Progress in MicroLED to Be Highlighted at the SID/DSCC Business Conference

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Attendees of the 2023 SID/DSCC Business Conference will get the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in MicroLED technologies. The conference will cover the commercialization roadmap and the remaining challenges in manufacturing. To register, visit the Display Week website.

MicroLED displays are expected to challenge the incumbent technologies since they can deliver superior brightness, contrast and energy efficiency. In the last two years, LCD panel makers have also adopted MiniLED backlights in TV and IT applications. In both types of displays, LED chips need to be transferred at high throughput and driven by a custom backplane.

Keynote speakers from DSCC, Applied Materials and SmartKem will discuss the future of the display industry, including the outlook for MicroLED technology. Ian Jenks, Chairman and CEO of SmartKem, will talk about the creation of the world’s first monolithic MicroLED display using a low temperature solution coating of organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs).

Kyu Yong Bang, Managing Director of TOP ENGINEERING, will introduce a non-contact inspection system for MicroLED chips. The system can prevent bad pixels by screening the defective chips before they are transferred to the panel.

Dr. Oliver Haupt, Director of Strategic Marketing at Coherent, will present laser technologies for display manufacturing. Laser tools can be used for lift-off, mass transfer or repair of MicroLEDs.

In addition, a virtual session will feature innovative companies who address the challenges in commercialization and manufacturing. The following speakers will be speaking in the virtual session on MiniLED and MicroLED:

  • Dr. Guillaume Chansin (DSCC)
  • Ron Mertens (MicroLED Association)
  • Art Renn (Epistar)
  • Katsumi Araki (Toray Engineering)
  • David Trasobares Paris (Kulicke & Soffa)
  • David Lewis (Inziv)

“MicroLED is a promising new display technology, but it will take time to reach a significant market share” according to Guillaume Chansin, Director of Display Research at DSCC, who will present the main applications for MicroLED displays and the commercialization outlook. Applications for MicroLED include large TVs, smart watches and Augmented Reality glasses. Although MicroLED is currently an expensive technology compared to OLED and MiniLED LCD, Apple is expected to launch a watch with a MicroLED display in 2025.

Ron Mertens, CEO of the MicroLED Industry Association will give an introduction to the yield and cost challenges in MicroLED manufacturing. Ron is also the CEO of Metalgrass LTD and has been following next-generation display technologies since 2004. The MicroLED Industry Association was launched in August 2022 to promote MicroLED technologies and foster collaboration in the industry.

Source: Ron Mertens, MicroLED Industry Association
Source: Ron Mertens, MicroLED Industry Association

Art Renn, Special Assistant at Epistar, will talk about uniformity requirements of MicroLED displays. He will explain how Epistar resolves assembly throughput and panel uniformity, while also improving LED utilization rate via a proprietary process flow and LED design.

Katsumi Araki, Account Manager at Toray Engineering, will describe a series of technologies to manufacture MicroLED displays. Toray Engineering’s approach to the manufacturing process combines photoluminescence inspection technology, laser repair equipment, mass transfer equipment and laser mass transfer equipment.

David Trasobares Paris, Senior Product Manager at Kulicke & Soffa (K&S), will explain how the LUMINEX mass transfer equipment architecture works for MiniLEDs and its scalability to MicroLEDs. The presentation dives into K&S efforts on material and process development in the MicroLED space.

David Lewis, CEO of Inziv, will talk about the challenges in yield that the MicroLED industry currently faces and how InZiv’s fast Electroluminescent (EL) inspection can enable mass production. The new R-EL inspection system provides unprecedented speed for wafer level EL testing of MicroLEDs and is fully compatible with both vertical and flip-chip designs.

The challenge of producing RGB colors with MicroLEDs will also be covered, with talks by startup companies Porotech, QustomDot and Helio Display Materials.

DSCC has organized the Business Conference for seven consecutive years, in collaboration with the Society for Information Display (SID). The conference is sponsored by Applied Materials, GE, OTI Lumionics, SmartKem and TOP ENGINEERING. It will feature 44 presentations from 37 different companies. The SID/DSCC Business Conference will consist of both on-site and recorded talks.

On-site talks will take place on May 24th at the LA Convention Center and will feature speakers from leading companies in the supply chain, including Samsung Display, Meta, Goertek and Universal Display. The list of all confirmed speakers can be found on the DSCC event website.

About Display Week 2023
Display Week 2023, the 60th International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition presented by the Society for Information Display (SID), will be held in Los Angeles, CA, May 21-26, 2023. Serving as a catalyst for innovation, information and inspiration, Display Week supports and showcases the entire ecosystem of emerging electronic display and visual information technologies, and features a world-class exhibition with hands-on demos, hundreds of scientific presentations from pioneering scientists, special sessions with today's most forward-thinking business leaders, and an annual business conference devoted exclusively to the supply chain of these convergent industries. Thousands of attendees from the R&D, engineering, design, manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, sales and financial disciplines flock to Display Week to find out what's new and what's next. Display Week also delivers unparalleled learning opportunities, highlights market-moving trends, and provides an expansive platform for networking that enhances career and business growth. For more information about Display Week 2023, visit www.displayweek.org or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @DisplayWeek (hashtag #DisplayWeek2023), or the Display Week YouTube Channel.

About SID
The Society for Information Display (SID) has been powering the display technology industry since its inception in 1962. It is the only professional organization dedicated to the electronic display and visual information technology industries, and plays a vital role in advancing the plethora of interwoven discoveries and applications from concept and research to manufacturing and market. As a worldwide platform, SID brings together the multiple facets of these industries to fully support the imaging and display ecosystems, and help address growing consumer demand for seamless digital experiences through smart phones, televisions, mobile computers, immersive gaming and entertainment applications, online platforms, electric cars, wearables, smart homes, and an ever-expanding menu of devices and uses that have become engrained in the way we live, work and play. Additionally, SID provides a unique platform for industry collaboration, communication and training in all related technologies while showcasing the industry's best new products at its annual International Symposium, Seminar & Exhibition (known as Display Week). To promote industry and academic technology development, and educate consumers, SID hosts more than 10 conferences a year, including Display Week, which unites industry and academia all under one roof to demonstrate technology that will shape the future. The organization's members are professionals in the technical and business disciplines that relate to display research, design, manufacturing, applications, marketing and sales. SID's global headquarters are located at 1475 S. Bascom Ave., Ste. 114, Campbell, CA 95008. For more information, visit www.sid.org.

About DSCC

DSCC, a Counterpoint Research Company, is the leader in advanced display market research with offices across all the key manufacturing centers and markets of East Asia as well as the US and UK. It was formed by experienced display market analysts from across the display supply chain and delivers valuable insights, data and supply chain analyses on the display industry through consulting, syndicated reports and events. Its accurate and timely analyses help businesses navigate the complexities of the display supply chain.