Article last updated on: Oct 19, 2021

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

OLED microdisplays are considered to be the current state-of-the-art near-eye display technology. OLEDs offer many advantages over competing technologies:

  • No backlight - a direct emissive display with high contrast and a wide color gamut
  • Fast refresh rate
  • Low power consumption (this depends on the image shown)
  • Wide operation temperature range

OLEDs do suffer from lower lifetime, limited market capacity, high price. Many believe that microLEDs will offer the ultimate solution for microdisplays, with their inherent high brightness and efficiency, but these displays are not commercial yet.

The OLED Microdisplay market

Several companies in the US, Europe and Asia are producing OLED microdisplays - including eMagin, Sony, OLiGHTEK, Kopin, BOE and SeeYa.

LG Display 0.42'' 1280x720 OLEDoS SID 2020 photo

If you're interested in adopting OLED microdisplays in your device, we'll be happy to help, you can browse available display in our OLED marketplace. Be sure to send us a mail and together we can find the best display for your project.

OLED-Info's OLED and MicroLED Microdisplay Market Report

If you want more in-depth information on the OLED (and MicroLED) Microdisplay market, look no further! Our OLED and MicroLED Microdisplay Market Report explains:

  • 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, including MicroLED microdisplays

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

The latest OLED microdisplays news:

OLED-Info's OLED Market Reports updated to January 2022

Today we published new versions of our market reports - that cover the transparent, PMOLED, microdisplays and automotive 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 January 2022.

The OLED and MicroLED Microdisplays Market Report:

  • The advantages of OLED and MicroLED microdisplays
  • Information on all companies involved in this market
  • What kind of displays are available on the market today
  • Future technologies and roadmaps

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

Reports suggest that Meta is working on two VR headsets, one with miniLED displays and the other with microOLED displays

Reports suggest that Meta (Facebook) is developing two new VR headsets, with very different display technologies - one with mini-LED displays, and the other with OLED microdisplays (as we reported in August 2021).

Oculus Rift consumer photo

The Oculus Quest Pro (codenamed Cambria) will be based on mini-LED displays, . Meta aims to launch the Quest Pro in the summer of 2022 and hopes to sell 3 million headsets by the end of the year.

DSCC: Apple's first VR headset will sport two OLED microdisplays and an additional AMOLED

Towards the end of 2021 we reported that Apple plans to launch its first AR headset in Q4 2022, powered by dual 4K OLED microdisplays, produced by Sony

Sony ECX339A OLED Microdisplay photo

According to Ross Young from DSSC, Apple first headset will actually be a VR headset, that uses a foveated display system. The headset will feature three displays - two 4K microLEDs (indeed produced by Sony) and one larger AMOLED display.

OLEDON developed a curved plane-source FMM technology that can be used to produce direct-emission 10,000 PPI OLED microdisplays

OLEDON says that it has developed a new curved plane-source evaporation shadow mask process that can be used for OLED microdisplay fabrication, with a potential density of 10,000 PPI (minimum shadow distance of 0.18um). Using this technology it will be possible to create direct-emission microdisplays.

In the video above, you can see the lecture OLEDON's CEO gave last month at iMID 2021, that explains the new technology.

Important things to keep in mind when designing an OLED micro-display project

This is a guest article by Assaf Levy-Be'eri, co-founder at JOYA Team, an optical technologies house offering development services for optical systems with an expertise in AR and VR.

The Augmented Reality (AR) systems field has recently expanded to many different applications and markets. With all the buzz around Metaverse, there is an understanding that AR systems will become the bridge between the real world and the virtual world and will allow the user to combine these worlds.

LOMID 1'' curved WUXGA OLED microdisplay photo (Dec 2017)

However, the road to a sustainable, affordable AR system that is user-friendly and that provides real-life experience is still a long one.

Sony demonstrates a 4K OLED microdisplay prototype

During Sony's Technology Day, the company unveiled a new VR headset prototype based on a new 4K OLED microdisplay panel, which was unveiled for the first time.

Sony reports that the new microdisplay features very low latency, with a response time of <0.01 seconds. The prototype display utilizes a white OLED with color-filters architecture.

Unijet supplies OLED microdisplay TFE inkjet deposition systems for Sidtek

According to reports from Korea, Unijet has supplied China-based Sidtek with inkjet printing systems, used for thin-film encapsulation (TFE) deposition of OLED microdisplays. This is Unijet's first sell of a commercial TFE printing system.

Unijet OLED TFE inkjet printing deposition system photo

Sidtek, established in 2016, is now producing 0.39" XGA OLED microdisplays, which are available on the OLED marketplace. Sidtek's 0.39" display is available in a color version (1,000 nits) or a monochrome one.

The Fraunhofer Institute develops ultra-low power OLED microdisplays

The Fraunhofer FEP, in collaboration with GlobalFoundries Dresden Module One and digades, developed an ultra-low power color OLED microdisplay. The researchers at the Fraunhofer say that this display consumes the least power compared to all available microdisplays.

Fraunhofer Backplane ultra-low power microdisplay prototype photo

The new microdisplay was developed as part of the Backplane project, funded by the German government (SWMA grant number100392259). The researchers presented a prototype display that features two primary colors and a QVGA (320x240) resolution. The display is based on the Fraunhofer's existing OLED-on-silicon technology, which up until now was used to create monochrome microdisplays.

Report: Apple to release its first AR headset next year, based on 4K Sony OLED microdisplays

Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo says that Apple plans to launch its first AR headset in Q4 2022, powered by dual 4K OLED microdisplays, produced by Sony. The headset will feature Mac-level computer power and will not require a tethered smartphone to operate.

Sony ECX339A OLED Microdisplay photo

Apple has been working on AR technologies for many years. Last year it was indeed reported in Japan that Apple is working with Sony on its microdisplays. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple has teamed up with TSMC for microdisplay production - but it could be that TSMC will be the manufacturing partner, while Sony will provide the OLED technology and knowhow.

Sidtek's 0.39" OLED XGA microdisplays are now available on the OLED marketplace

China-based Sidtek is a relatively newcomer to the OLED microdisplay industry, having been established in 2016. The company started to produce its first product in 2020, a 0.39" 1024x768 panel.

Sidek 0.39'' FHD OLED microdisplays photo

We're now happy to announce that the display is available on the OLED marketplace, and anyone interested in this display is welcome to send us a message to connect to a reliable supplier. Sidtek's 0.39" display is available in a color version (1,000 nits) or a monochrome one.