 2020

As new micro LED products are expected to be unveiled at SID Display Week 2020 to take place in San Francisco during July 9-11, LED makers are worried that the coronavirus outbreak could impact the exhibition and the progress of developing micro LED technology.

Some of China- and Taiwan-based LED makers pulled out of Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2020 taking place in Amsterdam during February 11-14 due to the outbreak, according to industry sources.

South Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese LED makers, to cope with the outbreak, have reduced as much as possible technological staff members’ person-to-person business contact, the sources said. Although exchange of opinions and discussion can take place via video conferencing, details of development of new products and related adjustments have to rely on face-to-face discussion, and therefore development of new micro LED products may be delayed for one or two quarters, the sources noted.

Besides, the outbreak has impacted materials supply. Taiwan-based micro LED maker PlayNitride indicated that supply of some basic materials has been tight and its inventory can last for only one month.

Pushed by Samsung Electronics, micro LED display modules for being mosaicked into large-size displays for commercial use or as deluxe home theaters will be launched in 2020. In addition, micro LED displays are expected to be used in smart wearable devices in 2020.―Digitimes

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