Impressions from the MicroLED Association's meeting at DisplayWeek 2024

The MicroLED Association's meeting took place on Monday, May 13th, at the McEnery conference center in San Jose, where SID's DisplayWeek event is currently underway. This meeting marked the second time in which MIA members gathered to network, exchange opinions and strengthen relationships within the Association.

The meeting was joined by almost 40 representatives of Association members, and was a laid-back event with an informal atmosphere, which enabled open conversation and friendly networking.

The Association's founder, Ron Mertens, gave a short speech that recounted the achievements and projects of the last year, and shared plans for future endeavors. A professional discussion followed, on a range of topics including cost reduction, target applications, microLED roadmaps, collaborations and recent shifts in the display industry.

Read the full story Posted: May 16,2024

Samsung launches a $130,000 114" microLED TV in Korea

Samsung Electronics launched a new 114" microLED TV in Korea, with a price tag of 180 million Won (about $132,600). 

Interestingly, a couple of months ago Samsung introduced four new microLED TVs in China, including the 114-inch model, but it quoted a price of $173,000 - or about 30% higher than the price in Korea. 

Read the full story Posted: May 08,2024

VueReal launches a hybrid microLED-LCOS microdisplays

MicroLED developer VueReal launched a hybrid microLED-LCOS microdisplay, branded as ColourFusion microDisplay, targeting AR applications. The basic idea is to use a low-density microLED microdisplay, with an LCOS on top that increases the resolution. 

VueReal says that this solution enables high resolution, high grayscale and color depth, high contrast, and unprecedented low power consumption. VueReal developed innovative power-saving algorithm and a backplane that supports variable frame rates. The microLED unit is deposited using VueReal’s proprietary MicroSolid Printing technology. 

Read the full story Posted: May 08,2024

Kubos Semicondcutors raised $2 million to accelerate the development of its cubic GaN technology

UK-based Kubos Semiconductors announced that it has raised $2 million, to accelerate the development of its cubic GaN technology. This brings Kubos' total funding to $5.5 million, and will enable Kubos to enter the microLED display market within three years through IP licensing. 

Kubos Semiconductors bridging the green gap

In 2023, Kubos announced that it has been granted its first process technology patents and has received its first customer order. It also received an Innovate UK Future Economy Investor Partnerships grant , a 24-month project to achieve 5% efficiency for red microLEDs by deploying the company’s proprietary cubic Gallium Nitride (GaN) process, called KubosLED.

Read the full story Posted: May 07,2024

Interview with David Lewis, CEO at microLED inspection tool manufacturer InZiv

InZiv manufactures rapid EL testing and inspection systems for microLED development and production. The company has deployed several systems at leading display makers all over the world, and has recently launched its first mass production tool. David Lewis, the company's CEO and co-founder, was recently interviewed by display industry consultant Ian Hendy.

You are CEO of InZiv in Jerusalem. Can you tell me a little bit about the company and what makes it special?

InZiv is the technology leader in rapid EL (electroluminescent) testing and inspection for microLEDs. Currently, the quality of microLED wafers is simply not where it needs to be, and the most reliable and accurate way to get both electrical and optical information from each and every die on the wafer is EL testing.

InZiv has a proprietary method for making contact with the microLED wafer, without any damage, and at very high speeds. We offer, on average, 6M dies per hour test speed in our first mass production tool, and intend to double that in the next generation. We have a roadmap beyond that for even higher throughputs. Users understand that die densities are going to increase as microLED chips get smaller and move from flip chips to vertical chips, so a valuable tool supplier needs a roadmap that can cope with the speed race, and we have such a roadmap.

Read the full story Posted: May 07,2024

The MicroLED Association reports over 6,000 downloads of its white papers and presentations

The MicroLED Industry Association has announced that in less than 18 months, there have been over 6,000 downloads of its white papers, roadmap and library documents.

MicroLED Library covers

The MicroLED Association has published four white papers, and towards the end of 2023 it published its first industry roadmap. The display industry is highly interested in microLED solutions, and this has created much interest in the Association’s papers, as evident by the large number of downloads.

In addition to its own white papers, a year ago the MicroLED Industry Association launched the MicroLED Library, an extensive compilation of MicroLED presentations, white papers, brochures and more. A year after the MicroLED Library was announced, the association reports over 1,000 downloads for the documents in the library, further enhancing the reach of its members and helping to educate display professionals with the latest microLED technologies, processes and topics.

Read the full story Posted: May 06,2024

AUO: MicroLEDs are already mature, we are leading the industry and already commenced mass production

During AUO's recent investor conference call, the company updated on its microLED project and made some interesting comments. First of all, AUO says that it has started to ship wearable microLED display panels at the end of 2024 (that's in line with AUO's previous announcement).

AUO 1.39-inch 338 PPI MicroLED display, (Touch Taiwan 2021)

As far as we know, AUO is working with a Swiss luxury watch producer (like Tag Hauer) that will announce its microLED smartwatch soon. AUO says that it expects to expand its wearable microLED production soon.

Read the full story Posted: May 04,2024

Samsung shows a 38-inch microLED monitor prototype

An interesting video surfaced, showing a small (reportedly 38-inch) microLED monitor prototype by Samsung, shown at a trade show:

We do not have any more information, but this is an interesting demo by Samsung. It is estimated that the monitor has a resolution of FHD (1920x1080), if Samsung is using the same tiles as the ones used in its TVs. It could be that this is not a tiled display, but we simply do not know at this stage.

Read the full story Posted: May 03,2024

The MicroLED Industry Association to host its 2nd annual meeting at SID's Displayweek 2024

SID's DisplayWeek is the world's leading display conference, gathering display professionals from all over the world. DisplayWeek will also host the 2024 annual meeting of the MicroLED Industry Association, where members will get together to share updates, connect with colleagues and launch new business relationships in a pleasant and welcoming setting.

San Jose, California photo

Last year's DisplayWeek event marked the first MIA meeting, bringing together over 40 display professionals. We look forward to seeing our members soon!

Read the full story Posted: May 03,2024