Acuity Brands launched new editions of their OLED luminaries, that use the latest generation OLED panels. Acuity is using LG Chem’s panels, and those newer panels offer a higher CRI (85-90), longer lifetime (30,000 – 40,000 LT70) and are available in 3000K, 3500K and 400K. Currently Acuity offers four luminaries – the Trila , the Revel , the Canvis and the Kindred . Acuity also launched a new website dedicated to OLED lighting – where you can find out more information about Acuity’s OLED lamps, and some resources on OLED in general. Read more about Acuity Brands launches new editions of the OLED Luminaries with the altest LG Chem panels
Samsung’s 8.4″ and 10.5″ OLED tablets seem to be getting closer – a report from Korea suggests that Samsung will unveil the new tablets in an unpacked event in New York on June 12 (that’s less than a month away). According to several reports in the past months, Samsung’s new OLED tablets will sport WQXGA (2560×1600) resolution – for both the 8.4″ display and the 10.5″ one. Read more about Will Samsung finally unveil their OLED tablets on June 12?
Will Samsung finally unveil their OLED tablets on June 12?
Nanomarkets released a new OLED lighting report ( OLED Lighting Markets 2014 ) in which they predict that the OLED lighting market will grow into a $1.4 billion market in 2019. Nanomarkets are now more optimistic regarding OLED lighting due to recent manufacturing expansion and improvement in performance. While currently most of the OLED lighting panels produced was used in development kits for designers, in the next few years Nanomarkets predicts that real commercial OLED luminaries will start to appear. In 2019, revenues from OLED luminaries for homes will reach almost $400 million and office luminaries will reach almost $380 million. Read more about Nanomarkets sees the OLED lighting market reaching $1.4 billion in 2019
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Patent broker ICAP announced that on May 27 it will launch a new sale for an OLED IP package. This is an OLED patent portfolio developed by Japan’s Goto Denshi that discloses a technique for OLED encapsulation. The portfolio includes 5 assets – 3 patents (in the US – patent #8,487,532, Russia and Japan) and 2 patent applications (In the US and Japan). ICAP says that the patents describer a two-layer sealing technique which envelops an OLED display panel with an impermeable resin. ICAP says that this technology (which is applicable for both OLED display and lighting panels) not only provides a good barrier, but is also scalable to large screen sizes and mass production processes. The initial bidding guidance is low to mid 6 figures. Read more about Goto Denshi offers an OLED encapsulation patent portfolio for sale
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Yesterday it was reported that Sony decided to pull out of the consumer OLED TV market , to focus on UHD LCDs. According to UK’s What-HiFi magazine, Sony sent them a statement denied that report. Sony 56-inch 4K OLED TV prototype Sony’s statement reads: “Sony has made no announcement in this regard. Sony continues developing and looking into reliable ways to mass produce OLED displays for consumers while continuing to build experience via providing OLED displays for professional, medical and broadcast use.” Read more about Sony denies pulling out of the OLED TV market
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eMagin reported their financial results for Q1 2014. Revenues in the quarter were $6.3 million (down from $8.5 million in Q1 2013 , but up from $6.1 million Q4 2013 ). The company shipped fewer units and also saw a decrease in the average selling price. Net loss in the quarter was $1.6 million (down from a net income of $205,000 in Q1 2013). eMagin has $8.3 million in cash, down from $11 million in the end of 2013. eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL eMagin says the the lower revenues were mostly because of the stop order from three customers regarding the wire bond issue . This issue was partially solved. Shipments to one of the customers already resumed last month, and the company expects to resume shipment to the second customer in late June and to the third customer in late July. Read more about eMagin reports Q1 2014 financial results
eMagin reports Q1 2014 financial results
Fraunhofer COMEDD is looking to advance flexible OLED lighting device lifetime, and towards that goal the German institute developed flexible OLED lighting panels on flexible glass substrates. COMEDD reports that flexible glass can enable curved panels that has high OLED lifetime – much higher than can be obtained with polymer-based encapsulation and substrate technologies. Fraunhofer developed those new panels on their own Roll-to-Roll R&D line in collaboration with Von Ardenne (on the development of process equipment) and Nippon Electric Glass (they provided the “G-Leaf” flexible glass rolls). The G-Leaf glass is less than 35 um thick and can be used in roll-to-roll processes. Read more about COMEDD developed flexible OLED lighting panels on flexible glass
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In December 2013 Sony and Panasonic announced that they canceled their OLED TV joint-development effort . The two Japanese companies said they will continue to develop OLED technologies independently . Now the Japanese Nikkei Asian Review reports that Sony decided to halt their OLED TV development to focus on UHD LCDs. Sony 56-inch OLED TV Prototype According to the report, Sony does not see any real demand for OLED TVs any time soon. While they may be right in the very near term (1-2 years), this is a very risky decision because if OLED TVs do take off in 2015 or so as Sony will again be too late to the new TV technology (the same mistake they did with LCDs).According to some reports, Sony aims to enter the OLED TV market using LGD panels , a strategy that didn’t quite work out for Sony with LCD panels a few years ago. Read more about Nikkei: Sony to put its OLED TV plans on hold
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Another bad news for the OLED-Television market, Sony has decided to stop commercial development of OLED-Tv. Sony plans to set their focus and development on 4K Ultra HD LCD-Television devices. Sony introduced world first XEL-1 11 inch OLED-monitor in 2007 . In June 2012 Panasonic and Sony founded a partnership to develop a inkjet print mass production technology for OLED. End 2013 Sony and Panasonic stoped their OLED-TV partnership. Sony did not stop the development until now! Sony will reassign the people now working to develop OLED TVs at the Atsugi Technology Center and elsewhere to other tasks, including development of 4K-related products! Source: Nikkei Why? Sony plans to release eight 4K models in summer 2014 which is more than double the number of last year, and aims to quadruple sales this fiscal year. The japanese company has a industry leading share of the global market for UHD Television devices.
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In September 2011 the EU launched a new €5 million project called IMOLA (Intelligent light management for OLED on foil applications) with an aim to realize large-area flexible OLED lighting modules with built-in intelligent light management. Philips just sent us this nice video which gives an introduction to OLED Lighting and to IMOLA’s objectives here: The basic idea behind IMOLA is that light intensity can be adjusted uniformly or locally according to the time of day or a person’s position – and applications include wall, ceiling and in-vehicle (dome) lighting. Partners in this project include Philips, NXP Semiconductors, Henkel and Israel’s Hanita Coatings. Read more about Video introduction to IMOLA's intelligent OLED lighting management