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Recent OLED News

Innolux shows new rigid and flexible OLED prototypes, aims to mass produce AMOLEDs

Aug 23, 2016

After years of OLED R&D but no actual reports, Taiwan's Innolux is finally demonstrating its new OLED prototypes, signalling that the company is finally about to re-enter the OLED market. Innolux says that it has recently "achieved success with AMOLED technology" and now plans to continue development and ultimately mass produce AMOLED panels.

In a trade-show in Taiwan, Innolux is demonstrating several OLED prototypes. First up we have a 5.5" WQHD (2560x1440, 534 PPI) flexible AMOLED built on a plastic substrate and an LTPS backplane. The panel has a "proprietary pixel rendering methods" (perhaps PenTile like?) and uses thin-film encapsulation and is produced using an FMM mask (more on this below).

LG targets VIP vans and luxurious hotels with new OLED lighting installations

Aug 23, 2016

LG Display collaborated with Korea's car-customizing experts Chang's Custom to create what they say is the world's first concept VIP van with interior OLED lighting. OLED lighting is ideal as an internal automotive lighting technology as it is thin, light, company and efficient.

Chang's Custom OLED van photo

In the custom van, Chang's Custom used 320x110 mm OLED panels for the ceiling lighting, and 200x50 mm panels for the side lighting. The company says that the warm and soft light emitted by the OLED light panels creates a luxurious state-of-the-art atmosphere in the car interior. This will create "psychological comfort for the driver while giving a luxurious and glamorous feel for passengers.".

Visa Lighting introduces the company's first OLED lighting fixtures

Aug 19, 2016

Visa Lighting introduced the company's first two OLED products, the Limit and Petal. These are two pendants lighting fixtures, each using three OLED panels that deliver a combined output of 850 lumens.

Visa Lighting limit and petal OLED fixtures

The panels offer a color temperature of 2900K and a CRI of 80. I'm not sure but these seems to be OLEDWorks/Philips Brite FL300 OLEDs. Visa Lighting did not reveal the pricing of these panels, nor the availability - but it's great to see another lighting maker adopt OLEDs.

eMagin to raise $4.5 million from its warrants holders

Aug 19, 2016

OLED Microdisplay-maker eMagin announced that it entered into an early warrant exercise transaction with certain of its warrants holders, to raise about $4.5 million.

eMagin SXGA OLED-XL microdisplay photoAn eMagin OLED microdisplay

Some of these funds will go towards the company's growth initiatives with consumer AR/VR - and to finance the company's two consumer products that are set to launch in Q4 2016.

Applied Materials sees the display industry shifting from LCD to OLED

Aug 19, 2016

Applied Materials reported its financial results for Q2 2016, with an all-time highs in new orders and backlog. Applied says that the company is in early stages of large, multi-year industry inflections which is driving its business growth.

Applied Materials PECVD chamber photo

One of the inflections is in the display industry. In early 2016 Applied said it is seeing strategic investment from OLED display customers, and this trends now continues. Applied says it has received large OLED orders - but the market is still in the "initial phase" of OLED investments and more growth is expected ahead.

Cadillac unveils its Escala concept - with OLED lighting and displays

Aug 19, 2016

Earlier this week Cadillac announced that it is set to unveil a new design concept car that uses curved flexible OLED displays and true to its word, the company launched the Escala concept car, with three flexible OLED panels "co-developed" with LG Display.

Cadillac Escala OLED dashboard

Another nice surprise was that the new concept also adopts OLED lighting panels in the rearlight, as can be seen in the image below. Even though the Escala is just a concept, Cadillac says that the new "sinister look" enabled by those OLEDs will also arrive in production cars soon (hopefully with OLED lighting, indeed).