‘Number of devices with miniled backlight will grow to 8.9 million in 2021’

Industry research firm Display Supply Chain Consulting is optimistic about the adoption of miniled backlight in televisions, monitors and other devices. The agency states that in 2021 there will be an enormous growth to 8.9 million devices.

In a report, Display Supply Chain Consulting predicts that deliveries of LCD and miniled-backlit devices will increase from 50,000 this year to 8.9 million next year. The research firm expects the number of deliveries to rise by roughly 9 million per year each year thereafter, with the number of devices with a miniled backlight reaching 48.2 million by 2025.

This enormous increase compared to this year is due to the fact that quite a few manufacturers are investing heavily in this technology. Samsung and Chinese manufacturers are going to use miniled backlights for LCD TVs, for example, but the large predicted numbers are also partly due to the integration of the miniled backlights in monitors, laptops and tablets. For example, it is expected that the next iPad Pro will have a miniled screen.

Miniled must be distinguished from microled and is in fact a technology that should improve LCDs. Although the size of the LEDs in a miniled screen is relatively small, so that a lot can be placed in the backlight, the LEDs are not yet as small as with micro LED screens and they cannot be switched on or off individually.

Currently, more expensive LCD TVs still use fald backlight, so that a number of zones can be dimmed individually, which is important for a higher contrast and a good HDR display. Because mini LEDs are a lot smaller than the LEDs currently used in LCDs, much more can be integrated, which means that the local brightness dimming can be done much more finely, with a much higher contrast and with significantly less blooming. Some parties see it as a technology that must be able to compete directly with OLED.

Manufacturers such as Samsung see a lot of potential in miniled screens. Barry Young, the director of the OLED Association, wrote earlier that the Samsung Visual Display division is firmly committed to the miniled displays after its performance became apparent. This means that the QD-OLED technology, which Samsung Display is still betting on, will probably not claim a significant share in Samsung televisions for the time being. That seems to be different for monitors. This Samsung division would be planning to release QD OLED monitors with sizes from 33 to 35 “.

Image courtesy of Display Daily, from the DSCC report