MICLEDI Microdisplays and GF to collaborate on MicroLED displays for AR glasses

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MICLEDI Microdisplays, a developer of microLED arrays for augmented reality (AR) glasses, has announced a manufacturing collaboration with GlobalFoundries (GF) to enable AR glasses to achieve the brightness, resolution, power, size, and economies of scale needed to make them more affordable for consumers.

Under the agreement, MICLEDI’s solution will be combined with GF’s 22FDX platform that will provides the performance, ultra-low power and broad feature integration capability needed to build MICLEDI’s microLED arrays in mass production.

These companion integrated circuits (ICs), which can be customised for different customer applications, will provide the image processing, driver and control functions needed to complete the display modules using wafer-to-wafer hybrid bonding.

The overall global AR market is estimated to reach $88.4bn by 2026 with a compounded annual growth rate of 31.5% from 2021 to 2026.

"Demand for AR and VR products will soar as users experience more immersive augmented reality," said Ed Kaste, vice president of Industrial and Multi-Market at GlobalFoundries. "MICLEDI's microLED solution, combined with GF's 22FDX platform, addresses the demanding needs of future AR glasses by providing ultra-high resolution displays and advanced imaging technology that make stunning visual detail and colour possible.”

Commenting Sean Lord, CEO at MICLEDI Microdisplays said, “To enable optimum microdisplays for AR, MICLEDI has developed a unique and innovative solution for microLED manufacturing integrating both the controller IC and emitter module to leverage GF's 300mm semiconductor manufacturing technology, capitalising on manufacturing precision for product performance, high volume and low-cost.”