Company Meta*, which, among other things, develops and manufactures virtual and mixed reality headsets, intends to cooperate with South Korean SK hynix and LG Display to create Micro-OLED displays, reports The Elec. LG Display is the world’s leading manufacturer of OLED panels along with Samsung.
LG Display recently entered into an agreement with SK hynix, a manufacturer of memory chips and other semiconductors, to jointly develop and manufacture Micro-OLED silicon displays. LG Agreement with Meta* signed even earlier, and soon SK hynix will sign the same agreement with the social media giant. The new alliance provides for the development of Meta* a new screen on a silicon substrate, SK hynix will directly produce silicon wafers for it, and LG Display is responsible for the final work – applying OLED elements to the wafers and cutting them to the required size.
Micro-OLEDs are OLED panels that use silicon wafers instead of glass or plastic substrates and provide ultra-high resolution, making them ideal for mixed reality headsets. This allows for thinner, more compact displays while still delivering extremely high resolution, making them ideal for mixed reality headsets that Meta* plans to release and sell more and more actively.
Nevertheless? The IT giant does not have its own production facilities, and therefore needs the help of South Korean partners. It is known that LG Display has the production capacity for the production of traditional panels, but does not produce silicon wafers, so SK hynix is also indispensable.
SK hynix plans to use the M10 line located in South Korea for production. We are talking about the company’s oldest factory in Icheon, its main production hub in the country. Previously, only DRAM modules were produced on the M10, but now CMOS matrices for cameras are also being produced. Also in the city there are lines M14 and M16, also producing DRAM. M10 can produce 100,000 12″ plates per month. According to The Elec sources, in the coming years, the company plans to produce 30,000 Micro-OLED wafers on this line using time-tested 28‒45nm processes.
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