April 2023

The US-China trade war may have implications on the display industry, and microLEDs in particular

In a new and interesting analysis, the Korea Times suggests that the US is considering adding display technologies, mostly next-gen displays OLEDs, to the list of restricted technologies and may ask Japan and Korea to stop selling materials and equipment to Chinese display makers. 

F-35 helmet HMD photo

Apparently the US government is still debating over this decision. OLED displays are used in defense applications, but OLED displays, unlike semiconductors, can be replaced with LCDs without effecting performance much, which means that hurting China's OLED industry will not have a strategic effect on China outside of the display industry. China today is the world's leading display maker by volume, but Korea is still leading in OLED display production. This decision, if happens will have more economic implications than strategic ones. 

Read the full story Posted: Apr 29,2023

MicroLED technologies at SID Display Week 2023 - what to expect

SID Display Week is the display industry's premier display show and this year's event, which will take place on May 21-26, should be an excellent one.

Display Week covers all aspects of the display industry and the whole spectrum of display technologies. MicroLEDs are seen by many to be the next generation display technology, and there will indeed be an increased focus on microLED technologies and displays at the upcoming Display Week.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 25,2023

VueReal reports a major breakthrough in its microLED production technology

MicroLED developer VueReal says that it achieved a breakthrough in its MicroSolid Printing Platform, enabling it to go below 7um LED pitch (on the wafer) for full color microLED deposition. The company reports that its newest (and smallest) microLEDs show minimal impact on EQE, and this enables high-efficiency display production.

VueReal says that its new technology could soon compete on price with OLED displays while offering higher performance, and could be viable for many display segments - from wearables through smartphones to automotive and more. According to its current tests, its microLED displays will offer a brightness of 3,000 nits (and higher), while consuming around half the power compared to the latest AMOLED displays. In addition, its printing process is highly scalable and should not have a problem handling the demands of even the smartphone industry with hundreds of millions of displays per year.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 25,2023

Innolux may convert an idle 5.5-Gen LCD fab to microLED production

Taiwan's Innolux says that it is working with customers to jointly develop microLED displays. The company does not yet announce any commercialization plans, but it is considering converting one of its 5.5-Gen LCD fabs to microLED panel production.

Innolux 55'' rollable AM mini-LED prototype photo

A year ago Innolux demonstrated a 12.3" microLED tiled seamless display module prototype, based on an LTPS backplane. The display achieves a brightness of 700 nits and a resolution of 480x180 (40 PPI).

Read the full story Posted: Apr 21,2023

AUO to convert one of its LCD fabs to microLED production by 2025

A few days ago, AUO announced that it has finalized the development of its wearable microLED display, and the company is now launching the 1.39" round smartwatch display commercially, with mass production expected in the second half of 2023.

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

Yesterday AUO announced that it plans to convert its LCD 5A fab in Taiwan's Longtan District into a microLED production line. The new line will begin microLED production in 2025 or 2026, targeting wearable displays, automotive displays, TVs and signage displays. 

Read the full story Posted: Apr 21,2023

Foxconn, Ennostar and Unikorn Semiconductor jointly develop microLED microdisplays

Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn) has announced that it has developed a new microLED microdisplay, in collaboration with Ennostar and Unikorn Semiconductor (a part of Ennostar). The company is showcasing the display at Touch Taiwan 2023 - a monochrome blue 0.12" 6500 PPI 200,000 nits display.

Foxconn says that the companies have optimized the structure of the microLED chips in a join project, and developed a new thin film protection technology tat reduces surface defects, improves external quantum efficiency, and increases product reliability. Foxconn has also developed its own quantum dots based color conversion technology that enables it to convert the display to full-color (that achieved a PPI of 3,600).

Read the full story Posted: Apr 20,2023

The MicroLED Industry Association's first annual meeting to take place during Displayweek 2023

The MicroLED Industry Association will host its first annual meeting during Displayweek 2023. The annual meeting will take place on the 22nd of May, at 4:00PM, at the Los Angeles convention center.

During the meeting, we will update on past activities and plans for the new year, and give association members an excellent chance to network and connect with fellow microLED industry professionals.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 18,2023