The unanswered opportunity of microLED displays

January 03, 2019 | State of the Market Report

In the past five years, there has been a significant uptick in investment in microLED technology. Apple, Foxconn-Sharp, Samsung, and Facebook have all recently acquired startups in this space, as microLED is considered a direct competitor to OLED, with its longer lifetime and more responsive performance. However, manufacturability has held back the commercial potential of microLED displays. In this report, we explore the potential for microLEDs and the different fabrication approaches under development.

Coverage Areas

  • Accelerating Materials Innovation
  • Digital Transformation

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • MicroLED displays have seen considerable momentum in the past decade
  • The promise of microLED displays and how manufacturability holds it back
  • Understanding the two types of microLED manufacturing processes: semiconductor integration and mass transfer
  • The key applications for microLEDs: Manufacturing processes suit different display types, dictating their timescale
  • Conclusions and outlook

Lead Analysts

Tracy Woo
Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.
Director, Research


Katrina Westerhof
Thomas Dawidczyk, Ph.D.