Samsung has opened the doors on its now-traditional pre-CES TV event in Las Vegas – and it’s fair to say that the company is now getting very serious indeed about micro LED technology.
In fact, its latest micro LED innovations completely dominated the event, with its 8K TVs merely providing support, and nary a word to be found about Samsung’s new 2019 4K QLED TVs.
The highlights of the showcase for TV fans had to be the 75-inch micro LED screen (followed closely by an impressive looking 84-inch model). Born from “technical advancements in the ultra-fine pitch semiconductor packaging process that narrow the gap between the microscopic LED chips”, this 75-inch screen is designed to show that micro LED can now be done in a ‘home-friendly’ (to use Samsung’s own words) form factor. In fact, it seems that a 75-inch micro LED screen is set to go on sale at some point in 2019.
Note that even this 4K 75-inch micro LED screen will is composed of a series of smaller micro LED modules ‘stuck together’. There’s still no apparent sign of anyone being able to deliver single micro LED ‘sheets’.
Samsung does, though, on its CES showing seem to have made improvements in reducing the seams and uniformity errors of its modular Micro LED construction. I’ll talk more about this in a separate ‘first look’ feature soon.
Also part of Samsung’s Micro LED showcase was a new 219-inch micro LED display. This expands on the already monumental 146-inch micro LED display Samsung unveiled at last year’s pre-CES unveiling event. Making the point, of course, that micro LED is an almost infinitely scalable technology.
Provided, of course, that you are super, SUPER rich. Given that the 146-inch micro LED Wall costs between $300,000 and $500,000, you can only imagine the sort of cash you’ll need for a 219-inch screen. More
By John Archer Contributor