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. MicroLED displays are often compared to OLED displays - the main display technology that it is rivaling.
Samsung MicroLED displays
Samsung Display and Samsung Electronics are mostly interested in microLED technology for TV applications, even though the company is also developing other microLED display technologies, including ones for smaller displays which may one day power wearables, smartphones, tablets and laptops and monitors.
For the TV market, Samsung is developing tiled microLED TVs. The company started with large displays that adopted miniLEDs, and is reducing TV sizes and LED chip sizes. Samsung's LED chip supplier is San'an Optoelectronics, but is reportedly working with more companies for smaller LED chips.
Samsung's microLED TV product range, made from tiled display modules, is called The Wall. Samsung is offering several Wall types and generations, and is constantly increasing its offers range. The Wall TVs, both consumer and commercial types, are still highly expensive are still in the realm of the ultra-premium segment.
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Samsung, Sony, LG and others are producing commercial microLED panels, mostly for ultra-premium, signage and commercial applications. The ultra-large size displays are made from small microLED modules, seamlessly tiled together.
MicroLED technology makes it possible to connect two tiles in a way that retains exactly the same pixel pitch even at the tile connection (this is something that is challenging to do with OLED or LCD displays). When the displays are active, it is indeed very difficult to spot the seam. When the display is completely black however, this is not the case.
Samsung Electronics announced that it has installed a 255-inch microLED The Wall display at Lucid Motors' design studio, to enhance the collaborative design process for their future electric vehicle models.
Lucid's design managers explains that the microLED displays enables the to visualize the future of its vehicles in high resolution at all stages of development. The extremely large displays enables designers to view cars in a 1:1 true-to-life scale, with true-life color reproduction to create a realistic rendering of a new car design.
The school of public communications at Syracuse University has installed five Samsung The Wall microLED signage screens, to provide a "vibrant visual canvas for showcasing student accomplishments and the university’s learning environment", and to help prospective students envision their future at Syracuse University.
The displays were installed at the school's Dedication Hall, which is in the Newhouse 1 building and is the starting point for Newhouse School tours. We do not know what is the size of each of these displays.
Samsung Display announced that it has developed a 0.25" 1920x1080 (FHD) microLED microdisplay, targeting AR applications. The company did not disclose more information about this new display.
We reported that SDC has started to develop microLED microdisplay technologies in August 2022. According to our information, Samsung targets AR devices with its microLED microdisplay technology, while it targets VR devices with its OLED microdisplays.
Chung Kang-il, vice president and head of Samsung visual display division's future planning group, says that Samsung considers microLED technology to be its strategic premium panel technology for the future, as the technology is an "ultimate display solution. The company will continue and develop microLED technologies for the TV market.
Prices of Samsung's microLED TVs are still prohibitively expensive. A couple of months ago Samsung Electronics launched a 89-inch microLED TV in Korea, that costs 130 million Won (around $100,000). Samsung says it is trying to lower the price of its microLED panels, but this ain't easy and takes longer than the company anticipated.
Samsung Electronics launched a new microLED TV in Korea, a 89-inch TV that costs 130 million Won (around $100,000). This TV was launched a few months ago in China, and it now brings it to South Korea as well.
Samsung says that this is the first TV in its new MicroLED lineup, which will include 76-, 101-, and 114-inch models. Interestingly, this is only a part of the MicroLED CX lineup that Samsung announced in January 2023.
The Atlantis The Royal resort in Dubai, installed a 146" Samsung Wall MicroLED display at its Royal Mansion suite. The display offers a 4K (3840x2160) resolution and (according to Samsung) offers a "one-of-a-kind, personal viewing experience unmatched by other displays as the slim, sleek finish of The Wall’s Infinity Design blends in naturally with the suite’s refined elegance".
The resort also installed several other smart signage solutions by Samsung, including LED signage, large touchscreens with smart signage solutions and outdoor signage displays.
The European Electronics Display Conference (edC), which takes place next week at Nuremberg, Germany, is a leading display conference, which takes part as part of the embedded world event. The conference focuses on industrial and automotive displays, and includes two days of keynote speeches and sessions.
MicroLEDs are featured at the conference, as the organizers realize the importance of the next-generation display technology. We had a short talk with the conference charimen Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Blankenbach from Pforzheim University's Display Lab.
Q: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Dr. Karlheinz. Can you tell us a bit about the Electronic Display Europe Conference?
Texas-based A/V retailer GridHiFi posted an unboxing video in which they open and install a 110" Samsung MicroLED TV in their showroom:
As you can see, this TV comes pre-assembled (even though it is made from different tiles) and easily installed.