COMEDD and partners develop new organic printable transparent electrodes for flexible OLEDs and OPVs
The 3-year German project IMAGE (innovation printable electrode materials for high performance OLEDs and OPVs) has been successfully completed. The project partners (which include Fraunhofer COMEDD and Carnot MIB) demonstrated novel organic transparent electrodes, which are arranged on a backing film and enable flexible electronic components. The performance of these electrodes was demonstrated using flexible OLEDs and OPVs. COMEDD explains that new electrodes could replace conventional transparent metal oxides, such as ITO – which is less cost effective and less flexible. COMEDD can now manufacture flexible organic devices using the new electrodes, and the project partners are looking for industry partners to commercialize this technology. Read more about COMEDD and partners develop new organic printable transparent electrodes for flexible OLEDs and OPVs
Solomon Systech announced a new PMOLED driver, the SSD1360, that supports super high brightness (up to 600 cd/m 2 ) OLEDs. This character display driver can handle 2-line displays (each with 16 to 24 characters) or a dot display of 120 X 16. The SSD1360 supports ASCII, English, European and Japanese characters with three built-in ROMs. The driver supports I 2 C (up to 400kbit/s) and also 4/8-bit parallel and serial interfaces. Source: Solomon Systech Read more about Solomon Systech announces a high-brightness PMOLED driver
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As we get closer to Samsung’s Galaxy S5 flagship launch (which will probably take place at around March), the rumors keep flowing. Only a week ago we posted that a Chinese site claims that the GS5 will sport a 5.25″ WQHD (560 PPI) LCD (made by Sharp), but this time the Samsung-focused blog SamMobile says that the upcoming phone will use an AMOLED. Indeed it will sport a WQHD resolution and the size will be around 5.25″. SamMobile also confirms that the S5 will come in two models, a plastic one and a premium one made from metal. Other features include a 16mp camera (which may or may now feature hardware optical image stabilization), an Exynos 6 eight-core CPU (or a Snapdragon 805 in some markets) and Android 4.4 (KitKat). Read more about SamMobile says the GS5 will use a 5.25" WQHD AMOLED display
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UK mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse is now offering LG’s G Flex for pre-order. There are several plans available (on both O2 and EE), but the best value one is suggested at £79 ($129) up front and a £52 ($85) monthly cost (the 24-month contract includes unlimited talks, SMS messages and 5GB data). If you order before March 31st, you’ll also get a chance to win an LG 55EA9800 55″ curved OLED TV . Read more about The LG G Flex is now available in the UK
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Global OLED Technology (GOT) filed a complaint in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against eMagin for breach of license agreement. eMagin has been a licensee of GOT’s patent portfolio (which originated at Kodak ) since 1999. GOT says that eMagin breached its patent license agreement by failing to pay annual minimum royalty payments, neglecting to report or pay royalties for the sales of licensed products, and breaching certain confidentiality obligations. Read more about Global OLED Technology sues eMagin for breach of license agreement
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So CES 2014 is now over, and one thing is certain – at least in that event, LG is making a much stronger push into OLED TVs than their arch rival Samsung . While Samsung only showed new 55″ bendable 4K OLED prototypes, LG showed many prototypes and two new products, including a 77″ curved 4K OLED TV that they plan to launch soon for $29,999 . But it seems that it’s not just about TVs on display at CES. A Samsung visual-display VP says that there are significant OLED manufacturing issue s and they only expect cheap OLED TVs to enter the market in 3 or 4 years . LG on the other hand sees a ” rapid shift into OLED TVs “. The market will remain small in 2014 (30,000 to 50,000 units) but LG expects the market to ramp up quickly. Read more about CES Aftermath: is LG taking the lead in OLED TVs?
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The K Blade is a new OLED lamp from Italian designer Riva 1920. It is made from New Zealand’s Kauri wood and has a single Philips OLED panel. Reportedly the OLED brightness is “over 200 lumens”, which is strange as the GL350 Gen-2 , Philips’ brightest panel, is only 200 lumens bright . Maybe they are using a new panel (the GL350 Gen-3 , perhaps? although an earlier report suggested it will feature 300 lumens). The K Blade is actually an affordable OLED lamp – it costs €560 and I think it is now shipping.
New OLED gadget: Riva 1920 K BLADE
Samsung Display world’s first foldable OLED display at CES2014 – 5.68 inch AMOLED foldable and with Touch function from Samsung Display
On a special side event during the CES-2014 at the Encore Hotel, Samsung Display showcased the world first 5.68 inch high resolution AMOLED Display which is foldable . Samsung Display plans to introduce foldable displays for their next generation categories of products. The AMOLED Display use a Plastic Substrate mad with a film-like polyimide (PI) substrate, with this material its possible to produce very very thin displays like paper. Also for the first time Samsung Display reach also the goal to integrate a TSP Touch screen function, realized with a single layer metal mesh material. The Galaxy Round bendable AMOLED Display uses an ITO indium tin oxide film, but with ITO it is not possible to made it flexible because ITO breaks easily. The korean company need another solution an this is metal mesh material that ensures bending property. Samsung Display plans to introduce the first foldable Display in 2015. The showcased foldable AMOLED is only a prototype, to commercialize a foldable display they need realize that the display can be folded more than 1000 of times.
According to ETNews, during CES Samsung Display has been privately showing a new foldable display prototype. SDC continues to develop their foldable OLEDs, and they are still only track to release the first foldable mobile phone in 2015 . SDC Foldable OLED concept, 2013 According to the report, the prototype panel was 5.68″ in size, it uses a polyimide (plastic) substrate and it includes a touch panel. The touch panel uses metal-mesh electrodes instead of ITO (which is brittle and cannot be used in foldable displays). Read more about Samsung privately showed a foldable phone prototype at CES 2014
Samsung privately showed a foldable phone prototype at CES 2014
Samsung’s Visual Display Business executive VP, HS Kim, says that OLED manufacturing issues have been more significant than previously though, and he expects that it will take 3-4 years before cheap OLED TVs really arrive. In the meantime, Samsung will put more focus on UHD (4K) televisions, and they expect the market to really take off in 2014. Samsung’s rival LG, on the other hand, sees a ” rapid shift to OLED technology “. We’re not sure how rapid is that though, as according to LG the OLED TV market will remain small in 2014 – about 30,000 to 50,000 units globally. Read more about Samsung: cheap OLED TVs are still 3-4 years away
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