Panasonic to launch OLED TVs in 2015?

According to OLEDW (quoting Japan's Sankei Shimbun), Panasonic's current plan is to introduce OLED TVs in 2015. By then they will finish development of the ink-jet printing processes, and will be able to start mass production. Panasonic hopes that the printing process will enable them to produce OLEDs at a much lower cost compared to evaporation based technologies used by rivals. Earlier reports suggested Panasonic actually hopes to start production earlier in 2014.

Panasonic is collaborating with Sony on OLED TV production technologies. Earlier this month they unveiled a unveiled a 56" 4K (3840x2160) OLED TV panel prototype that was produced using an all-printing method.

Flex-o-Fab: a new 3-year EU project that aims to help commercialize flexible OLEDs within six years

The EU launched a new €11.2-million 3-year project called Flex-o-Fab that aims to help commercialize flexible OLEDs within six years. The project partners will create a a pilot-scale modular yet integrated manufacturing chain for flexible OLEDs, and use it to develop reliable fabrication / production processes.

The Flex-o-Fab project will draw on technologies and expertise already used to produce glass-based OLEDs and flexible displays. It will look to migrate existing sheet-to-sheet processes to roll-to-roll (R2R) production to further reduce costs and enable high-volume production. The encapsulation, one of the key challenges of flexible panel production, will be the multilayer barrier technology developed by Holst Centre. The project will also develop novel anode technologies that will need to be transparent with low resistivity, reliable, robust and scalable for R2R production on foil substrates.

NailDisplay is a fingernail-mounted OLED display research project

Researchers from National Taiwan University presented their latest project called NailDisplay. The idea is to have a display on your finger nail that can be used for several applications such as showing what's beneath your finger when it's obscuring your phone's screen (while typing, for example), and controlling screen-less devices. Of course one can also imagine a fingernail phone...

The display used in their prototype is a 65K color, 0.96" PMOLED (96x64). Obviously in the future one could use a flexible/transparent OLED that will simply be unseen when not used rather than the bulky device used in this prototype.

Blackberry announces their first AMOLED phone, the Q10

Blackberry announced their first BB10 devices today, the Z10 and Q10. The latter is Blackberry's first keyboard BB10 device - and the company's first OLED product, too. It sports a square 3.2" 720x720 (330 ppi) Super AMOLED display, LTE, 1.5Ghz dual-core CPU and 2GB of RAM. We still do not know the Q10 release date or price.

Last year in June we reported on rumors that suggested that the new QWERTY BB10 device will indeed sport such an OLED display. It was also reported that the non-keyboard device will have a 4.65" AMOLED but this is not true (the Z10 has a 4.2" 1280 x 768 356ppi LCD).

A new report forecasts an OLED market of $26 billion in 2018

According to a new research by Transparency Market Reports (titled OLED Displays Market - Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth And Forecast, 2012 - 2018), the global OLED display market will reach $25.9 billion in 2018, up from $4.9 billion in 2012. The CAGR in this time frame will be 31.7%.

In 2012, mobile phones were the largest OLED application, grabbing 71% of the total OLED display market. OLED TV displays are expected to surpass the shares of mobile phone displays by 2015.

Nikon announces two new cameras with AMOLED displays

Nikon announced several new digital cameras, two of which sport 3" AMOLED displays. First up is the S9500, an ultra-slim 22x optical zoom compact camera with a 18.1 mp sensor, Full-HD videos and built-in GPS and Wi-Fi.

The AW110 is a rugged shockproof, waterproof and freeze-proof compact camera that features a 16 mp sensor, Full-HD videos and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.