VueReal gains funding for advancing micro-LED display technologies
EP&T MagazineElectronics Optoelectronics Supply Chain micro-LED micro-LED opto opto Waterloo Waterloo
Micro- and nano-devices promise amazing capabilities with incredible power efficiency
VueReal Inc., a Waterloo-based developer of key technologies for micro- and nano-devices, will receive $8.5 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support a total project investment of over $26.0 million.
SDTC helps Canadian entrepreneurs accelerate the development and deployment of globally competitive clean technology solutions. VueReal will use the funding to further develop innovative micro-LED technologies by expanding its Waterloo team and launching an Advanced Nano-Technology Center – a fabrication facility that might well be unique in the Western hemisphere.
Micro-LED displays use screens built from tiny versions of the same type of chip used in LED lights. They have many significant advantages over today’s OLED and LCD screens, including being much brighter (a requirement for displays that must compete with ambient daylight), supporting higher frame-rates, delivering denser pixels per inch (PPI), providing better contrast, being much more flexible, and doing it all at double or triple the power efficiency and with significantly longer lifetimes.
Leverage key industry partnerships
Together with the SDTC support, VueReal will leverage key industry partnerships with Angstrom, a Canadian manufacturer of industry-leading thin film deposition systems for PVD and CVD processes, and a large Asian electronics company.
“We are proud to have the support of this federal program, and collaborations with industry partners. The next steps include building an integrated pilot production system, engineering the equipment needed to enable VueReal’s proprietary Solid Printing™ process at commercial volumes, and enhancing the performance of micro-LEDs even further,” said Reza Chaji, Ph.D., CEO and Founder of VueReal. “I’m extremely proud of our world-class multi-disciplinary team. We’ve achieved some important milestones – and the industry has taken notice – but our journey is really just beginning.”
“We are excited to support VueReal in developing innovative solutions by providing engineering support for the deposition equipment required to create the micro-LED devices,” explained David Pitts, President, Angstrom Engineering Inc.
“SDTC is proud to support the steps that VueReal is taking to reduce the carbon footprint of micro-and nano-technology production processes, demonstrating that small actions can create big change.” Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada.