Samsung Electro-Mechanics targets LED lighting market

Samsung Electro-Mechanics, a supplier of LEDs for mobile phone handsets, plans to start making LED lighting and LCD backlighting products.

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM), part of the giant Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung, plans to begin manufacturing LED lighting products and LED backlighting units (BLUs) for large LCD televisions.

Until now, SEM has manufactured a range of SMD LEDs and LED lamps for several applications, principally mobile phone handsets. In March 2004, SEM signed an agreement to license white LED phosphor technology from Osram.

SEM has carried out joint development work with an LCD television maker, with the aim of launching LED BLU products in the first half of 2006.

The products are likely to include a 7-inch backlight for navigation systems, a 12.1-inch model for laptop computer screens, a 24-inch model for desktop LCD monitors and a BLU for a 40-inch television.

One estimate suggests that LED-based BLUs are expected to reach a market size of $2.7 billion by 2009.

SEM is also preparing to enter the LED lighting market, which it predicts could be worth up to $3.9 billion in 2010.

The company has reportedly added staff and established the necessary expertise in large-area chips, high-performance packages, phosphors and lenses.

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