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
China-based Longshine is developing new analog -smartwatch products that use a transparent OLED over a mechanical watch. There are two devices, the Halo 1 (a smartphone companion) and the Halo 2 (which includes 2G telephony). Both devices use the same transparent PMOLED that features a resolution of 96×96 and can display up to 256 colors. The watches are powered by an Intel XMM 2231 ARM chip (300Mhz), Android 2.3, 512 MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. There’s a 240 mAh battery (a 3150 mAh one on the Halo 2) that should last for three days. Read more about Longshine is developing mechanical-smartwatch hybrids with transparent OLEDs
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Nanomarkets released a new report that covers the opportunity for OLED lighting in the automotive sector ( OLED Automotive Lighting – 2014 ). Nanomarkets forecasts that this market will be significant for OLED lighting makers, and in 2019 almost a million OLED panels will ship for automobiles (over 150,000 luminaires). In terms of panel revenue, the market will remain very small – a few million dollars in the next couple of years, $9 million by 2017 and about $68 million in 2021. Luminaries revenue will be higher of course: $20 million by 2017 and $135 million by 2021. Read more about Nanomarkets sees over a million OLED lighting panels shipped in 2019 for the automotive sector
According to a report from Korea, LG Electronics (together with LG Display) are launching a massive UHD OLED TV marketing campaign in China. The Chinese National Day holidays started on October 1st and LG already offers their UHD OLED TVs on sale by subscription. LG Display has been touring 10 major cities in China in the past months, demonstrating how OLEDs are superior in image quality to LCD TVs. Read more about LG started a massive UHD OLED TV marketing push in China
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Earlier this wee LG started shipping their 65″ 4K OLED TV (65EC9700) in the US for $9,999 (some outlets price it at $6,000 – $8,000 but these aren’t shipping any TVs yet so I’m not sure if it’s real). It was pointed out to me that several online retailers in Switzerland now offer the 65″ 4K OLED TV for pre-order. And the price is set at only 3,700-3,900 CHF – which is about $3,900 – 4,100. I talked to two of those retailers, and they say that this is the real price. Both do not have the TVs in stock yet but you can pre-order. Read more about Is LG offering the 65" 4K OLED TV in Switzerland for only $4,000?
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