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An OLED uses organic semiconductors to create thin light emitting panels. OLEDs are used to create thin, beautiful, flexible and efficient display and lighting panels, and are the future technology of choice.

Recent OLED News

Lucid Motors teases its upcoming electric car, will have four OLED displays

Oct 23, 2016

Lucid Motors, a new automotive upstart, showed off its upcoming car, a premium electric sedan. The car is about 90% complete, according to Lucid, but following two years of development, the company was ready to show some first photos and provide some information.

Lucid motors EV dashboard teaser photo

The car builds on high-end technologies, including patented lithium-ion battery technology and a dual-motor system. The dashboard and infotainment system is using OLED displays - in fact Lucid's prototype car has four OLED screens. Lucid did not give any details on those OLEDs, unfortunately.

UBI: WOLED Technology to lead the premium TV market

Oct 23, 2016

UBI Research says that WOLED technology will lead the premium TV market from 2020 onwards. LCD will not be able to match the performance of OLED TVs at the high-end of the TV market, and solution-based OLED TVs and QD TVs will find it hard to penetrate the market as WOLED technology is one step ahead in commercialization.

LG OLED TVs (August 2015)

According to UBI, in 2016 OLED TVs will grab a 16.7% share of the global premium TV market. In 2020, OLED TVs will lead that market with a 68.1% share.

SDC and LGD not too worried about Sharp's flexible OLED plans

Oct 18, 2016

When Foxconn acquired a majority stake in Sharp for $3.5 billion, it was reported that Foxconn aims to invest a total of $1.8 billion in OLED technologies, as Foxconn aims to become an OLED supplier to Apple. In June 2016 Foxconn's president said that the company aims to start mass producing OLEDs as early as 2017, but this was way too optimistic - production will probably start at 2018 or even 2019.

An interesting article in Business Korea states that both LG Display and Samsung Display are not very worried about this competition from Japan. LG Display estimates that actually mass producing flexible OLEDs will not be as easy as Sharp hopes - and that the Japanese maker will not be able to compete with flexible OLEDs by at least 2019 or possibly 2020.

UBI sees the flexible AMOLED market growing to over $40 billion by 2020

Oct 18, 2016

UBI Research foresees the flexible AMOLED market rising from $4.9 billion in 2016 to $40.8 billion in 2020 - a CAGR of 70%. According to UBI, in 2020 around one billion flexible AMOLEDs will be produced.

Flexible OLED market growth (UBI, 2016-2020)

UBI says that there is a high possibility that a foldable smartphone will be launched in 2017 to observe the market reaction - which means that it'll be a low-volume high-end product - there are still many challenges towards a foldable device.

Samsung said to accelerate foldable OLED development

Oct 17, 2016

Samsung Electronics suffered a major blow when it had to halt Galaxy Note 7 production - to both its reputation and its bottom line (reports say the company's profit will drop by over $5 billion following this incident). An interesting story from Business Korea says that Samsung Display is now under pressure to speed up foldable OLED development.

Foldable OLEDs may prove to be highly successful - if these displays will enable novel devices. Samsung is said to develop two foldable OLED mobile phone designs at the first stage - a smartphone that opens into a tablet and a small phone that opens into a smartphone-sized device.

UBI Research: full-screen flexible OLED by 2017, foldable ones to arrive by 2019

Oct 17, 2016

UBI Research says that while virtually all flexible OLEDs used in smartphones today use an edge-type design (which UBI refers to as bezel-less), by next year Samsung will be able to use a flexible OLED to cover the entire smartphone screen.

Flexible OLED market share by type (UBI, 2016-2020)

Such bezel-less displays will grab an almost 20% market share in 2017 (out of all flexible OLED smartphones, that is) - and this will grow to over 50% by 2020. Foldable OLEDs will be the next step, and these will start to appear in 2019 - although UBI does not think foldable OLEDs will grab a meaningful market share even in 2020.