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May 10, 2008

Sumitomo Chemical Will Have 40-Inch OLED Panels Ready To Go In 2009

1916782813512113.jpgJapanese company Sumitomo Chemical expects to launch the production and sales of OLED panels 40-inches and larger next year. The chem company is currently looking at possible partnerships in Japan, but claims to be developing macromolecule-type OLED panels which can be produced using ink-jet printing, lowering production costs and allowing the company to focus on larger panel sizes.

Via Japan Corporate News

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May 8, 2008

American Chemical Maker DuPont and Dainippon Screen Sign OLED TV Deal

nb20080509a8a.jpgDainippon Screen Manufacturing Company and American chemical company DuPont will be putting their heads together in a joint effort to develop low cost manufacturing methods for producing large size OLED panels for next-gen flat-panel TV's. Dainippon Screen claims it has developed a nozzle printing technology that'll print OLED panels at very high speeds, and with DuPont's help hopes to have a manufacturing process for 32-inch panels ready for launch in sometime in 2010.

Via The Japan Times

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April 25, 2008

32-Inch OLED TV's From LG Display In 2011? We're Not So Sure

200px-LG.svg(2).jpgWhen we heard that LG Display had plans to start producing 32-inch OLED TV's come 2011, we were excited, yet a little bit skeptical. With Sony still trying to work out the kinks to reach volume production for the 11-inch XEL-1, it's tough to believe LG Display will be churning out OLED TV's 3 times the size in just two and a half years. Maybe Sony or Samsung, maybe even Panasonic, but LG Display? They're still miles behind in LCD panel manufacturing! But than again, focusing on OLED panels would be a smart strategic move for a company like LG. They'll never be number one in LCD or plasma, so why not skip ahead to the next generation of television and do some damage there.

Via Digitimes

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April 22, 2008

Samsung OLED TV's Coming In 2009?

071227_p10_samsung%281%29.jpgIt was only a couple months back that Samsung announced that they were ramping up investment in OLED manufacturing, tweaking the production of 20-inch panels on a test line partly to determine the viability of producing larger panels to be used in OLED TV's. Within a couple of weeks the company announced they would begin mass production of a 14-inch panel next year, most likely meaning Samsung will be debuting an OLED laptop in the near future (CES 2009?), and larger 40-42 inch panels by 2010.

The major issue with the production of larger panels has been economies of scale. Production costs so far have limited the amount of OLED panels manufacturers can produce and by not having the advantage of a large supply, profit margins have been slim. For you and me this means a hold on the big screen OLED TV we've been waiting for so patiently. However, Samsung has just announced that they will in fact reach economies of scale next year, promising larger size applications in 2009. Could this mean we'll see Samsung OLED TV's on the shelves by sometime next year?

The company currently can pump out 1.5 million panels annually, only half of the 3 million needed to reach economies of scale, says Samsung. But next year the 3 million will be reached and are expected to double to 6 million in 2010. Once production costs become more manageable, we'll start seeing OLED TV's become mainstream. Is it just me or does the OLED TV timeline seem to be getting shorter? They don't seem 5 years away anymore, do they?

Via Digitimes

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April 20, 2008

Sony XEL-1 OLED TV Coming To Europe?

6m5Bs5.jpgAn unofficial rumor has it that Sony Europe's marketing chief Martin Micko wants to bring Sony's XEL-1 OLED TV to Europe and specifically Austria as soon as possible. Apparently coming from an Austrian newspaper this morning, which we haven't been able to find, the rumor says that Micko believes that contrary to popular belief, the XEL-1 would have a market in Europe and he expects OLED televisions will be the eventual successor to Sony's remarkably successful series of Bravia LCD TV's. We'll wait for an official announcement on this one before we say anymore.

