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Samsung to Create ‘MicroLED on Silicon’ for AR Headsets

Samsung is all set to create and develop MicroLED on Silicon (LEDoS) for Augmented Reality (AR) headsets.

OLEDs (Organic Light-emitting Diodes) are used in VR headsets but the company is now developing new generation for AR displays. The next generation will be based on MicroLED.

The long-term goal of the South Korean giant is to develop LEDoS screens, which have a resolution of 6,600 pixel-per-inch (ppi). He also said that the minimum display of AR is 5,500 ppi and the distance should be 5 micrometers. Red, blue, and green sub-pixels should be 3 micrometers.

Kim Min-woo said that the company is planning to develop the next generation of AR displays, which will be based on MicroLED. The technology is called MicroLED on Silicon. The display is made on a glass substrate and not on silicon.

The difference between VR and AR is that AR implements virtual items in the real environment and matches the brightness. On the contrary, VR only separates the user from the real world.

Additionally, Samsung is also developing MicroLED on Silicon (LEDoS) panels and MicroLEDs should be suitable for AR applications.

Meta is also developing on prototype headsets and trying to amp up the brightness to 10,000 nits as it is useful for realistic scenes. This is 5-10 times brighter than a normal smartphone display. New Meta Quest Pro makes use of LCDs that has local dimming.

For instance, the original Odyssey VR headset had a 615ppi display and Samsung is developing pixel density of 1233ppi. This shows the development and advancement in technology.

Development of Apple’s AR/VR reality headset is going in full swing but according to the latest reports, the development is paused and market release has been pushed to 2023. The starting price of the headset is estimated to be around USD 2,000.

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