Samsung Display: the OLED microdisplay market is set to boom in 3-4 years

In 2022, Samsung Display confirmed it is developing OLED microdisplays, and the company has since stepped up its efforts to bring OLED microdisplay to the market. SDC's CEO said that the OLED microdisplay market will 'mature' in 3-4 years, meaning that it is likely that demand for such solutions will drastically increase, and the technology and production will be able to meet this demand.

Samsung Display OLED microdisplay roadmap slide (2022-08)

Samsung itself plans to ensure that it does not fall behind in the race to develop next-gen OLED microdisplays, and will invest and deploy manpower to become a leading supplier. Samsung's $218 million acquisition of US-based eMagin is part of the company's strategy.


SDC believes that in 3-4 years, microLED microdisplay technology will not be ready for real commercialization. In December 2023, Samsung Electronics decided that from now on, Samsung Display will handle all OLED microdisplay projects, while Samsung Semiconductor (SSI, or specifically, the Compound Semiconductor Solutions team) will handle all microLED microdisplay development.

Samsung Display is looking to bring OLED microdisplays to the market soon - in fact initial production will begin by the end of 2024, and full mass production will be achieved in 2026. In 2022 Samsung acquired US-based eMagin to accelerate its development and to take hold of eMagin's advanced direct-emission microdisplay process, which will likely be a part of Samsung's technology roadmap. 

SDC aims to enter the market soon as VR headset makers are looking to adopt OLED microdisplays in their next designs - like Apple in its Vision Pro and Samsung with its own headset. This is the trend SDC's CEO sees accelerating in the next 3-4 years.

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Posted: Mar 12,2024 by Ron Mertens