June 25, 2008
Back in February, LG Display had plans to ramp up a test line for OLED TV panel production in a new plant built exclusively for OLED manufacturing. By late April, LG was confident it would be producing 32-inch OLED panels by 2011. Now the Korea Times is reporting that LG Display will be dumping a good chunk of their 3 trillion Won in expected operating profits this year into their OLED business.
Just days ago Samsung Electronics publicly admitted interested in combining OLED production with Samsung SDI in order to boost its OLED business. Whether or not LG's decision has anything to do with this we're not entirely sure, but LG says it's not related. June 12, LG set up a dedicated department to AM OLED displays in its Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province plant, separated its Mobile Business Division into four dedicated OLED divisions and may be moving its 3.5-generation AMOLED line to Paju, Gyeonggi Province.
Via OLED Tech News
June 24, 2008
Japanese rag Sankei Shimbun reported this morning that Panasonic will have 37-inch OLED TV's ready for sale sometime in the next 3 years. Amazingly, the 37-inch sets are expected to retail for around 150, 000 Yen when they hit Japan which equates to only $1390, nearly half of what Sony's 11-inch XEL-1 currently costs. Panasonic's OLED TV's will be produced at the IPS Alpha Technology factory in the Chiba Prefecture and could be the first mass produced OLED TV's over 30 inches although Sony recently invested $210 million to begin churning out 30-inch and larger panels by next year. This isn't just a bid by Panasonic to challenge Sony for domination in the young OLED TV market. The company says it's part of a strategy to challenge Samsung for domination in the overall flat panel market.
Via OLED Display (Thanks, Erik!)
May 29, 2008
Sony's CEO Howard Stringer did his best to impress at D6 yesterday, showing off another Sony OLED prototype, this one only 0.3 mm thin! We can't really find anything in the way of specs at the moment, but Engadget HD speculates that this could be the 960x540 pixel display Sony showcased last month which was also 0.3 mm thin. Sony also said that they'll be introducing their 27-inch OLED display to the mass market soon, although only those with the fattest of fat wallets will be able to afford one. We could only imaging given the $2500 price tag of the XEL-1.
Stringer also mentioned a few other interesting nuggets yesterday, saying that while Sony's LCD growth has been great, the technology is bound to fall victim to OLED in the future. While alot of people buy LCD's for their brightness, OLED's are even brighter. Right now OLED is the "perfect television companion", said Stringer.
He also believes that while Blu-ray may eventually fall victim to digital distribution, it'll be around for at least another 10 years before broadband video quality equals up to the HD disc format. And even then the Playstation Network is in place which was he believes was key in destroying the previously competing HD DVD format.
May 28, 2008
Visionox, a Chinese company launched in 2001 out of Tsinghua University, has set up the first OLED panel mass production line in China and will be ready to pump out the next-generation of TV flat panels in October 2008. The plant, set up in Kunshan, Jiangsu, has its equipment installed already and has completed extensive testing. Changhong, another Chinese company, is also working on a OLED mass production line and plans to begin churning out 12 million OLED panels per year starting sometime in the first quarter of 2009. Neither Visionox or Changhong have mentioned what exactly the dimensions are of the OLED panels they'll be producing, but initially expect them to be in smaller sizes.
Via OLED Display
May 27, 2008
Sony has paired up with Idemitsu Koran to produce fluorescent deep blue OLED devices with a 28.5% internal quantum efficiency (IQE), surpassing the 25% IQE of previous fluorescent devices. That means this partnership has resulted in the highest level of luminous efficiency for fluorescent OLED technology. Idemitsu supplied new carrier transport materials while Sony improved upon their current OLED technology, and not only has this improved luminous efficiency, but with Sony's "Super Top Emission" technology the blue color deepness in the new OLED devices have exceeded the NTSC standard. Perhaps most importantly, the new technology reduces the driving current of the blue OLED's, the most energy-intensive of three primary OLED colors. That means a more energy-efficient panel, something that'll play an increasingly important role in OLED TV's hitting the mainstream.
May 26, 2008
Sony will be investing US$210 million to make sure it becomes the market leader in medium to large size OLED TV's, according to Yoshito Shiraishi, GM of TV e-products and business development. The investment which will be made in the second half of 2008 will be spent expanding the capacity of the Sony Mobile Display plant which is expected to begin charging out OLED TV's larger than the XEL-1 between April 2009 and March 2010.
Via OLED-TV Display/Monitor Technology News
May 22, 2008
It seems an initial report that stated Sumitomo Chemical would have 40-inch OLED panels ready for shipment next year was taken out of context. A source now says that Sumitomo president Hiromasa Yonekura was "misquoted" during his speech regarding the OLED panels and the timescale was misreported. "Sumitomo is working with partners so the timing of any product launch is not just [its] call," said Cambridge Display Technologies, a company that's playing a big part in the bigscreen OLED panel development. In the end, we're probably looking at a shipping date that'll fall post-2010.
May 18, 2008
UPDATE: Little bit of a mistake, every time you see OLED below, replace it with LCD. It's an 82-inch LCD TV. Oops!
Samsung and LG are only interested in one thing at the ongoing Society For Information Display (SID) conference and that's showcasing display technology way beyond that of anyone else. Yesterday Samsung showcased a giant 82-inch OLED display with 120 Hz technology, turning an already fantastic OLED picture even better by displaying 120 frames per second instead of 60. The Samsung OLED also uses an LED backlight. The company says they've reached economies of scale in smaller OLED screen sizes and will release 15 different panel sizes ranging from 2 inches to 31 inches, which means we'll likely be seeing a 31-inch OLED TV on the market pretty soon.
LG Display isn't showcasing any crazy prototype panels, but they are showing off a new OLED panel production technology, LCD roll-printing, that uses less chemicals than the current photolithography process translating into lower costs and less environmental impact.
Via The Korea Times
May 17, 2008
While we think web TV will hit its eventual "tipping point" once the home computer and home theater system have completely converged, for those that would just rather watch television on their computer screen may now have a high-end display solution. Samsung's 12.1-inch OLED laptop prototype features a WXGA AMOLED display which is the largest so far in size and resolution (1280x768). Ultra-thin and with a "kickstand" in the back, the keyboard features touch keys which we personally think would be a little awkward to work with on a computer. Interestingly, Samsung says by using thin film transistor (TFT) technology in the display, manufacturing costs are lower than with typical LCD displays and use less energy. What we're really wondering is if the recent revelation that Sony may have fudged the expected life of its XEL-1 OLED TV display says anything about risks associated with buying an OLED laptop. We have time to figure it out, it's only a prototype.
May 13, 2008
Sony's XEL-1 OLED TV might be not so hot after all. Research firm DisplaySearch tested two XEL-1's, running them for 1000 hours each to measure the drop in brightness. Extrapolating the results, the testers found that the XEL-1 would lose half of its brightness in 17, 000 hours. Now this may not surprise you given that one of the major issues facing OLED panels is their lifespan, but here's the thing. Sony's specs for the XEL-1 state that the half-life of the OLED set is 30, 000 hours, roughly 10 years of use. Now DisplaySearch says its half-life is only about 5 years? Sony stands by its numbers and to be fair the company says the specs are based on years of testing while DisplaySearch's are nothing more than estimates. But when a company is charging $2500 for an 11-inch TV, you got to think that news like this would affect sales.
Via Associated Press