Chimei Innolux (CMI), the Taiwanese display maker decided to change its name back to Innolux. CMI was established in 2009 in taiwan as a merger between Innolux, CMO and TPO (both had active OLED programs). CMI is working on small and medium OLED panels with plans to start low-volume production in Q4 2012 . read more
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Chimei Innolux changes name back to Innolux
IHS DisplayBank say that AMOLED shipments grew 8% in the second quarter of 2012, after decreasing slightly (2.5%) in the first quarter. Total shipments in Q2 were a little over 35 million units. Average size and price increased by about 1% of Q1. DisplayBank says that Samsung is still the main supplier with over 90% of shipments, and this is not really news. They say that LG Display faced low demand from their main customers (LGE and Nokia ). read more
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DisplayBank: AMOLED shipments grew 8% in Q2 2012
Google unveiled their new tablet (the Nexus 10, made by Samsung) and phone (the Nexus 4, made by LG) – and both use LCDs (yeah, those OLED rumors were incorrect after all ). The Nexus 10 uses a 10″, 2560×1600 (300 ppi) “True RGB Real Stripe PLS” display (PLS stands for Plane to Line Switching, a Samsung-developed tech which is supposed to be brighter and with better viewing angles than IPS panels). The Nexus 4 uses a 4.7″ 1280×768 IPS display (probably made by LG Display). This is the first Google Nexus phone that does not have an AMOLED display. What a shame. read more
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Google’s new phone and tablet use LCD displays, not OLED ones
Google is planning to unveil new products on October 29th, and new rumors suggest that this will be a samsung-made Nexus 10 tablet, and it will sport a 10.1-inch Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2560×1600 (which means 298.9 ppi). If true, this will be the largest AMOLED panel produced by Samsung ever. Hopefully we’ll know soon! The rest of the specification, according to the leak: a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory and no expansion slot. read more
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Will the upcoming Google Nexus 10 table sport a 10.1" Super AMOLED display?
Samsung reported good financial results for Q3 2012 – $5.97 billion net income over $47.5 billion in revenues. Samsung saw good growth in smartphones sales and consumer electronics. Samsung reports continued strong growth in the OLED segment – led by sales increase of OLED panels to high-end smartphones due to new product launches. read more
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Samsung reports strong growth in OLED panels
LG Display is still suffering from low yields (and low uniformity) in their OLED TV pilot line (M1) and they had to delay launching these TVs ( originally planned for June 2012 ), but that didn’t stop LG’s chairman from deciding to devote the company’s main R&D resources towards OLED TVs development . Now we hear that LG Display actually decided to start building a mass production line (called M2) – which will become fully operational in Q1 2014 with a capacity of 32,000 substrates monthly – or about 180,000 55″ OLED TV panels in a month (assuming 100% yield, so obviously the real number will be lower). LGD is expected to start placing equipment orders during the next quarter – and in fact the company already sent letters of intent (LOI) to some companies. The company will officially announce this investment plan “any day now”. The M2 line will be able to process the evaporation and encapsulation on a full substrate (in the M1 pilot line the substrate is cut in half before those steps). read more
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LG to start mass production of OLED TV panels in early 2014?
Merck has signed a cooperation and licensing agreement with Seiko Epson . According to the agreement, Epson will supply Merck with ink technology that dissolves Merck’s soluble OLED materials so that they can be used for the production of printable OLED displays. This brings Merck closer to providing production-ready OLED printing materials. The two companies will also continue their close cooperation to create a strong ink-formulation roadmap in order for Merck to commercialize and address current and future requirements of the OLED TV industry, including the creation of industry-standard inks for manufacturing OLED TVs using inkjet technology. read more
ETNews reports that Samsung decided to postpone its flexible OLED production to 2013, and will use those pilot lines to produce regular glass-based OLEDs. Samsung has to delay flexible OLEDs because of technical issues (low uniformity and slow encapsulation) – but also because they need more OLED capacity because of high demand for larger AMOLED displays. 56,000 5.5-Gen (1300×1500 mmm) glass substrates a month. The pilot lines used for flexible OLED development can produce 8,000 more substrates monthly, bringing the total to 64,000. read more
Motorola’s RAZR i is now shipping – unlocked for $534 . The RAZR i is an Android (v4.0) smartphone that’s based on intel’s Medfield Atom processor clocked at 2Ghz (single core with hyperthreading). Other features include 1Gb RAM, 8GB of internal memory, microSD slot, 8MP camera and an edge-to-edge 4.3″ qHD (960×540) Super AMOLED Advanced display.
UBI Research published a new report on Flexible OLED displays , forecasting a very fast growth: from 20 million units in 2012 to 150 million units in 2013. UBI sees $6.3 billion in flexible OLED revenues in 2017. This is far more optimistic than the recent report by Markets&Markets who see the entire flexible display market at $3.2 billion in 2017 . Samsung has plans to release their first plastic-based flexible OLEDs in 2012 (although this may be delayed into 2013). LG Display hopes to start flexible OLED production towards the end of 2013 . read more