New OLED gadget: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung's Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a Tizen OS based smartwatch that features either a 1.2" 360x360 or 1.4" 360x360 round Super AMOLED displays, covered with Corning Gorilla Glass DX+.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 photo

The Watch Active 2 is based on a 1.15Ghz Exynos 9110 dual-core chipset with 768Mb of RAM (1.5Gb in the LTE models) and 4GB of internal storage.

Researchers use perovskites to create efficient and cost-effective thick OLED devices

Researchers from Japan's Kyushu University developed new OLED devices made by integrating OLED emitters with thick layers of hybrid perovskite materials. The researchers say that such a device structure to enable lower-cost production and better viewing angles in OLED displays.

A test organic light-emitting diode (OLED) incorporating thick layers of hybrid perovskite emits green light image

OLED devices usually use a very thin layer of organic materials, as these are poor conductors, which makes production more difficult and also leads to cavity effects which distorts the emission color. The thick perovskite-OLED hybrid layer (which is around 2,000 nm thick) are more easily processed compared to thin film layers while still being highly conductive.

Korea will invest $6.5 billion to lower its dependence on Japanese imports

The South Korean government says it will spend around $6.5 billion in the next five years to help the local materials, components and equipment sectors and lower its dependence on Japanese imports. This follows Japan's government decision to restrict some material exports, including fluorinated polyimide, to South Korea, following a diplomatic tension between the two countries.

Korea hopes to ensure a stable supply of 100 strategic items (selected from a list of 1,100 industrial items that are imported mostly from Japan) and will assist local R&D activities, lower import barriers and reach out to suppliers in other countries. Korea mostly aims to protect its chips, displays, cars, electronics, equipment and chemicals industries.

Universal Display and Merck to accelerate development of OLED materials and technologies

Universal Display and Merck announced that the two companies will collaborate on OLED research and development. The two companies will join their know-how to accelerate the development of new products.

This joint development program brings together UDC's leading-edge phosphorescent OLED emitters with Merck's state-of-the-art transport materials. The objective is to develop higher performing OLED stacks for OLED manufacturers around the world.

Magnachip reports record OLED driver sales, surpasses the 500 million OLED driver shipment milestone

OLED driver IC developer MagnaChip reported its financial results for Q2 2019, with revenues that exceeded its own guidance. One of the company's main growth drivers is OLED display driver ICs, which were up 7% from Q2 2018 to $73 million, the company's highest quarter ever.

Magnachip drivers and chips photo

Magnachip says that its OLED business benefited from six new OLED smartphone that were launched in Asia during the quarter, and the company also secured four new design wins. Most of its OLED driver revenues are from its 40-nm display driver, but its new 28-nm driver has entered mass production and will be a key revenue driver going forward.

New OLED gadget: Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro

Xiaomi's Black Shark 2 Pro is an update to the original Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone, with the same 6.39" 1080 x 2340 AMOLED (SDC) display - but one with faster touch latency. The new phone sports stronger chipset (Snapdragon 855 Plus) and some upgraded hardware.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro photo

The Black Shark 2 Pro will ship in China in early August starting at 2,999 Yuan (around $435) for the 12GB / 128GB variant.