6 October 2022
IQE partners with MICLEDI to develop micro-LEDs for AR products
Epiwafer and substrate maker IQE plc of Cardiff, Wales, UK has entered into a partnership with MICLEDI Microdisplays B.V. of Leuven, Belgium, focused on the large-scale commercialization of micro-LED technology.
Spun off from nanoelectronics research center IMEC in 2019, MICLEDI is a fabless semiconductor design and technology company developing unique, high-performance micro-LED displays with a primary focus on augmented reality (AR) products.
Under the agreement, IQE will provide MICLEDI with a 200mm (8-inch) platform to scale and commercialize the technology to achieve high-volume production for red micro-LEDs. This geometry allows for compatibility with both standard 200mm and 300mm silicon foundries, enabling the partnership to deliver economies of scale.
“Micro-LEDs are the future of immersive display technologies and this agreement expands IQE’s position in a market which is poised for multi-billion dollar growth across a range of end-market applications, including everyday consumer electronics,” says IQE’s CEO Americo Lemos. “Compound semiconductors are a critical enabler of scale in this market and we are pleased to be partnering with MICLEDI to offer a differentiated solution,” he adds.
“By combining MICLEDI’s unique micro-LED arrays with IQE’s innovative 8-inch platform, we have formed a natural partnership to commercialize and scale our solution to address the high-growth micro-LED market,” says MICLEDI’s CEO Sean Lord. “Our augmented reality products will enable new user experiences, and we look forward to delivering this innovative technology under our new partnership.”