Konka launches tiled large microLED TV displays - with the 236" 8K one priced at $1.25 million

China-based display maker Konka launched tiled large micro-LED displays, under the APHAEA brand. These are modular displays (similar to Samsung's The Wall and Sony' Crystal LED displays) and Konka demonstrated several possible configurations - including 118" 4K and 236" 8K.

Konka APHAEA microLED TV launch

Konka already announced the prices of its new TVs - the 118" 4K one costs around $240,000 while the 236" 8K TV costs $1.25 million. For those that think that this is extremely expensive, Konka says that the cost is around 30% cheaper than a comparable Samsung The Wall TV (Samsung is not disclosing the prices of these tailor made displays).

MagnaChip to develop driver ICs for MicroLED TVs

MagnaChip logoKorea-based driver IC developer MagnaChip announced its latest 28-nm process, and the company said that it is now starting to develop driver ICs for Micro-LED TVs.

This is just an early announcement, hopefully the company will give more details in the future about its MicroLED driver program. For OLED displays, the company says it is currently using the world's most advanced process and has already secured its first 28 nm design win with a leading smartphone maker.

Magnachip to develop Micro-LED drivers

Korea-based analog and mixed-signal semiconductor product maker MagnaChip says that it plans to develop drivers for micro-LED signage displays. The drivers will be based on the company's latest 36-Channel LED driver.

MagnaChip says its multi-channel LED driver features high efficiency, high contrast, low temperature heat and highly reliable surge voltage characteristics. The company is looking to expand its product line to the fast-growing digital signage market.

Macroblock aims to demonstrate its first MicroLED driver IC by the end of 2019

According to LEDsInside, Taiwan-based driver IC developer Macroblock continues its Micro-LED driver development, and the company aims to unveil its first prototype device in H2 2019.

The report says that Macroblock aims to become a "total solution provider" for Micro-LED display technologies, as it believes that Micro LED will have a "revolutionary impact on the display industry". This could mean that by the end of 2019 the company aims to demonstrate a complete display and not just the driver IC. Macroblock is collaborating with Taiwan's ITRI on its Micro-LED driver technology.

Taiwan's EOSRL aims to start large-area Micro-LED display production by the end of 2018

Digitimes reports that Taiwan's Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories (EOSRL, part of ITRI) has launched a project that brings together PlayNitride, LED driver IC designer Macroblock and PCB maker Unimicron. The project aims to develop high-density Micro-LED displays.

PlayNitride MicroLED array

EOSRL plans to demonstrate first large-size signage display prototypes in H1 2018 with trial production to begin by the end of 2018.