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Micro-LED – R&D Portfolio Analysis and Roadmapping

Micro-LED – R&D Portfolio Analysis and Roadmapping

Micro-LEDs (or Micro LEDs) are a next-gen self-emissive low power display technology with superior image quality compared to conventional display technologies such as organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays and liquid crystalline displays (LCDs). The key R&D focus area is mass transfer technology which enables commercialization and mass production of micro-LEDs. GaN-on-Si is emerging as a potential technology enabling mass-manufacturing of micro-LEDs.

Micro-LED technology enables integration of sensor components layered on the display panel, resulting in more compact and efficient interactive displays. High growth opportunities are observed for display and semiconductor manufacturers. Micro-LEDs can be also used in advanced sensing applications and next-gen communication techniques such as visible light communication (VLC). In the short-term, consumer electronics application such as AR headsets and smartwatches are high impact sectors. In the longer term, micro-LEDs will be integrated into healthcare wearables and used for medical applications such as optogenetics.

The technology and innovation report covers the following aspects:
Significance of Micro-LEDs
Applications landscape
Key stakeholders and their competitive positioning [application vs innovation matrix]
Enviornment analysis: Assessment of R&D Portfolio Areas and Themes
Key unmet/market needs
Key performance indicators for R&D Success
Key drivers and challenges hindering commercialization
Insights on research orientation and funding
Patent analysis and innovation portfolio areas
R&D Pipeline and Applications roadmap
R&D and Commercialization strategies
Frost & Sullivan’s Strategic Viewpoint on Growth opportunities


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Methodology
    • Research Methodology Explained
    • Summary of Key Findings
  • Micro-LEDs - Technology Status Review
    • Self-Emissive Micro-LED Technology Poised to Witness Exponential Growth in the Medium-term
    • Technology Impact Assessment: Opportunities for Small Scale Displays in the Near-term
    • Criteria based Comparative Assessment of Micro-LEDs with Existing Display Technologies
    • Opportunities in Interactive Displays and VLC
    • Interest from Tier-1 Companies in US Driving Advancements: Investment and M&A Strategy
    • Key Challenges: Issues related to Manufacturing and Achieving High Yield Rate
  • Environment Analysis: Assessment of R&D Portfolio Areas and Themes - Mass Transfer, GaN-on-Si, Interconnection
    • Micro-LED Manufacturing Process is More Complicated than Conventional LEDs
    • Key Unmet Market Needs and KPIs in Manufacturing Micro-LEDs
    • Profile of Key R&D Portfolio Area and Technology Innovation Themes
    • Key R&D Portfolio Area for Manufacturers: Focus on Developing Novel Manufacturing Technologies Enabling Mass-Production
    • Three Key R&D Portfolio Areas for Mass Transfer Technologies
    • Other Key R&D Portfolio Themes: Laser Lift-off and MOCVD
    • Research Orientation of Micro-LEDs
    • R&D Budgetary Assessment of Micro-LEDs
    • Driving Forces for R&D Advancements in Micro-LEDs
    • Manufacturing Challenges of Micro-LEDs
    • Key Five Market Needs
  • Patent Portfolio Analysis and Key R&D Themes
    • Patent Trend Analysis and R&D Portfolio Areas
    • Top 20 Patent Families in the Micro-LED Space
    • Top 20 Patent Families and Stakeholder Analysis
    • Top 5 Patent Family Analysis - Application vs Innovation Index
    • Description of the Matrix: Apple Poised to Emerge as a Leader in the Micro-LED Space in the Long-term
  • Technology Management Strategies to Enhance R&D and Commercialization
    • Business Ecosystem of Micro-LEDs
    • Spin-Offs and Technology Licensing are Key Emerging Strategies
    • Proposed strategies for Micro-LED - Strengthen, Develop, Partner, and Avoid
    • Collaboration Strategy to Strengthen Manufacturing Capabilities
    • Companies Aggressively involved in Creating Strategic Collaborations to Strengthen their R&D Portfolio Areas
  • Strategic R&D Pipeline - Roadmap, High Impact Applications, and Prospective Opportunities
    • R&D Pipeline and Application Roadmap and Technology Readiness Levels
    • Opportunities for AR Products and Increasing Collaboration will be Driving Growth
    • Automotive and Healthcare are other High Impact Areas
  • Strategic Viewpoint
    • Strategic Roadmap to Drive Wide-Scale Adoption of Micro-LEDs
    • Strategic Viewpoint: Large Silicon Wafers to Enable Cost-effective High-Yield Manufacturing of Micro-LEDs
    • Strategic Viewpoint: GaN-on-Si is Poised to Dominate the Micro- LED Industry
    • Strategic Viewpoint on Near-term Commercialization Strategies
  • Industry Contacts
    • Key Industry Contacts

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