Feb 10, 2021 News
"Nikkei Asia" reported today that the relationship with the company has deepened, and the two parties are cooperating to develop ultra-high-end display technology. According to people familiar with the matter, Apple plans to create a micro OLED display, a brand-new display technology built directly on the chip wafer. The ultimate goal is to apply this new technology in the upcoming AR (augmented reality) device.
IT Home understands that micro OLED displays are not like traditional LCD screens in smartphones and TVs, nor are they directly built on glass substrates like OLED displays in high-end smartphones.
According to people familiar with the matter, Apple can build these new displays directly on wafers. As we all know, wafers are the base material for manufacturing semiconductor chips. The material can make thinner, smaller, and less power-consuming displays, making them more suitable for wearable AR devices.
The source said that the micro OLED project is currently in the trial production stage, and it will take several years to achieve mass production. The size of the display currently under development is only less than 1 inch.
“Panel manufacturers are making larger and larger screens, but for AR devices, users need a small screen,” said a source who has direct knowledge of the micro OLED research and development project. Apple is working with TSMC Cooperate to develop this technology because it would make the product smaller and better.
The source said that the planned micro OLED display production part would use TSMC's existing chip production equipment and processes. This project is one of two ongoing projects (and micro-LED) in Apple's secret laboratory in Longtan District, Taoyuan, northern Taiwan.