It's being reported in Korea that Apple's minor supplier for OLED displays BOE will be entering the MicroOLED market in H2 2021. The panel will be applied to products that support augmented and virtual reality viewing. The image supplied by BOE illustrates and form of mixed-reality glasses. While they may not be aiming for an Apple product in the short term, entering the MicroOLED market may give them the opportunity to be ready for Apple down the road.
BOE had been developing MicroOLED since 2018 through Kunming BOE Display Technology, its joint venture with Yunnan province.
MicroOLED attaches OLED on a silicon wafer instead of glass substrate, which allows it to realize super high resolution. This new method of manufacturing these next-gen displays was first revealed in a recent rumor relating to Apple working with TSMC.
MicroOLED has response time of microseconds, which makes it ideal for AR and VR applications.
South Korea-based Sunic Systems has supplied BOE with its deposition equipment used to manufacture the MicroOLED panel. In May of last year, the company signed a US$225 million supply deal with BOE.
Sunic Systems had said at the time that it expects high demand for its MicroOLED deposition equipment from launches of AR and VR devices by global IT firms going forward. Sunic Systems expects sales to increase this year from expanded investments into OLED by Chinese companies.