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23 May 2018

Kulicke & Soffa partners with Rohinni on design, commercialization and distribution of micro- and mini-LED technologies

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Singapore-based chip assembly & packaging equipment and materials supplier Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc (K&S) has entered into a licensing agreement with Rohinni LLC of Coeur d'Alene, ID, USA (which has developed a proprietary method for transferring semiconductor devices) to facilitate the design, commercialization and distribution of next-generation micro- and mini-LED solutions, which it says have the potential to enhance the performance, improve the efficiency and reduce the size of existing lighting technologies.

Significant high-volume end-markets including automotive, display, consumer electronics and general lighting are expected to drive adoption. While micro- and mini-LED benefits are compelling, high-volume production challenges must be addressed prior to widespread market adoption, K&S adds.

Rohinni has developed solutions that directly address such production challenges, enabling greater design flexibility in end-use applications. In parallel, it has also established a network of partnerships in several key segments poised to benefit from this technology.

Kulicke & Soffa says that its existing market positions, R&D competencies, supply chain and manufacturing capabilities provide scale to further extend Rohinni’s leadership and its effort in driving adoption of new LED technologies.

“K&S has recently taken a much more proactive approach in targeting and identifying complementary partnerships with a clear path to value creation,” says Chan Pin Chong, senior VP of the Wedge Bond and EA/APMR business unit.

“Our team has spent the past several years developing precise, high-speed placement technologies for micro- and mini-LED products,” notes Rohinni’s CEO Matt Gerber. “This agreement with K&S provides capabilities to quickly scale development and global production,” he adds.

LCD displays incorporating these latest developments in LED backlighting technologies for High-Dynamic-Range (HDR) viewing are significantly brighter than organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). To produce an HDR LCD display with over 10,000 LEDs in a backlight assembly requires a completely new generation of high-speed production technologies, says K&S. With an estimated 220 million square meters of flat-panel displays estimated to be produced in 2018, the growth potential of new backlighting technologies is significant. The unique and complementary contributions of both K&S and Rohinni are expected to accelerate global adoption of micro- and mini-LED-based solutions.

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