During the company's Q1 2020 financial report, MagnaChip updated that its microLED TV DDIC is now expected to enter production in the first of 2021. MagnaChip believes Micro LED "represents an untapped market opportunity for growth".
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
EOSRL plans to demonstrate first large-size signage display prototypes in H1 2018 with trial production to begin by the end of 2018.
The Taiwan-based Electronic and Optoelectronic System Research Laboratories (EOSRL, part of Taiwan's ITRI) is developing 60-100 inch indoor micro-LED displays.
EOSRL is collaborating on this research with driver IC designer Macroblock. EOSRL is using LED chips that are 70-80 micrometers in size. EOSRL expects trial production to begin by Q4 2017, with mass production coming in 2018.