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Micro/Mini LED Revenue Projected to Reach US$4.2 Billion in 2024 as Major Brands Step Up Developmental Efforts, Says TrendForce



Next-generation Micro/Mini LED display technologies have generated a market which companies hoping to recover from the pandemic-induced global economic downturn look to for the next wave of commercial opportunities Furthermore, major brands including Samsung, Apple, Facebook, Google, LG, and Sony are also rushing to get a head start in Micro/Mini LED development, in turn galvanizing the growth of the overall supply chain Total Micro/Mini LED revenue is projected to reach upwards of US$42 billion in 2024 TrendForce’s latest investigations find that current bottlenecks in Micro LED technical development fall into six categories: epitaxy and LED chips, mass transfer, full-color emission, driver IC, backplane, and inspection/repair, whereas Mini LED development is mostly hampered by poor SMT yield rate, which drives up manufacturing costs In this light, TrendForce reveals the latest technical developments and market movements of major manufacturers though the Micro LED Forum 2020 webinar, which takes place once a year In this webinar, Roger Chu, research vice president of TrendForce’s Department of Optoelectronics Research, discusses in detail the latest trends, current technical challenges, and future outlook of Micro and Mini LED displays The discussion also covers in-depth case studies of Micro and Mini LED applications used in various consumer displays, automotive displays, and large-format commercial displays On the other hand, TrendForce analyst Max Chen analyzes the manufacturing costs of Mini LED, as well as the current state of the Mini LED supply chain According to him, “Apple’s upcoming release of products featuring Mini LED backlighting has brought about an increase in Mini LED demand and incentivized related manufacturers to expand their production capacities What’s more, with the 5-10 times growth in dimming zones of Mini LED backlights comes a considerable increase in manufacturing costs, so cost reduction is expected to become a hot topic in current supply chain discussions” This discussion outlines the various challenges involved in Mini LED commercialization while taking a forward-looking, market-first perspective In addition to topics by TrendForce analysts, the webinar features representatives from LED industry heavyweights including Oxford Instruments, HCP Technology, SiTan Technology, ALLOS, iBeam, KIMM, Veeco, VerLASE, and VueReal to share the latest breakthroughs and progress in Micro LED and Mini LED display technologies Topics covered by the industry representatives center on the latest products and technical focuses of their respective companies, including high yield and low cost manufacturing for Micro and Mini LED with die size below 10 µm, high-speed Micro LED mass transfer, new paper-thin, ultra-flexible Micro LED display technologies, and many other exciting topics [Micro LED Forum 2020 Webinar Information] Streaming Dates: Wed, July 29, 2020 – Fri, October 30, 2020 Location: Online (audio in Mandarin or English, with subtitles) Webinar Link: https://seminartrendforcecom/LEDforum/2020-pay/US/INDEX/

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TrendForce: Mini LED Sees Potential in Backlighting and Digital Display, with the Revenue Estimated to Reach US$1 billion in 2023


LED / Display / Consumer Electronics

LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, points out that LED manufacturers have turned to research and development of Mini LED, due to Micro LED’s technological bottlenecks which make it harder to realize commercialization in short term Companies can develop Mini LED using their current equipment, with only small changes of manufacturing process Mini LED has the potential to be adopted for television, mobile phones, automotive display, digital display, etc, with revenue expected to reach US$1 billion in 2023 In particular, LED digital display and large-size TV will be the mainstream applications of Mini LED According to Simon Yang, Assistant Research Manager of LEDinside, with sizes of about 100-200μm, mini LED chips can be used for self-emitting displays and backlighting Sony has released Micro LED display in 2016, which had rather high cost and technological barrier, so LED companies now turn to research on Mini LED, which has larger chip size, for realizing mass production in shorter time Compared with traditional LED display, Mini LED display is more likely to have high dynamic range imaging and wider color gamut As for consumer electronics products, the cost of using Mini LED chips for a self-emitting display is too high, and the resolution may not meet the requirements of existing products Therefore, the companies aim to use Mini LED as backlight to replace traditional backlighting in LCD panel Mini LED backlighting can be used in TVs, mobile phones, automotive displays, etc LEDinside estimates that Mini LED backlighting demos have chance to be released in 2018 It is possible for high-end TV products to adopt Mini LED, which has advantages like high brightness and higher dynamic range imaging In terms of applications in mobile phones, Mini LED-equipped products can realize high contrast and high brightness similar to OLED products Together with local dimming, Mini LED is likely to compete with OLED in terms of performance and price Companies worldwide have been actively involved in the development of Mini LED products, including chip makers like Epistar, Lextar, San’an Optoelectronics, HC SemiTek, etc, packaging companies like Everlight, Advanced Optoelectronic Technology, Harvatek, Seoul Semiconductor, etc, IC designers like Macroblock, Raydium, etc, panel makers like AU Optronics, and Innolux Corporation, and digital display makers like Leyard, etc However, there are still challenges for the development of Mini LED The high cost is a major concern since Mini LED product uses more chips, leading to higher costs in pick and place and bonding processes, as well as longer processing time and higher risks of low yield rate In addition, Mini LED needs more optical distance, which adds to the difficulty in making the products thinner

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TrendForce Says ‘Micro LED-Like’ Products Will Be Available in 2018; Breakthroughs in Mass Transfer Have Yet to Materialize


Telecommunications / LED / Consumer Electronics

A major bottleneck in the commercialization of Micro LED displays is the mass transfer of micron-size LEDs to a display backplane Research by LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, reveals that many companies across industries worldwide have entered the Micro LED market and are in a race to develop methods for the mass transfer process However, their solutions have yet to meet the standard for commercialization in terms of production output (in unit per hour, UPH), transfer yield and size of LED chips (ie Micro LED is technically defined as LEDs that are smaller than 100 microns) These research findings can be found in LEDinside’s 3Q17 Micro LED Next Generation Display Industry Member Report: Analyses on Mass Transfer and Inspection/Repair Technologies Currently, entrants in the Micro LED market are working towards the mass transfer of LEDs sized around 150 microns LEDinside anticipates that displays and projection modules featuring 150-micron LEDs will be available on the market as early as 2018 When the mass transfer for LEDs of this size matures, market entrants will then invest in processes for making smaller products Development of mass transfer solutions faces seven major challenges “Mass transfer is one of the four main stages in the manufacturing of Micro LED displays and has many highly difficult technological challenges,” said Simon Yang, assistant research manager of LEDinside Yang pointed out that developing a cost-effective mass transfer solution depends on advances in seven key areas: precision of the equipment, transfer yield, manufacturing time, manufacturing technology, inspection method, rework and processing cost LED suppliers, semiconductor makers and companies across the display supply chain will have to work together to develop specification standards for materials, chips and fabrication equipment used in Micro LED production Cross-industry collaboration is necessary since each industry has its own specification standards Also, an extended period of R&D is needed to overcome the technological hurdles and integrate various fields of manufacturing Mass transfer has to achieve five-sigma level before mass production of Micro LED displays is feasible Using Six Sigma as the model for determining the feasibility of mass production of Micro LED displays, LEDinside’s analysis indicates that the yield of the mass transfer process must reach the four-sigma level to make commercialization possible However, the processing cost and the costs related to inspection and defect repair are still quite high even at the four-sigma level To have commercially mature products with competitive processing cost available for market release, the mass transfer process has to reach the five-sigma level or above in transfer yield As progress on mass transfer solutions continues, true Micro LED products are expected to first enter applications such as indoor displays and wearables Even though no major breakthroughs have been announced, many technology companies and research agencies worldwide continue to invest in the R&D of mass transfer process Some of the well-known international enterprises and institutions working in this area are LuxVue, eLux, VueReal, X-Celeprint, CEA-Leti, SONY and OKI Comparable Taiwan-based companies and organizations include PlayNitride, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Mikro Mesa and TSMC There are several types of mass transfer solutions under development Choosing one of them will depend on various factors such as application markets, equipment capital, UPH and processing cost Additionally, the expansion of manufacturing capacity and the raising of the yield rate are important to product development According to the latest developments, LEDinside believes that the markets for wearables (eg smartwatches and smart bracelets) and large indoor displays will first see Micro LED products (LEDs sized under 100 microns) Because mass transfer is technologically challenging, market entrants will initially use the existing wafer bonding equipment to build their solutions Furthermore, each display application has its own pixel volume specifications, so market entrants will likely focus on products with low pixel volume requirements as to shorten the product development cycle Thin film transfer is another away of moving and arranging micron-size LEDs, and some market entrants are making a direct jump to developing solutions under this approach However, perfecting thin film transfer will take longer time and more resources because equipment for this method will have to be designed, built and calibrated Such an undertaking will also involve difficult manufacturing related issues

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