Via OLED-TV Display/Monitor Technology News

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April 18, 2008

Sony's XEL-1 OLED TV Gets Torn Down And Taken Apart

sony_xel1_oledback_sm.gifDoes the Sony XEL-1 run on a modded Bravia Engine? That's the conclusion of one bunnie's blog, who got to see the XEL-1 OLED TV taken apart live at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose. The amount of hardware stuffed onto the 11-inch TV's circuit boards is incredible. Click the via link to take a look at more pictures of the high-end guts of the XEL-1.
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Via bunnie's blog

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April 17, 2008

Sony's Future OLED TV's Barely Visible As OLED's Now 0.2mm Thin

sony_oled-thumb-450x337.jpgIf you thought Sony's 1mm thin XEL-1 OLED TV was ultra-thin, feast your eyes on these two new OLED's from Sony, measuring in at 0.3mm and 0.2mm. Not alot is known about the displays at the moment, but the 0.3mm display at 1/10th the thickness of the XEL-1 fits 960x540 pixels onto the screen and we're looking at 2-3 years of wait time before we could expect this to be released in television format. The 0.2mm thin display which is the thinnest display in the world isn't made for television at 3.5-inches thick. More likely you'd see this OLED used in something like a GPS unit or portable media player. Other than the width and resolution of 320x220 pixels, not much is known about this display either, but we'll keep you updated as we find out more.
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Via newlaunches

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April 14, 2008

Sony's New OLED Pro Camera Boasts Well For OLED TV

Sony_HDVF-EL100_OLED_viewfinder_med.jpgWhile maybe not directly related to OLED TV, Sony's HDVF-EL100 professional HD camera with an 11-inch integrated OLED panel is definitely a step in the right direction. Industry heavies are calling for huge growth in the OLED market, but because of inefficiencies in producing larger OLED panels, most of the growth is expected to come from cell phone and portable media player screens. When Sony released their XEL-1 OLED TV earlier this year, the company was only originally able to release 2000 models in Japan, pricing the 11-inch displays over $2000. They've since come to the US and Canada, but we haven't seen any other manufacturers release new OLED TV's since. With Sony's ability to manufacture more OLED panels now, even though still only in the 11-inch dimension, it gives us the feeling that at least they're finding more efficient manufacturing methods, hopefully resulting in something bigger than the XEL-1 for the consumer market by the end of the year.

Oh yeah, and as for the camera, it should be available at an undisclosed price later this year to the corporate market.

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March 6, 2008

Samsung Will Roll Out 14 Inch OLED Display In 2009, 40-42 Inch OLED TV In 2010

cebit_2008-samsung-31-inch.jpgSamsung plans to begin mass-producing 14-inch OLED displays starting in 2009, according to company officials. At the ongoing ceBIT 2008, Samsung is showing off both the 14-inch and a 31-inch OLED display. The economics of manufacturing the larger screen means we won't be seeing 31-inch OLED TV's in the near future, but next year we will see the 14-inch screen used in laptop computers such as the Asus EEE PC. A technological advance such as this could work wonders for web video. Samsung also said that we can expect 15- and 21-inch panels next year and both 40- and 42-inch OLED TVs by 2010.
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OLED Vs. LCD Picture Quality Comparison

Via OLED-TV Display/Monitor Technology News

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February 17, 2008

Samsung, LG Gearing Up For OLED TV

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Samsung 31-Inch OLED TV Prototype

While it's expected that mass production of OLED TV's is at least 5 years in the future, Samsung and LG are gearing up for an early move into the OLED TV market by investing millions in the technology and setting up test lines to iron out the production quirks inherent in OLED displays currently. From a current market of 3 million units and $130 million in sales, the OLED industry is expected to grow to 70 million units and $2.5 billion in sales in the next 2 years. LG Electronics is currently looking into building a new plant exclusively for the production of OLED TV displays and Samsung is currently running a test line focusing on 20-inch OLED TV panels to determine if mass producing larger displays will be a reasonable expectation for next year's start of mass production. Of course, while Samsung and LG battle it out to have the first cost-efficient OLED TV production line up and running, Sony is first to market with an actual OLED TV with their 11-inch XEL-1.

Via The Korea Times

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