OLEDWorks and Cambridge Trust bank settle coating machine supply (updated)

OLEDWorks logoUpdate: I just got word from OLEDworks, and it seems that that article is not correct. In fact, OLEDWorks and Cambridge Trust reached a settlement and the encapsulation tool is already installed at OLEDWorks. Good to hear.

According to a reports OLEDWorks filed a lawsuit against Cambridge Trust bank, seeking an emergency court order to stop the bank from pulling out of a deal to sell two thin-film coating machines to OLEDWorks. OLEDWorks say that they signed deals with customers to supply OLED lighting panel samples in time for the Lightfair trade show in April, and if they do not get these machine quickly they will not be able to do so.

OLEDworks signed an agreement with Cambridge Nanotech in October to buy their used coating machine (called the Phoenix) for $540,00 (a new one costs about $750,000). Later when Cambridge Trust bank took over Cambridge Nanotech, they agreed to actually supply the Phoenix and a second, larger-capacity coating machine (called the Tahiti II) to OLEDWorks - both for only $350,000 (the Tahiti II is word about $1.5 million). Later the bank found a different buyer and decided not to honor the agreement.

BLU Vivo 4.65 HD

BLU's Vivo 4.65 HD is an Android 4.0 dual-SIM smartphone that sports a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED (720p) display, a 1.2Ghz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM and a 8mp camera.

The Vivo 4.65 is set to launch in January 2013 for $300.

New LG OLED TV rumors suggest that the TV will launch in Russia in march for $16,500

Earlier today we posted that according to a Chinese TV commercial, LG is set to release their OLED TV in April. One of our readers (thanks Chewi!) sent us a link to a Russian site that claims that LG plans to launch the 55" TV in Russia in March 2013. The price? 499,990 Rubles, or about $16,500 (considerably more expensive then earlier estimates of $10,000). The site says that LG's store in Moscow already accepts pre-orders (hopefully one of our Russian readers can confirm this?).

So all those reports are not official, but hopefully LG indeed plans to finally release the TV in Q1 2013. They already announced that they will show an updated model at CES in January 2013, and the OLED TV already passed FCC inspection, towards a US release.

Is LG aiming to release their 55" OLED TV in April 2013?

I just found this interesting video showing LG's 55" OLED TV, the 55EM9700 in what appears to be a Chinese TV commercial. Towards the end (2:09) they notice the release date, April 2013:

This is obviously far from official, but maybe that's when LG hopes to launch this TV in China. We do hope/know that LG aims to release the TV soon. Today they announced that they will show an updated model at CES in January 2013, and the OLED TV already passed FCC inspection, towards a US release.

Rumor: Apple is working on a PMOLED bluetooth smart watch

Apple OLED rumors never die. This time these are rather different rumors. According to a Chinese tech blog, Apple and Intel are jointly developing a bluetooth smart watch. This new iWatch (or whatever they'll call it) will have a 1.5" touch PMOLED, apparently made by RitDisplay.

I'm usually quite skeptic on Apple AMOLED rumors, because there's still not enough AMOLED capacity to be used in iPhone or iPod devices. But ramping up PMOLED capacity shouldn't' be a problem for RiTDisplay (which used to have larger capacity than today, but they shut down some lines due to financial problems). Anyway, if this is true, it's great news for my friends over at RiTDisplay.

Global OLED Technology sues Kodak over 18 patents

Global OLED Technology (GOT) has filed a lawsuit against Eastman Kodak, claiming that 18 of Kodak's patent actually belong to GOT. Kodak says that these 18 patents are not related to OLED technologies and so were not part of the 2009 deal (when GOT bought about 2,200 OLED patents and patent applications from Kodak). We do not what are the actual patents involved.

GOT is also seeking to recover royalty payments from Pioneer that were paid to Kodak and not GOT. The Pioneer license was supposed to have been transferred to GOT but apparently Kodak wasn't able to obtain consent for the transfer.

LG announced it will bring a new OLED TV to CES, the new panel weighs 3.5Kg

LG announced that it is bringing its OLED TVs to CES 2013 (January 8-11)- and the company further enhanced its 55" WRGB OLED TV in technology and in design. The new model weighs just 3.5Kg (500 grams less than the older one shown at CES 2012) and is still 4mm thick. As LG says in its PR: "LG Display is truly laying the prologue for the new OLED TV era".

LG's OLED TV features FPR passive 3D, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio and fast response time (1,000 times faster than LCD according to LG). The TV is based on LG Display's Oxide-TFT white-OLED with color filters (WRGB) OLED panel. The TV is expected to launch in 2013 for a price of around $10,000 at first. Earlier this month the TV (model 55EM9700-UA) passed through the FCC as it includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules and so needs to get approved by the FCC before it can be sold in the US.

Lighting that breathes: a luminous tapestry made from OLED panels and Washi paper

Konica Minolta collaborated with Washi paper designer Eriko Horiki to create a unique luminous tapestry named "Lighting that breathes". Eriko says that this work "imbues the space with rich expression by synthesizing multiple elements: light, mirror, pinhole and Washi paper. This gives us a sense of what lighting of the future might hold".

Here are a couple of videos showing the making of this washi/OLED design:

Is BOE planning a 8.5-Gen $5.2 billion AMOLED fab?

Digitimes reports that BOE Display has signed a $5.26 billion investment agreement with the Chinese government to construct a new 8.5G line within the western China municipality. BOE will start construction in Q3 2013, and the new line will be complete by Q1 2015. It's monthly capacity will reach 90,000 substrates.

BOE Ordos 5.5-Gen AMOLED fab brochureBOE Ordos 5.5-Gen AMOLED fab

It's not clear yet what technology is planned for this fab, but Digitimes says it's probably either UHD (4K2K) LCd panels or AMOLED panels. I personally do not think it's likely for BOE to plan such large substrates for OLED technology.