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Panasonic, a Japanese-based global TV and AV leader, has been involved with OLED technologies for years - mostly OLED TV and OLED lighting. Panasonic previously considers OLED as a "promising option for next-generation displays", but now its OLED involvement is far from clear.

Panasonic printed 56'' 4K OLED prototype

In 2012, the company stepped up its OLED commitment when it built a pilot 8.5-Gen OLED TV R&D line. Panasonic collaborates with Sony on OLED TV production technologies, planning to release the first OLED TV products in 2014 (these plans has been canceled, see below). 

Panasonic OLED TV

In January 2013 Panasonic unveiled a 56" 4K2K (3840x2160) OLED TV panel prototype that was produced using an all-printing method and P-OLED materials. Panasonic says that all the organic materials were deposited using ink-jet printing.

Panasonic's panel uses a top-emission structure with a transparent cathode, which results in a more efficient panel. The panel's TFT substrate was supplied by Sony (and actually made by AUO. It's an Oxide-TFT panel) as part of the two companies collaboration.

In December 2013 Sony and Panasonic announced that they are canceling the OLED TV JV. It's not clear what are Panasonic's OLED TV plans at the moment. The company did show some OLED TV prototypes in recent tradeshows, and these TVs adopted panels produced by LG Display. Panasonic has yet to announce their first OLED TV product.

Panasonic OLED lighting

Panasonic has been developing OLED lighting for a long time, and in March 2011 they established a new joint venture with Idemitsu Kosan to develop, manufacture and sell OLED lighting panels. The new company is called Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting - and they are currently offering sample panels.

PIOL OLED lighting kit photo

In March 2014 it was reported that Panasonic is going to withdraw from the OLED lighting market. The Japanese company cannot see earnings coming from this operation due to the high cost of production. Panasonic Idemitsu OLED lighting will be dissolved, and Panasonic will turn all of its focus into LED lighting.

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