Micro LED is expected to bring a revolution to display technology with its high brightness, long lifetime, refined performance and low power consumption. However, its miniaturized size and the massive amount of chips bring challenges for mass production.
In order to overcome the bottlenecks of Micro LED technology, the integration within the supply chain is critical. Over the past two years, we have seen partnerships built in the industry for speeding up Micro LED research and development. Equipment makers, Micro LED technology developers as well as display producers have formed strategic partnerships among each other to optimize chip design, transfer technology and testing/repairing processes. With these collaborations, several remarkable Micro LED establishments were revealed in the past two years.
Samsung, who rolled out Micro LED display at CES in the past two years, adopts Micro LED chips from PlayNitride. Samsung reportedly plans to increase investment in the coming 2020 for Micro LED volume production.
Meanwhile, PlayNitride has teamed up with equipment producers AIXTRON and Evatec to increase its capacity of Micro LED. The Taiwanese Micro LED company also worked together with PMOLED specialist RiTDisplay for wearable applications.
US-based Micro LED technology company, Rohinni, also co-worked with different industry players. It partnered with K&S for Micro LED placement solution and reported orders for their co-development. In addition, Rohinni launched two joint ventures in 2019. The company debuted Luumii, a company formed with Koja for Micro LED and Mini LED based solutions for keyboard backlight. Last week, Rohinni also announced launch of the joint venture with BOE.
Another Taiwan-based LED expert, Epistar, confirmed that it will join force with the Leyard Group to build a Micro/Mini LED production center in Jiangsu province, China. Epistar also reported that it will increase its capital expenditure for Mini LED to meet up the booming demands.
Sweden/US company glō partnered Japan’s Kyocera and JDI to showcased Micro LED displays for automotive and wearable applications.
Micro LED development has been accelerated with integrations within the industry, bringing the technology closer to commercialization. The industry players are now getting ready for Micro LED mass production in the coming one to three years.
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