Yissum and Vaxan to co-develop a nanoparticle ink for OLED and other applications

Israel's Yissum Research Development Company (the Technology Transfer Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Korea's Vaxan Steel announced a new agreement to co-develop silver nanoparticles and silver-coated copper nanoparticles for conductive inks. These inks can be utilized in a variety of printing technologies, including inkjet printing, and can be used in applications such as OLEDs and RFID tags.

The new inks were invented by Professor Shlomo Magdassi, Dr. Alexander Kamyshny and Michael Grouchko from the Institute of Chemistry at the Hebrew University. Yissum granted Vaxan a license to commercialize the technology exclusively in Asia, excluding Israel and former Soviet Union countries, and will receive in return research fees and royalties from future sales. This is the first time a Korean company collaborates with an Israeli university.

IDT PureTouch: a single-layer multi-touch capacitive controller for both OLEDs and LCDs

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) developed the world's first single-layer multi-touch capacitive controller, called PureTouch. IDT explains that in normal multi-touch displays there are two or three layers of ITO - and they managed to use just a single layer in PureTouch. Having just one layer makes for cheaper touch screens, and also more efficient and bright ones. And it works for both LCD and AMOLED displays.

PureTouch display prototypePureTouch display prototype

The only limitation of the new approach is that it only works well on small displays (up to 5" in size, and the maximum resolution is 1024x1024).

Sony to introduce two professional 2D OLED monitors soon?

There are reports that Sony will unveil two professional OLED monitors at the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat (14-18 February in Palm Springs, California). This won't be Sony's 24.5" glasses-free 3D monitor unveiled at CES (which should also be available during 2011) as the two new monitors will not feature 3D.

Sony PVM-740Sony PVM-740

Sony already has some professional OLED monitors available - the latest is the PVM-740 (announced in April 2010) - that has a 7.4" (960x540) OLED panel.

HP is researching flexible OLEDs

There's an interesting article over at the LATimes about HP's flexible display research. HP has been showing flexible e-paper prototypes for quite a while, and they say they expect to deliver a prototype to the US army by year's end. Carl Taussig, director of advanced display research at HP Labs in Palo Alto, reveals that the company is also working on flexible OLEDs. Flexible E Ink is closer to commercialization - but it is monochrome and not suited for videos, and that's why HP is also looking at OLEDs.

HP flexible E Ink displayHP's Flexible E Ink display

In October 2010, Universal Display (together with LG and L-3) announced that they delivered 8 flexible wrist-mounted OLED displays for the US Army. These are 4.3" QVGA full-color OLEDs, made on a amorphous-Silicon (a-Si) TFT, fabricated by LG Display.

Samsung confirms a Galaxy S successor with a dual-core processor and a Super AMOLED Plus display

Samsung LogoSamsung reported strong financial results, with over 80 million mobile devices shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010. In their financial report, Samsung also confirms they will ship a new phone that will be the Galaxy S successor during the first half of 2011, and this device will have a dual-core processor and a Super AMOLED Plus display. This will probably be the Galaxy S2, leaked a few weeks ago.

With regards to tablets, Samsung says that they have sold over 2 million Galaxy Tab devices in three months, and they plan to release a 'number of versions' in 2011. Will some of these use an OLED display?

New OLED-Info fan page at Facebook

We are happy to announce a new OLED-Info fan page at Facebook! We have added resources (such as photos and related pages) and will also start posting interesting stories and news directly to the page. This can also be a great place to socialize with other people interested in OLEDs where you can post and comment on stories, share links and start discussions.

So be a sport, hop over to the OLED-Info fan page, and click on the like button!

Sony Playstation Vita (PSP2)

Sony's second-generation mobile gaming console features a 5" touch OLED display (960x544, Samsung made, apparently with green PHOLED), a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and a quad-core PowerVR (SGX543MP4+) GPU (Sony says that it is as powerful as a PS3), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and 3G (AT&T, optional). Gaming controls include dual analog sticks, motion controls and a multi-touch pad on the rear side.

Basically Sony says that there are five basic concepts to the PS2: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity, Location-based Entertainment, Converging Real and Virtual (augmented) Reality. The Vita costs $249 for the Wi-Fi version and $299 for the 3G one.

TCZ announces a volume order from Taiwan for their TCZ-900B OLED production system

TCZ (owned by Cymer) announced a 'volume order' for their TCZ-900B Crystallization System by a 'leading' Taiwanese flat panel display maker. The TCZ-900B, used for Gen-4 plants is used for volume production of small LCDs and OLEDs, but it seems from the press release that this system will be used for producing OLEDs. We do not know who the Taiwanese maker is.

The TCZ-900B is expected to "significantly" reduce the cost and complexity of the OLED manufacturing process". It uses TCZ's patented laser crystallization technology (announced in May 2010).

InZiv - Transforming inspection of OLED, MicroLED, and QLEDInZiv - Transforming inspection of OLED, MicroLED, and QLED