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An OLED uses organic semiconductors to create thin light emitting panels. OLEDs are used to create thin, beautiful, flexible and efficient display and lighting panels, and are the future technology of choice.

Recent OLED News

DisplayMate: LG's 2017 OLED E7 TV is unquestionably the best performing TV that we have ever tested or watched

Display measurement experts DisplayMate posted a review of LG's latest OLED TVs, specifically a 65" OLEDE7 model. DisplayMate performed an extensive set of tests and LG's OLED performed exceptionally well throughout all of the Lab Measurement Tests and Viewing Tests. DisplayMate says that "it is unquestionably the best performing TV that we have ever tested or watched".

LG OLEDE7 photo

LG's 2017 OLED TV is "visually Indistinguishable from perfect" and it breaks many TV display performance records. It is far better than the best Plasma TVs ever tested and is even better than the $50,000 Sony pProfessional CRT reference studio monitors that up until recently were the golden standard for picture quality, according to DisplayMate.

CLSA: OLED capacity spending has peaked, sees no more orders in the near future

Analysts from CLSA returned from a journey to Asia with some interesting notes on the OLED industry. According to CLSA, spending in the OLED industry has peaked and OLED producers are not expecting to place any new equipment orders in the near future. This coincides with IHS estimates of over supply in the flexible OLED market in 2018.

According to CLSA, Samsung has a current capacity in its A3 and A4 (which should be ready by Q2 2018) OLED fabs to produce about 330-385 million OLED displays per year (11 lines, each about 15,000 monthly substrates) which SDC expects to be enough to satisfy Apple's and Samsung Electronics' demand. SDC does not see a strong demand from China's smartphone makers, surprisingly, due to the high cost of OLED displays. Without demand for larger displays (tablets/laptops) or perhaps for foldable devices, SDC's seem to be content with its current OLED capacity.

New OLED gadget: BEAM Authentic smart display button

BEAM Authentic's smart display button is a wearable display that uses a 1.4" 400x400 round AMOLED display to can hold up to 100 images and display these for up to 24 hours. The BEAM button is controlled via smartphone application and can also be used as a panic button.

BEAM Authentic smart display button photo

The BEAM display button is shipping for $99.

UBI: Flexible OLED shipments to overtake rigid ones by 2019

UBI Research estimates that in 2019 Flexible OLED shipments will reach 480 million units, overtaking rigid OLED shipments (409 million in 2019) for the first time. In a somewhat confusing PR, UBI seem to suggest that flexible OLED shipments will grow at a CAGR of 41% to reach 1.285 billion units (and $59.4 billion in revenues) in 2022.

Rigid vs flexible AMOLED shipments (2018-2022, UBI)

UBI also provides information on two specific market segments. Full-screen flexible OLED shipments will reach 265 million units in 2018 (a market-share of 82.1% of all flexible OLEDs). Full-screen OLED domination will continue in the future and in 2022 over a billion such displays will ship (market share of 79.5%).

Royole to evaluate Universal Display's PHOLED materials

Universal Display announced today that Royole has signed an OLED evaluation agreement. UDC will collaborate with Royole and supply its proprietary UniversalPHOLED phosphorescent OLED materials and technology for Royole’s display applications.

UDC PHOLED materials photo (2017)

UDC did not disclose any more details or the financial terms of the agreement. Royole is constructing a 5.5-Gen (Royole calls it a Quasi-6-Gen) flexible OLED production facility in Shenzhen, China. The new fab is scheduled to begin operation in 2018 and will have a monthly capacity of 45,000 substrates.

Synaptics launches a new fingerprint sensor that works under an OLED screen

Synaptics unveiled a new fingerprint sensor called Clear ID that can be placed under the OLED display of a smartphone and can be used to unlock a device in under seven milliseconds - on par with regular fingerprint sensors.

Synaptics Clear ID OLED fingerprint sensor photo

The Clear ID sensor can be placed under any part of the OLED screen (which will have to direct the user to place the fingerprint in the right location). Clear ID works with both rigid and flexible OLEDs - and can even work underwater and on displays that are covered with a screen protector.