A new photoconductive AFM module enables precise OLED measurements

Bruker announced a new photoconductive atomic-force Microscopy (pcAFM) module for the Dimension Icon platform. The new modules enables sample illumination while performing nanoscale electrical characterization. Bruker says that the new module (combined with their PeakForce TUNA technology) enables the highest resolution photoconductivity and nanomechanical mapping for OLED (or OPV) device samples.

The new modules provides uniform backside illumination and can be fiber coupled to industry-standard solar simulators for OPV testing. It is compatible with Bruker’s turnkey 1ppm glove box configuration.

Ynvisible's electrochromics transparent flexible display hands on review

Ynvisible (based in Portugal) is developing flexible transparent electrochromic e-paper like displays, Electrochromic materials change their color when electricity is applied. The company is already producing some displays in low volume (and offering some "demo" devices on-line), and were kind enough to send our sister site E-Ink-Info a sample gift card showing off their displays.

The display is quite impressive. It's very basic (it shows a pre-printed image and has a very low contrast), but it's transparent, and flexible and frankly very nice. The material they use in this sample changes from transparent to being blue. When off, it looks exactly like a normal piece of plastic - totally transparent and bendable (flexible).

Audi to equip the R18 e-tron car with their 7.7" AMOLED digital rear-view "mirror"

Back in May we reported that Audi installed an AMOLED digital rear view "mirror" in their R18 sports prototype car. The AMOLED display was chosen because of the high density, excellent image quality and very fast response time (good even at 330 km/h). Now Audi announced that they will use this AMOLED "mirror" in the upcoming R8 e-tron car that will be available by the end of 2012. The e-tron will be a small-volume electric road car that has no rear window and thus cannot use a conventional mirror.

Audi also reveals that the AMOLED display itself is 7.7" in size and is made by Samsung Display (which isn't really surprising).

eMagin Q2 2012 results - record revenues of $8.6 million

eMagin reported their Q2 2012 results with record revenues of $8.6 million (a 15.3% increase over Q2 2011). Net income was $577,000. eMagin has about $13.3 million in cash. During Q2 the company bought back 125,000 shares (average price $2.95).

eMagin microdisplays

New deposition machine

Andrew Sculley (eMagin's CEO) says that eMagin have finally started to produce microdisplays on their new deposition machine. The machine isn't yet fully optimized, and they are also producing on their older Satella machine. eMagin says that once the new machine is fully optimized (they need to automate a certain process still), capacity will grow 10-fold, and the displays will have better uniformity - which will increase quality and yields.

NeoView Kolon now offers transparent PMOLED displays and lighting panels

A few weeks ago we reported about a new Indonesian phone with a 2.4" transparent OLED panel, reportedly made by NeoView Kolon. Today I checked NeoView's site, and indeed it seems that the company is now shipping transparent PMOLED panels - and also OLED lighting panels.

NeoView offers four different transparent PMOLEDs: 2.41" 240x342, 16M-colors panels, a 1.98" 128x160 panel (262K colors) and monochrome (blue or white) 1.3" panels. Lifetime is quoted at 10,000 @40% on (I don't think they mean LT40, but that's not very clear).

DisplaySearch: OLED TVs cost 8-10 times more than LCDs to produce, but the OLED market will still grow tenfold by 2016

DisplaySearch says that the AMOLED market is expected to grow almost tenfold from 2012 (2.3 million square meters) to 2016 (22 million square meters). DisplaySearch are basing their forecast on planned investments, and they say that most of the capacity increase will be driven by OLED TV production.

While Samsung has been successful in improving yields for small OLED production (to an almost-LCD level) and thus enabling an only 30% premium over LCDs, producing large OLED panels is still very expensive - mainly due to low yields and high material costs.

NanoMarkets to host a Q&A session on OLED materials market opportunities

Nanomarkets logoLast month we reported that Nanomarkets released a new report titled OLED Materials Markets 2012, analyzing the opportunities for OLED materials suppliers in both the display and lighting sectors over the next eight years. Today Nanomarkets announced that they will host a Q&A session on that report on September 6 at 10:00 AM EDT (-5:00 GMT).

During the free session Nanomarkets analysts will present the findings from the report (the main one being the forecast that the total OLED material market will grow from $524 million in 2012 to over $7.4 billion in 2019). The author of the report (Dr, Jill Simpson) will present her insights into the opportunities available to suppliers of materials used in OLED panels and how the supply chain and overall market is evolving.

Will the Galaxy Note 2 feature a plastic-based flexible OLED display?

There are reports suggesting that the upcoming Galaxy Note 2 will feautre a 5.5" YOUM flexible OLED panel. The display will not be bendable though. It will be based on a plastic (polymide) substrate and will be virtually unbreakable. It will also be thinner than current AMOLEDs by around 0.4 mm - which will enable Samsung to use a biggest battery.

We do know that Samsung has plans to launch flexible YOUM panels by the end of the 2012, I'm not sure if the first screen they'll produce will be a large 5.5" panel. In any case, we don't have a lot to wait - Samsung confirmed that the new Note will be announce on August 29.

Will LG Electronics assemble their OLED TVs in Poland?

There's an interesting report that LG Electronics will use their plant in Kobierzyce, near Wroclaw, to assemble their upcoming OLED TVs. The report is a bit confusing, but from what I understand the OLED panels themselves will be made in Korea and will only be assembled in Poland.

They are talking about very low numbers - a few thousand units per year. This correlates with earlier reports that both LG and Samsung will only be able to produce around 20,000 OLED TVs in 2012.

UDC Q2 2012 results: $30 million in revenues, $11 million net income

Universal Display reported their financial results for Q2 2012, with a record revenues of $30 million (up 167% compared to 2Q 2011). This includes the $15 million license payment from Samsung (paid twice a year). Net income was $11 million. UDC says that the number of customers purchasing OLED materials increased about 40% from 2Q 2011. Following are some notes from the conference call (during which Steve Abramson, UDC's president and CEO, mentioned OLED-Info four times):

Fujiflim's OLED IP acquisition

Regarding the recent $105 million purchase of Fujifilm's OLED IP portfolio, UDC says that half of these patents relate to device architecture, and the rest covers OLED materials - host, transport and phosphorescent emitters (including iridium and platinum). The company does not expect the patent purchase to generate revenue (in license or material sales) in the near term.