First impressions from SID Displayweek 2018

The world's leading display conference, SID DisplayWeek, is now over, and it was a very exciting event. This is just a quick first impression post - you can expect several MicroLED-Info articles in the next couple of weeks after we get back to the office and sort through all the materials, interviews, photos and videos we have.

DisplayWeek is all about display technologies - and it seems that this year Micro-LED technologies and displays were all over the place. We've seen many Micro-LED demonstrations, prototypes and technical discussions. Of course LCDs and OLEDs are still the dominant technologies, but it seems many companies are investing in Micro-LED R&D as it is a promising next-generation display technology.

Macroblock aims to demonstrate its first MicroLED driver IC by the end of 2019

According to LEDsInside, Taiwan-based driver IC developer Macroblock continues its Micro-LED driver development, and the company aims to unveil its first prototype device in H2 2019.

The report says that Macroblock aims to become a "total solution provider" for Micro-LED display technologies, as it believes that Micro LED will have a "revolutionary impact on the display industry". This could mean that by the end of 2019 the company aims to demonstrate a complete display and not just the driver IC. Macroblock is collaborating with Taiwan's ITRI on its Micro-LED driver technology.

Foxconn steps up its micro-LED involvement, acquires eLux and invests in Epileds

According to a report from Taiwan, Foxconn acquired US-based eLux - a company that was established in 2016 to develop a scalable assembly process for micro-LED devices. Foxconn was already an investor in eLux (through its Subsidiary CyberNet Venture Capital).

Foxconn also acquired a 7.32% stake in Taiwan-based LED developer and producer Epileds Technologies. This is reportedly just a first step as Foxconn aims to become Epiled's largest stakeholder in the near future. Digitimes reports that the motivation behind this takeover is mostly Epiled's micro-LED technologies.

LEDinside publishes a Micro-LED technology and applications roadmap and projections

TrendForce's LEDinside published a new roadmap for Micro-LED technologies and applications. According to the company, mini-LED and micro-LED revenues could reach $1.38 billion by 2022, and $2.891 by 2025.

MicroLED roadmap (April 2018, LEDInside)

LEDinside sees Micro-LEDs restricted in the short and medium terms to niche and premium displays such as large format displays and microdisplays, which means that total display shipments will not be larger.