OLED is a next-generation display technology that is replacing LCD displays in several markets, such as small displays for mobile applications, TVs and microdisplays. OLEDs are made from thin films of organic light emitting materials that emit light when electricity is applied. OLEDs have a much simpler structure compared to LCDs and have several advantages over the incumbent technology.

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OLED microdisplays vs LCoS microdisplays

OLED microdisplays provide several advantages over the current technology used to make most microdisplays (LCoS) :

  • There's no need for an "external" illumination (or backlight)
  • A larger color gamut
  • Wide viewing angles
  • Better contrast
  • Faster refresh rate
  • Lower power consumption (this depends on the image shown)
  • Wide operation temperature range

OLEDs do have some disadvantages, though:

  • Somewhat lower lifetime and burn-in
  • Lower brightness (although this is improving to the point where OLED microdisplays are very bright)
  • Limited suppliers, limited volume and selection, higher price, "immature" technology

Leading OLED Microdisplay makers

There are several OLED microdisplay makers today. The two leading ones seem to be eMagin and Sony. Sony makes several microdisplays for the consumer market - which are mostly adopted as camera EVFs. For example Sony's a7S full-frame mirrorless digital camera uses an XGA OLED EVF.



eMagin's main markets are the defense, industry and medical markets. They are enter the consumer market - aiming to provide better user experience for VR and AR headsets.

Besides eMagin and Sony, there are a several other microdisplays makers - from Europe, China and Korea.

OLED-Info's OLED Microdisplay Market Report

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  • Why OLED microdisplays are better than LCD or DLP ones
  • The disadvantages of OLED microdisplays
  • What kind of displays are available on the market today
  • New technologies on the horizon

The report package also provides a complete list of OLED microdisplay makers and their current (and future) products, and personal contact details into the leading microdisplay makers. Read more here!

Latest OLED Microdisplays news

The LOMID project partners manage to produce 1" curved WUXGA OLED Microdisplays at satisfactory yields

Nov 16, 2017

In January 2017 the EU launched a new project to develop aims to develop next-generation large-area OLED microdisplays. The so-called LOMID (Large cost-effective OLED microdisplays and their applications) project's main goal is to produce 13x21 mm (~1-inch diagonal) 1200x1290 (2,300 PPI) flexible OLED microdisplay.

LOMID OLED microdisplay prototype (Fraunhofer FEP)

Dr. Uwe Fogel, the project's coordinator from the Fruanhofer FEP institute, updated today that the consortium managed to produce the first microdisplay samples at satisfactory yields, and it is now improving these yields. LUMID partners are already demonstrating the microdisplays in smart glasses for both VR and visually-impaired people.

eMagin reports its financial results for Q3 2017

Nov 10, 2017

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin reported its financial results for Q3 2017. Revenues in the third quarter were $4.3 million, the same as in Q3 2016. Net loss was $3 million in the quarter. As of September 30, eMagin had $2 million in cash and equivalents and a borrowing availability of $3.7 million.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

The results were disappointing, in part due to a manufacturing issue that have since been resolved, according to eMagin. The company says it has experienced a heightened level of activity in the third quarter, both in its commercial initiatives as well as its military programs.

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Kopin reports development orders for its OLED microdisplays from several tier-1 companies

Nov 08, 2017

n January 2017 Kopin unveiled its first OLED microdisplay, the 1-inch 120 Hz 2k x 2k Lightning panel, and later reported on an "overwhelming" reaction and a first design win with GoerTek. Kopin now updates that it has "received development orders for several Tier 1 global partners".

Kopin Lightning OLED microdisplay photo

In April 2017, Kopin announced that it reached agreements with both OLiGHTEK and BOE Technology to meet its production needs. Kopin has secured capacity from OLiGHTEK's OLED microdisplay fab for the near term (production should begin in Q1 2018) and will also utilize BOE and OLiGHTEK future OLED microdisplay fab.

eMagin signed a development and licensing agreement with a tier-one CE company

Nov 01, 2017

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin announced that it has signed a development and licensing agreement with a tier-one consumer electronics company permitting it to use eMagin technology, specifically its direct-patterned OLED microdisplays.

An eMagin OLED microdisplay

eMagin says that this is a major step towards the commercialization of the company's proprietary OLED microdisplay technology. It seems that according to the agreement the Tier-One CE company will only pay eMagin licensing revenues if and when it decides to commercialize its microdisplays.

