Google acquires Micro-LED start-up Raxium for its future AR ambitionsLeigh Mc Gowranon May 5, 2022 at 07:08 Silicon RepublicSilicon Republic

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Tech giant Google has confirmed the acquisition of Raxium, a five-year old start-up working on Micro-LED technology that could be useful in creating augmented reality products.

Raxium claims on its website that its work on Micro-LEDs will enable a new class of “smaller and more powerful display products”, including AR and VR micro-displays. Following the acquisition, Raxium’s team in California will join Google’s devices and services department.

“The team at Raxium has spent five years creating miniaturized, cost-effective and energy efficient high-resolution displays that have laid the foundation for future display technologies,” Google senior VP, devices and services Rick Osterloh said in a blog post yesterday (4 May).

“Raxium’s technical expertise in this area will play a key role as we continue to invest in our hardware efforts,” Osterloh added.

There are multiple applications for micro-LED technology such as TV sets, wearable technology and headsets for augmented and virtual reality. There are predictions that the micro-LED market will surpass $1bn by 2026, largely due to these key sectors.

The Raxium deal was first reported in March by The Information, which said micro-LED tech could help Google create AR displays that are more energy efficient.

The tech giant has been making other moves that hint at a focus on AR technology. Last December, it was reported by 9to5Google that Google was actively hiring to create an “Augmented Reality OS” for an unknown “innovative AR device.”

During this time, Google hired Mark Lucovsky to lead its operating system team for augmented reality. Lucovsky shared the news on Twitter, with a link to job positions he was working to fill.

Last January, The Verge reported that Google was ramping up work on an AR headset that was codenamed “Project Iris”. The tech giant aims to begin shipping the product in 2024, two people familiar with the matter told The Verge.

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