Plessey Partners with Jasper and AIXTRON

10/15/2018 10:46 AM 

Plessey, also known as Plessey Semiconductors, has been busy formalizing relationships with other companies in order to move its monolithic microLED technology forward. In August, Plessey announced a partnership with smartglasses developer Vuzix for the co-creation of next-generation augmented-reality smartglasses.  More recently, Plessey announced strategic developments with Jasper Display Corp. (JDC), a designer of spatial light modulators (SLMs) and microdisplays, and with AIXTRON, a maker of metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) reactors for the semiconductor industry. Plessey plans to use silicon backplane technology from JDC to drive the monolithic microLED displays made on Plessey’s proprietary GaN-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) wafers. And Plessey purchased a new AIX G5+ C AIXTRON MOCVD reactor from AIXTRON to boost its microLED manufacturing capability.  

Plessey’s next major announcement should come at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2019, when it plans to unveil its first monochrome microLED array. That’s what Plessey told ID magazine in an interview featured in our Business of Displays department in this issue.  (See the March/April 2018 issue for an interview with Jasper Display Company.)

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