Promises and Challenges of MicroLED Displays

With the increasing success of OLED, and mounting investment and interest in QLED, emissive display technologies have already proven their worth and enabled consumer products with stunning display performance. But µLED technologies have the potential to move the industry multiple steps further.

Since the acquisition of µLED display startup Luxvue by Apple in 2014 and the more recent acquisition of InfiniLED by Facebook-Oculus, inorganic LEDs have generated a tremendous amount of attention in the display industry over the last 3 years.

Compared to existing LCD and OLED displays, µLEDs offer the promise of ultra-high pixel density, dramatically reduced power consumption, improved color gamut, fast refresh rate, wide viewing angle, high contrast, long lifetime and environment stability. Conceptually, µLED displays could serve the needs of and benefit every single application, spanning from wearable and mobile devices to AR/VR, TVs to large video displays as demonstrated recently by Sony.

So what’s missing? The science is here, but the success of the technology will depend on overcoming a variety of engineering and manufacturing challenge. This talk will provide a review of µLED competitive landscape, technologies and challenges. Applicability to the major display segments.

Dr. Eric Virey, Senior Market and Technology Analyst, Yole Développement (Yole)

Eric is a daily contributor to the development of LED, OLED, and Displays activities at Yole, with a large collection of market and technology reports as well as multiple custom consulting projects. Eric has spoken in more than 30 industry conferences worldwide over the last 5 years. He has been interviewed and quoted by leading media over the world. Previously Eric has held various R&D, engineering, manufacturing and business development positions with Fortune 500 Company Saint-Gobain in France and the United States. Dr. Eric Virey holds a PhD in Optoelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble.