2020-07-14

Smart Glasses Maker Vuzix Highlights its Growing Patent Portfolio Covering Micro LED Display, Holographic Optics and More

Vuzix, who focusing on smart glasses and AR technology, announced the recent granting of a series of patents and patents pending, focused on wearable computer and AR smart glasses. The company said that its patent portfolio has grown from 90 patents and patents pending to 166 over the last 36 months. Vuzix’ patent portfolio encompasses a range of IP including waveguides with holographic optics, laser and Micro LED display integration, fashion forward industrial designs and optics that support low cost single layer waveguides to multilayer large field of view solutions. ...
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2020-03-31

Plessey to Work with Facebook on Micro LED Display Technology for AR/VR Applications

Plessey, the UK-based Micro LED display developer focusing on AR/MR display application, announced that it is collaborating with Facebook, providing its technology to support Facebook building prototype and develop new technologies for potential use in the AR/VR space. (Image: Plessey) Plessey has been focusing on Micro LED-based AR display technology and it was rumored that Apple had plan to acquire Plessey with its interest in AR smart glasses. However, now Plessey teams up with Facebook and will license its technology to the social media giant for cr...
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2020-03-06

Plessey Adds Passive Matrix Micro LED Display to Its Data-Vµ™ Product Family

Following the launch of Plessey’s Data-Vµ segmented Micro LED display products in 2019, the company has now extended the range with the introduction of passive matrix pixelized Micro LED displays, based on Plessey’s proprietary monolithic GaN-on-Silicon technology. (Image: Plessey) These fully addressable micro-displays can provide the high brightness/low power image source demanded by the advanced compact optical projectors embedded in AR/MR information systems. The displays can be customized to provide the specific resolution and color requir...
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2020-02-13

Compound Photonics and Plessey Light Up 0.26” Fully Addressable Integrated Micro LED Display Module for AR/MR

Compound Photonics and Plessey Semiconductors announced the results of their collaboration, the first fully addressable Micro LED display modules. Engineering teams from both companies have fabricated functional Micro LED display modules combining CP’s high speed digital low-latency display backplane with Plessey’s GaN-on-Silicon monolithic Micro LED array technology. Plessey produced the Micro LED array wafer bonded to CP’s backplane wafer at its facility in the UK. In turn, CP’s team assembled and packaged display modules from t...
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2020-02-07

Plessey Announces Partnership with Axus Technology to Deliver Monolithic Micro LED Displays

British Micro LED expert Plessey continues to expand partnerships with other industry players to accelerate Micro LED development. The company reported its collaboration with Axus Technology (Axus), a global provider of CMP, wafer thinning and wafer polishing surface-processing solutions for semiconductor applications, to bring high-performance GaN-on-Silicon monolithic Micro LED technology to the mass market. (Image: Plessey) Plessey continues to invest heavily in its manufacturing facility to boost Micro LED display capabilities with the purchase of met...
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2020-02-05

Plessey Partners WaveOptics to Build Micro LED Module for Smart Glasses

UK-based Micro LED technology developer Plessey announced at Photonics West its’ new partnership with WaveOptics, a designer and manufacturer of diffractive waveguides. (Image: WaveOptics/Plessey) This two companies aim to create a new optical module for next generation smart glasses incorporating Plessey’s native green Micro LED full HD display with WaveOptics’ Katana waveguide technology and projector design. The full HD Micro LED display from Plessey is the result of its previously announced partnership with Compound Photonics, t...
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2019-12-24

Five Micro LED Highlights You Can’t Miss in 2019

The year of 2019 was a fruitful year for Micro LED as the technology entering a more mature stage with increasing global manufacturers announcing their progresses and updates in Micro LED applications. LEDinside pointed out in its “2019 Micro LED Next Generation Display Key Technology Report,” that with outstanding performance in brightness, contrast, response time and energy saving, Micro LED technology might out beat LCD and OLED and be adopted in wearable applications, automotive displays, AR/VR and large displays. In the past year, ...
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2019-12-06

Plessey Achieves Native Red InGaN LEDs on Silicon for Full Color Micro LED Displays

