Only One Company Develops LCOS Chips in China Mainland
By: Shirleychan | OFweek | Posted: 14 Nov 2013
(OFweek) - Shenzhen Yangtze Livetech Co., Ltd. is on the list of Shenzhen Science and Technology Award 2012, according to resources. Yangtze Livetech got this award because of its Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) and drive control method. Yangtze Livetech, located in Guangming New District, Shenzhen, is a national high-tech enterprise, professionally engaged in the R&D of LCOS display technology. It has launched the only one production line in China for design and manufacturing of LCOS miniature virtual display chip, and its LCD packaging. Now the production line has been constructed and put into operation, which fills the technological vacancy in this area in China.
Yesterday, some experts at Yangtze Livetech unveiled LCOS miniature virtual display technology for us, and also had an introduction about its promising micro-display market.
A potential market
LCOS is a kind of new technology, which is the combination of liquid crystal display technology and semiconductor large-scale integrated circuit technique. It is also called the third generation display technology. It is reported that the key display technology to realize the superposition of Google Glass virtual images and real vision is LCOS miniature virtual display technology. However, the cost of such miniature display accounts for a large proportion of smart glasses.
Kang Gang, deputy general manager of Yangtze Livetech, said, "Nowadays, only three companies have grasped the core technologies about LCOS chip design and screen packaging all over the world, which include DisplayTech in America, Himax in China Taiwan and Yangtze Livetech in China Mainland."
Dai Yongping, chief scientist of Yangtze Livetech claimed, "At present, only Yangtze Livetech has independently developed LCOS display chips in China Mainland, and it has invested almost 80 million yuan to improve hardwarefacilities. Our company has set up a production line for LCOS screen packaging, and it has succeeded in producing a series of single-chip colored LCOS screen. The move has made Yangtze Livetech suddenly become one of manufacturers and providers of LCOS single-chip colored virtual display chips."
Experts in the industry general believe that LCOS display technology has an unlimited potential. It will be applied to many anticipated terminal products, and Google Glass is only one of them. Authoritative institutes predict that the market of terminal products with LCOS technology will reach 240 billion yuan by 2014 to 2015; while only LCOS display chip market can top 10 billion yuan, said Kang Gang.