Google acquired Raxium, manufacturer of MicroLED screens


Google recently announced the acquisition of Raxium, a company that develops single-panel MicroLED display technologies, an activity that they have maintained for the last 5 years.

According to what was reported in the brief statement that accounts for this transaction, Google pointed out that the technologies that Raxium has developed, among those that offer “miniaturized, cost-effective and energy-efficient high-resolution displays”will be used for the next generation of some of their products.

Google acquired startup of smaller and more efficient screens, to integrate into its products

Without specifying the amounts associated with the transaction, Google reported that California-based Raxium will become part of Google’s Devices and Services team, producing components that we’ll see in future Google hardware.

The announcement was very brief and did not share any further details about what project the Raxium team would now be working on. Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of Devices and Services at Google, said in the statement only that “Raxium’s technical expertise in this area will play a key role as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts”.

Given Google’s brief comments on the matter, it’s not clear how long we’ll have to wait to see some products that integrate Raxium-developed hardware come to light.

As highlighted by Raxium on its website, its technologies are 300 times smaller, 1,000 times brighter, and use 50% less power than the competition. In a graphic comparison they present, it is shown that while a Super AMOLED screen occupies approximately 50 micrometers per pixel, Raxium’s MicroLED technology occupies only 3.5 micrometers per pixel.

Also, the company highlights that its MicroLED technology will enable an entirely new class of display products, smaller and more powerful, such as augmented and virtual reality microdisplays and light field arrays based on life-size panels. With light field arrays, users could experience 3D without the need for glasses.

Based on this background, it can be presumed that we could see an updated version of Google Glass or another augmented reality product, probably linked to the metaverse, since among its products, Raxium also shows on its website a pair of glasses with a screen on the lens.

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