The British Micro LED technology developer Plessey reported that it has successfully developed the world’s first GaN on Silicon-based red LED. (Image: Plessey) Whilst InGaN-based blue and green LEDs are commercially available, red LEDs are typically based on AlInGaP material or color converted red. For AR, achieving high efficiency ultra-fine pitch red pixels (< 5 µm) remains elusive due to severe edge effects from AlInGaP material and cavity losses from color conversion processes. InGaN-based red is attractive as it offers lower...
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2019-10-15

Plessey Partners Compound Photonics to Deliver World Smallest 1080p Micro LED Display Solution for AR/MR Applications

Microdisplay solutions provider Compound Photonics (CP) announced its partnership with Plessey, the UK-based Micro LED technology builder, for developing the world’s smallest 1080p (1920x1080 pixel) GaN-on-Silicon Micro LED based microdisplay solution suitable for integration into AR and MR smart glasses. Under this partnership, Plessey will bond CP’s high speed digital low-latency backplane silicon wafer with Plessey’s proprietary GaN on Silicon monolithic Micro LED array wafer. In turn, CP will utilize its deep experience in microd...
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2019-10-04

Plessey Enables Native Blue and Green Emission on a Single Wafer

Plessey announced that it has successfully achieved native blue and green color emission on the same epitaxy wafer with its GaN-on-Silicon process. (Image: Plessey) To form RGB Micro LED displays, typical approaches are to use a pick and place process to transfer discrete R, G and B pixels or to use Native Blue LEDs as the light source for subsequent color conversion, to Red and Green. But the tiny chip size makes the placement process and conversion very difficult. Plessey’s latest patented growth approach simplifies the color conversion process by c...
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2019-10-03

Major Micro LED Application Trends Focused by Worldwide Industry Players

Micro LED technology is on its way to take off with various applications launched by leading companies across the world. Small size displays for wearable products, middle size display for automotive applications and extra-large TVs are the three major areas targeted by current Micro LED players according to their strategies of Micro LED technology. LEDinside observed several roadmaps of Micro LED technology developments of different leading companies in the field. Luxury Micro LED TVs Since Micro LED technology still faces the challenge of high pro...
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2019-10-01

Plessey Introduces Micro LED Direct-Drive Display Platform

Plessey announced the launch of a Micro LED Direct-Drive display platform and development kit, based on its proprietary monolithic GaN-on-Silicon technology. According to Plessey, the Direct-Drive displays provide OEM’s and product developers with a solution to retrofit current products or develop new concept designs. Sized smaller than 5x5mm, the display can deliver a brightness of 2 million nits with an input power of 250 mW. (Image: Plessey) The Direct-Drive displays are designed to presents symbolic content with pixel capabilities for 2µm. Du...
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2019-09-20

Plessey Produces Micro LED Display with 2.5 Micron Pixel Pitch

Fine pitch display is becoming a trend in the panel market with more and more manufacturers developing advanced display products and technology solutions. GaN-on-Si Micro LED specialist Plessey announced that it has produced a record-breaking 2.5-micron pixel pitch ultra-high resolution Micro LED display for AR/VR wearable applications. Plessey created an ultra-fine, ultra-high resolution 2000×2000 pixel display on a 2.5 microns pitch with its propriety monolithic GaN-on-Si technology. The UK-based company is dedicated to embedded Micro LED technology for...
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2019-09-18

Plessey’s GaN-on-Silicon Micro LED Display Technology Pushes Advanced AR Devices and Display Solutions

Plessey, the UK-based optoelectronic technology solutions developer, said that it has transferred its business focus from high-powered solid-state lighting, horticultural lighting and healthcare/ safety sensors sector to GaN-on-Si monolithic Micro LED display technology. The company is disrupting the global display market with a new generation of Augmented Reality (AR) devices and display solutions based on the Micro LED technology. (Image: Plessey) Featured with high brightness, high contrast, lower power consumption, fast refresh time and the capabilities of int...
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2019-08-15

Plessey Appoints Apple’s Former VP of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering to Its Micro LED Advisory Board

Plessey, the British optoelectronic technologies developer who currently focuses on Micro LED technology for AR/MR display applications, announced the appointment of Dr. Edward H. Frank to its Micro LED advisory board. Dr. Frank joins Plessey’s advisory board as part of the rapid development of Plessey’s Micro LED technology. Dr. Frank was CEO and co-founder of Cloud Parity and had served as Vice President of Macintosh Hardware Systems Engineering at Apple as well as Corporate Vice President of Research and Development at Broadcom....
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2019-07-09

