X-bit Labs reports Freescale and Samsung are collaborating on LEDs:
Freescale began sampling its LED display technology to Samsung in December 2007. In September 2008, Freescale introduced the first LED backlight product in its portfolio of standard power management ICs. The white LED driver IC is designed for control of LED backlights in TVs, as well as in flat-panel monitors.
Since 2007, Samsung has successfully launched award-winning products featuring its ultra high-contrast active control LED backlight technology.
“Freescale’s LED backlight driver technology is the industry’s most compact and integrated solution. Our collaboration with Samsung on LED backlighting – clearly a disruptive technology – will help spur further innovation and growth in the LCD market,” said Arman Naghavi, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s analog, mixed-signal and power division.
Freescale plans to announce additional LED backlighting solutions for LCD TVs, monitors and notebooks in the first half of next year. Also in 2009, the company intends to pursue the automotive, commercial and residential LED lighting markets, which are expected to eventually dwarf the LCD TV market.