Hua Hong Semiconductor shipped more than half a billion LED driver chips in 2015
Due to the increased use of LED lamps both in the developed as well as developing world, the demand for LED driver Ics continue to grow in 2016. China-based chipmaker Hua Hong Semiconductor is bullish on the market opportunity and has already shipped more than 600 million chips using its ultra-high voltage 0.5µm 700V BCD process platform in 2015. It has shared market research data by Topology Research Institute which has predicted a total shipment volume of LED driver ICs to reach 2.39 billion in 2015 and increase by 58 percent year-on-year to 3.78 billion in 2016.
Hua Hong Semiconductor attributes the success to development of its ultrahigh voltage junction field effect transistor (JFET) based on the 700V LDMOS for switching mode LED drivers.
“The ultra-high voltage 700V BCD technology is gaining recognition and popularity among customers, with its global leading advantages of low on-state resistance (RDSon), high reliability and low manufacturing cost,” said Dr. Kong Weiran, Executive Vice President of Hua Hong Semiconductor, “This process platform enables production of high-performance and competitive LED drivers catering to the rapidly increasing demands of the LED market. This year we will continue R&D investment to expand this platform and make it suitable for more applications such as motor drive.”