Merck published an article on OLEDs in their Explorer Magazine, and in that article they reveal that AU Optronics is developing OLED ink-jet technologies with help from Merck. AUO developed their own inkjet printer (with collaboration with suppliers), and they used it to develop a 14″ printable OLED panel. Merck is working closely with AUO to supply them with soluble OLED materials. There’s no word yet on how close this technology is for commercialization yet, and Merck did not reveal any details (or even a photo) of the 14″ panel. Read more about AU Optronics developed their own OLED ink-jet printing technology, produced a 14" OLED prototype
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AU Optronics developed their own OLED ink-jet printing technology, produced a 14" OLED prototype
In April 2013 Sony showed a prototype 30″ 4K OLED panels at NAB 2013 , promising to release them in 2014. A couple of weeks ago at this year’s NAB, Sony showed the panels again, this time as real product prototypes (and not just panels). The company still aims to deliver the 30″ OLEDs in 2014. The 30″ panels ofer 4K (4096×2160) resolution and will be made at Sony’s Nagoya fab – the same fab that makes Sony’s current 17″ and 25″ panels. The new product will be very similar to Sony’s current PVM X300 4K, but with an OLED instead of the LCD. Read more about Sony still promises a 30" 4K professional OLED monitor in 2014
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Sony still promises a 30" 4K professional OLED monitor in 2014
A couple of week ago LG Chem showed several new OLED panels and luminaries at L+B 2014 , and the company now released a nice video (apart from the somewhat annoying music) covering the event: The video shows the new panels and luminaries, and also explains the benefits of OLED lighting. The video also shows the company’s roadmap for the next few years. Read more about Video shows LG Chem's new OLED panels and luminaries at L+B 2014
Engadget posted a review of samsung’s Gear Fit smartwatch, with its flexible (curved) 1.84″ (432×128) Super AMOLED display. And they really love that display – it’s beautiful, the curve feels natural and it’s aesthetically pleasing. The colors are vibrant – and the only problem is that it’s barely readable in sunlight unless you set it to “outdoor brightness mode”. But eventually the reviewer is not happy with this hybrid smartwatch and fitness band, due to the weak software and awkward UI. And they say that the $199 price is too much for this device. Read more about Engadget reviews the Gear Fit, says the display is beautiful but the software is messy
I’m happy to announce the fourth edition of The OLED Handbook , the most comprehensive resource on OLED technology, industry and market – now updated for 2014. The OLED industry still grows and changes very fast, and the new edition include new details the OLED TVs and flexible OLEDs, in-depth look into encapsulation technologies and of course many updates on the OLED display and lighting markets. The book includes over 40 new companies and has a better organization. Reading this book, you’ll learn all about: OLED technology and materials and production processes How OLEDs compare to LCD and Plasma displays OLED TVs, flexible OLEDs and transparent OLEDs The OLED lighting industryThe future of OLED displays and lighting and the challenges ahead Read more about The OLED Handbook, 2014 edition
The OLED Handbook, 2014 edition
According to reports from Korea, Samsung Display decided to build a new flexible OLED production line (the A3 fab) that will start producing panels towards the end of 2014, or early in 2015. Reportedly Samsung realized it cannot afford to delay its entry into the flexible OLED market. The A3 line will also be used to produce OLED TV panels. Samsung also sees a market saturation in high-end smartphones, and sees new designs with flexible OLEDs as a way to innovate and increase their market share. Reportedly Samsung aims to adopt those flexible OLEDs in the GS6 and Note 5 in 2015 – and this means that they will need to start producing panels a few months before the phones are shipping. Earlier today I posted that Samsung says that the Note 4 will use a “new form” – but it’s not likely that it will use a flexible OLED panel . Read more about Samsung Display to build a new flexible OLED production line by the end of 2014
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CNet Australia posted an article on LG’s OLED TV, and they interviewed LG’s Australia general manager of marketing, Lambro Skropidis. As we already know LG is taking the lead in OLED TVs , offering more models, larger panels and cheaper prices than Samsung. Much has been written on LG’s WRGB (white OLED with color filters) approach that is easier to scale. Indeed Lambro confirms that the company is seeing better yields, and in fact he states that he “feels like LG ‘cracked the code’ on OLED TV production efficiency.”. Read more about LG's OLED TV production yields improving?
LG’s OLED TV production yields improving?
MBraun and Beneq announced that the two companies joined forces to provide complete turn-key systems for OLED R&D. The two companies will tailor R&D systems for customers that need research equipment int he areas of thin-film encapsulation and inert-gas glove box technologies. OLED encapsulation is a hot topic, with several companies including Veeco , Beneq and Encapsulix developing and supplying ALD-based solutions. In October 2013 we published an interview with Beneq’s technical sales Director . Read more about MBraun and Beneq to jointly develop turn-key OLED R&D systems
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Visionox developed a new RGB pixel arrangement for OLED technologies that allowed them to reach 570 PPI. The company refers to this new technology as Z-Type arrangement and it includes 3 sub-pixels (RGB) per pixel (unlike Samsung’s Pentile displays). The sub-pixels are densely packed (the aperture ratio seems very high) in a way that does not suffer from jagged edges. Visionox told me that they cannot yet say when such displays can be commercialized, as there are still manufacturing challenges to overcome. In the meanwhile the company applied for both Chinese and international patents. Read more about Visionox's new Z-Type AMOLED RGB sub-pixel arrangement reaches 570 PPI
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Samsung launched the GS5 last week, and it seems that the company’s new flagship phone is off to a good start. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team says that the new phone is selling faster than the GS4 , and they said that while the GS4 sold 10 million units in 27 days , the GS5 will do “significantly better”. The first-day GS5 sales in the US were up 30% compared to the GS4. The GS5 uses a 5.1″ FHD (432 PPI, Diamond Pixel ) Super AMOLED display which at first seemed quite similar to the 5″ FHD display on the GS4, but according to DisplayMate, the display is far superior in many aspects, and it’s actually the best mobile display ever . Read more about Samsung sees the GS5 outselling the GS4, says the Note 4 will have a "new form factor"