Samsung Ventures invests in iBeam Materials to scale up its large-area LED production technology

iBeam Materials announced that it has received an investment from Samsung Ventures. iBeam developed a technology that can be used to produce LED chips on large-area flexible foils.

iBeam Materials, founded in 2011 in the US, is still at an early stage but this technology could enable the production of micro-LED devices directly on large-area flexible substrates without the use of a transfer (pick-and-place) process.

CyberOptics recieves orders for 3D AOI systems for MicroLED production

High-precision 3D sensing developer CyberOptics Corporation announced that it has received a $1.3 million order for for Multi-Reflection Suppression (MRS)-enabled SQ3000 Multi-Function systems for Automated Optical Inspection (AOI), Solder Paste Inspection (SPI) and Coordinate Measurements (CMM).

Cyberoptics SQ3000 photo

CyberOptics says taht the systems, which will ship in Q2 2020, will be used for the scale-up of Micro LED device production.

PlayNitride raises $50 million, will start trial production of microLED chips by the end of August 2019

Digitimes reports that PlayNitride raised $50 million and is ready to start trial production of micro-LED chips by the end of August 2019. PlayNitride will increase its headcount by 100 employees.

PlayNitride told Digitimes that it achieved a yield rate of 99.9% in its LED transfer (pick-and-place) process. Using mass repair technologies, the company is certain it can achieve commercial viability of its process. The company's mass transfer speed is 10,000 chips per second. This means that for a Full-HD (1920x1080) display it will take just over 10 minutes to transfer the LED chips. A 4K display will take just over 40 minutes.

RiTDisplay and PlayNitride form a stragetic partnership

Taiwan-based PMOLED display maker RiT Display announced a strategic partnership and share swap with MicroLED developer PlayNitride. RiTDisplay will have access to PlayNitride's technology and will be able to produce and sell micro-LED panels.

According to the Taipei times, RiTDisplay aims to produce small displays for wearable applications. The article says the display size will be around 3-inch, which actually sounds rather large for wearables.

Sanan to setup a $1.8 billion Mini-LED and Micro-LED production center in Hubei, China

San'an Optoelectronics logoIn September 2018 it was reported that China-based Sanan Optoelectronics started to build its first micro-LED epitaxial wafer and chip production lineand in early 2019 it was reported that Sanan plans to start sampling Micro LED chips as early as January 2019.

Now Sanan announced that it has signed a contract with the Gedian Economic and Technological Development Zone in China's Hubei Province to setup a 12 billion Yuan ($1.78 billion USD) Mini-LED and Micro-LED production site.

VueReal raised $8.5 million, to build an advanced fabrication center in Canada

Micro-LED microdisplay developer VueReal announced that it has raised $8.5 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) that will be used to further develop its technology. VueReal will also build an advanced nano technology fabrication center in Waterloo, Canada, in partnership with Angstrom - a Canadian-based PVD and CVD equipment maker.

VueReal micro-led microdisplay prototype photo

VueReal says that its next step is to build an integrated pilot production system that will use the company's proprietary sub-10 micrometer, high-efficiency, Solid Printing process at commercial volumes. The company will also work to enhance the performance of its Micro-LED microdisplays.

Foxconn steps up its micro-LED involvement, acquires eLux and invests in Epileds

According to a report from Taiwan, Foxconn acquired US-based eLux - a company that was established in 2016 to develop a scalable assembly process for micro-LED devices. Foxconn was already an investor in eLux (through its Subsidiary CyberNet Venture Capital).

Foxconn also acquired a 7.32% stake in Taiwan-based LED developer and producer Epileds Technologies. This is reportedly just a first step as Foxconn aims to become Epiled's largest stakeholder in the near future. Digitimes reports that the motivation behind this takeover is mostly Epiled's micro-LED technologies.

Micro-LED microdisplay developer VueReal raises $10.5 million

Micro-LED microdisplay developer VueReal announced the initial closing of its $10.5 million Series A funding round, led by the venture arm of a large Asian company and a leading North American vendor focused on startups with emerging technology.

VueReal micro-led microdisplay prototype photo

VueReal says that its proprietary sub-10 micrometer, high-efficiency micro-LED technology and its patented mass transfer process enables high-performance super low-power displays, coupled with a significant cost reduction.