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ST and MicroOLED team up for OLED expansion

Posted: 03 Sep 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OLEDs? CMOS processes? design IP?

STMicroelectronics has recently announced a strategic agreement with MicroOLED, French company dedicated to the development and commercialization of state-of-the-art organic light emitting diodes (OLED). ST has also placed a minority equity investment of approximately $7.5 million (6 million Euros) in the company.

At about half the power consumption of competitive displays, MicroOLED's technology provides superior pixel density for enhanced image quality.

The technology produces OLEDs with pixel densities double those of alternate displays and contrast ratios 10 to 100x better. ST aims to complement this technology with its manufacturing machine, consumer-market expertise, and deep IP portfolio with the next generation of the technology.

ST owns several fully integrated CMOS processes that will be used to develop a complete product roadmap. With a large portfolio of design IP, ST will contribute to better integrate micro-display functions that today are on external controllers, which add cost and complexity to the final solution. ST's experience in designing for low-power is key to enabling applications like video goggles.

Eric Aussedat, a general manager from ST, stated that the company found in MicroOLED the high resolution OLED micro-displays with best performance/quality and lowest power consumption on the market. He added that by bringing in ST's deep manufacturing and technology expertise, customer relationships and IP portfolio, adoption of OLEDs will accelerate as well as significantly expand the market.

Eric Marcellin-Dibon, CEO and cofounder of MicroOLED, stated that by establishing a strategic relationship with ST, his company hopes that the technology they are developing will be able to take the next step, expand the potential market and help see consumers see the world through low-power micro-displays.

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