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The OLED Handbook 2014

The OLED Handbook OLED-Info's guide to OLED technology, industry and market is the world's best guide to all things OLED, updated March 2014

Apple's AMOLED Watch

Apple Watch It is now confirmed that the Apple Watch uses an AMOLED display, most likely a flexible plastic-based OLED made by LG Display

Galaxy Note 4 Edge

Galaxy Note 4 Edge The world's first mobile phone with a flexible OLED display that curves around the edge (5.7" QHD Super AMOLED)

Konica Minolta OLED mass production

Konica Minolta flexible OLED panel Konica Minolta is building a mass production roll-to-roll fab that will make a million color-tunable flexible OLED panels a month.
Recent OLED news:

Universal Display signs a long-term agreement with LG Display

Universal Display and LG Display signed a new long-term OLED technology license agreement and supplemental material purchase agreement. The agreement runs till December 31, 2022.

UDC PHOLED materials photo

Similarly to UDC's agreement with Samsung (signed in 2011), LGD gets non-exclusive license rights to manufacture and sell OLED displays, and will pay license fees and running royalties on its OLED product sales. UDC will also continue and supply phosphorescent materials for LG Display.

Manz sees a very big potential for OLEDs, but no mass production breakthrough in the next two years

Manz AG has been developing Gen-8 OLED OVPD deposition equipment since early 2014, in collaboration with Aixtron, and the company also offers wet-chemical processing equipment for OLED display production (and already won some contract, including a large €9 million order from a Chinese OLED maker in August 2014).

Manz wet-chemical processing equipment photo

In a recent press release, the company's CFO commented that OLED technology has a "very big potential for the future", but he does not see any mass production breakthroughs in the next two years. Small-sized OLEDs are of course being mass produced already, which means he likely refers to OLED TV production.

LG's G Flex 2 to ship in Korea by the end of Janaury

LG launched its 2nd-gen curved OLED phone, the G Flex 2, in Korea. The G Flex 2 will be shipping by the end of January for 800,000 Won (about $740). This exciting new phone has a 5.5" Full-HD Flexible OLED on a plastic substrate, protected with a new glass cover developed by LG that is reportedly 20% stronger than the latest Gorilla Glass 3. The screen curves from top to bottom, with a curvature radius of 700 mm. The whole phone can be slightly bent.

LG G Flex 2 photo

The G Flex 2 has self-healing back coating, a Snapdragon 810 Octa-core 2Ghz CPU, 2GB of RAM, LTE, 16/32 GB of storage, 13 MP camera, fast-charging battery and Android 5.0 Lollipop. LG did not release any pricing information yet. The phone will be released in Korea by the end of January, and AT&T will carry it in the US.

Samsung Display aims to reach OLED-LCD cost parity in 2015

Towards the end of 2014, it was reported that Samsung Display aims to lower the cost of their OLED displays, to be more competitive with LCDs (some suggested that Samsung aims to bring small-sized OLED cost below that of competing LCDs).

Samsung Display HQ photo

Now Digitimes reports that according to its sources Samsung indeed aims to close the gap between OLED and LCD pricing during 2015. In 2013 an AMOLED panel used to cost about $10-15 more than a competing LCD (they probably mean a 4" - 5" panel). In 2014 this shrunk to only $5.

You can now buy LG's 55EC9300 curved OLED TV (2014) for $2,799

A couple of days ago we reported that Amazon is now offering LG's 55EA9800 OLED TV (2013 model) for only $2,499, it's lowest price ever. Now LG also lowered the price of the 2014 model (the 55EC9300) - which is now at $2,799 only.

LG 55EC9300 photo

The 55EC9300 is a 55" curved FHD OLED TV. This is LG's upgrade to the 2013 55EA9800, and it features a faster refresh rate (240 Hz) and it seems to be brighter (500 cd/m2 vs 350 cd/m2). LG also changed the TV's design (gone are the transparent canvas speakers, for example) and the TV is now based on LG's new smart TV platform (WebOS). The EC9300 weighs 14.38 Kg without the stand.

AP System to supply ELA equipment to Truly's upcoming OLED fab

Truly logoAccording to ETNews, AP Systems won a contract to supply two Excimer Laser Annealing (ELA) systems to China's Truly Semiconductors for its OLED fab. While ETNews does not mention it, this is likely to be used in Truly's upcoming 4.5-Gen AMOLED fab in Huizhou, China.

The contact is worth 18 billion Korean Won (about $16.6 million). AP Systems already provided similar systems to China's CSOT, GVO and EverDisplay. AP Systems hopes to also supply encapsulation systems to Truly in April 2015. The company is concentrating all of its efforts to develop OLED production equipment.

LG's 2013 55EA9800 curved 55" OLED TV now down to $2,499

Amazon is now offering LG's 55EA9800 OLED TV (2013 model) for only $2,499, it's lowest price ever at Amazon.com. The EA9800 was replaced in 2014 by the 55EC9300 (which is now on sale for $2,999). Both TVs use a curved 55" Full-HD OLED panel.

LG 55EA9800 photo

Earlier this month LG announced their 2015 OLED TV lineup, so this 2013 model is two generations old. But it still offers one of the best images you can buy (besides LG's newest OLEDs, of course). In December 2014 I posted a review of LG's OLED TV.

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