Samsung demonstrates a 9.1" stretchable AMOLED prototype

May 22, 2017

Samsung Display is set to demonstrate 9.1-inch stretchable AMOLED prototype during SID 2017. This display can stretch up to 12 mm when pressed, and still maintain its high resolution (which SDC did not specify).

SDC Stretchable AMOLED prototype (SID 2017)

This is an exciting development - but we're all waiting for Samsung to first commercialize its foldable OLEDs, and only then can we expect to see commercial rollable and stretchable displays.

eMagin raises $6.6 million in an underwritten offering

May 20, 2017

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin announced that it is set to raise $6.6 million in an underwritten offering. eMagin will sell shares and warrants to a single institutional investor and to Stillwater LLC. The shares are priced at $2 and the warrants have an exercise price of $2.45 (the current eMagin share price is $2.5).

An eMagin OLED microdisplay

eMagin is currently losing money, and at the end of the previous quarter had only $3.8 million in cash and equivalents. eMagin is looking to increase production capacity as it enters the consumer display market and is seeking a production partner.

Asus may stop developing ZenWatch smartwatches due to dismal sales

May 20, 2017

According to reports from Taiwan, Asus may have decided to stop developing its ZenWatch line of smartwatches, due to poor market performance. The reports suggest that Asus managed to sell only about 5,000 to 6,000 watches each month.

Asus ZenWatch 3 photo

Asus first ZenWatch was launched in 2014. The latest model, the ZenWatch 3, started shipping in November 2016 for $225. The ZenWatch 3 is an Android Wear smartwatch that features a 1.39" 400x400 (287 PPI) AMOLED display, a SnapDragon Wear 2100 CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.

IHS: OLED TV shipments to reach 10 million 2023, but growth will decelerate

May 19, 2017

IHS says that OLED TV shipments will reach 10 million units in 2023, up from about 1.5 million in 2017. The OLED TV market will grow at a CAGR of 42% from 2017, but the growth will decelerate as can be seen in the chart below.

AMOLED TV shipments forecast (2015-2023, IHS)

The high costs of producing OLED TV panels will remain a challenge and will be the main reason why production of OLED TV panels won't accelerate in the near future. Producers are looking into ink-jet printing as a way to lower production costs but the soluble emitting materials are still under performing and also the production yields are still low. IHS says that OLED makers are aiming to start mass printing OLED TV panels by 2019.

TianMa deploys Orbotech's optical inspection and testing systems in its new 6-Gen flexible OLED line in Wuhan, China

May 19, 2017

Israel-based Orbotech announced that TianMa selected the company's Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) and test systems in its new 6-Gen flexible OLED fab in Wuhan, China. Orbotech's systems will be used to optimize the quality, throughput and process efficiency at Tianma's new production line.

5.5-inch AMOLED panel produced at TianMa's 6-Gen AMOLED Fab in Wuhan

AMOLED panel produced at TianMa 6-Gen fab, Wuhan

Orbotech also reveals that Tianma's investment in this new fab will reach about $1.8 billion. The new fab has stated sample production recently and will ramp up to mass production by the end of the year. The new line capacity will reach 30,000 monthly substrates, and Tainma aims to double the capacity in 2018.

Meet Kyulux at SID 2017

May 19, 2017

The following is a sponsored message by Kyulux

The SID Display Week, which will take place next week in Los Angeles, California, is one of the most important events in the display industry. This year's Display Week will provide an excellent chance to be updated on the latest advances by Kyulux, the Japan-based OLED TADF and Hyperfluoresence material developer.

Kyulux 2017 TADF demonstration panel

Hyperfluorescence combines TADF and fluorescence to provide the ultimate OLED emission technology, and unlike phosphorescence, it enables full RGB color, 100% IQE and pure narrow spectrum color. Hyperfluorescence is set to replace existing emitter technologies by early 2020, and Kyulux aims to release its first commercial materials by 2018.

The 2nd International TADF workshop, July 2017, Kyushu, JapanThe 2nd International TADF workshop, July 2017, Kyushu, Japan