Sony developed an 11.7" Oxide Semiconductor TFT-driven OLED

Sony has developed a Top-Emission 11.7-inch 960 x 540 OLED panel using oxide semiconductor TFTs as its driver elements. Sony says that the new panel has a lifetime of over 10 years and better colors than the XEL-1. The OLED panel features a peak brightness of 600cd/m2 or more, a contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1 or more, and 100% or higher color gamut vs NTSC.

The panel improvements were achieved by reducing the property degradation of the oxide semiconductor TFT. Sony made the following three improvements. First, the company prevents the oxidation of the electrode by changing the structure of the source/drain electrode from the commonly-used Ti/Al/Ti three-layer structure to Ti/Al/Mo structure (Mo is in contact with the amorphous IGZO).

Sony gives more details about their 4.1" rollable OLED

Sony is showing a beautiful 4.1" flexible-rollable OLED display at SID - with 423x240 resolution (121ppi), 16.8 million colors and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It's only 80um thick. Today they revealed some more technical details.

Sony said that the most distinctive technological feature of the panel is the organic semiconductor material "PXX (peri-Xanthenoxanthene) derivative," which Sony developed. The OTFT has a carrier mobility of 0.4cm2/Vs (four times higher than that of pentacene, which is commonly used). As a result, it became possible to use organic TFTs to form a gate-driver circuit on a resin substrate. Because there is no need to embed a driver chip, the entire panel can be folded. Sony did however embed a driver chip (it isn't easy to form a source driver circuit on a resin substrate) - and so the OLED on display can be folded only to one side.

NHK shows an improved-resolution flexible OTFT OLED panel

NHK has improved the resolution of their organic TFT (OTFT) flexible OLED panel by four times. The flexible OLED is a 5" 320x240 (QVGA), 80ppi panel. In its 318um-wide pixel (their previous panel's pixel size was 600um) the red, green and blue subpixels are transversely arranged. Its frame frequency is 60Hz.

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The gate insulating film was formed by a coating method, which is suited for a large-area panel. The OLED layer was formed by an evaporation method using a low-molecular phosphorescent material.

UDC announces new All-Phosphorescent OLED lighting technology

Universal Display (UDC) logoUniversal Display has more news for us at SID 2010. They have already announced the new light-blue light-blue phosphorescent OLED emitter system, suitable for both display and lighting applications. Today they are presenting an all-phosphorescent white OLED to address initial commercial niche white lighting applications

UDC is showing a 15cm x 15cm OLED lighting panel using the company’s highly-efficient phosphorescent OLED technology and materials. UDC believes that this panel is the most energy-efficient performance, at this scale, reported to date. This panel emits a warm-white light with a color rendering index (CRI) of 87 and a correlated color temperature (CCT) of 3055K. It also has a luminous efficacy of 50 lumens per Watt using an optical outcoupling treatment with a modest 1.5x enhancement factor. With an operating lifetime of approximately 10,000 hours to 70% of an initial luminance of 1,000 cd/m2, this panel performance has the potential to meet the requirements for a number of initial commercial niche OLED lighting applications, and is an important step toward white OLED panel performance that achieves Energy Star targets.

Sasmung reveals the structure of its transparent AMOLED display

Back in CES 2010, Samsung has shown a transparent-laptop prototype, with a 14" display. Today they are revealing the structure of that display. The screen has a 960x540 resolution, and a brightness of 200cd/m2.

The top-emission OLED panel uses a LTPS TFT for its drive element. About 75% percent of each pixel is transparent, says Samsung, and this can be achieved by forming drive elements and organic EL elements (anode electrode, luminescent layer) on gate or source wiring. The OLED elements are made by using a metal stencil mask, and the cathode electrodes are made from a newly developed metal material.

PETEC announces plans for a combined OLED Lighting and OPV panel line for Q4 2010.

The Printable Electronics Technology Centre (PETEC) has announced plans for a new prototyping line to support the lighting and Organic Photovoltaic sectors. The new line is targeted at industries needing large area coating capability alongside the need for reproducible uniform and low defectivity thin film coating onto glass and plastic substrates.

It is designed to be an automated batch tool based on cassette handling of samples to minimise manual intervention. The specification has been aligned with the needs of the SSL and PV industry. It will produce up to 20 samples per day with a panel size from 100mm to 200mm square. The line will have slot-die and spin coating modules, metal and organic evaporation and encapsulation.  It will enable the deposition of solution and small molecule OLED material technologies. It will target fine coating active layers of 10-200nm thinness with uniformity of +-5% across the full panel width.

Last week we reported that PolyPhotonix plans to launch a 8" 60lm/W OLED Lighting panel. They will be using this line at PETEC.

Acer Stream

The Acer Stream is an Android phone (running on a 1Ghz processor) with a large touch AMOLED display. It features 720p video (playback and record), HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a DLNA/UPnP Streamer.

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The Stream is now shipping in the UK for £399.99 (contact-free).

The HTC Droid Incredible is suffering from AMOLED shortage

The HTC Incredible is an Android (v2.1) phone with similar hardware to the Google's Nexus One. It has a large 3.7" 480x800 WVGA touch AMOLED display, made by Samsung. It costs $99 with a new service plan for Verizon, but it's actually unavailable now. Verizon says that component shortages are to blame - specifically the AMOLED display (made by Samsung).

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Samsung announced that they can't meet customer demand in their OLED plant - and they won't be able to do so until next year at least. Recently they commited $2.2 billion for new AMOLED production lines, to go online in 2012.

LG LB4400

The LG LB4400 is a south-korean phone that LG have developed together with iRiver as a digital audio player that's also a phone. It handles all sorts of audio files and supports Dolby Surround Mobile. It has a 2.8" touch AMOLED.

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An interview with Blackbody's CTO

A few days ago, Blackbody announced a new OLED lamp (the light photon) It was the first time I heard of Blackbody. Today Blackbody has unveiled a large OLED chandelier that uses 282 OLED panels. Their CTO, Bruno Dussert-Vidalet, was happy to answer a few questions:

Q: Can you give me some background-info on Blackbody? Is it part of Astron-FIAMM? Do you have other investors?

Blackbody is the commercial brand of Astron FIAMM for the general lighting industry.

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Q: Do you have any OLED Business partners?

No we are doing all the OLED alone, we use commercial and R&D available materials.

Cambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDsCambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDs