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New DSCC Report on MiniLED Backlit Displays Predicts Market Uptake in 2021

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DSCC has announced the release of its brand new MiniLED Backlight Technology, Cost and Shipment Report. With this report, DSCC provides a comprehensive cost analysis of MiniLED backlights and forecasts a significant market uptake next year, with shipments predicted to rise from 0.05 million units in 2020 to 8.9 million units in 2021.

Adoption of MiniLED technology will gain significant momentum in 2021 as Samsung and Chinese brands launch LCD TVs with MiniLED backlights. Samsung is said to be targeting sales of 2 million units. Low-end MiniLED backlit LCD TVs will have a cost advantage over OLED TVs (WOLED and inkjet OLED), while still being more expensive than conventional LCD TVs. However, growth will not be restricted to the TV segment. Apple’s suppliers have also started to manufacture a MiniLED backlight for the new iPad Pro, which will be released in 2021.

Source: MiniLED Backlight Technology, Cost and Shipment Report
Source: MiniLED Backlight Technology, Cost and Shipment Report

MiniLED backlit displays first started to appear in professional monitors and premium TVs in 2019. Unlike the smaller microLEDs which are targeted at direct view displays, MiniLEDs are ideally sized for integration into LCD backlights with local dimming capability. By increasing the number of local dimming zones, MiniLED backlit LCD panels can achieve a contrast ratio above 1,000,000:1 and higher efficiency without sacrificing brightness. Thus, MiniLED backlit LCD panels can meet HDR (High Dynamic Range) specifications. The thickness of the panel is also reduced, compared with displays using conventional full array local dimming. By combining a MiniLED backlight with a quantum dot enhancement film (QDEF), the resulting LCD has a wide color gamut covering over 99% of the DCI-P3 standard.

Thanks to their superior performance, MiniLED backlit displays can be positioned to compete directly with OLED panels in multiple applications. As the supply chain matures and the manufacturing costs decrease, DSCC’s analysis shows that the three largest segments in volumes will be TVs, notebook PCs and tablets. DSCC forecasts total shipments will surpass 48 million units in 2025.

Source: MiniLED Backlight Technology, Cost and Shipment Report

Written by analysts who have many years of experience in the flat panel industry, the MiniLED Backlight Technology, Cost and Shipment Report is the latest in DSCC’s comprehensive range of reports covering the display market. The report includes a series of spreadsheets containing cost simulation results from 2020 to 2025 with a detailed breakdown for TVs (75", 65", 55"), monitors (32" , 27"), notebook PC (15.6"), tablet (12.9") and automotive (12.3" and 10.3") displays.

The report also provides a full description of the supply chain, including suppliers for Apple, Samsung VD, LG Electronics, TCL and many more.

The report contains the following chapters:

  • MiniLED Backlight Advantages
  • MiniLED Backlight Technologies: LED, backplane, LED driver and DOB (Driver on Board), dimming control, quantum dot film, manufacturing process, key equipment
  • MiniLED Backlight Cost Structure and Cost Trend (Excel spreadsheet included)
  • Competitive Landscape: WOLED, Dual Cell LCD, QD-OLED, MicroLED, etc.
  • Brands and Panel Suppliers Roadmaps: TCL, Samsung VD, Xiaomi, Apple, CSOT, AUO, Innolux, BOE.
  • MiniLED Backlight Market Forecast (2020-2025)
  • MiniLED Backlight Supply Chain and Key Supplier Profiles

The new report is available now and will be invaluable to companies targeting the MiniLED backlight industry and all the companies in the supply chain, such as LED suppliers, packaging suppliers, panel makers, equipment manufacturers, assembly houses and OEMs. For more information on the report, please contact

MiniLED and MicroLED technologies will also be covered at DSCC’s 2020 Display Market Outlook Virtual Conferenceon December 2nd, 2020. There is still time to register for this virtual event presented by DSCC analysts. Attendees will be able to access more than 300 slides of critical insights on the display market and technology outlook for just $349. All the talks will be recorded and will stay online for a month. To view the full agenda and register now, please visit our website.

About DSCC

DSCC, a Counterpoint Research Company, is the leader in advanced display market research with offices across all the key manufacturing centers and markets of East Asia as well as the US and UK. It was formed by experienced display market analysts from across the display supply chain and delivers valuable insights, data and supply chain analyses on the display industry through consulting, syndicated reports and events. Its accurate and timely analyses help businesses navigate the complexities of the display supply chain.