“Micro”-LED may well be a misnomer, because this new TV technology from Samsung can create, on the contrary to what the name suggests, some enormous screens. Samsung aptly named this gigantic, wall sized MicroLED TV: The Wall, making one wonder what lies beyond The Wall?
If this modular MicroLED TV seems like something out of a science fiction, well then it isn’t. Micro-LED technology was invented in the year 2000 by a research group run by Prof. Hongxing Jiang and Prof. Jingyu Lin of the Texas Tech University and it was first showcased in a consumer product back in 2012. So what it is apart from sharing the same three letters from O-“LED”?
MicroLED is a type of panel technology that, like OLED, has pixels that produce their own light – i.e. they’re self-emitting. Since each individual pixels can be turned on and off, it creates better contrast and ultimately better dynamic range. What differentiates it from traditional OLEDs is the constituents of their LED materials. Unlike OLED which is comprised of Organic materials, which gives it its name, MicroLED is made from inorganic Gallium Nitride (GaN) material. This switch ultimately makes the panels thinner. As a result, Micro-LED components are tiny, hence the name, measuring less than 100 µm. That’s less than the width of a human hair.
This mammoth of a 146-inch MicroLED TV has yet another ace up its sleeve, it’s modular! If for some reason you are unimpressed with the “mere” 146-inch of screen that you get, you can add new screens, or units, to build an even larger display. This means that The Wall can truly be as large as you want and, as far as we know, there isn’t any upper limit on how many screens can be synced up. Samsung claims that performance won’t be impacted by the number of screens strung together at the same time, which in and of itself is a praise-worthy innovation.
This 146-inch TV is extravagantly priced thus it’s a novelty for the handful of ultra-rich people with very large houses who could afford to buy and fit ‘The Wall’. Though this TV may not become ubiquitous, it is a testament to what lies ahead in the future.