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4 October 2018

VueReal announces $8.5m in SDTC funding

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Micro- and nano-device technology developer VueReal Inc of Waterloo, ON, Canada has announced $8.5m in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support a total project investment of over $26m. SDTC helps Canadian entrepreneurs accelerate the development and deployment of globally competitive clean technology solutions. VueReal will use the funding to further develop innovative micro-LED technologies by expanding its Waterloo team and launching an Advanced Nano-Technology Center fabrication facility.

Micro-LED displays use screens built from tiny versions of the same type of chip used in LED lights. They have many significant advantages over today's OLED and LCD screens, including being much brighter (a requirement for displays that must compete with ambient daylight), supporting higher frame-rates, delivering denser pixels per inch (PPI), providing better contrast, being more flexible, and doing it all at double or triple the power efficiency and with significantly longer lifetimes.

Together with the SDTC support, VueReal will leverage key industry partnerships with Angstrom, a Canadian manufacturer of industry-leading thin film deposition systems for PVD and CVD processes, and a large Asian electronics company.

“We are proud to have the support of this federal program, and collaborations with industry partners. The next steps include building an integrated pilot production system, engineering the equipment needed to enable VueReal's proprietary Solid Printing process at commercial volumes, and enhancing the performance of micro-LEDs even further,” says VueReal’s CEO & founder Reza Chaji, Ph.D. “I'm extremely proud of our world-class multi-disciplinary team. We've achieved some important milestones – and the industry has taken notice – but our journey is really just beginning,” he adds.

“We are excited to support VueReal in developing innovative solutions by providing engineering support for the deposition equipment required to create the micro-LED devices,” comments David Pitts, president, Angstrom Engineering Inc.

“SDTC is proud to support the steps that VueReal is taking to reduce the carbon footprint of micro-and nano-technology production processes, demonstrating that small actions can create big change,” says Leah Lawrence, president & CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

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VueReal raises $10.5m on initial closing of Series A funding for micro-LED display technologies

Tags: LEDs

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