Google invests in LCoS maker Himax, probably means no OLED in next-gen Glass HMD

Himax just announced that Google bought a 6.3% stake in the company (in Himax Display Inc, to be exact, a daughter company of Himax Technologies). This money will be used to expand Himax's LCoS microdisplay capacity. Google also has an option to buy a further 8.5% of the company.

Himax's LCoS displays are used in Google's Glass HMD prototypes. A couple of months ago there were reports from Korea that Google are in talks with Samsung Display to supply OLED microdisplays for the next-gen Glass product (the first commercial one). I guess that this latest investment means that Google will keep Himax's products and will not opt for OLEDs. At least not for now...

Posted: Jul 23,2013 by Ron Mertens