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MICROOLED S.A.S

MICROOLED designs, develops, and manufactures high-performance microdisplays for near-to-eye applications. The company’s core offering consists of highly integrated microdisplays for use in head-mounted displays (HMDs), electronic viewfinders for cameras, sport optics, night vision and thermal systems, medical, and other applications. MICROOLED is uniquely positioned for these markets by providing microdisplays with the worldwide highest pixel density, lowest power consumption, and a widely recognised outstanding image quality.

France

Founded in 2007, MICROOLED is a privately owned company whose headquarter, R&D centre, and operations are located in Grenoble, France, a renowned centre of excellence for chipset and nanotechnology development. Since the start of production in 2012 on a dedicated microdisplay manufacturing line (5 M€ initial invest), microdisplay sales are at an average growth rate of over 40% over the past 5 years, reaching about 7M€ in 2016, with an outlook for continuing growth in 2017 and 2018. MICROOLED received the Ernst & Young Award “Entrepreneur of the year” for the region Rhone-Alpes/ Auvergne, France in 2014 and the “Champion de la croissance” (champion of growth) national award in 2017.

In terms of development, MICROOLED has been putting a big effort on the development of high brightness OLED technology, in order to offer OLED microdisplays for the growing market of smartglasses and similar systems for augmented reality, and we could get several design wins in this field recently. In parallel, we are also developing subsystems including optics and electronics and we have been selling smaller quantities of electro-optical modules for professional or sport-optics applications. More recently, we focussed on the development of an electro-optical engine for smartglasses and visors, including a high brightness OLED microdisplay, see-through optics, microprocessor based system and wireless or wired interface. Main differentiator of this system is the very low system power consumption, compactness, and image quality.

Significant infrastructure:

  • Manufacturing line for OLED microdisplays, located in Minatec shared facilities in Grenoble/ France.
  • Test equipment for detailed analysis of microdisplay performance and environmental qualification.
  • Development optical module for smartglasses including optics, microdisplay, and electronics.
  • Manufacturing (subcontracted) and sales of Cinemizer-OLED head-mounted displays since Q4/2016 (former Carl Zeiss business)

Key personnel involved:

Dr Gunther HAAS
Dr Gunther HAAS

Dr Gunther HAAS

CTO and co-founder: 25 years of experience in R&D management in different companies (Thomson, Bosch, start-up, CEA-LETI) in the field of automotive and consumer electronics in different technical fields (displays, sensors, lighting), several product transfers and key patents. Founder of the Thomson OLED activity in 2001 which laid the technical foundation for MICROOLED. Experienced manager of international, collaborative and multi centre programs, proven team leader. >20 Patent families, >15 invited papers, different board memberships. Served as project reviewer for different FP6, anFP7, and H2020 programs. PhD in Electronic Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Dr Michael THOMSCHKE
Dr Michael THOMSCHKE

Dr Michael THOMSCHKE

OLED development Manager: Michael has over 10 years of experience in OLED device physics, optics, and characterisation. Before joining Microoled, he had been working as a research associate at Fraunhofer COMEED on microdisplays and sensors, and on OLEDs at the Institute for Applied Photophysics at the Technical University of Dresden where he obtained his PhD in physics. >20 peer-reviewed scientific publications (670+ citations).

Sophie VINCENT
Sophie VINCENT

Sophie VINCENT

Profit centre manager: longstanding experience in the management of projects and teams in the field of microelectronics, namely as project manager for IC product development at Thomson, IC product development and engineering manager at Atmel in the field of biometric sensor IC, and in her current job in charge of marketing, customer deliveries and application development team & customer support at MICROOLED.

Relevant publications:

[1] G. Haas, E. Marcellin-Dibon: High Resolution OLED Microdisplays for Electronic Vision Systems (invited), Proc. of IDW/AD’12 / Japan, 2012.

[2] G. Haas: Trends in High Resolution OLED Microdisplays (invited), Eurodisplay 2013, London / UK, 2013.

[3] G. Haas: W3+ Workshop on Microdisplays und Applications, Wetzlar/ Germany, 24-Mar-2015

[4] Eric Marcellin-Dibon, Antoine Turquet: OLED microdisplay for next generation smart eyewear (invited) , Smart Wearable Technologies Summit, Barcelona,/ Spain September 2016.[7] G Haas: Near-to-the-eye displays for Augmented Reality (invited), IDTechEx Show, Santa Clara/ US , Nov 2016.

[5] G Haas: Highly Energy Efficient and Compact OLED Microdisplays and their Use in Wearables (invited), SID-Mid-Europe on Wearable and Projection Displays, Dresden/ Germany, March 2017.

Relevant projects/ activities:

[1] SCOOP: for the development of high brightness OLED microdisplays and vision systems based upon for Augmented Reality applications; GA no. 287595; http://www.scoop-oled.eu/; MOD has been the initiator and technical manager of this project (led by CEA-LETI), ended in 2014

[2] POLIS: Pilot Optical Line for Imaging and Sensing, ENIAC GA no. 621200, http://polis.minalogic.net/ . MOD is leading a work package focussed on the industrialisation of the technology for high brightness OLED microdisplays, based on CMOS backplane technology from ST Microelectronics.

[3] LOMID: Large area, cost efficient OLED microdisplays and their application, H2020 ICT 3-2014, GA no 644101, http://www.lomid.eu/; MOD is the technical coordinator of that project (led by FEP).

[4] HyperOLED: Development of highly efficient blue OLED emitters (based on TADF), H2020GA N° 732013, http://www.hyperoled.eu/. MOD leads a workpackage on the application of the developed materials in microdisplays, and has the role of exploitation manager. The anticipated results of the HypeOLED project would perfectly match as a combination with the patterned QDOT color converters developed here.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

ENEA

Italian National agency for new technologies, Energy and sustainable economic development

CONTACTS

Francesco Antolini (Project coordinator)
ENEA - Photonics Micro and Nanostructures Laboratory Frascati Research Centre Rome

PARTNERS

Italian National Agency for New Technology, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA)
Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology (FEP)
Technische Universität Dresden (TUD)
Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA-leti)
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UniMORE)
MICROOLED S.A.S
Ekspla UAB
Centro Ricerche FIAT S.C.p.A. (CRF)
Amsys, Ltd. Advanced Measurement Systems (AMSYS)
School of Physics & Astronomy, University of St Andrews (USTAN)
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