According to CEO Chen Li-yi of Mikro Mesa Technology, developers of Micro LED display technology will have to race against time.
Micro LED is a new screen technology, with the same operating principle as OLED, but instead of using organic diode, it switches to inorganic diode. This promises to help reduce costs as well as increase the life of the screen, while keeping quality as OLED, of course, that is the theory. In fact, the current Micro LED technology is still limited to expensive specialized products. For example, Cledis (formerly known as Crystal LEDs) from Sony was introduced at CES 2017 as a giant screen.
Like OLEDs, which began with professional monitors for medical filmmaking, Micro LEDs are being rushed into the market by many companies to integrate it into their TVs . Samsung , Apple, Sony is the most prominent name in this race; However, no official product has been announced yet. Samsung has been rumored to be launching the Micro screen this year, but unfortunately its QLED TVs are still essentially LCD.
The fact that Micro LED has many theoretical advantages does not mean that it will succeed commercially, especially in the context of consumer electronics products competing in every way. If the manufacturers invest too much in OLED and get the market, the better Micro LED will not be able to jump in.
This is similar to the competition between Plasma and LCD the day before. Modern Plasma TVs are much higher than LCD TVs. However, its use is limited to TVs, while LCDs can be integrated into other products such as phones, laptops or computer monitors. The period from 2000 to 2013 brought the explosion of LCD technology with the investment of many firms. As a result, LCD TVs gradually catch up with the image quality and the advantages of power saving, multiple size choices, etc. led to the death of plasma TVs.
Micro LED has the advantage that it can be viewed as an inorganic version of OLED that can be applied in most devices. However, the problem is that it must be completed before the OLED dominates the market. The biggest opportunity of the Micro LED is in the TV market when LCD still dominates with 95% market share. OLED TV has confirmed the quality but the market share is very small as well as high cost. According to Mirko Mesa, the new technology allows the investment in a 55-inch Micro LED TV panel system that is only about 70 percent more than LCDs and 50 percent more than OLEDs. That’s why Mikro Mesa plans to start manufacturing Micro LED panels in 2018.
Whether Micro LEDs will become a counterweight to OLEDs, we have to wait and see in the next new months what companies will become in commercializing it.