Article last updated on: Sep 23, 2020

MicroLED technology is a perfect fit for microdisplays - as it can offer extremely bright and efficient displays with very fine pixel pitches.

Compound Photonics IntelliPix microLED microdisplay on wafer

MicroLED technology is a next-generation emissive display technology that promises highly efficient and bright displays that offer superior image quality with infinite contrast and a wide color gamut.

Microdisplays are very small displays (usually under 1-inch) used in near-eye applications such as AR glasses, camera view finders and rifle sights. Most microdisplays on the market are either LCoS or OLED displays.

MicroLED Microdisplays

Many companies are developing high-end MicroLED microdisplays, and some of these are already offering initial products on the market. Some examples of such companies include Plessey (owned by Facebook), Jade Bird Display and Lumiode.

Microdisplays use a high-end silicon backplane, and microLED microdisplays can be produced using a monolithic process - which means that the LEDs can be fabricated directly on the silicon wafer, or transferred to it in a process that is simpler compared to a TFT-glass transfer process.



The MicroLED and OLED Microdisplays Market Report

Our MicroLED and OLED Microdisplays provides a great introduction to both MicroLED and OLED microdisplays, and covers everything you need to know about next-generation microdisplays. This is a great guide if you're considering to adopt microdisplays in your product and if you want to understand this industry better.


This market report covers everything you need to know about next-generation microdisplays. This is a great guide if you're considering to adopt microdisplays in your product and if you want to understand this industry better. Read more here!

The latest MicroLED Microdisplays news:

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Porotech developed the world's first native InGaN red microLED microdisplay

Porous-GaN material platform developer Porotech announced that it has created the world's first microLED microdisplay based on a native red InGaN LED. The microdisplay is a 0.55" diagonal panel with a resolution of 960x540.

Porotech red InGaN microLED microdisplay prototype (2021)

Porotech says that its native InGaN red LEDs will offer higher efficiency than currently-used AlInGaP red LEDs. Developing an RGB microdisplay all from InGaN chips will also offer easier driving and process design.

TCL announced smart glasses with a color microLED display

TCL announced a new AR smartglasses product, which it calls the Thunderbird Smart Glasses Pioneer Edition. TCL did not reveal much, but it says the color display is based on microLED technology, with a pixel pitch of 4 um. TCL did not release any estimated shipping dates or a price for this new product, which is likely still at an early stage.

The video above is not clear, but it seems as if this solution uses three monochrome microdisplays, combined to show a single full-color image (the video shows one panel, but it later shows three monochrome images combined into one full-color display). This kind of solution was suggested by Vuzix, based on JBD's 0.13" VGA monochrome microdisplays. Which incidentally offer a pixel pitch of 4um, which leads us to speculate that TCL is also basing its Thunderbird glasses on JBD's displays.

Mojo Vision chosen to participate in Walt Disney's 2021 accelerator

AR developer Mojo Vision was chosen by The Walt Disney Company to participate in the 2021 Disney Accelerator. Mojo Vision is among the eight companies that will receive a three-month mentorship program that will connect them with the creativity, imagination and expertise of Disney.

Mojo Vision microLED contact lenses generations image (January 2020)

Mojo Vision's AR platform is based on microLED microdisplay technology, produced on contact lenses. In 2019, Mojo announced that it has developed a 14k sub-pixel PPI Micro-LED microdisplay

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Xiaomi announces its first smart glasses with a 0.13-inch MicroLED microdisplay

Xiaomi announced its first smart glasses, called unimaginatively the Xiaomi Smart Glasses. These light-weight (51 grams) glasses will offer a monochrome (green) display and speakers, microphones and a 5MP camera, and will connect to your smartphone for notifications, navigation and will have applications such as real-time translation. It will support Xiaomi's XiaoAI Virtual Assistant.

Xiaomi says the microLED display is 0.13-inch in size, with a peak brightness of 2-million nits. The pixel pitch is 4 um. While not official, this is highly likely to be JBD's 0.13" VGA microLED display panel, revealed last year.

Q&A with the CEO of MicroLED driver and backplane developer SAPIEN

SAPIEN Semiconductors, based in Korea, is a fabless design company that provides innovative PWM CMOS backplane and µ-driver ICs for Micro-LED displays. The company utilizes its own patented technologies to achieve lower power consumption, lower leakage, better repairability and improved testability.

In the following interview, we discuss the company’s technology and business with its CEO, Myunghee Lee.

Q: Hello Mr. Lee, thank you for your time. Can you give us a short introduction to SAPIEN and your microLED technologies?

SAPIEN specializes in developing CMOS Backplane SoCs (System-on-Chip) for Micro-LED display applications. SAPIEN was founded in 2017 by industry veterans who have over 230 years of combined design experience in Display Driver ICs (DDI).

Kopin to co-develop a 2K full-color MicroLED microdisplay with a Japanese CE maker

US-based Microdisplay developer Kopin announced an agreement with a leading Japanese consumer electronics maker to develop 2K x 2K full-color microLED microdisplays.

Under the agreement, Kopin will develop and supply its proprietary backplane silicon wafers and its new partner will develop bonding and color conversion processes. The two companies expect to demonstrate a 1-inch microdisplay prototype within 24-months. Kopin says that this development program is customer funded.