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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

eMagin reports its financial results for Q4 2016

Mar 29, 2017

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin reported its financial results for Q4 2016. Revenues in the fourth quarter were $4.6 million, down 33% from Q4 2015 - mostly because of a decline in sales to maturing US military programs. Net loss for the quarter was $3.5 million (up from $2.1 million in Q4 2015). For the whole year of 2016 revenues were $21.4 million.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

eMagin also announced that it signed a multi-million dollar agreement with "another" Tier-1 consumer electronics company - "an easily recognizable one". This is the third such agreement in the past 15 months. eMagin says that the commercial sector will become more important and will start generating revenues in Q1 2017. eMagin is in active discussions with partners to enable the high volume production capabilities required by the commercial market demand. eMagin started producing samples of its 2k x 2k displays and these should enter mass production in Q2 2017.

Three Hot Trends in Printed and Flexible Electronics

Mar 29, 2017

The following is a sponsored post by IDTechEx

Printed electronics has been in development for over fifteen years. After the initial enthusiasm, broad exploration and learnings from failures the industry enters 2017 with a strong focus on several key themes. These feature as some of the highlights at the key conference and exhibition for the industry – Printed Electronics Europe, which will be held in Berlin on May 10-11 2017 (www.idtechex.com/peeurope), featuring over 225 speakers and over 200 exhibitors. The event is hosted by IDTechEx, the impartial technology scouting and analyst firm that brings the most relevant topics together for you at one event.

In this article IDTechEx lists just three of the hottest sectors in printed electronics.

Flexible is a stronger driver than cost reduction

Many set out in printed electronics with the expectation that they can make cheaper devices using the technology, due to the lower manufacturing cost and (potentially) lower material cost. In reality, in the short term R&D efforts require pharmaceutical-like pricing to recoup initial investment in new materials and equipment. The performance is also varied – in some areas the technology outperforms the incumbent technology, such as OLEDs versus LCDs, in other areas that is not the case such as printed transistors. Generally speaking, today printed electronics can offer more performance for more money or same performance for more money.

The OLED Handbook, 2017 edition

Mar 28, 2017

I'm happy to announce the seventh edition of The OLED Handbook, the most comprehensive resource on OLED technology, industry and market - now updated for 2017. The OLED industry grows and changes very fast, and the new edition include new details on the OLED mobile display market, Apple's OLED plans, new production fabs in China, OLED TVs, flexible OLEDs and more.

Reading this book, you'll learn all about:

  • OLED technology and materials and production processes
  • How OLEDs compare to LCD displays
  • OLED TVs, flexible OLEDs and transparent OLEDs
  • The OLED lighting industry
  • The future of OLED displays and lighting and the challenges ahead

The book also provides:

  • A history of OLED development
  • A guide to OLED investment
  • A comprehensive list of OLED companies
  • A list of existing and planned AMOLED fabs
  • OLED lighting roadmaps
  • An in-depth look into flexible OLEDs and OLED encapsulation

The OLED handbook has been read by hundreds of display engineers, business developers, researchers, equipment vendors, OLED material companies, private investors and others who wished to learn more about OLEDs today and in the future. I truly believe that it is the best introduction to OLED displays and lighting!

New German OLED technology alliance founded

Mar 28, 2017

Four companies in Germany have established a new industry alliance, the German OLED Technology Alliance, or GOTA. The aim of this alliance is to combine the experience of its partners in the area of OLED manufacturing. Each partner's expertise lies at a different stage of the value chain, and the four partners will support a joint sales effort - mostly in China, Taiwan and Japan.

The four partners are VON ARDENNE (systems engineering and technology development for PVD vacuum coating system), Notion Systems (functional materials inkjet platforms), Fraunhofer IAP (organic electronics research) and MBRAUN (protective gas atmosphere solutions).

Universal Display patents a hybrid OLED / LED MEMS display structure

Mar 28, 2017

Universal Display was granted a new patent that describes a novel hybrid MEMS display that uses patterned red, blue and yellow sub pixels combined with a MEMS-LED display.

UDC hybrid OLED / LED MEMS display patent photo

The idea here that the whole display sits on top of a blue-emitting edge-lit LED structure. The blue light only goes through small subpixel-sized "holes" which are controlled using tiny MEMS shutters. A blue LED is much more efficient and long lasting than a blue OLED, so the idea here is to combine the efficient red, green and yellow phosphorescent OLEDs with the efficient blue LED.

The Holst Centre: flexible OLED lighting is an excellent solution to illuminate touch controls

Mar 27, 2017

The Holst Center presented a new functional demonstrator that uses the Holst' in-mold electronics (IME) technology to show new human-machine interfaces in automotive electronics and consumer appliances. One of the new technologies embedded in this demonstrator is flexible OLED lighting that is used to illuminate touch controls.

Holst IME automotive technology demonstrator photo

The Holst Center says that this is the first time a flexible OLED has been used to illuminate touch controls. Usually several LEDs, light guides, complex wiring and bulky PCBs are required to achieve this effect. Flexible OLED lighting provides a much easier solution with complete design freedom.

IHS: flexible AMOLED revenues to surpass rigid OLEDs in Q3 2017

Mar 27, 2017

IHS says that demand for flexible OLED is sharply increasing and in Q3 2017 the company expects revenues of flexible OLEDs to surpass those of rigid OLEDs for the first time.

AMOLED shipments 2016-2018 (rigid vs flexible, IHS)

Flexible AMOLED revenues in Q3 will reach $3.2 billion while those of rigid (glass-based) OLEDs will reach $3 billion. Flexible AMOLED revenues will continue to climb throughout 2018 and reach about $4.5 billion in Q4 2018. Revenues of rigid OLEDs will actually start declining in 2017, according to IHS - which is a bit of a surprise, even if average panel price will decrease. Rigid OLED shipments is rising even from existing fabs as yields are improving.