Kulicke & Soffa buys mini and micro LED placement technology

Kulicke & Soffa buys mini and micro LED placement technology
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Strategic acquisition of Uniqarta positions the company to enable broad adoption of feature-rich, cost-effective display technology.
By Jean-Pierre Joosting

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Kulicke and Soffa Industries has acquired a 100% equity stake in Uniqarta, Inc., a technology company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. This strategic acquisition includes Uniqarta’s patent portfolio and other intellectual property rights. Prior to closing the acquisition in its fiscal second quarter, Kulicke & Soffa worked extensively with Uniqarta to commercialize their unique LED die transfer technology.

Laser-Enabled Advanced Placement (LEAP™) technology developed by Uniqarta disrupts the conventional pick-and-place assembly method with a high-precision, ultrafast laser-transfer placement system. This contact-less approach places large quantities of known good die at unprecedented transfer rates.

This next-generation LED transfer approach is expected to accelerate adoption of mini LED backlighting while also serving as an enabler for direct-emissive micro LED applications.

TrendForce, a market-leading intelligence provider, anticipates mini and micro LED wafer volumes to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of over 200% through 2025. Over the coming two years, consumer televisions, tablets and notebooks are anticipated to accelerate high-volume adoption of placement equipment.


“Our acquisition of Uniqarta strengthens and extends the overall mini and micro LED technology portfolio at K&S. This investment emphasizes important strategic additions to our competencies, value proposition and participation in the rapidly-evolving advanced display market,” said Bob Chylak, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Kulicke & Soffa.

Ronn Kliger, Uniqarta’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “After collaborating with K&S on the development of a LEAP™ prototype, we concluded that the best approach to commercialize our technology was to combine it with K&S’s proven interconnect expertise, production capabilities and strong customer base. The combined K&S-Uniqarta team is now well-positioned to address known customer production challenges and accelerate the adoption of next-generation advanced displays.”

Kulicke & Soffa expects to introduce and initiate qualifications of its new advanced display system by the close of its fiscal year 2021.

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