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UBI sees OLED's share in the automotive display market reaching 22% by 2020

Jan 08, 2017

UBI Research says that automobiles will start adopting OLED displays "in earnest" starting in 2018 - for instrument cluster and infotainment displays. The automotive display market itself is expected to grow quickly (CAGR of about 17% from 2017-2022) as new technologies mean that displays in cars are getting more and more important.

UBI automotive display market forecast (2017-2022)

UBI estimates the total automotive display market at $25 billion by 2022 - out of which OLEDs will account for about 20%, or $5 billion. The main challenge still facing massive OLED adoption, according to UBI, is the lifetime of AMOLED panels.

Samsung Galaxy J1 2017

Samsung's Galaxy J1 (2017) is a low-end budget Android phone that features a 4.7" WVGA Super AMOLED display, a 1.3 Ghz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a 5MP camera.

Samsung Galaxy J1 2017 photo

The J1 will ship soon in India and other markets for around $100.

You can pre-order LG's 65" OLEDW7 Wallpaper OLED TV for $7,999 at

Jan 08, 2017

LG did not officially state the price or release day of its top-of-the-line OLEDW7 Wallpaper Signature OLED TV, but BestBuy already lists the 65" model for $7,999. You can pre-order it now, although it's not clear when the TVs will actually ship.

LG OLEDW7 Wallpaper OLED TV photo

LG's OLEDW7 TV (which comes in either 65" or 77") is extremely thin (2.57 mm all the way) and attaches to the wall using magnets. A thin cable on the bottom connects to the sound bar. Other features include a 4K resolution, HDR support (to four different standards), WebOS 3.5 and Dolby Atmos sound.

Meyer Burger ships an inkjet+PECVD OLED encapsulation system to an Asian customer

Jan 06, 2017

Meyer Burger announced that it has shipped a CONx TFE OLED thin film encapsulation system to an Asian customer. This system includes two deposition technologies, inkjet printing and PECVD to offer a complete encapsulation solution for flexible OLEDS.

Meyer Burger CONx TFE system photo

The CONx TFE system compreses of Meyer Burger's proprietary remote plasma PECVD for inorganic coating and its PiXDRO inkjet printing technology for the deposition of accurately positioned and homogeneous organic layers. Meyer Burger says that the system provides excellent water and oxygen barrier properties without compromising the optical transparency of the encapsulation layer all the while operating at low temperatures and low ion bombardment.

Chrysler's new Portal concept uses SDC's flexible OLED prototypes

Jan 06, 2017

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) unveiled its latest concept car, called the Chrysler Potal. This is an all-electric family-oriented minivan that is capable of semi-autonomous operation.

Chrysler Portal flexible OLED interior

The Portal includes several new technologies for FCA, and the dashboard makes use of two large displays as you can see above. According to OLEDNet, both displays are AMOLED displays developed by Samsung Display - the top elongated one is a flexible plastic-based OLED while the lower one is a glass-based 12" AMOLED.

Misfit Vapor

Misfit's Vapor smartwatch is a sport-oriented device that features several sensors (including altimeter and a heart-rate sensor) and a built-in GPS. It is powered by a Snapdrapon Wear 2100 CPU and 4GB of RAM. The display is a round 1.39" AMOLED display with 326 PPI (which would make it around 450x450 - although I am not familiar with such a round AMOLED).

Misfit Vapor photo

The Misfit Vapor will launch later in 2017 for $199.

The EU launches a project to develop a 1-inch WUXGA flexible OLED microdisplay

Jan 05, 2017

The EU launched a new project call LOMID (Large cost-effective OLED microdisplays and their applications) that aims to develop next-generation large-area OLED microdisplays for VR and AR applications. The project's partners will produce flexible OLED microdisplays sized 13 x 21 mm (about 1-inch diagonal) with a resolution of 1200x1920 (2,300 PPI).

LOMID OLED microdisplay prototype (Fraunhofer FEP)

The project is led by the Fraunhofer FEP and other partners include MicroOLED, CEA-Leti and the University of Leipzig and the University of Oxford. The project will run until 31.12.2017. The Fraunhofer will demonstrate the prototype you see above at the SID-Mid-Europe Chapter Spring Meeting.

DSCC sees 6.8 million OLED TV panels sold in 2021

Jan 05, 2017

Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) released a new free white paper (sponsored by Nanosys, a quantum-dot producer) in which it analyses the premium TV market and compares the future of OLED TV to that of QD-LCD TVs.

OLED and QD TV penetration (2016-2021, DSCC)

According to DSCC, the total TV market will grow from 261 million units in 2016 to 282 million in 2021 - a slow CAGR of 1.6". The OLED TV market will grow at a rapid rate of 50% - from 0.9 million panels in 2016 to 6.8 million in 2021. Even at this fast growth rate, OLEDs will represent only 2.4% of the total TV market in 2021. The main constraints towards faster OLED TV growth, according to DSCC, will be production capacity and not demand.

LG officially unveils its 2017 OLED TV lineup, including the OLEDW7 Wallpaper Signature TV

Jan 05, 2017

LG Electronics officially unveiled its 2017 OLED TV lineup, with no real surprises. At the top of the line, LG launched its OLEDW7 Wallpaper Signature OLED TV with a thin (2.57 mm) panel that attaches magnetically to the wall. The W7 comes in either 65" or 77".

LG OLEDW7 Wallpaper OLED TV photo

In addition to the wallpaper TV, LGE also launched new models of its existing four OLED TV series, the OLEDB7, OLEDC7, OLEDE7 and OLEDG7 signature TV. All of these new TVs feature updated HDR support (for four different standards), WebOS 3.5 and Dolby Atmos sound. Interestingly, the C7 is no longer curved - so LG actually will have no curved OLED TV to offer in 2017.