Apple wants LGD to supply it with flexible OLEDs starting in 2018

Apr 17, 2017

Apple is moving forward with its 2017 flexible OLED phones, and the company has to rely exclusively on Samsung Display as SDC is the only OLED maker capable to produce the capacity Apple needs and the quality flexible OLEDs.

LG Display 5.5'' flexible AMOLED panel (SID 2015)

But in 2018 LGD is also planning to ramp up its flexible OLED capacity, and according to a new report from Business Korea LGD was approached by Apple with an aim to secure LG's capacity for Apple's 2018 phones. LGD reportedly did not yet make a decision - which will have to be made at the end of June once its new Flexible OLED fab comes online.

Sony starts rolling out its XBR-A1E OLED TVs sooner than expected - and cheaper too

Apr 16, 2017

Sony launched its first OLED TV, the XBR-A1E, in January 2017, and the company now started shipping its TV in Europe and in the US (the 65" model only). The prices (at least on Amazon.com) are $1,000 cheaper than Sony first announced - the 55" model costs $3,999 while the 65" model costs $5,499. The 77" is not shipping or priced yet.

Sony A1E OLED TV photo

Sony's A1E features a flat 4K OLED (LGD WRGB) panel, Android TV platform, HDR (both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR) and a built-in speaker which is part of the stand behind the TV to create a stand-less form factor.

Skyworth unveils its own Wallpaper OLED TV

Apr 14, 2017

Skyworth has been producing OLED TVs since 2014, and the China-based TV maker has now unveiled its latest two OLED TVs, the S9E and the Wallpaper OLED TV. The Wallpaper one resembles LG's Wallpaper OLEDW7 TVs and also use a design that enables hanging the 3.6 mm screen on the wall and connecting the input box via a cable.

Skyworth Wallpaper OLED TV photo

Skyworth's Wallpaper OLED TV will cost ¥99,999 ($14,500) for the 65" model - which is almost double than LG's OLEDW7 ($7,999)!

eMagin to help the US Army to retrofit high brightness OLED microdisplays in helicopter helmets

Apr 13, 2017

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin announced that the US Army will use its new high-brightness OLED microdisplays in its major helicopter helmet upgrade program. The program will retrofit high brightness, monochrome green microdisplays into the current fielded helmet. This new project also includes funding for engineering of production tooling as eMagin will be responsible for a higher-level display, taper, and lens assembly.

An eMagin OLED microdisplay

eMagin expects full production to commence in 2018 (following ground and flight testing) and continue for several years to complete retrofits for over 1000 airframes.

RitDisplay increases its PMOLED capacity, revenues up 30% in 2016

Apr 13, 2017

In August 2016 we reported that PMOLED-producer RiTdisplay sees growth ahead in the PMOLED market with plans to increase capacity - and today Digitimes states that RiTdisplay has indeed increased its capacity by 20% in 2016 (to 18,000 monthly substrates, up from 15,000). The company aims to increase production by a further 40% (to 25,200 monthly substrates) by the end of 2017.

Earlier reports suggested that the capacity increase will come from more efficient production ("deleting bottlenecks") - not from new equipment.

Dell brings back its UP3017Q 30" 4K OLED monitor and slashes the price by $1,500

Apr 13, 2017

In early 2016 Dell announced the world's first OLED monitor, the 30" 4K Ultrasharp UP3017Q. This interesting and innovative monitor was supposed to be shipping in March 2016 for $4,999 - but that did not happen, and reports suggested that Dell canceled this monitor as the company was unhappy with the image quality of that OLED panel - especially the amount of color drift that it displayed when you viewed the monitor from the sides.

Dell UltraSharp 30 OLED photo

But Dell now started shipping the UP3017Q, and the price is set at $3,499, or $1,500 lower than the original price Dell announced in 2016. Hopefully other companies will follow suit to release OLED monitors as well.

Aixtron to supply a major Asian OLED display maker with an OVPD OLED deposition system

Apr 12, 2017

Aixtron announced that it received a purchase order from a major Asian OLED display manufacturer for an OLED deposition system to be installed at the customer site within the second half of 2017. Aixtron does not specifically mention OVPD but as far as we know Aixtron only offers OVPD systems for OLED deposition.

Aixtron OVPD R&D Demo Cluster

Aixtron and the OLED display maker will collaborate to qualify Aixtron's technology for the production of OLED displays. Aixtron says that is OVPD deposition technology (developed originally by Universal Display, and licensed exclusively to Aixtron) offers several unique advantages over competing systems and it can enable the highest deposition rates, provide an efficient material utilization while minimizing the risk of degradation of organic material.