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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:
According to India Times, the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras is seeking government funding to start a project to develop low-cost OLED production processes. The IIT estimate the project at Rs500 million (about $78 million).
The researchers at the IIT are looking at two technologies: a new patterning technology, and a silicon based substrate that will enable to integrate the backplane into the substrate and so lower costs.
According to Digitimes Research, the combined AMOLED investments of LG Display and Samsung Display will be slightly lower in 2015 than it was in 2014 and will reach KRW6.7 trillion ($6.6 billion) - down from KRW7 trillion ($6.9 billion).
SDC's investments will go towards expanding AMOLED capacity, as it aims to introduce AMOLED panels into more mid-range devices and wearables. SDC will also increase its flexible AMOLED capacity.
DisplaySearch says that they see an increase in high-end small/medium displays shipments in 2015. AMOLED displays, in particular, will grow 44% to reach 260 million units (up from around 200 million in both 2013 and 2014). The growth trend is expected to accelerate starting in 2016.
DisplaySearch says that this is mostly dues to increased high-end smartphone shipments - but AMOLED displays for the wearable market will also see increased shipments. Apple alone will probably buy over 10 million flexible AMOLED panels (produced by LG Display).
A couple of months ago, LG said that they aim to unveil HDR OLED TVs in Q3 2015 - with a higher brightness compared to regular OLED TVs. Now LG says that their new EG9600 OLED TVs will soon be getting HDR support - via a firmware upgrade.
LG did not disclose when this will happen exactly - but they will release the upgrade "once technical specifications for HDR are finalized".
Maybe in response to analysts doubting the future of OLED TVs, LG Display held a showcase today in Korea with its latest OLED TV prototypes. So first of all, the company unveiled a new 0.97 mm thick 55" flat OLED panel, that virtually "sticks to the wall" using magnets. The OLED panel itself weighs only 1.9 Kg.
LG Display also demonstrated a convex OLED panel - that will mainly be used for digital signage for large-scale outdoor advertising (this is not a new idea, Panasonic demonstrated similar panels last year). Finally, LG revealed plans to release a large 99" TV within the year.
According to a report from China, the Gu'an county of the Chinese Hebei province aims to become an OLED lighting industry cluster. With support from Tsinghua University, they aim to build the first OLED lighting production fab in 2016, with an investment of RMB500 million (a little over $80 million USD).
The main operator of this project will by Langsheng Technology, and Tsinghua University will cooperate with R&D. It's not clear who will actually own the new line, perhaps it will be Visionox, who was spun off Tsinghua in 2001 and already produces OLED lighting panels (in addition to PMOLED displays and soon AMOLED displays as well).
Panasonic's DMC-G7 is a mid-range mirrorless camera that supports 4K video, Wi-Fi, 16 MP sensor and a maximum ISO of 25,600. The EVF uses an XGA OLED microdisplay (interestingly Panasonic says it uses 'high-speed dual OLED displays, I'm not sure what they mean by dual displays).
The DMC-7 will be available in June 2015 for $799.99 (with a 14-42 mm lens).