eMagin starts to ship 2K x 2K OLED microdisplays

Jan 04, 2017

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin announced that the company started to ship 2k x 2k OLED microdisplays "as part of an agreement with a Tier-One company". This could be the announced first licensee for eMagin's HMD design or this could be a different company. eMagin also announced today that it signed a second partner (or customer?) and expects to sign more such agreements in 2017.

An eMagin OLED microdisplay

It's not clear whether eMagin is shipping samples or actual volume microdisplays, and whether this Tier-One company is a partner or a customer. We know that AMD is working with eMagin (but I believe that AMD aims to become a foundry for eMagin if/when it needs higher volume). A potential customer is ODG, but ODG is not using eMagin's 2k x 2k OLEDs but rather lower-resolution ones.

New OLED gadget: Panasonic EZ1000

Panasonic's EZ1000 is a flat 65" 4K HDR OLED TV that offers the company's "most faithful picture ever". The TV, which uses an LGD WRGB OLED panel, offers up to 800 nits of brightness for a "true" HDR experience. The TV features Panasonic's new processing chip, the Studio Color HCX2 to enable its Hybrid Log Gamma and Absolute Black Filter technologies.

Panasonic EZ1000 living room photo

The EZ1000 will start shipping in Europe on June 2017.

New OLED gadget: Lenovo X1 Yoga 2017

Lenovo's X1 Yoga 2017 edition is an update to the 2016 edition with stronger processing power, double the storage capacity and a lighter and thinner body. This hybrid tablet / laptop has a 14" 2560 x 1440 display - either an LCD or an OLED.

Lenovo X1 Yoga 2017 photo

The X1 Yoga 2017 will ship in March 2017, starting at $1,500 (for the LCD version).

EU researchers demonstrate a flexible 2 x 1 cm OLED lighting panel with graphene electrodes

Jan 04, 2017

The European GLADIATOR project, led by the Fraunhofer Institute, developed a functional flexible OLED lighting panel based on graphene electrodes. This new panel is 2 x 1 cm in size - much larger the previous prototype developed as part of that project last year.

OLED device with graphene electrodes (Gladiator, Jan 2017)

The GLADIATOR project will conclude in April 2017. In the following months, the researchers aim to improve the graphene electrode by minimizing the impurities and defects that occur during the transfer of the graphene sheet. The project's leader, Beatrice Beyer, estimate that such OLEDs with graphene electrodes could be commercialization within 2-3 years. In September 2015 Graphene-Info posted an interview with Beatrice, discussing the technology behind this project.

New OLED gadget: Alienware 13 R3 OLED 2017

Alienware's 13 R3 2017 is the company's smallest gaming notebook Windows 10 laptop - and an update to its 2016 R2 model, with updated CPUs, improved graphics processing capabilities (including an optional VR-Ready GPU) and a redesigned chassis. The high-end version comes with 2560x1440 400-nits touch OLED display.

Alienware 13 R3 OLED 2017 photo

The 13 R3 2017 laptop will ship towards the end of January 2017.

ETNews: LGD agreed to supply 100,000 OLED TV panels to Sony each year

Jan 03, 2017

In December 2016 we posted that Forbes speculates that Sony may announce an OLED TV lineup at CES 2017 - and this was confirmed by LG Display and the OLED Association a few days later.

Sony 4K 56'' OLED TV prototype (CES 2013)Sony 56-inch OLED TV Prototype, 2014

Korean news site ETNews now updates that the supply contract between LGD and Sony was officially signed. LGD will begin to supply OLED TV panels to Sony in Q2 2017, and has agreed to supply Sony with about 100,000 TVs each year.

LGD to show case new OLED technologies at CES 2017

Jan 03, 2017

OLEDNet posted an article detailing the OLED technologies LG Display will showcase at CES 2017 in two days. LGD's most innovative displays will be a rollable 77" OLED TV panel and a double-isded UHD 77" display. LGD was also supposed to showcase a rollable OLED TV in CES 2016 - hopefully this time the company will actually show such a display in public.

LGD 18'' flexible OLED prototype photo

In addition to those 77" displays, LGD will also showcase a 55" transparent FHD OLED. LGD demonstrated a similar display at CES 2016, but hopefully this new display will be closer to commercialization and maybe LGD will indeed detail such plans at CES. OLEDNet says that the new transparent display will feature improved colors and more natural image quality.