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Bentley wants to add transparent OLEDs to future luxury cars

Jan 22, 2017

Luxury British automaker Bentley plans to add new cutting-edge technologies to its future cars - including plug-in hybrid engines and transparent OLEDs. One concept designs apparently shows a transparent OLED on top of wood veneers - so the display is invisible when not in use.

Bentley logo

It's great to see another automaker looking into OLED displays - but this won't be easy to achieve in the near future as transparent OLEDs are not in production yet. Both LG Display and Samsung demonstrated transparent OLEDs for the automobile market, though - and of course it makes sense that high-end luxury cars will be the first to adopt these new displays.

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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.

Futaba to start producing transparent segmented OLEDs next month

Nov 16, 2016

Futaba demonstrated a new transparent PMOLED prototype display that it aims to release commercially next month. The ELA0502AAGS is a segmented monochrome (white, blue or amber) T-OLED that features high transparency (80%).

Futaba ELA0502AAGS Transparent OLED photo

The display has a glass outline of 22 x 20 mm and the active area diameter is 0.59". The pixel size is about 50 um. The display is very bright at 1,000 cd/m2. The demonstrated display has a battery icon, 4 characters and a cross hair in the middle - this is obviously aimed for telescopic sights.

OLED-Info's flexible, automotive, VR/AR, microdisplays, transparent and graphene OLED market reports updated to November 2016

Nov 14, 2016

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Wisechip shows new flexible and transparent PMOLED prototypes

Nov 10, 2016

Taiwan-based PMOLED maker Wisechip is set to demonstrate its new flexible and transparent PMOLED displays. In August 2016 Wisechip announced that it is set to mass produce transparent PMOLEDs by the end of 2016.

Wisechip flexible PMOLED prototype (2016)

Wisechip already unveiled a 1.07" 160x136 transparent OLED, and this time the company will show a 4.1" transparent OLED, with a transparency of 65% and a high brightness of over 3,000 nits. This display is aimed towards automotive HUD applications.

Did Panasonic demonstrate large transparent OLED displays?

Oct 05, 2016

Panasonic demonstrated a new transparent display, showing several use cases for this technology - in wine refrigerators, in living room cabinets and more.

Panasonic transparent OLED TV demo photo (2016)

According to reports, this is Panasonic's 2nd gen transparent displays. The first generation displays were LCD (LED) based displays, but the company was not happy with the quality of the display and the low transparency. Changing to an OLED display resulted in better transparency and great images - virtually indistinguishable from non transparent TVs.

The NFL Network installs six 55" transparent OLED monitors

Sep 28, 2016

NFL Network, an American sports-oriented cable and satellite television network, installed several transparent OLED displays at its NFL GameDay Studio. The studio now hosts a total of six 55" FHD transparent Planar LookThru OLED monitors. The NFL Network says that the idea was to give the a show a technological forward-looking sense.

NFL Network transparent OLEDs photo

Planar Systems unveiled its first 55" Full-HD transparent OLED prototype in February 2015, and started accepting orders for the Planar LookThru displays in November 2015 for $14,995. Planar is using Samsung's 55" transparent OLED (announced in June 2015) - which was supposed to start shipping in Q2 2016 - but actually Samsung halted production last month - which means that Planar will probably won't be able to sell a lot of these displays (maybe the NFL Network will be happy to know that).

OLED-Info's flexible, automotive, VR/AR, microdisplays and transparent OLED market reports updated to September 2016

Sep 07, 2016

Today we published new versions of our market reports - that cover the transparent, automotive, microdisplay, VR/AR 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 September 2016.

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The Korea Herald confirms SDC halted its transparent OLED program

Aug 29, 2016

A couple of months ago it was reported that Samsung Display decided to start large-area transparent OLED production - before mass production actually began. The Korea Herald confirms this report today, saying that this is due to "low marketability" - or in other words low demand.

Samsung Display 55'' transparent OLED photo

It seems that SDC may wish to find other uses for its V1 R&D production line, currently used to produce experimental products and those prototype 55" transparent OLED displays. According to the Herald's report, Samsung may wish to convert this line to mass produce small sized OLED displays as demand for OLEDs in mobile phone is soaring and SDC cannot make enough displays to satisfy its customers.