Advanced Technology to Target Diverse Micro LED Applications – Micro LEDforum 2019 Highlights Summary (Part 2)

Micro LED technology breakthroughs continue to progress in order to tackle challenges occurred in different manufacture process. At Micro LEDforum 2019, professionals in industry introduced their progresses of various technologies for a wide range of Micro LED applications. Yen-Hsiang Fang at Consortium for Intelligent Micro –assembly System (CIMS) of Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) presented the developments of the organization. ITRI began to build up its full color Micro LED display technology since ...
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2019-07-03

Micro LEDforum 2019: Key Technology and Application Market

LEDinside, a division of TrendForce, holds the annual pivotal conference, Micro LEDforum 2019: Key Technology and Application Market, yesterday (July 2nd) at the National Taiwan University Hospital International Convention Center. Invited were Rohinni, TORAY, Konica Minolta, PARC, Plessey, Kyung Hee University, Macroblock, Ultra Display, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and other leading manufacturers and experts at home and abroad to give penetrating analyses into the breakthroughs, applications and business opportunities o...
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2019-06-25

Key Technologies and Advanced Applications of Micro LED Technology at Micro LEDforum 2019

Micro LED technology is on its way of business transforming! Since last year, we have seen different Micro LED display products in various trade shows from worldwide companies. Although Micro LED technology is still fraught with myriad challenges, it has become much more developed than it was two years ago. Schedules for the commercialization of Micro LEDs will unfold as the technology matures, predicted to bring Micro LED market revenue up to US$4.2 billion by 2023. This year, LEDinside Micro LEDforum 2019 has invited professionals across the world to sha...
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2019-06-06

Plessey Introduces How Micro LED Technology Speeds up Developments of AR and other Smart Wearables

Plessey, the UK-based semiconductor technology provider, has successfully developed GaN-on-Si monolithic Micro LED. According to the company, the innovative development will support next generation applications such as AR headsets, head-up displays (HUD) and other smart wearables to enter the mass market. Given their high contrast, high speed, wide viewing angle, high brightness and more efficient and longer-lasting operation, Micro LEDs are perfect for display applications on wearables such as smart watches, HUDs and AR headsets. (Image: Plessey) Howeve...
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2019-05-27

Plessey to Complete LED Installation for Tomato Farm in Belgium

Flemish tomato grower Tomato Masters and Plessey will complete the LED installation of 100% Hyperion top lights this year, bringing the overall level of supplementary light to over 200 umol/m²/s. The two companies announced their partnership in 2018 to install LED lighting for a new 5.4 hectares greenhouse. It is one of the largest 100% LED installations on tomatoes in the world and there has been a lot of interest in how the crop reacts. Plessey noted that LED as a cooler light source with les radiant heat has less impact on temperature of cultivation environment...
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2019-05-17

【SID Display Week 2019】Micro LED Display Products Progress with Chinese Panel Makers Joining the Field

Display Week is an iconic event for the display industry across the world. Micro LED display is still a major focus of the show in 2019. Most of the Micro LED display exhibitors have demonstrated their products last year and came with upgraded Micro LED display this year. LEDinside noticed that Chinese panel manufacturers have joined the game of Micro LED and showcased active driven solution on glass backplane, indicating the technology progress of Micro LED display. Let’s take a look at the latest Micro LED developments at SID Display Week 2019. ...
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2019-05-15

Plessey and JDC Demonstrate World First GaN-on-Si Monolithic Full HD Micro LED Display

Plessey announced that it has achieved a significant milestone in the development of its monolithic Micro LED displays with its backplane partner, Jasper Display Corp (JDC). The two companies announced their strategic partnership in September 2018. Though intensive collaboration, Plessey has succeeded in wafer level bonding of its GaN-on-Silicon monolithic Micro LED wafers with JDC’s eSP70 silicon patented backplane technology, resulting in Micro LED displays that contain addressable LEDs. Wafer level bonding poses significant technical challenges ...
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2019-05-14

