Toshiba portable OLED Lamp 2011

Toshiba's portable OLED lamp is a prototype, but the company will make 100 units of this lamp and donate these to quake-hit areas in Japan. Toshiba has no plans to sell these to consumers. The lamps run from either four AAA alkaline batteries or from the embedded rechargeable battery - and Toshiba bundle the lamp with a solar-panel (it can also be recharged via a USB port).

The lamp measure 146x100x18.5mm (at the thickest part) and weight 180g without the batteries. There are no details about the OLED panel itself, which is made by Toshiba. We only know that lamp brightness is 53 lm (similar to a desk lamp) with 100% brightness, it can be dimmed to 30% or 10%.

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TDK starts mass production of a transparent 2.4" QVGA PMOLEDs

Update: We've got some new technical details about TDK's transparent panels.

TDK announced that they began to mass produce transparent PMOLED displays. The first display (code: UEL476) offers 2.4", QVGA (240x320) resolution and 40% transmittance. Other technical details: 150 cd/ m2 and a temperature range of -20 to +85 degrees C. TDK says that this display is not easily viewable from the rear - for enhanced security.

Lenovo S-800 phone

This is not very surprising - as we already know that Lenovo's S-800 uses a transparent PMOLED from TDK. So this is just a confirmation that the company indeed moved into mass production.

Toshiba developed a portable OLED lamp, to produce 100 units and donate to quake-hit areas in Japan

Toshiba developed a new portable OLED lamp - and they will make 100 units of this lamp, and donate these to quake-hit areas (50 units were already donated to the evacuation center in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture). Toshiba has no plans to sell these to consumers. The lamps run from either four AAA alkaline batteries or from the embedded rechargeable battery - and Toshiba bundle the lamp with a solar-panel (it can also be recharged via a USB port).

The lamp measure 146x100x18.5mm (at the thickest part) and weight 180g without the batteries. There are no details about the OLED panel itself, which is made by Toshiba. We only know that lamp brightness is 53 lm (similar to a desk lamp) with 100% brightness, it can be dimmed to 30% or 10%.

KAIST develops new cost-effective flexible display metal wiring technology

The Korean Advanced Institute of Science (KAIST) says they have developed a new flexible display metal wiring technology. The researchers manufactured the metal wiring by inducing photochemical reaction using laser after self-generated 2-3nm silver nanoparticle photocatalytic from metal-atom melted organic matter. They team also developed a laser-guided pattern adhesive transfer - which is used to pattern solid-state materials from a polymer film to the target film (which is vulnerable to heat).

KAIST reports that the technology enabled ultra-fine silver metal wiring (less than 10?) on various material polymer films and the wiring features high conductivity and high reliability. In fact KAIST claims that the new method will enable cheaper manufacturing (about 1% compared to silver nanoparticle ink!) and the manufacturing speed was improved up to 100 times.

Samsung sold over a million Galaxy S II phones in Korea in a month

Samsung says that they sold over a million Galaxy S II phones in Korea - in just a month (one phone sold every 3 seconds...). This is a new record for Korea (the previous reord was the Galaxy S - which took 70 days to sell a million units). The Galaxy S II actually broke several records, selling 100,000 units in 3 days, 200,000 units in 8 days and 500,000 in two weeks.

In early May Samsung said that they got over three million pre-orders for the S II. The company originally planned to sell 10 million units in 2011, it seems that they will sell more if the success continues...

Samsung and Ube Kosan to co-develop and produce Polyimide for flexible displays

Samsung Mobile Display announced a new Joint Venture (50:50) with Japan's Ube Kosan to develop and produce polyimide resin - to be used as substrates for flexible displays (and other applications, too). The initial investment is 19.4 billion won ($18 million USD). The new polyimide material will be heat resistant even at high temperatures. The production facilities will be built in Samsung's industrial complex in Tangjeong, Korea.

 

Samsung have already demonstrated flexible OLED prototypes built on a polyimide substrate, back in November 2010. According to our information, Samsung plans to start producing flexible OLEDs in 2012 or 2013, and this is one of the first steps they announce towards that goal.

Philips offers a Special 2of3 OLED kit - electronics and two OLEDs for just €180

Philips are offering a new OLED lighting kit called 2of3 - which offers quite a saving. The kit includes driver electronics and two large OLEDs (you can choose from the rectangle, dot or square, all in tall version) - and it costs just €180. If you choose two rectangles you save €434!

This is not a limited-time offer. Philips say that it is time to give more people access to this new light source. In fact they told us that what they do is apply the 'volume' price to the engineering samples price. Good on them!

Dupont shows new OLED prototypes made by a coating process

Dupont has unveiled two new OLED display prototypes made by a coating process (using solution processable materials). The first (shown below) is a 4.3" 480x272 (128 ppi) and the second is a 5.8" display offering 294x196 (83 ppi).

DuPont 4.3-inch printed OLED prototype

Dupont says that the solution-processable displays offer better uniformity than commercial LCD displays. The cost advantage for solution-processable OLEDs grow as as the panel size increases.

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