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.

MicroLED can be applied to displays of many kinds - from small displays for smartwatches and AR devices to large-area TV displays.

Tiled MicroLED TV displays

One unique feature of microLED technology is the ability to create seamless large-area displays made from small display tiles. This unique feature is interesting because it can creates extremely large displays in which the cost grows linearly with display size, unlike standard LCD and OLED TV displays which grows exponentially more expensive as display grows.

Samsung 146'' micro-LED TV, The Wall

The Wall by Samsung

Several companies developed such tiled display technology, including Sony, Samsung, Konka, LG and others. Tiled large-area microLED TVs are available on the market today, but prices are very expensive and these are highly premium devices. Are you looking to buy such a TV? Check out our 2021 MicroLED TV buying guide.



One interesting thing to note is that while most so-called microLED TVs are indeed emissive displays, the actual LED chips inside these TVs are not always miicroLEDs, but sometimes actually mini-LEDs (this is true for example in Samsung's TVs, at least for the first-gen models).

Consumer MicroLED TVs

Companies are also developing consumer-grade MicroLED TVs. These will be produced on standard TFT glass substrates, in a similar fashion to OLEDs and LCDs. Producing such consumer MicroLED displays at competitive prices is a huge challenge due to the extreme number of microLED chips - a 4K TV requires almost 25 million individual microLED chips - and these need to be produced on a wafer and transferred to the final TV substrate.

It will likely take many years before consumer MicroLED TVs at affordable prices can be produced. In 2021 we posted a buying guide for microLED TVs.

 

The latest MicroLED TV news:

C SEED announces a more affordable foldable microLED TV, still costs $150,000

Last year Austria-based C Seed released a high-end microLED TV, the $400,000 165" 4K C SEED M1, which has a unique foldable design, which makes use of seven large MicroLED panels that can be folded and inserted into the floor. The company now announced a smaller and more affordable microLED TV, the N1.

The N1 has a 103" 4K microLED panel, and it also is foldable, but it does not fold into the floor, but remains above the floor when not in use. The N1 costs $190,000 so this is still extraordinarily expensive. The N1 will also be offered in 137" and 165".

Read the full story Posted: Jul 14,2022

PlayNitride hopes to go public in Q3 2022, will be break even by the end of 2023

PlayNitride is planning for an IPO, and if all goes according to plan, the company will issue new shares and will start trading at the newly launched Taiwan Stock Exchange Innovation Board in Q3 2022.

PlayNitride SID Displayweek 2022 booth and 132-inch microLED tiled display

PlayNitride's CEO recently participated in an investor conference, during which he said that the company aims to be break-even (on a monthly basis) by the end of 2023, and to turn a profit in 2024.

Read the full story Posted: Jun 26,2022

Samsung to start producing 89-inch LTPS microLED TVs in Q3 2022

Towards the end of 2020, Samsung announced it's first "consumer" MicroLED TVs (on LTPS backplanes, rather than PCB used by Samsung for its professional models), including smaller 77-inch to 89-inch models. The smaller models were scrapped later in 2021, and then Samsung further delayed its plans for "consumer" microLED TV production.

Samsung 2022 MicroLED TV photo

According to reports from Korea, Samsung decided to move the production of its MicroLED TVs from its Vietnam fab to its fab in Korea, and aims to start producing LTPS microLED TVs in Q3 2022. Samsung is likely to start with a 89-inch model which will hopefully ship before the end of 2022, and will carry a price tag of around 100 million Won (or around $77,000).

Read the full story Posted: Jun 26,2022

Samsung starts selling its 110-inch microLED TV in China, and already sold out the first batch

Samsung launched its 110-inch microLED TV back in 2021, with a price tag of around $150,000. Earlier this week Samsung started to offer it in China for 1.05 million Yuan, online at JD.com, and today it is reported that the company sold out its first batch of TVs.

Samsung 2022 MicroLED TV photo

It is not clear how many units did Samsung actually ship - and the web site still accepts reservations.

Read the full story Posted: Jun 22,2022

Porotech developed a technology that enables tunable microLED pixels

Porous-GaN material platform developer Porotech announced a new technology that it brands as DynamicPixelTuning that makes it possible to create full-color or tunable-color monochrome displays using identical pixels from a single wafer.

Porotech DynamicPixelTuning prototype sample

Porotech says that DynamicPixelTuning displays will offer high color uniformity without the use of complex fabrication processes. The technology is applicable for all microLED display types, from microdisplays to mobile displays to TV displays.

Read the full story Posted: May 04,2022

Samsung further delays its smaller LTPS 89-inch and 101-inch microLED TV launch

Towards the end of 2020, Samsung announced it's first "consumer" 110-inch 4K MicroLED TV, and then in early 2021 it said it will release smaller microLED TVs, including 77" and 89" models. The smallest 77-inch model was scrapped later in 2021, and now we learn that Samsung is delaying its plans for the 89-inch and 101-inch models.

Samsung 2021 MicroLED TV photo

Samsung originally planned to start 101-inch and 89-inch TV production in May 2022, but this is now pushed back to Q3 2022 for the 89-inch model. The company did not decide yet when to launch the 101-inch model. Samsung does plan to start producing 99-inch microLED TVs in Q2 2022.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 01,2022

Samsung installs a unique 4-sided 200 million pixel microLED display in Thailand's The Forestias

Samsung Electronics installed a large The Wall microLED display at Thailand's The Forestias by MQDC, the country's biggest property development project. The display, installed at The Forest Pavilion will provide a one-of-a-kind immersive cinematic experience for the sustainable project.

Samsung The Wall at The Forestias MQDC photo

The display, made from 384 modules, provide a 360-degree image with a total size of 38.7 x 3.62 meters and a resolution of 46,080x4320. That's around 200 million pixels and a total display area of 140.43 square meters.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 01,2022

Samsung to lower the price of its microLED TVs, but these are still highly expensive

According to The Elec, Samsung will reduce the price of its latest microLED TVs by 40% compared to its older models, compared to the price of its 110-inch TV launched in 2021.

Samsung 2022 MicroLED TV photo

The 2021 110-inch TV was priced at around $140,000. The new 89" model will cost $80,000 while a 114-inch model, which will launch later in 2022, will cost $100,000. The price of Samsung's 2022 101-inch microLED TV hasn't been decided yet.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 27,2022

TrendForce: the market for microLED chips in large-area displays will reach $4.5 billion by 2026

Market research company TrendForce estimates that the market for microLED chips used in large-area displays will grow from $54 million in 2022 to $4.5 billion in 2026, a CAGR of 204%. The market will continue to grow and by 2030 TrendForce sees revenues of tens of billions of dollars.

MicroLED chips for large-area displays, revenue forecast (2022-2026, TrendForce)

There are still obstacles to overcome - technical challenges in both backplane technologies, transfer technologies and driving technologies, and the high cost of the microLED chips themselves.

Read the full story Posted: Jan 24,2022