Europe’s Most Important Event on Emerging Technologies Takes Place on 11 & 12 April in Berlin

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The IDTechEx Show! will host over 220 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees. They will see the latest innovations in the fields of wearable technology, printed & flexible electronics, sensors, 3D printing, IoT, electric vehicles and off-grid energy independence. Combining these topics together at one event brings together emerging technologies developers with their customers, leveraging the large overlap between these topics.

Standard Graphene at IDTechEx PE Europe 2017

The big brand all-star speaker line up, comprises of over 225 speakers from around the world, and includes organisations such as GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Beko, Porsche, Panasonic, Cartamundi, Saati, ABB, JC Decaux, L’Oreal, HP and many more. They will present on their needs and latest technology breakthroughs. Session tracks include structural electronics, 3D printing bio & medical, stretchable electronics & e-textiles, off-grid applications, hybrid, flexible & 3D printed electronics, AR/MR/VR headsets & applications, connected vehicles, flexible displays and much more.

New OLED gadget: Oppo R15 / R15 DME

Oppo's new flagship phone, the R15, sports a 6.28" 1080x2280 Super AMOLED display with a notch-type design. The R15 is based on a Helio P60 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 16MP dual-camera on the back. The R15 DME is pretty similar, but is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chipset and has an upgraded camera.

Oppo R15 photo

Both phones will ship on April 2018 in China, the R15 will cost around $475 while the R15 DME will cost around $520.

NTHU researchers developed a di-boron TADF emitter that maintains its efficiency at high brightness

Researchers from Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University (NTHU) developed a new TADF OLED emitter material that maintains its high efficiency at high luminance. The researchers say that this new material is the world's most efficient TADF emitter at high brightness.

Prof. Zheng Jianhong, diboron OLED TADF developer, NTHU

The new material is made from two diboron-based molecules, CzDBA and tBuCzDBA. These donor–acceptor–donor (D–A–D) type and rod-like compounds concurrently generate TADF with a photoluminescence quantum yield of ~100% and an 84% horizontal dipole ratio in the thin film. The researchers synthesized a green TADF emitter that achieved a a high external quantum efficiency of about 37.8% with an efficiency roll-off of only 0.3% at 1,000 cd/m2.

OLEDWorks uses BASF barrier as a planarization layer in its new Brite 3 OLED lighting panels

A few days ago OLEDWorks announces its new OLED lighting series, the Brite 3 OLEDs, which include OLEDWorks' first flexible OLED lighting panels, branded as BendOLEDs.

OLEDWorks BendOLED product photo

BASF's Coatings division announced that OLEDWorks uses the company's flexible barrier solutions in its Bright 3 family of OLED panels (both flexible and rigid). OLEDWorks uses BASF materials as planarization layer to enable highly reliable thin-film encapsulation.

DSCC revised its OLED market forecasts down following lower Apple orders

Earlier this month DSCC announced that it sees low AMOLED fab utilization at SDC, following lower than expected Apple orders. The weaker-than-expected 2018 will move OLED makers to delay and cancel new OLED fab expansion plans.

OLED revenues and  growth (2016-2022, DSCC, revised March 2018)

DSCC now released its updated forecast numbers. The company lowered its outlook for 2018 by 22% and expects total OLED revenues to be $30.3 billion (up 30% from 2017). Looking further ahead to 2022, DSCC sees the market growing at a CAGR of 23% (down from its earlier estimates of 27%). In 2022 the total OLED market will reach $64.3 billion in revenues (down from its earlier estimates of $79.6 billion).

New OLED gadget: Vivo X21 / X21 UD

Viv's new flagship phone, the X21, has a 6.28" 1080x2280 notch-type Super AMOLED display and is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chipset. The X21 has a 12 MP selfie camera and a 12MP dual-lens on the back, a dedicated AI core, 6GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of storage.

Vivo X21 photo

The X21 is now shipping for around $450 (64GB). Vivo also announced a version with an under-the-OLED fingerprint sensor (the Vivo X21 UD), which will ship by the end of March 2018 for around $570 (128GB model).

Ten German companies establish a new OLED lighting forum

Ten Germany-based companies established a new OLED lighting alliance, called the "OLED Licht Forum" that aim to develop and promote OLED lighting technologies through dialogue and expert exchange. The forum will also organize conferences, lectures and institution visits.

The forum was founded by OLEDWorks, OSRAM, Merck, BASF coatings, EMDE, Fraunhofer, Hema electronic, Irlbacher, APEVA and WALO-TL. One of the first activities will be to create an OLED showroom in Germany that will be open to the public.