“Openness to meet all challenges; innovation and achievement of all imaginations”, “breaking as a foundation, popularization is a lore”…Each motto records their determination to pursue happiness and forge ahead. On December 23, in the 2022 brand feature film “Our Motto” launched by Konka Group, a group of young people from Konka Chongqing Optoelectronics Technology Research Institute showed us “passionate”, “daring to create”, and “when encountering difficulties”. Dare to be persistent”, “Dare to break through.”
New industrial reforms are evolving in depth, and technological innovation has become a key variable in reshaping the growth and decline of corporate competitiveness and the pattern of market competition. Through continuous extension to the upstream industrial chain, Konka is no longer the traditional home appliance company previously thought of by people, but has gradually transformed into a high-tech platform group company.
In the context of the new round of industrial revolution, the semiconductor industry has become a basic industry for manufacturing powers and has become an important area of international wrestling. But for a long time, the country has the largest Electronic consumer market, but the core semiconductor has a very high dependence on foreign imports, and the import amount once exceeded that of oil. Outflanking a breakthrough from the optoelectronic Display chip is also one of the ideas for solving the country’s “lack of cores and fewer screens”.
As early as 2018, Konka began to get involved in the semiconductor field and established the Semiconductor Technology Division. Through the “science and technology + industry + park” operation model, the company has rapidly deployed its products in storage, optoelectronics and other fields.
It is worth noting that in October this year, the production of Konka core cloud storage chips exceeded 100K, which marked that Konka semiconductor storage chips officially entered the stage of large-scale production. At the same time, to a certain extent, it has made up for the production gap of packaging and testing, which is of positive significance for domestic chips to break technical barriers and achieve industrial scale enhancement.
In the field of optoelectronics, Konka invested in the establishment of Chongqing Konka Optoelectronics Technology Research Institute, and landed the Chongqing (Konka) Semiconductor Optoelectronics Technology Industrial Park project, comprehensively deploying a comprehensive industrial chain of “semiconductor equipment”, semiconductor materials”, semiconductor design”, and “semiconductor manufacturing” .
Regarding the technology of mass transfer of Micro LED bottlenecks, the research institute has independently built an epitaxial wafer production line, a chip production line and a mass transfer production line, vigorously promoting the development and production progress of Mini/Micro LED; with the core breakthrough blessing, Konka Research Institute only uses In one year, 800 patent applications were completed, including 140 PCT patents, 73 US proposals, and 169 authorized patents.
The implementation of technology needs to be supported by product requirements. After a period of in-depth cultivation, Chongqing Konka Optoelectronics Technology Research Institute has quickly launched a batch of technical achievements, and has successively released Micro LED smart wearable microcrystalline screens, flexible Displays, 8K Micro LED commercial display screens, Micro LED watches and other products. The outside world demonstrated its broad prospects for applications in display terminals and other fields.
Through research and development + industrial chain walking on both legs, Konka’s semiconductor storage business ecology is more complete, and it has become a seed player that cannot be ignored in the semiconductor field. On the other hand, for Konka, it has preliminary technical results that can be applied to its own products, increase product competitiveness, and expand the range of products other than home appliances. At the same time, the future Konka can also gradually open up technology to the B-end industry chain companies, and lay the foundation for promoting the secondary growth of the business.
From the establishment of the semiconductor business unit to becoming the leader in Micro LED technology, to the large-scale production of memory chips, it only took 3 years for Konka. However, its goal is not only to stop here, but to build a high-tech industrial cluster for semiconductors.
At present, China’s independent chip supply is insufficient, and domestic semiconductors, which have a market share of only 8%, have huge room for growth. It is foreseeable that with the rapid development of artificial intelligence, cloud computing, Internet of Things, big data and other industries, the demand for memory will continue to increase, which will provide a broader development space for semiconductor memory.
Industry experts said that if Chinese chips need to change from a “catch-up” in the semiconductor field to a “leader”, technology companies like Konka need to continue to increase R&D and investment, and continue to promote technology in semiconductors and more high-tech fields. Innovation can achieve greater breakthroughs in the core technology of the chip.