Jamie Fox, IMS Research
Aixtron had a clear lead in 2010 with well over 50% market share however Q3 2011 saw Veeco surge ahead. Veeco benefited in Q3’11 from the successful introduction and delayed recognition of its multi-chamber Maxbright tool.
Outdoor and indoor commercial lighting was the main focus, and residential retrofit bulbs less so. Although it is a lighting show rather than an LED show, many of the major LED companies such as Nichia and Seoul Semiconductor had a good presence at the show.
Benefits of AC LEDs mainly relate to the reduction/elimination of associated electronics. Components removed can include a voltage regular, power transformer, diode rectifier and filter. The benefit of removing these components is that cost, lifetime and reliability are improved while the more compact size is also beneficial.