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MicroLED technology is considered by many as the most promising next-gen display technology, enabling highly efficient and bright TVs, smartphones, laptops and more. MicroLED-Info, established in 2017, is the world's leading microLED industry portal - offering a web publication, newsletter, market insights, market reports, and an industry association.

Recent Micro-LED News

A spotlight on Instrument Systems: a MicroLED Industry Association member

We're happy to interview Tobias Steinel Ph.D., works as a product manager at Instrument Systems GmbH, as part of our series of interviews with MicroLED Industry Association members. Germany based Instrument Systems manufacturers high-precision spectrometers, complex systems and software solutions for spectral light measurements.

Tobias is responsible for Instrument Systems’ measurement portfolio in the field of microLED optical testing and AR/VR/MR applications.

Can you please introduce your company and technology? 

With facilities in Munich and Berlin, Germany, Instrument Systems develops and produces high-end light measurement technology for flat panel displays, micro-displays, near-to-eye displays, automotive lighting, VCSEL systems and LED/SSL modules. Our color and light measurement solutions are used in display production sites worldwide. In addition to the manufacture of measuring equipment, our core competence is that our accredited test laboratory guarantees independent, reliable and comparable measurement results for every measuring device purchased. These can be traced back directly to the reference standards of national metrology institutes.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 10,2024

Revolutionizing Display Tech with XTPL's UltraPrecise Dispensing System

How XTPL's Ultra-Precise Dispensing System is Shaping the Future of OLED and MicroLED Displays Exploring the Future of Display Technology: OLED, QD-OLED, and MicroLED Compared

OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode), QD-OLED (Quantum Dot Organic Light-Emitting Diode), and MicroLED (Micro Light-Emitting Diode) share some common characteristics as emissive display technologies:

  1. Emissive nature: They all emit light when an electric current is passed through them.
  2. Active matrix: They use an active matrix to control the emission of each pixel.
  3. Pixel structure: Each pixel typically consists of three sub-pixels (red, green, and blue) that can be controlled independently.
  4. High contrast ratio: They are capable of producing high contrast ratios due to their ability to turn off or dim individual pixels.
  5. Fast response time: They have fast response times, which enables them to display fast-moving content without blurring or ghosting.
  6. Viewing angles: They can maintain good color accuracy and contrast even when viewed from the side, although MicroLEDs tend to have better viewing angles. 
Fig. 1 XTPL Ultra-Precise Dispensing System

Fig. 1 XTPL Ultra-Precise Dispensing System

Read the full story Posted: Jul 09,2024

A spotlight on XPANCEO: a MicroLED Industry Association member

We're happy to interview Valentyn S. Volkov, PhD, co-founder and Scientific Partner at XPANCEO, as part of our series of interviews with MicroLED Industry Association members. Dubai-based XPANCEO develops eXtended Computing (XC) contact lenses, a next generation computing category - based on microLED microdisplays.

Valentyn S. Volkov, PhD, co-founder and Scientific Partner at XPANCEO, is an internationally renowned expert in the field of nanophotonics and advanced materials, with 20 years of experience at leading universities and research centers.

Q: Can you introduce your company and technology?

XPANCEO is a deep tech company specializing in advanced technology, working to evolve the next generation of computing through the development of an imperceptible and weightless smart contact lens that seamlessly integrates with the wearer's natural vision. This innovative lens revolutionizes the entire concept of human-technology interaction, reshaping the way individuals engage with both the physical and digital realms, encompassing social media, content consumption, and gaming. By consolidating all personal devices into a single entity, the lens metamorphoses daily activities into an expansive Extended Reality (XR) encounter, featuring sophisticated real-time health monitoring, comprehensive practical suggestions, capabilities such as night vision and zoom, and state-of-the-art privacy and security protocols.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 04,2024

MicroLED startups raise over $200 million in the past year

In the past year, microLED startups have raised over $200 million. As some companies (most notably Aledia and JBD in this case) mature and start to build production capacity, the need for funds grows, and we have indeed seen large investment rounds in these companies.

It is great to see these recent funding successes, which will hopefully lead to increased innovation and also initial production. It should be noted that most (if not all) of these financing rounds have been finalized before Apple made its decision to cancel its main microLED wearable project. We do not see Apple's decision as having a major impact on the long-term viability of microLED technologies or on the industry - but we do know that some investors are now hesitant to invest in this market following Apple's project cancellation. 

Read the full story Posted: Jul 03,2024

An interview with Justin Brown - X Display's Executive Vice President Operations & Equipment

Justin Brown is X Display's Executive Vice President for Operations & Equipment. Justin leads the company’s supply chain development, manufacturing partner relationships and also its Equipment division, which provides mass-transfer equipment for XDC’s partners and licensees. Justin was kind enough to answer a few questions we had for XDC.

