Micro-LEDs :The new disruptor in the Display Panel Market

Market Expertz   |     October 30, 2018


The biggest advantage that micro-LEDs will hold over other display technologies such as OLEDs and LED-backlit LCD displays is the fact that micro-LED display technologies are self-emitting technologies, i.e. it does not require a separate backlit panel (unlike LED-backlit LCDs), and the LEDs themselves can be individually controlled.

As of 2018, the only commercialized version of micro-LEDs is in the digital signage application; Sony’s launch of micro-LED-based “CLEDIS” displays with 1.26mm pixel pitch and ~50-micron size RGB pixels. Considering the current manufacturing capabilities, prototype development, and the involvement of leading players, micro-LED-based smartwatches and NTE devices may enter the commercial phase in 2019. This is mainly due to the announcement by the president of Samsung’s visual display business, Han Jong-hee, who on July 2018, announced that the company would begin mass-producing micro-LED displays in September 2018, and would begin selling micro-LED TVs aimed at the home luxury market in 2019. This announcement is seriously expected to up the ante in the micro-LED market competition. As of early 2018 Samsung has unveiled its first Micro-LED display, the 146” WALL. Samsung will ship this display commercially in 2018 As of 2018, LG also made an announcement of its own micro-LED TV at IFA 2018, which is comparatively larger than that of Samsung’s, at 173 inches. Other key announcements related with the micro-LED market include patent acquisitions by Apple’s LuxVue and similar announcements by PlayNitride.

The key players who are or will be operating on the micro-LED market are Apple (LuxVue), Oculus VR (InfiniLED), Sony, Samsung, X-Celeprint, Epistar, GLO AB, VerLASE Technologies, JBD, and Aledia, among others. Other important key players include Mikro Mesa Technology, VueReal, Uniqarta, ALLOS Semiconductors, Plessey Semiconductors, PlayNitride, and Ostendo Technologies, Lumens, Lumiode, Rohinni, Cooledge Lighting, and Nichia Corporation.

There are also several prominent research institutes who are undertaking research in the micro-LED market such as Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Changchun Institute, III-V Lab, CEA Leti, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

Considering the value chain of the micro-LED market the most prominent suppliers of input materials who are developing related materials, equipment and components in the micro-LED market include Jasper Display, Crystalwise Technology, Unimicron, Luminit, Macroblock, and Max Technologies.

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