Updates on eMagin's BlazeTorch OLED nightvision goggles

Oct 29, 2017

eMagin announced its BlazeTorch consumer sports enthusiast OLED night-vision goggles back in November 2016, with aims to release it by the end of 2017 for $999. According to the very-enthusiastic review below, the BlazeTorch is excellent - but eMagin hiked the price up to $1,699.

The BlazeTorch started shipping in 2017, although it is currently not available. The Price was supposed to be $999 but some reports suggest eMagin is increasing the price to $1,699. Hopefully eMagin will start shipping it again and we will update if and when they do.

SmartKem's CEO explains the company's OTFT tech and the future of flexible OLED production

Oct 22, 2017

Steve Kelly (SmartKem)UK-based SmartKem is developing a new class of flexible high-mobility p-type semiconductor inks for flexible displays. The company recently made headlines as it started its commercialization phase and announces advances in its collaboration projects with OLED producers in Asia.

SmartKem's CEO and founder, Steve Kelly, was kind enough to answer a few questions we had on SmartKem's technology and business. Steve is an international business professional with more than 20 years’ experience specializing in technology ventures, particularly early stage. He has extensive experience in Intellectual Property exploitation, VC funding and launching new technology to market.

Q: Steve, thank you for your time and for this interview. Can you first give us an overview of SmartKem’s OTFT technology?

SmartKem’s organic thin film transistor (OTFT) backplanes are designed for both glass and flexible displays. They are compatible with electronic paper displays (EPD), liquid crystal displays (LCD) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technologies. Through our sophisticated modelling and simulation, they have sufficient driving capability for OLED and potentially, microOLED displays which offer increased contrast, response times and energy efficiency.

OLED-Info's flexible, transparent, VR/AR, microdisplays, automotive and graphene OLED market reports updated to October 2017

Oct 10, 2017

Today we published new versions of our market reports - that cover the flexible, transparent, VR/AR, microdisplays, automotive and graphene OLED markets. OLED-Info provides comprehensive niche OLED market reports, and our reports cover everything you need to know about the niche market, and can be useful if you want to understand how the OLED industry works and what this technology can provide for your own industry. The reports are now updated to October 2017.

The OLED for VR/AR Market Report:

  • Why OLEDs are adopted in almost all VR HMDs
  • What kind of displays are required for VR and AR applications
  • What the future holds for the VR and AR markets
  • Current and future VR and AR systems

The report package provides a great introduction to the emerging VR and AR market, and details the role that OLED displays will have. Read more here!

The Fraunhofer FEP demonstrate AR/VR dataglasses based on its SVGA bi-directional OLED microdisplays

Oct 06, 2017

The Fraunhofer FEP institute has successfully integrated its bi-directional OLED microdisplays into an VR / AR HMD (or dataglasses, as the Fraunhofer calls it) for 2D and 3D content.

Multifunction OLED data-glasses (2017, Fraunhofer FEP)

The new HMD demonstrator uses the Fraunhofer's SVGA (800x600) displays and connects via a USB interface and an HDMI connection. The bi-directional displays can be used for eye tracking to support novel user interfaces.

BOE and OLiGHTEK detail the investment structure of their upcoming OLED microdisplay fab

Aug 30, 2017

In March 2017 display market BOE Technology and OLED Microdisplay maker OLiGHTEK announced a new joint-venture to produce OLED microdisplays for the consumer VR and AR markets. The new venture will establish production fab in Kunming, Yunnan with an annual production capacity of a million OLED microdisplays.

OLiGHTEK OLED microdisplay photo

BOE Technology announced a few days ago the structure of this venture has been finalized. Total investment will amount to ¥1.15 billion (around $172 million USD), a bit higher than first announced. BOE will invest ¥670 billion and will hold a 67% stake. OLiGHTEK will invest ¥200 million.

eMagin reports its financial results for Q2 2017

Aug 11, 2017

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin reported its financial results for Q2 2017. Revenues in the quarter were $5.3 million (down from $5.5 million in Q2 2017) and the net loss was $2.3 million (up slightly from $2.2 million in Q2 2017).

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

At the end of the quarter, eMagin had $4.9 million in cash and equivalents. eMagin is focused on expanding its presence in military programs, advancing discussions with major consumer electronics companies for VR/AR products and progressing with finding high-volume production partners.

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