Fujifilm and imec have jointly developed a new photoresist-based OLED (and other organic semiconductors) patterning technology that can enable sub-micron patterns. The new process uses existing i-line photolithography equipment and may be a cost-effective production method for high resolution devices. Photoresist technologies are based on photo-sensitive materials that cause photochemical reaction when exposed to light. This technology is already used for microfabrication in semiconductor production. The new process builds on Fujifilm’s synthetic-organic chemistry material design technology. Read more about Fujifilm and imec developed new photoresist-based OLED patterning technology
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear are now both shipping in the UK. An unlocked Galaxy Note 3 will set you back £649 (almost $1,050) and you can also buy it from almost all major carriers. The Gear costs £299 ($480, but you get a £100 discount if you buy both). Both devices are not shipping in the US yet, but are available for pre-order . The Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7″ Full-HD Super AMOLED display (386 PPI), a 2.3 Quad-Core CPU (or a 1.9 Ghz octa-core in some markets), 3 GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage, a 13 MP camera (will be capable of 4K videos in some markets) and Android 4.3. It is smaller and lighter than the Note 2 . Read more about Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear now shipping in the UK
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Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron (TEL) will merge into a new company that will have a market value of $29 billion. Applied shareholders will own approximately 68% of the new company and Tokyo Electron shareholders approximately 32%. The new company name is still unknown. Applied Materials is considered to be the world’s leader in deposition and process control. According to Gartner, In 2012 Applied held 14.4% of the global semiconductor manufacturing equipment market and TEL had 11.1%. Both companies are engaged with OLED manufacturing equipment. Applied Materials is offering two film deposition systems suitable for LTPS or Oxide-TFT backplane deposition (for both LCD and OLEDs panels). The AKT-PX-PECVD system (shown below) is sed to deposit LTPS films on large glass substrates (sized from 1.6 m 2 to 5.7 m 2 ). The AKT-PiVoT PVD system is used to deposit metal oxide-based TFTs (IGZO in particular).
EPLED: new highly flexible polymer based OLED device with elastic transparent silver-nanowires electodes
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) developed transparent elastic silver-nanowire based electrodes that enabled them to create a polymer based elastic OLED device that can be repeatedly stretched, folded and twisted (at room temperature) without effecting its shape and lighting properties. They call the new device EPLED (elastomeric polymer light-emitting device) and they managed to fabricate a 5×5 pixel PMOLED one: The EPLED is the whole device, and it include electrodes made from a rubbery polymer with the silver nanowires embedded in it and a polymer based emitter system (P-OLED). The EPLED can still emit light even when exposed to strains as large as 120% and can survive repeated continuous stretching cycles. The researchers say that their solution-based fabrication process, used to create the prototype above, is scalable. Read more about EPLED: new highly flexible polymer based OLED device with elastic transparent silver-nanowires electodes
Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 3 earlier this month , with a 5.7″ Full-HD Super AMOLED display (386 PPI). Before this launched we heard many reports that the Note 3 will be the first phone to sport a plastic-based unbreakable flexible YOUM display . Some of these reports came from credited sources such as the OLED Association . One of the more interesting reports suggested that Samsung is actually preparing several Note 3 variants, each with a different display. A regular AMOLED will be the most popular one, but Samsung may use an LCD in some variants (this is probably because AMOLED supply may be very tight ). Read more about Will Samsung unveil a Galaxy Note 3 variant with an unbreakable flexible OLED display?
An anonymous tipper just sent us this interesting info. It is reported that LG is going to launch the gallery OLED TV in the Nederlands soon, with the model number being 55EA8809. The OLED TV will cost €8,999 and will start selling on two local retailers (Media Market and Saturn) on September 27. LG 55EA9800 But the really interesting news is that Austria’s TUV (Technischer Überwachungs-Verein, an Austrian-German technical inspection association) and Unity Media (a German cable TV operator) just certified a new 75″ TV from LG – and the new model number is 75EA9809 which probably means it is an OLED TV . Read more about Will LG release a 75" HD OLED TV in Europe soon?
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Samsung Display and LG Display dropped all OLED lawsuits against each other, will look for ways to cooperate
Samsung Display and LG Display announced they dropped all OLED lawsuits against each other in a reconciliatory gesture. The companies agreed to “put aside their differences” and look for ways to cooperate. Samsung and LG’s OLED technology feud was a long time standing and it’s great to hear the two Korean giants agreed to resolve it and perhaps even cooperate. Back in February, LG and Samsung agreed to resolve their OLED dispute outside of the court of law and SDC’s CEO even said the two companies are considering cross-licensing patents . Later on it was reported that the South Korean police searched the offices of Samsung Display as part of the investigation into alleged large-sized OLED TV technology theft from LG Display , but hopefully now this truce will hold. Read more about Samsung Display and LG Display dropped all OLED lawsuits against each other, will look for ways to cooperate
Philips hosted an OLED lighting webinar on August 31. Ingolf Sischka, Philips’ OLED Product & Marketing Manager explained about OLED lighting , it’s advantages compared to other lighting technologies and Philips’ current and future offerings. Towards the end of his presentation (27:45), he discusses what’s to be expected from Philips in 2014, and he details the upcoming 3rd-gen GL350 panel that will be unveiled towards the end of 2014. The Gen 2 panel offered 200 lumens and 45 lm/W . The new upcoming panel will feature 300 lumens and 55 lm/W – so it will be brighter and more efficient. As far as I know the GL350 Gen-2 isn’t actually in production yet , so I guess the Gen-3 panel will only enter production sometime in 2014. Read more about Philips working on 3rd-gen GL350 panels (300 lumens, 55 lm/W)
Philips working on 3rd-gen GL350 panels (300 lumens, 55 lm/W)
A couple of days ago we reported that Veeco acquired Synos Technology who designs and manufactures FAST-ALD encapsulation technology for flexible OLED displays . Veeco said that Synos’ first pilot production system has been installed and the manufacturing ramp is currently expected to begin in 2014. Now financial services firm Wedbush released a new report on this deal and they say they believe that Synos has been working with an industry leader – specifically Samsung since 2011. According to Wedbush, Synos expected the product shipment to start in Q4 2013 or Q1 2014. We know that Veeco paid $70 million plus $115 if certain milestons are reached – and it makes sense that if Samsung adopts Synos’ technology it will make it much more lucrative for Veeco. Read more about Is Samsung developing ALD encapsulation with Synos (Veeco)?
Is Samsung developing ALD encapsulation with Synos (Veeco)?
OSD Displays now offers transparent PMOLED panels. The company offers either small monochrome dot-matrix displays (0.56″ – 1.54″ active area) with a transmittance of 70% or segmented displays which are larger (up to 3″) and with a transmittance of 45%. The company currently offers only custom panels (i.e. with a setup cost) and later on they will offer standard panels as well. Read more about OSD now offers small transparent PMOLED panels
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