LED use in laptop computers is expected to continue to grow because they have better power and efficiency than alternatives, it has been claimed.
They are more expensive than cold cathode fluorescent lamp backlighting, but LEDs are more efficient, powerful, offer better colour saturation and are thinner, according to IMS Research.
In a report on the optoelectronic components market, market analyst for the firm Jamie Fox forecasted the market for LEDs in notebooks to grow by around $800 million (£489 million) in 2010.
Televisions are also a big market opportunity for LEDs, using several hundred compared to the 60 to 70 used in notebooks.
Mr Fox said: "While thin profiles and greater power efficiency are key differentiators for LEDs in notebook computers, they are less important for TVs.
"The price gap in TVs between LED and CCFL backlighting is greater, and there have been technical difficulties with LEDs."
A total of 70.8 billion LEDs were shipped in 2008, according to research by DisplaySearch.