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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.

SFA Engineering to supply OLED production equipment to Visionox in a $93 million deal

Dec 21, 2016

Korean manufacturing equipment maker SFA Engineering announced that it secured a $93.5 million order from China's Visionox. SFA will deliver the equipment by August 2017.

Visionox 4.85'' 604 PPI AMOLED prototype

Visionox has started mass producing AMOLED panels in June 2015, but the company's production capacity is still limited. Visionox's Gen-5.5 AMOLED line in Kunshan can currently produce around 4,000 monthly substrate, and once yields stabilize they will reach a full capacity of 15,000 monthly substrates. The company is mulling a $673 million investment to expand the capacity of this fab.

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EverDisplay officially launches its 6-Gen flexible AMOLED fab in Shanghai

Dec 11, 2016

A few months ago we reported that China-based AMOLED producer Everdisplay is planning to invest $4.1 billion USD to build a 6-Gen AMOLED factory. Today the company launched this new AMOLED fab officially in a ceremony in Shanghai, China.

EverDisplay 6-Gen launch ceremony photo

On December 9th Everdisplay started constructing the new fab in the Jinshan Industrial Zone in Shanghai. Investment in the new fab, according to EverDisplay, will actually be 27.2 billion yuan - or almost $4 billion USD. The fab will be able to produce 30,000 monthly substrates (1500 x 1850 mm) and will be used to produce small and medium sized flexiblle AMOLEDs (1 to 15 inch).

Orbotech to supply optical inspection tools for BOE Display's upcoming OLED TV fab in Hefei

Dec 05, 2016

Update: It turns out that this specific $61 million deal is not for an OLED fab, but for BOE Display's upcoming Gen-10.5 LCD fab.

Israel-based inspection solutions provider Orbotech announced it signed an agreement to supply inspection and testing solutions for China's BOE Display upcoming OLED TV fab. The deal is estimated at $61 million, and is Orbotech's largest deal in China so far.

BOE 55'' UHD panel prototypes (Nov 2016)

Those inspection systems will be deployed at BOE Display's upcoming 8.5-Gen pilot line in Hefei. According to earlier reports, this fab will produce WRGB OLEDs on an IGZO backplane. According to Orbotec, the facility will produce 90,000 TV panels per month in 2019, and when it reacehs full-scale production it will have a capacity of 120,000 screens. Orbotech will start delivering machines in the first half of 2017.

Sunic Systems managed to achieve 1,500 PPI Using plane source evaporation

Nov 11, 2016

Sunic System recently unveiled a new evaporation-FMM based AMOLED system that enables high resolution deposition - Sunic says it will enable PPI up to 2,250 PPI. Sunic's new technology makes use of a plane source for evaporating OLED materials, as opposed to the currently-used linear source. Such high resolution displays will be very useful for VR applications.

Sunic: plane-source evaporation (Nov-2016 slide)

Sunic System now announced that it succeeded in implementing 1.1um shadow distance by using the new plane source evaporation and 100um shadow mask. Such a small shadow distance can achieve 1,000 to 1,500 PPI resolutions. The company's next step is to lower shadow disatnace to 0.37um - which will indeed enable 2,250 PPI and 11K high-resolution mobile AMOLEDs.

Applied Materials introduces a new LCD/OLED e-beam review tool

Oct 07, 2016

Applied Materials introduced a new high-resolution inline e-beam review (EBR) system that combines a scanning electron microscope (SEM) capabilities used in semiconductor device review with a large-scale display vacuum platform, resulting in an inline EBR technology that the company says is the fastest and most effective of its kind.

The new system is suitable for both LCD and OLED manufacturing. The company says that next-gen applications such as VR and AR require high quality displays and production of such displays can be enhanced using the new system. Applied already received orders from six of the top ten largest display manufacturers in the world for the new system.

Korean-based DAWONSIS suggests a new FMM-based method for large-area OLED deposition

Sep 14, 2016

Korea equipment maker DAWONSIS developed a new OLED deposition process that is based on FMM but according to the company can be scalable to large-area deposition. This could theoretically enable efficient evaporation-based OLED TV production.

DAWONSIS Joule Heating Deposition photo

The so-called Joule Heating Deposition process use a large area material source (as opposed to point-sources or line-sources currently used) using a conductive film that is efficiency heated using voltage induction. According to DAWONSIS this process is scalable and also efficient in terms of material usage (which is about 70%-80%).

Sunic System's plane-source technology enables 2,250 PPI AMOLEDs and FMM OLED TV production

Aug 30, 2016

One of the key requirements for VR application is high-density displays, as small-sized displays are magnified to cover our whole field of view. Some estimate that realism VR demands around 2,000 PPI.

Sunic System plane-source FMM slide

During SID 2016, Samsung announced it developed a 806 PPI AMOLED especially for VR application. This is an upgrade from current OLEDs, but still a far cry from the 2,000 PPI mentioned above.

Applied Materials sees the display industry shifting from LCD to OLED

Aug 19, 2016

Applied Materials reported its financial results for Q2 2016, with an all-time highs in new orders and backlog. Applied says that the company is in early stages of large, multi-year industry inflections which is driving its business growth.

Applied Materials PECVD chamber photo

One of the inflections is in the display industry. In early 2016 Applied said it is seeing strategic investment from OLED display customers, and this trends now continues. Applied says it has received large OLED orders - but the market is still in the "initial phase" of OLED investments and more growth is expected ahead.