Samsung Just Blew Everyone’s Mind with Its MicroLED Displays

Remember when Samsung launched The Wall (a giant display made-up of MicroLEDs) a couple of years ago to all that fanfare? But then Sony blew them away with their version — called Crystal LED?

Well, Samsung just took all the thunder back with what they showed at CES using MicroLEDs. You see, MicroLED walls — whether or not they are giants room-sized, theater-screen sized or stadium scoreboard-sized displays are all made up of small (about 1’x1’) panels filled with MicroLEDs. At shows where they have been shown, Samsung has assembled them in giant configurations. In fact, they showed a 219″ (about 18 feet) display at CES yesterday. But, that giant screen is actually made up of about 180 of those smaller panels.

That doesn’t seem like that big of a deal — but at CES, Samsung showed how you can take these small tiles and custom-build a TV (display) to nearly any size you want. In fact, they showed a 75” version being assembled and disassembled one panel at a time, live. In a matter of seconds. So, with MicroLEDs, you’ll get customized, modular, configurable direct-view monitors that are very, very, very bright and with a resolution that no standard LEDs ever been able to come close to.

Of course, it will be expensive at first. But, how long until it isn’t? I remember the 55″ 4K QLEDs or even OLEDs were $20,000 just three years ago — and now they range from $650 to $2,000. By the end of the year, they could be under $1,000 and down to as low as $400.

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Alongside Samsung’s aforementioned pre-packaged 75-inch MicroLED display, a launch event yesterday at CES also showcased the 219-inch version of the MicroLED they are calling “The Wall” again — and this time it has wow-factor for sure.

Take a look at video and photos below to understand the true impact of all of this.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..