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A supply chain report this morning claims that Japan's Nichia will become the exclusive supplier of 0.3t LED chips for use in backlighting of LTPS-LCD panels of the new 6.1-inch iPhone to be launched in the third quarter of 2018, according to industry sources.

 

While LTPS-LCD smartphone screens with backlights using 0.4t LED chips have bottom bezels of 4.0-4.5mm, the use of 0.3t LED chips can reduce them to 2.0-2.5mm, enhancing LCD screens' competitiveness against OLED all (bezel-free) screens panels, the sources explained.

 

Packaging of 0.3t LED chips for side-view backlighting of LTPS-LCD smartphone panels is more difficult in accuracy and stability than that of 0.4t LED chips, the sources noted, adding Nichia began trial production of 0.3t LED chips for use in high-end smartphone models launched by China and Japan-based vendors in the first half of 2018.

 

As the new 6.1-inch iPhone is expected come into trial production in July, small-volume production in August and volume production beginning September, Nichia's production capacity for 0.3t LED chips will be almost booked up by Apple in the second half of 2018, the sources indicated.

 

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