According to our sources, AUO finally started AMOLED mass production in their AFPD subsidiary in Singapore. AFPD has a Gen-4.5 LTPS fab that was converted for AMOLED production. The fab has a monthly capacity of 45,000 substrates but it’s not clear whether all the lines were converted to AMOLED and how many OLED panels are currently produced there. AUO 4.4-inch AMOLED prototype I’m not sure which panels are being produced there at the moment, but it’s likely that AUO is producing the panels they have recently unveiled at trade shows – 4.4″ 1900×600 (413 PPI) panel , 5″ Full-HD (443 PPI) panel and their newest 5″ HD720 AMOLED panels . Earlier reports suggested that HTC and Sony are waiting to integrate AUO’s AMOLEDs in their mobile devices . Read more about AUO finally begins AMOLED mass production at their Singapore's AFPD fab
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Applied Materials announced three new systems that are used to deposit Metal-Oxide (mostly IGZO) TFTs for both LCD and OLED displays. First up is the AKT-55KS, a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system that handles 8.5-Gen substrates (2.2×2.5 meters). Applied says this system is defect-free and excels at keeping hydrogen out of the CVD). Applied AKT-55KS Applied also announced new physical vapor deposition (PVD) deposition systems. They announced two models, the SKT PiVot 25K which handles Gen-6 substrates and the SKT PiVot 55K which handles 8.5-gen substrates. Applied says that their PVD systems use the company’s unique tubular cathodes of donor material. Those cathodes rotate using deposition which results in more even deposition. Read more about Applied Materials announce three new Metal-Oxide deposition systems for LCD and OLED panels
Do you have a Galaxy S4 or a Galaxy Note 3 ? Samsung just published a new Android application that targets those devices that have a Full-HD Super AMOLED display. The application simply shows beautiful nature shots by renowned photographers (such as Ashley Vincent, Hougaard Malan, Kwon O Chul and Satoshi Kuribayashi) and also highlights how OLEDs produces accurate colors and a large color gamut. Read more about Samsung wants you to show-off your Full-HD Super AMOLED screen
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Sony announced two new high-end camera models today, and both feature an OLED EVF. First up is the A7 which is the world’s first full-frame (24.3 mp) mirrorless camera. The A7 sports an XGA (1024×768) OLED EVF and a 3″ LCD. This is probably Sony’s own 0.5″ OLED microdisplay . Other features include Full-HD 60fp video, HDMI output (with support for 4K images). There’s a “flagship” model ( A7R ) that uses a 36.3 mp sensor without a low-pass filter. The A7 will be available in December 2013 for $1,700, while the A7R will cost $2,300. The second camera is the RX10 , a premium super-zoom camera featuring a large 1-inch sensor (20.2 mp) and a 24-200 fixed lens with a constant f/2.8 aperture. The viewfinder is an SVGA (800×600) OLED EVF.
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Ignis’ 55" OLED TV samples arrive, company says their technology enables lifetime and efficiency boost
Last month Ignis Innovation announced that they began producing some 55″ OLED TV evaluation samples for display makers to test their MaxLife compensation technology . The company now tells us that the first sample panel arrived at their offices, and they will start fulfilling orders (to display makers and OEMs) in about two weeks. The company did some initial measurements, and they say that this panel offers the world’s lowest power consumption (20% lower than LG and Samsung’s current OLED TVs ), longest lifetime (a significant boost over existing OLED panels). The panels are highly uniform (much better than the OLED TVs no the market). Read more about Ignis' 55" OLED TV samples arrive, company says their technology enables lifetime and efficiency boost
UBI Research forecasts rapid growth in the flexible OLED market, from $700 million in 2014 to almost $15 billion in 2018
Market report company UBI Research says that the flexible OLED market is set to grow quickly – in fact shipments in 2018 will reach 200 million panels, up over 2600% from 2014 (7.5 million panels). In terms of revenue, the market will grow from $714 million in 2014 to almost $15 billion by 2018. UBI is much more optimistic than IHS which forecasts that the flexible OLED market will reach only $100 million in 2014 . Both companies agree though that growth will be fast, and IHS sees the market reaching $4 billion in 2018 and $12 billion by 2020 . Read more about UBI Research forecasts rapid growth in the flexible OLED market, from $700 million in 2014 to almost $15 billion in 2018
BusinessKorea reports that according to their sources, LG Display reached 60-70% yield in their OLED TV production fab, while Samsung Display reached 40-50%. According to the report, both companies are expected to reach yields larger than 70% by the end of 2013 which means they will cross the threshold of mass production capability. They expect prices to drop a further 15-20% by the end of the year. While this will make OLED TVs more competitive, the production capacity is still very at both companies as they are using pilot lines and can only produce a few hundred TVs each month. Read more about Reports from Korea suggest both LGD and SDC increased OLED TV production yields
Universal Display announced that the European Patent Office (EPO) issued a decision regarding the company’s EU patent #1933395 (the EP ’395 patent, which details the iridium L2MX composition), which was challenged by Sumitomo Chemical , Merck and BASF . The EPO affirmed the basic inventions and broad patent coverage but narrowed the scope of the original claims. I’m not a lawyer so it is difficult for me to understand exactly what the narrowing of those claims mean. UDC says that they are pleased with the fact that the EPO recognized the novelty in the invention and confirmed their rights to broad claim coverage in this class of molecules through 2020. They are likely to appeal the ruling to reinstate a broader set of claims. Read more about UDC's iridium L2MX composition patent upheld by the EPO, but some claim scopes narrowed
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Lulu.com, our print on demand publisher is now offering a 20% discount on The OLED Handbook (2013 edition). You can now get the book for just $119.99 ! Just use coupon PUMPKINS when you check out . This great offer is valid through October 18, so hurry up If you prefer the digital edition (PDF download), it costs $97 . We also offer site and enterprise license options. Read more about 20% discount for the OLED Handbook 2013 printed edition (till October 18)
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Engadget said they got hold of the following “press renders” showing LG’s upcoming LG Flex phone that will sport a flexible OLED display. Engadget also reports that they confirmed that the OLED panel will be 6″ in size and the phone will be announced in November. As you see this phone is curved from top to bottom. I think this makes more sense than Samsung’s Galaxy Round which also uses a flexible OLED but is curved from left to right. Of course we’ll have to wait for someone to review both phones to see which design is better. I’m guessing in coming months we’ll see several new phone designs using flexible panels as makers try to figure out how best to use curved displays. Read more about Is this the LG Flex, LG's upcoming 6" flexible OLED smartphone?
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Is this the LG Flex, LG’s upcoming 6" flexible OLED smartphone?