TSMC, a supplier of components such as semiconductors, is one of Apple’s longtime partners. Now, according to the Reuters agency, this entity is now developing an advanced solution for micro OLED screens to be applied to Apple Glass.
The Augmented Reality (AR) glasses are one of the most enigmatic products of the Cupertino giant, making several rounds in the world of rumors and some headlines, without ever seeing even a prototype of them, something that may change soon.
Apple Glass, the enigmatic Augmented Reality glasses
Citing sources close to Apple and its plans, the Nikkei he also advanced that the glasses will be effectively being developed by technology. More specifically, taking into account the start of the production testing phase to ascertain and the feasibility of mass production at a later stage.
This means that an eventual mass production, aimed at the consumer market, is still several months or years from materializing. For now, the manufacturer will be testing various production models that can meet the required requirements.
Unlike traditional LED screens and OLED modules used in a massive way in the industry, micro OLED technology promises high resolution, high efficiency energy and, above all, a reduced format thanks to the compaction of the components.
The micro OLED will be crucial for Apple’s future
Advances in micro LED are possible thanks to the construction of these panels directly on the wafers, abdicating the substrate or glass base as in the other technologies mentioned. The result? A substantially thinner and smaller screen and system than any LED or OLED backlit display.
Such technology is ideal for applications where the screen has to go unnoticed, as well as a possible application in augmented reality glasses. As such, Apple Glass, if they are presented, will use this same micro LED standard.
The micro OLED on the basis of Apple’s optoelectronic solutions
“The main companies dedicated to the production of screens are very proficient in the development of bigger and bigger screens, but the opposite is not the case. When compact screens are needed, very small and thin as those needed for augmented reality glasses, there it becomes become more difficult. ” points to one of the sources cited.
“Apple partnering with TSMC, a manufacturer of semiconductors for the production of micro LED displays, is a natural association as this entity has experience in compacting components and developing ultra-small and good solutions, while Apple also increases your knowledge in the panel industry and associated technology. “ points the source.
The panels under test are extremely compact, approximately one inch in diagonal, also suggesting that the company tests the application of one of its patents (image above).
The possible final product is still years away, but we can now see several indicators in the industry pointing towards its development. It will probably be a solution that combines optics with electronics, with glasses being the receptacle.
In other words, the likely application for such technology would be its augmented reality glasses, the Apple Glass.
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