October 25, 2011 — Strategies in Light, an annual tradeshow on high-brightness LEDs and lighting hosted by Strategies Unlimited and PennWell Corporation, will take place February 7-9, 2012 in Santa Clara, CA. New this year, the conference will include a full parallel track on LED manufacturing.
SIL 2011 hosted a half-day track on LED manufacturing, and attendees called for more information on the topic at SIL 2012. The HB LED industry is heading increasingly into high-volume manufacturing (HVM), bringing increased attention to fabrication issues and trends. LED equipment suppliers and traditional semiconductor tool makers are serving the LED industry. The trend is to move LEDs to larger wafer sizes for better economies of scale. Concurrent trends are pushing increased automation and improved yield and throughput. The LED Manufacturing Track is sponsored by SEMI.
The HB-LED market grew 108% in 2010, driven in large part by LED backlighting in LCDs (TVs, computers and laptops) and causing widespread industry scale-up. 2011 growth is forecast to be 10%, as LCD TV demand slows and an LED oversupply suppresses prices. Nevertheless, the HB LED market is forecast to grow another 45% by 2014 to $16.2 billion, driven by recovery in the backlight market and by the continuing adoption of LED lighting. The LED market is