European project creates largest flexible memory arrays to date

The European MOMA project (eMbedded Organic Memory Arrays) has developed the largest re-programmable non-volatile memory arrays yet produced on flexible substrates. The project developed two prototypes - a 256-bit transistor-based one and 1-kbit diode-based arrays.

MOMA is now drawing to a successful close, and the partners hope that it will lead towards commercialization of flexible electronics applications with embedded memory. In the remaining months of the project, the partners will combine all these building blocks into a 96-bit array with the related read/write circuitry, creating a complete embedded flexible memory suitable for applications such as Electronic Product Code (EPC) tags.

Samsung to show a 5.5" 1280x720 flexible OLED at CES 2013

CNet reports that Samsung Display officials have confirmed that the company will unveil a 5.5" 1,280x720 (267 ppi) plastic-based flexible OLED display at CES 2013 (January 8). The screens on show will be curved, but apparently they will not (yet) roll up. SD still has to develop the touch panel and final encapsulation, according to CNet.

It's not clear yet how close Samsung are to actually commercializing such technology. Originally Samsung planned to release the first plastic-based OLEDs in 2012, but this was pushed back to 2013. I'm not entirely sure Samsung will actually be able to mass produce such displays in 2013.

Philips Moorea OLED desk lamp explained on video

Earlier this week we posted about Dezeen magazine's Philips' Lumiblade Creative Lab visit. Now Dezeen published a second video, this time focusing on Philips' Moorea lamp. Moorea is designed by Daniel Lorch. It sports two GL350 Lumiblade OLED panels (made by Philips) supported on a sprung-steel stem. Total light output is 240 lm.

Philips are already offering a limited edition lamp, but they also plan a large series release in 2013.

Philips Moorea

The Moorea is an OLED desk lamp designed by Daniel Lorch. It sports two GL350 Lumiblade OLED panels (made by Philips) supported on a sprung-steel stem. Total light output is 240 lm.

Philips are already offering a limited edition lamp, but they also plan a large series release in 2013.

DisplaySearch: small/medium OLED penetration to more than double by 2015

DisplaySearch says that AMOLED displays have captured 6% of the small/medium display market in 2012 (this means displays that are 9" in size and smaller). They say that in 2015 penetration will more than double to 13%.

Small/Medium OLED penetration 2010-2016 chart

In 2012 total OLED shipments (which include PMOLED and AMOLED panels) will reach 191 million units, or 8.4% of the total small/medium display category. Total OLED shipments almost doubled from 2010, as can be seen from the chart below:

Global OLED Technology won two key patent challenges in Europe by Merck

Global OLED Technology logoGlobal OLED Technology (GOT) have won two key patent challenges in Europe (defending oppositions from Merck). GOT says this is significant for GOT and demonstrates that they will aggressively defend their patent rights throughout the world.

The first patent was EP 1730249, which details the use of certain anthracenes as non-emitting hosts in the light-emitting layers of OLED devices. The second patent is EP 1828342, which details the use of hole-transporting material adjacent to the phosphorescent light emitting layer. Both of these technologies enable high efficiency and long lifetime in OLEDs for both display and lighting applications.

OLED-Info's infrastructure updated

I'm happy to announce that OLED-Info's infrastructure was updated today. OLED-Info is based on the open-source Drupal CMS, and we updated from version 6 to version 7. This took quite a while and was quite a dfificult process. As a reader you will not find many differences, but hopefully it will enable a more stable, safe and quick web site.

This new version will also allow us to include new features in OLED-Info. Stay tuned...

Panasonic to stop plasma R&D, focus on OLEDs?

Update: according to Panasonic's 3-year plan unveiled on March 2013, the company will keep making Plasma TVs.

There are reports that Panasonic considers whether to stop plasma R&D by March 2013, and focus on OLED TVs and other display technologies instead. Panasonic will still produce plasma TVs (and industrial-use displays) for the "time being". The main reason for this move is the technological improvements in LCDs in past years.

Sony OLED TV prototypeSony OLED TV prototype

Back in September 2012 it was reported that Panasonic has taken steps to streamline its R&D and put more focus on OLED TV development, with plans to invest ¥30 billion ($385 million) in a pilot AMOLED production line in Himeji (this was already reported in April).

Nokia Lumia 505

Nokia's Lumia 505 is an entry-level Windows Phone 7.8 device that features a 3.7" ClearBlack AMOLED display (480x800), a 800 Mhz CPU, 256 MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory (no card slot) and an 8mp camera.

We do not know they price or availability of the Lumia 505 yet.

AUO to start AMOLED mass production in Q1 2013, entire capacity booked by HTC

Taiwanese newspaper CENS reports that AUO finally managed to increase its AMOLED yield rate to over 50% (in its 3.5-Gen Linkou, New Taipei City fab). AU Optronics is now set to start mass producing AMOLEDs in Q1 2013, and in fact its entire AMOLED capacity has been booked by HTC.

Actually back in September 2012 Digitimes reported that AUO reached 50% yield, but the company didn't start mass production yet. Hopefully this time the report is accurate.

Atomic Force Microscopy for next-gen OLED processesAtomic Force Microscopy for next-gen OLED processes