Digitimes reports that Samsung Electronics has partnered with Taiwan-based Epistar to supply the Korean display maker with micro-LED chips, as it aims to release its first microLED TVs in H2 2020.
According to Digitimes, Epistar will work together with PlayNitride to supply the microLEDs. Epistar is an investor in PlayNitride. Digitimes says that PlayNitride is currently producing over 1,000 6" microLED wafers per month, and is aiming to increase its production capacity to 10,000 monthly wafer this year.
Samsung is already producing microLED TVs - but these emissive displays actually use mini-LEDs (or quasi microLEDs) chips. Moving to smaller microLED chips will enable Samsung to produce smaller displays of higher resolutions. Samsung's current LED supplier for its "microLED TVs" is Sanan Optoelectronics - which is also developing microLED technology and aims to become Samsung's second supplier for such chips.