BOE, a leading Chinese display maker, is accelerating the process of developing its own semiconductors for displays. There have been various activities that suggest that BOE is working on internalizing its own chips such as hiring personnel related to OLED semiconductor in the second half of last year. BOE, which is dominating the LCD market globally, is expected to change the dynamics of the semiconductor market if it succeeds in developing its own semiconductors. Some believe that such success will also have an indirect effect on South Korea’s display driver IC (Integrated Circuit) makers.
According to the industry, BOE is currently hiring people who can develop OLED driver IC through its website.
Through its job posting, BOE indicates that the hired person or people will be designing “silicon-based OLED driver system”. BOE also states that the hired person or people need to have at least three years of experience in designing hardware circuit and debugging.
OLED driver IC is a chip that adjusts current and voltage needed to operate OLED display panel. It is a component that is absolutely needed in order for an OLED screen to operate properly.
Through another posting, BOE states that it is looking for circuit engineers who have experiences with FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array), which is a chip that can voluntarily change properties of a circuit by its user. Although it has been seen as an AI chip, it is also used experimentally within the field of R&D. It seems that BOE is looking for circuit engineers in order to test next-generation display chips.