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AUO sees improved AMOLED production yields, resume smartphone AMOLED production at lower prices

Mar 15, 2017

Taiwan's AU Optronics started to mass produce smartphone-sized OLED panels back in August 2014, but the company later changed its focus to wearable and VR panels. AUO production capacity is relatively low at its AFPD Gen-4.5 LTPS fab in Singapore, but we now hear reports that AUO's yields have been improving.

In fact AUO has managed to lower the prices of its AMOLED displays, and has now resumed production and sale of smartphone sized OLEDs, especially its 4.97" 720p (1280x720) on-cell touch AMOLED.

Flexible OLEDs - a market snapshot

Mar 11, 2017
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Flexible displays are exciting - giving device makers the freedom of design can potentially unlock new applications and put displays where they haven't been seen before. Flexible displays, made on plastic substrates, are also thinner, lighter and more durable.

LGD 18'' rollable OLED prototype (CES 2016)

Following years of research, in 2013 both Samsung Display and LG Display finally started producing flexible OLEDs on plastic substrates. Since then Samsung has taken the clear lead, but LGD has some ambitious plans of its own. Other display makers are also aiming to start making such panels soon. This article will detail current AMOLED production capabilities, future production plans and market forecasts.

The OLED Marketplace, find your VR OLED here

The OLED Marketplace - updated graphics and browsing options

Mar 10, 2017

OLED-Info's OLED Marketplace offers what we believe to be the world's largest OLED catalog. Today we updated the marketplace's graphics, adding new icons instead of the old photo-based interface.

OLED Marketplace home screenshot (Mar-2017)

As we keep adding panels to our catalog, we have found the need to create more categories, and we also split graphic OLED displays into "graphic PMOLED" and "graphic AMOLED" displays. This makes it easier to find the displays you need. The OLED Marketplace is a great place to find the OLED you need for your new device!

OLED-Info's flexible, automotive, VR/AR, microdisplays, transparent and graphene OLED market reports updated to March 2017

Mar 08, 2017

Today we published new versions of our market reports - that cover the transparent, automotive, microdisplay, VR/AR, graphene and flexible OLED markets. OLED-Info provides comprehensive niche OLED market reports, and our reports cover everything you need to know about the niche market, and can be useful if you want to understand how the OLED industry works and what this technology can provide for your own industry. The reports are now updated to March 2017.

The OLED for VR/AR Market Report:

  • Why OLEDs are adopted in almost all VR HMDs
  • What kind of displays are required for VR and AR applications
  • What the future holds for the VR and AR markets
  • Current and future VR and AR systems

The report package provides a great introduction to the emerging VR and AR market, and details the role that OLED displays will have. Read more here!

Meet the OLED-Info team at Printed Electronics Europe 2017

Feb 28, 2017

On May 10-11, IdTechEx will host its annual Printed Electronics Europe event that will focus on the commercialization of printed, organic and flexible electronics. The OLED-Info team will visit this event, so if anyone wishes to schedule a meeting - now is a great time to do so!

This event (which according to IdTechEx is the largest event of its kind) includes a conference, an exhibition, a demonstration street showing a full range of interactive products and prototypes, an end-user forum, master classes and IdTechEx's early-stage Launchpad.

A brief overview of the OLED Microdisplay market

Jan 28, 2017
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The OLED display market is now an established market with over $10 billion in annual revenue. OLEDs are mostly used in mobile devices - over 300 million AMOLED panels were produced in 2016, most of them used in smartphones. OLED panels are also used in TVs, tablets, smartwatches, laptops and VR headsets.

An eMagin OLED microdisplay

Back in 2001, eMagin started offering OLED microdisplays, which are tiny displays fabricated directly on the silicon control circuitry (on the CMOS). Since 2001, the OLED microdisplay market is growing slowly and these high-end microdisplays are mostly used in defense, medical and industrial applications due to their high cost. Many high-end digital cameras also use OLED microdisplays for their electronic viewfinder (EVF).

OLED impressions from China, 2017

Jan 19, 2017

We spent last week visiting China - mostly around Shanghai. We attended the Printed & Flexible Electronics China 2017 conference, visited both EverDisplay and Visionox to learn more about their OLED products and plans, and also went to Wuxi to see the interesting and quite impressive graphene center over there.

Everdisplay HQ and 5.5-Gen Fab photo

Samsung Display and LG Display are the clear leaders in AMOLED production - for almost 10 years now. But the market is now changing as several new players, mostly in China, are starting to commercially produce AMOLED displays - mostly for mobile phones, wearables and VR headsets.

Why I ended up buying an OLED TV

Dec 29, 2016

A couple of months ago LG sent me an OLED for a review - a 65" OLEDB6 TV. I loved that TV - it looked great, the image quality is terrific and the smart operation system is excellent - here's my full review, posted in November.

LG OLEDB6 55'' (OLED-Info)

When I posted my review, I had to return the TV to LG, and go back to my previous one - a 40" Philips LED TV. After a week or so, I gave up, and bought myself a 55" OLEDB6. Now I'm back with an OLED TV, and this one isn't going back to LG!

VR AMOLED displays - market status

Dec 27, 2016
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Virtual Reality (VR) means a near-eye display that completely blocks the real world and replaces it with a simulated display. VR displays have been around for a long time - the first VR head mounted displays (HMD) were introduced in the 1960s, but these devices, and those devices that followed it for 50 years suffered from many problems due to primitive technology.

Oculus Rift consumer photo

Everything seems to have changed in 2012, when Oculus Rift raised $2.5 million on Kickstarter to develop its VR HMD. Less than 2 years later, the company was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion, and the VR market finally emerged. A good VR experience requires a high end display that features fast response time, high resolution, power efficiency, light weight, and more. OLEDs are the perfect choice for VR displays - especially due to the technology's low latency (as opposed to LCD displays, which are notoriously slow).

The best of 2016 - top OLED stories

Dec 27, 2016

2016 is soon over - and this has been a great year for the OLED industry. Following Apple's reported adoption of OLED displays in its future iPhones, display makers accelerated their OLED production plans. The market share of OLED displays (including flexible OLEDs ) continue to increase and the market is now experience a supply shortage. OLED TVs are also becoming more and more popular.

Here are the top 10 stories posted on OLED-Info in 2016, ranked by popularity (i.e. how many people read the story):