eMagin announced a special dividend ($0.1 per share)

eMagin announced that will pay a special dividend of $0.10 per share to all shares payable on December 26, 2012 (to shareholders of record as of December 20, 2012). eMagin says that this will not compromise their financial position. One of the reasons for the dividend is because of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding future dividend tax rates.

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eMagin has 23.52 million outstanding shares which means that the total payment will be $2.35 million. eMagin has about $16.6 million in cash and so have no problem paying this dividend. The OLED microdisplay maker has a revenue guidance of $30-$34 million in 2012, and net income in Q3 2012 was $340,000.

Samsung to reveal some exciting new tech at CES 2013?

CES 2013 is coming soon (January 8-11), and Samsung is set to release some exciting new technology. Today they released this teaser video, which doesn't really say anything:

Some expect Samsung to unveil the Galaxy S4 phone during CES, but it's not probably as it's quite early (they usually announce their flagship phones in March or May). They may unveil the new display used in this phone - perhaps the rumored 5" Full-HD AMOLED panel. Some say that Samsung will unveil a flexible panel, but I think it's quite unlikely.

The FCC tests LG's OLED TV, getting closer to launch?

The US FCC just released a new document as it tested LG's 55" OLED TV, the 55EM9700-UA. The TV includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules and so needs to get approved by the FCC before it can be sold in the US. So we don't have any official release date (or price) yet - it seems that LG is getting ready for launching this TV soon.

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 panel is only 4 mm thick, and the whole TV weighs just 10.9 Kg. The TV is based on LG Display's Oxide-TFT white-OLED with color filters (RGBW) OLED panel. LG are calling it the "Ultimate Display".

Plastic based FIPEL lighting panels to rival LEDs and OLEDs?

Researchers from Wake Forest university in North Carolina have developed new plastic based lighting technology called field-induced polymer electroluminescent (FIPEL). FIPEL panels are made from three layers of light-emitting polymers that can emit light in any color and can be made in any shape. The efficiency is on par with LEDs and they say the lifetime could reach 50,000 hours or so.

The researchers say that the all-plastic FIPEL "lamps" will be cheap and easy to make - and in fact they already found a "corporate partner" that aims to start producing samples in 2013. Obviously actually getting this technology to market will take a lot of time, effort and investment.

Thoughts about Samsung's flexible OLED program, is 2013 plausible?

In early 2012, Samsung said they aim to start mass production of plastic-based flexible OLEDs towards the end of 2012. But 2012 is almost over, and new reports suggest that Samsung delayed their plans to early 2013.

But is Samsung really that close to mass production? One of the major hurdles towards plastic based OLEDs is the encapsulation technology. Back in early 2012 Samsung said they will use Vitex' technology (which they bought in 2010) - but this technology is difficult to scale and is very slow. When Samsung delayed the launch to 2013, it was reported that the main issue indeed was the slow encapsulation (that, and low uniformity).

Correction: Tianma did not develop a 4.5" Full-HD AMOLED display

A few days ago we reported that Tianma developed a 4.5" Full-HD AMOLED panel. Now we hear from a trusted source that this report was in fact wrong - the company did not develop any such panel.

When I talked to Tianma at SID they said that the current plan is to first focus on LTPS LCD production, with an aim to achieve mass production in 2013. Only then they will start adapting the process for OLED production, with mass production to start in 2014. If last week's report was wrong indeed, then I assume the company still aims for OLED mass production in 2014.

Macy's to offer a new sweater with an OLED video tag on the sleeve

Macy's just announced a new sweater (designed by Sean John) that includes an embedded OLED video tag on the sleeve. This seems to be the same tag made by Recom for their own video-tag products (a 2.8" 320x240 display) - back in 2009. It includes 2Gb of memory and can play back images and videos (the battery will last for 6-10 hours). The more I think about wearable displays, the less I like them, but if you like getting this kind of attention, maybe it's for you.

The sweater will soon be available at Macy's, we do not know the price yet.

Macy's Sean John OLED sweater

This sweater from Macy's includes an OLED video name tag on the sleeve. This seems to be the same name tag made by Recom for their own video-tag products (a 2.8" 320x240). It includes 2Gb of memory and can play back images and videos (the battery will last for 6-10 hours). Yes, it'll probably get you some attention. I'm not sure I'd want that kind of attention though...

The sweater will soon be available at Macy's, we do not know the price yet.

DOE researchers develop a new polymer based ITO replacement for OLED displays

Researchers from the US DOE's Ames Laboratory have developed a new OLED display anode ITO alternative based on a PEDOT:PSS polymer. This material is basically not conductive and transparent enough to be used in OLEDs, but by using a multi-layered technique and special treatments the researchers were able to fabricate PEDOT:PSS OLEDs that are actually 44% more efficient than ITOs, and are transparent enough. This is in fact the most efficient transparent anode material ever developed.

PEDOT:PSS is also flexible, which means it can be used to make flexible OLED panels, unlike ITO. There's a lot of interest in replacing ITO which is expensive, not flexible and not environmental friendly. Just last month there were two interesting announcement regarding ITO alternatives in OLED lighting: Konica Minolta and NEDO's new replacement film and Heraeus' new polymer OLED HIL-E materials.

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