PIOL now offers OLED lighting kits with 3 OLED panels for $950

Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting (PIOL) started to offer OLED lighting kits. For ¥78,500 (about $950) you get three OLED lighting panels, two stands (which including dimming controls) and an AC adapter. The OLED lighting panels are 97x90 mm in size (2 mm thick), offer a luminance of 3,100 cd/m2, a lifetime of 10,000 hours (LT70) and an efficiency if 26-30 lm/W. Each panel in the kit has a different color temperature (3000K, 4000K and 5000K).

PIOL's panels have a high CRI (over 90) and they target museums and exhibitions. Panasonic made panels have already been used in at least two museums: Kyoto's MOMAK museum and Panasonic's own Shiodome museum.

DisplayBank says OLED shipments in Q3 grew 6.5% due to better production yields

DisplayBank says that AMOLED production shipments grew in Q3 2012 due to better yields at Samsung's 5.5-Gen AMOLED fabs. Q3 shipments grew 6.5% compared to Q1 and Q2 (which were flat). By area of panel shipped, shipments increased 15.9% compared to Q1 and Q2.

Production of AMOLED panels at Samsung (photo)

Compared to last year, Q3 shipments increase 42% (92% by area) - but still it is evident that the OLED market is not really increasing its capacity as fast as people thought. Hopefully in 2013 we'll see more players with mass production (including LGD for OLED TVs, AUO and CMI) and also more capacity increases from Samsung (for small panels and large OLED TV ones, and maybe flexible OLEDs as well).

ITRI: Taiwan may still compete with Korea in the flexible OLED market

Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) claims that Taiwan can still compete with Korean panel makers (Samsung and LGD) in the flexible AMOLED market. The institute says that help from the Taiwanese economics bureau will be required. Upstream suppliers will need to ramp up their development effort and boost production facilities and materials.

Samsung had plans to release their first plastic-based flexible OLEDs in 2012, but this has been delayed to early 2013. LG Display hopes to start flexible OLED production towards the end of 2013.

The DOE grants UDC with $150K to develop low-cost single-layer outcoupling

Universal Display announced it has awarded a $150,000 SBIR phase I program from the US DOE to develop low cost single layer outcoupling solution for OLED lighting. UDC says that to date no one has demonstrated an approach to achieve desired extraction efficiency targets in a thin form factor and cost-effective manner. UDC's solution has the potential to increase the light extraction by greater than a factor of two while being cost-effective and compatible with low-cost OLED manufacturing techniques.

UDC is also developing single-layer thin-film hybrid organic-inorganic encapsulation layer (they call this UniversalBarrier). Obviously these two technologies can be combined to create thin-film low-cost and efficient OLED lighting panels.

Sony unveils a new monochrome 20.5" OLED monitor for the medical industry

Sony unveiled a new 20.5" monochrome OLED monitor for the medical industry. This monitor offers 2048x2560 resolution, high luminance, wide viewing angle, high contrast and deep, rich black reproduction (the black level is less than 0.001cd/M2 and 500 cd/M2 luminance). The monitor isn't available yet, and apparently it doesn't have a model number yet.

Sony is already offering the full-color 25" Trimaster EL PVM-2551MD medical monitor, which has recently received FDA approval for use in surgery (the first OLED panel to do so). It costs €6,000 (which is 50% more expensive than the equivalent LCD monitor from Sony).

2012 holiday OLED Handbook discount

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Samsung sold over 5 million Galaxy Note II phones in less than 3 months

Samsung announced that they sold over 5 million Galaxy Note II phones. In the beginning of November they announced 3 million units sold - so it means they sold 2 million in less than a month. The Note II has a 5.5" HD Super AMOLED display (1280x720, non-Pentile), a quad-core 1.6Ghz processor and a large 3,100mAh battery. It's only 9.4mm thick.

Galaxy Note II

The Note 2 started shipping in September 2012. It's available for AT&T ($250), and also unlocked in the US for $775 (international version).

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