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Report: LED Backlit TVs Growing

11 Jun, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Global shipments of LCD-TV panels with light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting will rise to 90 million units in 2013, up from just 438,000 LED TV panels in 2008, according to a new report.

Penetration of LED-backlight technology in LCD-TV panels will increase to 39% in 2013, up from 3% in 2009.

El Segundo, Calif.-based research firm iSuppli said the surge in LED use is due to reduced costs compared with traditional cold cathode fluorescent lamps. Currently LED diodes cost $300 to $700 price more than CCFL, depending on the size and type of LED used. The gap, however, is expected to narrow in the future, and many branded TV manufacturers are planning new LED-based TV models with very aggressive prices in the second half of 2009.

“The price gap between LEDs and CCFL traditionally used for LCD backlighting has narrowed due to the higher yield rate of LEDs, as well as the oversupply that resulted in a drastic price reduction for LEDs in the second half of 2008,” said Sweta Dash, senior director, LCD research at iSuppli. “With the advent of green technology, power savings and thinner form factors, more branded manufacturers are looking at LED-backlit LCD-TVs.”

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