An LCD works by selectively blocking light from a backlighting unit (BLU, usually made from LEDs) using a crystal which changes its polarization-filtering when voltage is applied. An electrochromic device is similar in idea but more simple as they can be turned from being transparent to being opaque. These kind of displays haven’t been commercialized successfully yet due to fragile materials and material mismatches with the electrodes. But a new research at Bilkent University shows that graphene can be used to create such a device that features high percentage optical modulation, optical tuning properties in the UV to infrared, good electrical conductivity with no material mismatches. The display is mechanically flexible. Read more about Graphene to enable simple electrochromic displays?
Garmin’s Vivosmart is a smart band that includes a fitness tracker and notification display from your smartphone (iOS and Android). The Vivosmart uses Futaba’s flexible (curved) 1.4″ 128×16 white PMOLED panel . This device can count your steps, monitor your sleeping and calories burned and also measure the distance you’ve walked. The band is powered by low-energy bluethooth and can last seven days between charges. It is also waterproof up to 50 meters and is compatible with heart rate monitors and bike speed sensors. The Vivosmart is now shipping for $170 (or $200 bundled with a heart rate monitor)
New OLED gadget: Garmin Vivosmart
BOE Display announced that it has been awarded a 124 million RMB (about $20 million) subsidy from the local Chinese government at Hefei Xinzhan towards its Gen-8.5 OLED fab in the area . BOE currently has a Gen-8.5 pilot fab in Hefei, and it seems that this report confirms that BOE Display decided to go ahead and build a real mass production Gen-8.5 OLED fab. BOE’s expected total investment in that fab is currently estimated at 6.7 billion RMB – or just over $1 billion. I do not have any information regarding when they expect to start producing panels at that fab. Using their existing pilot line, BOE produced 55″ 4K OLED TV samples (you can see one above) – and these were on display at SID 2014 . Read more about BOE recives a $20 million government grant towards their $1 billion OLED TV 8.5-Gen fab in Hefei
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BOE recives a $20 million government grant towards their $1 billion OLED TV 8.5-Gen fab in Hefei
UK’s R&D institute, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), published a nice video showing how OLED technologies can make aircraft safer, more efficient and more entertaining. We’re still a long way before this kind of solutions are available… In February 2014, Spike Aerospace announced that instead of conventional windows, it will use curved, super-thin digital displays in their upcoming supersonic business jet, the S-512. The S-512 will be available in 2018, and will reportedly cost $80 million. Spike did not mention OLEDs specifically , but it makes sense that OLEDs will be employed for this advanced aircraft. Read more about CPI envisions windowless OLED aircraft
CPI envisions windowless OLED aircraft
Google’s Nexus 6 (produced by Motorola) is the first phone to run the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. The Nexus 6 use a large 5.96″ 2560 x 1440 AMOLED display. Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 CPU @ 2.7Ghz, a 3220mAh battery, 13-mp camera with OIS and 32GB (or 64GB) of internal storage memory. The Nexus 6 will ship towards the end of October 2014 for $649 unlocked (it will also be available via network carriers later).
New OLED gadget: Google Nexus 6
Details Curved Edge Super AMOLED Display of Galaxy Note Edge – Infos about the world first curved Super-Amoled Galaxy Edge Note
At ‘IFA 2014′ held in September this year in Germany, there was a product caught the attention of many people with innovative features and design of products. It is the ‘Galaxy Note edge‘. It is getting hot attention becasue it equips with the world’s first flexible display which one side is the curved edge. We will find out more about the flexible display of the Galaxy Note edge that will be the new way of innovative IT equipment’s development The Galaxy Note edge employed a flexible display called ‘Curved Edge Display’. By offering a distinctive appearance and function curving the right side of the display, the doubt about the effectiveness of a flexible display has been disappered right way. 5.6 inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED (2560×1440+160) The entire size of this display is 5.6 inches, the main display is 5.4 inches, the right edge of the display has a resolution of Quad HD + (2560X1600) with 7.5mm in width, including the bezel. Total weight is just 10.8g and it is very thin display with thickness of 0.86mm, like one credit card’s thickness. The side of Edge Display is one step further folded strtucture, not one-sided surfaces as a single. It was designed with a multi-curvature of 7R radius of the edge part running icon, etc and 13R radius of the bezel (7R means the degree of curvature bent with a radius of the circle of 7mm
In June 2012 we first heard about AIV-BEX’s ambitious AMOLED project . Later in 2013 we posted more details about this 4.5-Gen Oxide-TFT AMOLED production fab project . A few months ago I heard that AIV-BEX abandoned the OLED project, but according to some new information this is not true, although they do face some delays to their original plan. In 2013 AIV-BEX planned to start production in 2014, but now according to the OLED Association, this was delayed to Q4 2015. According to a private investor on a forum, the company assured him that the project is still running but is slower than expected. Read more about Is AIV-BEX's AMOLED project delayed but still on track?
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Is AIV-BEX’s AMOLED project delayed but still on track?
In early 2014, Pioneer and Mitsubishi Chemical announced that they began to mass produce OLED lighting modules made with a “wet coating system” . Soluble OLED processes should offer a great production cost reduction – but Mitsubishi’s panel suffered from limited lifetime (15,000 hours). According to a new report from Japan, Mitsubishi managed to double the lifetime, and their newest panels offer 30,000 hours. This was achieved by new longer-lasing OLED materials and a different device structure. Mitsubishi already shipped panel samples to lighting equipment makers and will setup up their marketing effort soon via their Pioneer JV ( MC Pioneer OLED Lighting ). Read more about Mitsubishi doubles the lifetime of their wet-coating OLED lighting panels
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Back in July, there was a report from Korea stating that Samsung Display’s CEO wants to expand OLED sales into the Chinese market in a move to diversity and expand the company’s OLED customer base. Following Samsung Electronics relatively weak smartphone sales , this is not surprising. Now there are reports from Chinese media stating that SDC is indeed talking with Chinese smartphone brands for OLED supply deals. According to those reports, Huawei and OPPO are interested in those displays and we should expect AMOLED smartphones from those two companies soon. Read more about SDC to supply AMOLED displays to Chinese smartphone makers
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There’s a new pop-up restaurant called Tincan in London’s Soho that offers gourmet tinned seafood dishes. The interesting small restaurant (designed by AL_A architects) uses OLED lighting panels as the main lighting (in addition to some LED down-lights in the bar). Tincan uses 16 circular OLED lighting panels produced by LG Chem . The designers found that because the OLEDs emit no heat, they can use simple 3D printing materials to build the prototype designs (actual end products were made with aluminum spinning method). Read more about A new tincan seafood restaurant in London uses OLED as main lighting