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Meta Reportedly Securing Samsung & LG Microdisplays

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Meta is reportedly looking to secure next-gen microdisplays for its AR glasses and future VR headsets.

SBS Biz Report “Dozens” of Meta executives held a closed-door meeting in South Korea with executives from Samsung and LG’s display divisions. The two companies are in talks to supply OLED and MicroLED microdisplays for VR and AR devices, the report suggests.

The Verge previously reported that Meta plans to use microLED displays in its AR glasses. scheduled to launch Circa 2026. Meta spends over 50% of its AR/VR division budget on developing AR glasses, Mark Zuckerberg I have told the staff.

Tech high density efficiency peak luminance price
liquid crystal 𐄂 low Moderate low
Organic EL 𐄂 Moderate low Moderate
OLEDOS high high high
Micro LED very high very expensive none

MicroLED is a truly new display technology rather than LCD variants such as ‘Mini LED’ or ‘QLED’. MicroLED is self-luminous like OLED. This means that the pixels output light as well as color, do not use backlighting, but are more power efficient and can achieve much higher brightness. This makes MicroLEDs particularly suitable for consumer AR glasses that need to be able to be used on sunny days and powered by small, lightweight batteries.

Most major electronics companies such as Samsung, Sony, and Apple are actively researching microLEDs, but none have yet figured out how to mass produce them for consumer products at an affordable price.

Panasonic (non-standalone) headset with OLED microdisplay

In the near future, OLED microdisplays (Organic EL on S.silicon) could enable much slimmer and lighter VR headsets than Pico 4Presented by Panasonic Ultra-compact VR goggles With OLED microdisplays at CES 2020 and subsidiary Shiftall at this year’s CES Announcing a headset using this design.

OLED microdisplays are currently expensive as they are currently used in low-volume products such as high-end camera viewfinders and some industrial smart glasses. But if a company like Meta can secure a supply contract for high-volume production, costs could come down over time.last year LG announced The company has built 3K and 4K OLED microdisplays for VR with over 5000 nits of brightness.

Meta’s recently released Quest Pro is slimmer than the Quest 2, but is actually heavier overall. Part of this weight is due to the LCD display using a Mini LED backlight to achieve a contrast close to (but not as good as) OLED. Over 500 LEDs generate a lot of heat, but the Quest Pro huge cooling fan behind each panel. And the battery life is only 1-3 hours. OLED microdisplays are smaller, more efficient, and produce a fraction of the heat.

previously reported information Meta is planning a successor to Quest Pro in 2024. With an OLED microdisplay, you get significantly lighter weight, longer battery life, and closer to Mark Zuckerberg’s goal of an ultra-comfortable, all-day-wear headset. buy a new laptop one day.

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