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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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
A couple of months ago I posted an article about OLED monitors and laptop displays in which I discussed why there isn’t any such product on the market yet . Today the Korea Times reports that Samsung Display will today unveil new 14″ OLED panels at the IMID 2014 tradeshow in Korea. If this report is correct, this is very interesting – as it probably means that Samsung Electronics is finally developing a laptop device with an OLED display. This could also be used in a large tablet (perhaps with a keyboard attachment) or a laptop/tablet hybrid device. We’ll probably know more later when we have a real report from IMID. Read more about SDC to unveil a new 14" OLED panel, Samsung finally developing an OLED laptop?
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Samsung Display showcase 5 to 14 inch OLED Displays at IMID2014 – Samsung and LG-Display at IMID-2014
At the Internatioinal Meeting on Information Display or IMID which start at Tuesday many important OLED realated companies showcase their new products and prototypes. The IMID will be held in Kintex Goyang, Gyeonggi Province. and both korean companies LG-Display/Samsung Display showcase new AMOLED products. Samsung plans to showcase 55 to 78 inch curved UHD-Tvs 3840×2160 resolution, 27 to 34 inch curved monitors. Samsung Display is proud that their curved Ultra HD Displays has a curvature of 4000R, this brings a advantages of a wider field of view than flat panels! This new technology is now also available for computer monitors as well as Television devices. A curved monitor will increase work efficiency,” said Samsung Display’s official. Samsung Display is also ready to introduce new kind of flexible OLED Displays, along with a curved Super Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes (AMOLED) display, which is used for Samsung’s wearable devices – Galaxy Gear Fin and Gear S this kind of OLEDs does have 300 pixels per inch. In their secret prototype zone the korean company exhibit its Quad HD OLED products such as 5.1-inch to 14-inch screens, which are applied to various devices such as smartphones, and tablet PCs . All of that kind of displays can reach 100 percent of the color standard of Adobe RGB, and it is 70 percent more than the liquid crystal display (LCD) can realize
In April 2009, Philips started offering OLED lighting panel samples (and was the first company to do so). For over 5 years, Philips shipped many types of OLEDs, but they were still considered a technical gadget. The panels were offered via a special Lumiblade online shop. Today Philips told me that OLED is now an official “product” of Philips. The lumiblade shop is closed, and the OLED panels will be available via the normal Philips OEM shops . Currently this only so in Europe, but this will soon be true globally. Philips says that “OLED sample time is over” – OLEDs have matured enough to become a real lighting product. Read more about Philips: OLED lighting sample time is over, we now ship them as regular products
In July eMagin announced they expect to receive a number of new R&D contracts , and now the company announced three new R&D product wins, worth a total of $6.8 million. The first product is a $1.1 million contract over 15 months to further enhance the brightness of eMagin’s ultra-high-brightness full-color microdisplay. The second project ($4.9 million, 30 months) and the third ($800,000 over 11 months) involved a new manufacturing technology that eMagin will detail in the near future. Read more about eMagin announces three new R&D contracts, to double OLED microdisplay brightness
Nippon Electric Glass (NEG) developed the world’s thinnest glass plate (only 30 um thick). The G-Leaf glass can be used as a substrate for flexible OLED displays, and NEG demonstrated a flexible OLED that is only 90 um thick (sandwiched between two G-Leaf sheets). NEG uses their “overflow method” technology to manufacture the new glass plates. Reportedly the glass feels like a plastic film and does not break even when crumpled (see photo below). Read more about NEG developed the world's thinnest glass substrate, suitable for flexible OLED panels
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In the past two years, Evonik and the Holst Centre has been developing a new soluble Oxide-TFT material and a slot-die coating deposition process. Evonik is now commercializing the so-called iXsenic S material. In fact Evonik says that a key customer is introducing the product in a mass production display fab (it is unknown if this line produces OLED or LCD displays). Evonik says that their new material offers a performance good enough for high-resolution OLED and LCD displays, and it can be deposited in a coating process which lowers production costs. Read more about Evonik and the Holst Centre commercialize their oxide-TFT coating process for OLED displays