According to Nikkei Asia, Apple is said to have teamed up with semiconductor giant TSMC to develop new “ultra advanced” display technology in a secret factory in Taiwan.
The Cupertino company’s goal is to create micro-OLED displays, a different approach from that applied for LCD panels, or even OLEDs. Instead of using glass as a substrate, screens are made directly on the wafer the silicon.
The main advantage of this approach is to produce thinner and more compact displays, which are also more energy efficient. What uses will they be used for? These screens would measure less than an inch diagonally. According to the sources of Nikkei Asia, these arguments would make this technology a good candidate to take place in augmented reality helmets or glasses, for example.
“Display players are good at making screens bigger and bigger, but when it comes to producing light and thin AR glasses, you need a very small screen.”, commented a source of the Asian magazine, who has direct knowledge of the project.
Apple has already hired dozens of experts in the field of display technologies, from Taiwan and Japan. The Californian giant is obviously not the only one to conduct research in the field of micro OLED. Sony Semiconductor Solutions, which is also a supplier to Apple, has already announced that it has developed screens of this type, designed for augmented or virtual reality.
The two companies are also working on another project, in this park of secret factories and laboratories in northern Taiwan, devoted to micro LED technology.
Both of these efforts are aimed at reducing Apple’s dependence on certain suppliers, including Samsung.
The joint project between Apple and TSMC is said to be in the production testing stage. We will therefore have to wait a few more years before the entry into mass production. Apple Glass is not expected for several years, Apple having initially decided to first develop a very high-end virtual reality headset.
Source : Nikkei Asia
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