LED backlit notebooks to double by end of year

The market share for slim LED backlit notebooks is set to double by the end of the year, according to new research by DisplaySearch.

The Quarterly LED Backlight Panel Shipment and Forecast Report shows that slimline notebooks with LED backlights will have their market share increase from 16 percent in the first quarter of 2010 to 31 percent by the fourth quarter. 

The report also found that LED backlight technology became more prevalent in notebooks over the last year, up from 36 percent in the first quarter of 2009 to a whopping 81.5 percent in the first quarter of 2010. DisplaySearch expects LED backlights to gain a nearly 100 percent share of the notebook market by 2011, almost completely eliminating the older CCFL backlight technology, which may only have a 1.6 percent share.

There are two forms of LED backlights for notebooks, slim and wedge. The slim variant requires thinner and higher quality components that raise production costs. DisplaySearch’s notebook analyst, Anita Huang, said that the “$5 cost premium of slim type panels and the difficult assembly as a result of the fragility and thin form factor have presented challenges.”

“Despite the higher cost and assembly issues, the slim type will continue to grow as a result of notebook manufacturer priorities for slimmer form factors over cost premiums. As the yield rate improves, and the economies of scale for the slim type grow, we expect that the slim type premium will be reduced,” she added.

In the first quarter of 2010 only 6.6 percent of new LCD monitors employed LED backlights. LCD TVs, on the other hand, saw an increase in LED backlight technology being used, up from 3.8 percent to 9.3 percent over the last year. DisplaySearch expects the penetration level of LED backlights in LCD TVs to increase to 36 percent by the end of the year.

LED backlight report