Apple Working With TSMC on Micro OLED Displays for Upcoming AR Glasses – MacRumors2 min read

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Apple has partnered with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) to establish “ultra-advanced” micro OLED display screens at a secret facility in Taiwan, reports Nikkei. The micro OLED displays will be utilized in “upcoming augmented reality devices.”
Micro OLED screens are developed directly on to chip wafers instead of a glass substrate, which results in displays that are thinner, smaller sized, and more power efficient. These slimmer micro OLED screens are ideal for smaller gadgets like the smart glasses that Apple is reported to be working on.
Development on micro OLED display screens is said to be in the trial production stage and it will be numerous years before Apple and TSMC are ready for mass production, which would make these display screens proper for the Apple Glasses rumored to be releasing sometime around 2023. The display screens that remain in the works today are said to be less than one inch in size, which is where TSMCs know-how comes in helpful.
Apple already partners with TSMC on all of the A-series chips used in the iPhone and iPad and the brand-new M1 Apple silicon chips that are used in Apples Mac lineup.
” Panel gamers are good at making screens larger and larger, but when it pertains to light and thin gadgets like AR glasses, you need an extremely little screen,” stated a source who has direct information on the micro OLED R&D task. “Apple is partnering with TSMC to establish the innovation because the chipmakers competence is making things great and ultra-small, while Apple is likewise leveraging panel specialists know-how on display screen technologies.”
In addition to dealing with micro OLED display screens in factories found in Taiwan, Apple is likewise checking out microLED innovation, with trial production lines in location for both screen types. A June 2020 report recommended Apple had actually invested $330 million in a Taiwanese factory developing microLED display screens for Apple Watch, iPads, and MacBooks together with provider Epistar.
MicroLED, an innovation different from micro OLED, utilizes elements that are smaller sized than those used in standard LED lighting. These displays do not need backlight modules so they can be thinner, plus they use high color contrast and can be utilized to make curved or foldable screens.
According to Nikkei, Apple has several unmarked white laboratory structures in Longtan Science Park in Taiwan focusing on brand-new screen technologies, with the place within strolling distance of TSMCs chip-packing and testing plant. Apple has actually been working with veterans from display screen maker AU Optoelectronics to deal with micro OLED, and staff members undergo strict non-disclosure contracts that prohibited them from “even consulting with buddies or acquaintances working in the tech industry.”
Apples financial investments in both micro OLED and microLED are said to be focused on minimizing its reliance on Samsung Electronics in the future. Samsung is Apples primary supplier for the OLED display screens utilized in current iPhones.

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