Apple investing $330 million in Taiwanese MicroLED factory

Posted on Tuesday, June 02 2020 @ 10:32 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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MacRumors writes word is going around that Apple is pumping $330 million into a MicroLED factory. The consumer electronics giant is reportedly teaming up with Epistar, Taiwan's largest LED maker, and Taiwanese LCD panel maker AU Optronics. The MicroLEDs produced via this joint operation are expected to be used by future Apple products like the Apple Watch and MacBook Pro.
Apple is teaming up on the new factory with Epistar, Taiwan's top LED producer, and Taiwanese LCD panel maker, AU Optronics. The plant will be located in the Longtan branch of the Hsinchu Science Park and Apple's total investment is estimated at NT$10 billion (US$334 million).

The new plant would be an expansion of Apple's operations in the area, and the company has reportedly sent a development team to Taiwan to work on the project. Apple has long been expected to use of Mini-LED and Micro LED across a range of products, including at times the 2020 Apple Watch, and now a future refresh of the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
MicroLED are self-luminous, similar to OLED, but offer higher brightness, better dynamic range, a broader color gamut, faster update rate, wider viewing angle, and lower power consumption.

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