Vuzix and Plessey Confirm Long-Term Partnership for Micro LED AR Smart Glasses

Smart glasses and AR technology provider Vuzix and optoelectronic technologies developer Plessey announced an exclusive display device design and long-term supply agreement. With the agreement, the two companies will work together on AR products development and productions combining Micro LED light source from Plessey and smart glasses expertise of Vuzix. Vuzix has developed a Smart Glasses portfolio including Vuzix Blade, which won the CES 2019 Innovation Award. The glasses are equipped with a smart display, offering a see-through viewing experience via its waveg...
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2019-05-06

Micro LED Progress Updates from Worldwide Companies for 2019 – Europe and North America

As more Asian players demonstrate their progress in Micro LED, LED technology providers and researchers from Europe and North America also synchronize their advances through deepening collaboration with various solution providers. Europe: Plessey presents Micro LED AR/VR glasses; Osram joins in on Micro LED automotive display research After Plessey unveiled its GaN-on-Si monolithic Micro LED in 2018, the UK-based company has cooperated with several partners including Vuzix, JDC, Nanoco Technologies, Aixtron, Mojo Vision and others. In col...
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2019-05-03

Plessey to Showcase Its Latest Micro LED Display Solutions at Display Week 2019

UK-based optoelectronic technology solution provider Plessey announced that it will showcase its latest Micro LED display solutions for augmented and mixed reality (AR/MR), head-up/head-mounted displays (HUD/HMDs), smartphones and other display applications at Display Week 2019 held from May 14 to 17 in San Jose, California, USA. Plessey said it will unveil its Micro LED technology breakthroughs and demonstrate why its scalable and repeatable GaN-on-Silicon monolithic process is the solution for next-generation display products. (Image: Plessey) C...
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2019-03-29

Plessey Develops New Green LED Production Process with High Performance for Micro LED Displays

UK optoelectronic technology solutions provider Plessey announced its achievement of developing a novel manufacturing method of green LED which does not require color conversion. Plessey has been working on developing Micro LED technology for AR and display applications. The new green LEDs manufactured without color conversion techniques deliver higher luminance that can be used in Micro LED displays. Conventional green LED production usually applies phosphors or quantum dot conversion materials to native Blue LEDs. These materials then convert short wavelengt...
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2019-02-12

Plessey Introduces New Inter Light to Complement Top Lighting in Greenhouses

Plessey added a new horticulture lighting product to its Hyperion Grow Light. The new Hyperion Inter Light comes after its Hyperion top light range which saw over 10Ha of grow light installations in 2018. Plessey’s Hyperion Inter Light has been specifically designed to provide intra canopy light from LEDs for high wire cultivation of greenhouse vegetables and is installed within the crop to supplement existing top lighting. The Inter Light is suitable for use in hybrid systems with HPS and LEDs, promoting plant growth and fruit ripening speed. With a choic...
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2019-01-04

Plessey Uses Nanoco’s Quantum Dots to Shrink Micro LED Pixels for Portable Applications

Plessey Semiconductors announced that it has worked with Nanoco Technologies, the UK-based cadmium-free quantum dot (CFQD) provider to shrink the pixel size of monolithic Micro LED displays. By combining Nanoco’s CFQD semiconductor nanoparticle technology and its existing monolithic process, Plessey will integrate the quantum dots into selected regions of blue LED wafers to add red and green light. The process could shrink the practical pixel size by 87 percent, from today’s 30µm to 4µm. The advance enables the production of smaller Micro...
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2018-12-20

Micro LED Technology Progress Highlights in 2018 – Industry Updates

For the LED and panel industry, the year of 2018 had a dramatic start with Samsung’s revealing of its Micro LED TV “The Wall” at the CES show. Since then, players in the industry have been releasing their achievements related to the next generation display technology. Several innovative solutions and applications have been disclosed in the past year including large size displays and wearable devices. As LEDinside has continued to track the progress of Micro LED development, we would like to list the significant breakthroughs and industry updates...
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2018-12-17

Plessey to Showcase Micro LED AR/VR Glasses at CES 2019

Plessey, the UK-based optoelectronic technology solutions provider, announced that it is going to demonstrate AR and VR glasses powered by Micro LEDs at CES 2019. Plessey’s Micro LEDs are put in action for AR applications with Vuzix, who has collaborated with Plessy in the development of Micro LED smart glasses. According to Plessey, its Micro LEDs offer 10 times the resolution, 100 times the contrast ratio, and up to 1,000 times the luminance compared to traditional OLEDs. Furthermore, the device uses only half the power consumption, doubling b...
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