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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

LG's upcoming G5 flagship to sport an "always-on" display, will it be an OLED?

Feb 10, 2016

LG Electronics is set to unveil its next flagship phone, the G5, on February 21st. The company published a short teaser, saying that the new phone will have an "always on" display that shows the time and notifications:

LG G5 always-on teaser

Such an always on screens is highly suggestive of an OLED display - as an LCD will still require a lot of energy to display even a small amount of pixels because it uses a backlight. An OLED will only consume power proportional to the number of lit pixels.

LG's flagship OLED TV, the 65" Signature G6, is now available for pre-orders for $7,999

Feb 08, 2016

Following the Superbowl ad campaign, LG announced that its flagship 2016 OLED TV, the 65" Signature OLEDG6 is now available for pre-orders in select retail stores in the US. The G6 costs $7,999 and initial shipments are planned for late March. Amazon already lists the G6, but does not specify the shipment date.

LG OLED77G6P photo

LG's Signature OLED G6 is LG's top-end TV model for 2016. The G6 feature an ultra-slim on-glass design, a high-end pivoting Harman Kardon soundbar, LG's webOS 3.0, Color Prime PRO technology and HDR. The G6 models are available in 65 and 77 inches.

UDC's evaporable emitters still outperform the best soluble materials

Feb 05, 2016

A few weeks ago we posted about Merck's soluble OLED material performance, and today we have some more data from the OLED Association. In the table below you can see how Merck's, Sumitomo and DuPont's soluble materials compare to UDC's evaporable OLED's materials.

Soluble vs evaporable oled performance (table, OLED-A)

As you can see, for the red material, evaporable OLEDs have a clear lead in lifetime and efficiency. For the green material that efficiency gap has pretty much closed, while the lifetime of the evaporable materials are still about double than the best soluble materials.

New OLED gadget: Sony A6300

Sony's A6300 is a mirrorless camera that boasts the world's fastest autofocus in its class, continuous shooting at 11fps and 4K movie support. The A6300 features a 24.2mp APS-C sensor, a 3" LCD and an XGA OLED viewfinder.

Sony A6300 photo

The A6300 will ship in March for $1,000 (body-only).

Osram's CEO: OLED is an important lighting technology, but not for general lighting

Feb 04, 2016

A few months ago, OSRAM announced a new five-year strategic plan that includes a €2 billion investment in current and future lighting applications - which includes OLEDs for the automotive market. Last week the company's CEO, Olaf Berlien, said that while OLED is an important technology for some niches (like automotive lighting), it is "definitely" too expensive for general lighting.

BMW concept M4 GTS OLED closeup

Olaf says that Osram will indeed invest in OLED lighting technology, but not for general lighting. He does not expect OLEDs to be ready for the general lighting market anytime soon.

SAES Group to discuss advances in composites for flexible electronics encapsulation in upcoming tradeshows

Feb 03, 2016

Saes Getters logoOLEDs are nowadays facing the same issues they had since the beginning: basically, OLED materials are extremely sensitive to oxidizing agents and, especially, to moisture. This requires encapsulation materials with exceptionally high barrier properties and active fillers or getters, capable of absorbing water on a single molecule basis. The optimization of many functional properties in single encapsulating materials is a very complex materials science problem. The fact that OLED materials can also be very sensitive to heat or radiations, generates many process constraints as well.

It turns out that encapsulation materials must be specifically engineered taking into account the OLED structure, the device architecture, the chemical and physical nature of the materials and, nevertheless, the specific processes to be applied.