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Recent OLED News

CSoT demonstartes a 6.6" QD-OLED display prototype

CSoT demonstrated the first public QD-OLED display, during SID 2019. The company unveiled a 6.6" display that features a relatively low resolution (384x300) and brightness (50 nits). The backplane of this prototype is an Oxide-TFT.
CSoT 6.6'' QD-OLED prototype photo (SID 2019)

The QD-OLED is made from blue OLED emitters with a quantum-dots color conversion layer. This is a similar design to Samsung's QD-OLED TV technology. Interestingly earlier this year CSoT's parent company TCL has unveiled a different QD-OLED technology it refers to as H-QLED which uses a combination of OLED and QD emitters.

Ming-Chi Kuo: Apple to switch to an all-OLED iPhone lineup in 2020

Respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that he expects Apple to switch to an all-OLED iPhone lineup in 2020 - with a high-end 6.7" and 5.4" models and a lower-end 6.1" one. The higher-end modules will also support 5G connectivity.

This confirms WSJ's report from January 2019. It is estimated by most analysts taht Apple's 2019 iPhone lineup will sport similar displays to its 2018 one (i.e. OLED on high-end modules and an LCD on the lower-end one).

Alienware is not yet ready to launch its 55" OLED gaming monitor

In January 2019, Alienware demonstrated a gaming monitor that uses a 55" 4K 120Hz OLED display. This monitor supports 4K at 120Hz using the new HDMI v2.1 connection (also supported by LG's latest 2019 OLED TVs).

Alienware now updates that it is not ready to launch this monitor yet as it is still a "conceptual product" and that its "potential commercial viability is still in question". The company did say that if the product progresses, it will make an announcement at CES 2020. This will be a premium product with a price tag of over $3,000.

Prof. Ching Tang awarded with Japan's highest private award

The Japanese private Kyoto Prize was awarded to University of Rochester professor emeritus Ching Tang - recognizing Prof. Tang's pioneering work to develop OLED technology. The Kyoto award is Japan's highest private award and each laureate (there are three each year) is given 100 million Yen (around $920,000).

Prof. Tang worked on OLED materials together with Steven Van Slyke when they worked as OLED displays as research scientists at Eastman Kodak. Prof. Tang was previously awarded with the Israeli 2011 Chemisty Wolf Prize and was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame and 2013 Consumer Electronics hall of fame, both together with Van Slyke.

DSCC updates its display fab utilization rates report

DSCC has published an update to its display fab utilization rate report. DSCC says that rigid OLED roduction has remained strong since March 2019 (following a low period before) mostly due to a reduced price gap with LCD displays, larger screen sizes in 2019 OLED smartphones and aggressive smartphone pricing in China.

Display technology fab utilization rates (DSCC, 2018 to June 2019)

Flexible OLED fab utilization remains low but DSCC sees an improvement in June to 42% up from around 30% all over 2019. OLED TV fab utilization remains at very high levels (100%, in fact) and will continue to be high in June.

New OLED gadget: Lenovo ThinkPad P Series

Lenovo's 2019 P series laptops are portable workstation, that are based on 15.6" displays. There are several models - and the top-of-the-line P1 Gen 2, the P53 and the P73 all has optional 15.6" 4K touch AMOLED displays. The laptops are based on Intel's latest 9th-Gen CPUs.

Lenovo did not yet detail the price or shipping dates of its new P Series laptops.

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