Q: Hello Justin, thanks for your time. XDC has been a bit quiet in the last few years. Can you bring us up to date on your microLED technologies, processes and products?

Thank you for the opportunity to share the progress at XDC. We have been busier in the near past than ever before. As you know, we first announced our MicroIC technology, our mass transfer process, our manufacturing equipment and the uniqueness of our approach, the IP strength we possess and the experience of the team. This led to broad customer visibility and we narrowed down our efforts to a select set of partners that we are currently working with. We have deep engagements with customers that we anticipate will result in end product announcements in the future.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 03,2024

Reports suggest Samsung and LG are slowing down their microLED business plans

According to reports from Korea and Taiwan, both Samsung Display and LG Display have decided to slow down their microLED business plans. The main reasons behind this are the high production costs of microLEDs and high competition which is seen to lead to low profitability. 

Samsung Display will continue to invest in microLED R&D, but has delayed plans to expand production. LG Display has already reduced the size of its microLED R&D teams and is looking into deploying some of its microLED developers into the OLED side of its business.

Read the full story Posted: Jul 02,2024

MicroLED Connect - where the MicroLED industry meets!

Do NOT miss the most important meeting of the year: Book your tickets before 12 July and save up to 500 Euro per person!

The most important dedicated MicroLED conference and exhibition worldwide. And it is the first ever dedicated MicroLED event!

Dates: 25 & 26 Sept 2024
Location: High Tech Campus, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Organizers: TechBlick and the MicroLED Industry Association

Agenda: Amazing speaker line-up including Google, Yole, Continental, Aixtron, Applied Materials, Toray Engineering, TCL CSOT, JCDecaux, CEA Leti, Coherent, VueReal, Omdia, and many others.  

Read the full story Posted: Jun 28,2024

A spotlight on WEVE: a MicroLED Industry Association member

We're happy to introduce WEVE , a South Korean microLED inspection solution developer. The company collaborates with Korea’s largest display manufacturers, and is now approaching the global markets with its systems and solutions.

Can you introduce your company and technology?

WEVE is based in South Korea, and we specialize in Micro LED inspection solutions. Our technology is trusted by the biggest display manufacturers in Korea. We closely cooperate with industry-leading companies from Taiwan, Europe, and China. As a key technological partner of leading manufacturers, we have had to keep our operations out of the light for some time, which is why there is not much information about us available yet.

We do simultaneous AOI, PL, and Color difference analysis (xyY) of CoW, Epi-Wafers, and panels. We provide highly accurate, stable, and reliable solutions that can withstand high-volume inspections and the hardships of 24/7 heavy operations. I believe that WEVE is among the world's top companies by the total number of Micro LED wafers inspected thanks to our partners and customers who on one hand required us to keep things low but on the other, opened rare opportunities to sharpen our technology. Significant Inspection volumes provided valuable insights and experience needed to be at the frontier of the inspection field.

Read the full story Posted: Jun 25,2024

Smartkem demonstrated its first microLED display, produced using its proprietary OTFT materials

UK-based OTFT developer Smartkem demonstrated its first microLED display, which was produced with its own proprietary OTFT materials. The company says that its materials could reduce the cost of microLED production thanks to their low-temperature processing.

Smartkem demonstrated a sapphire wafer with arrays of 96x96 microLEDs with dimensions of 18um x 25um (produced by Enkris), planarized with Smartkem’s materials (cross-linkable polymers). Vias were then formed down to the device contact pads using photolithography and etching, and finally a metal layer was sputtered and patterned to form the anode and cathode contacts to the microLEDs. The metal connections were made selectively to generate a patterned image (see photo above).

Read the full story Posted: Jun 19,2024

A new edition of our MicroLED and OLED Microdisplay Market Report released today

Today we published a new edition of our MicroLED and OLED Microdisplays Market Report, with all the latest information. The AR/VR market is of high interest and companies are investing heavily in microdisplay technologies, both OLEDs and MicroLEDs. The new edition offers 14 updates and bringsg this report up to date, including the latest prototypes and technologies announced at Displayweek 2024.

Reading this report, you'll learn all about:

  • The advantages of OLED and MicroLED microdisplays
  • The microdisplays that are available on the market today
  • Information on all companies involved in this market
  • Future technologies and roadmaps

The report package also provides:

  • A list of all OLED microdisplays on the market
  • A list of all OLED and MicroLED microdisplays makers
  • Microdisplays spreadsheet
  • Over 25 datasheets, presentations
  • Free updates for a year

This microdisplays market report provides a great introduction to MicroLED and OLED microdisplays, and covers everything you need to know about the current status of the market and industry. This is a great guide if you're considering to adopt OLED microdisplays in your product, if you're looking to learn more about next-generation micro-LEDs and if you want to understand this industry better.

Read the full story Posted: Jun 18,2024