NTT-DoCoMo MEDIAS X

NTT's MEDIAS X phone (made by NEC Casio) is an Android (v4.1) smartphone with a 4.7" 1280x720 AMOLED display, a 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU, LTE, NFC, 13mp camera, 1-Seg DTV. It's also waterproof and dustproof.

The MEDIAS X will launch towards the end of February 2013.

Merck OLED program updates, January 2013

Merck is a global pharmaceutical and chemical company based in Germany, working on high performance OLED materials. Back in April 2012 we posted our (third) interview with Merck's OLED unit VP, Dr. Udo Heider.

It seems that the soluble OLED materials market is heating up with recent announcements on printable OLED advances. So we asked Dr. Heider to give us a short updates on the happenings at Merck. As always, Merck are quite discreet...

Fluxim launches new OLED and OPV measurement platform

Fluxim launched a new all-in-one measurement system called paios for the characterization of organic devices (OLEDs and OPVs). Paios is used for extracting material and device parameters such as the charge carrier mobility by performing a range of dynamic electrical measurement techniques including CELIV, impedance spectroscopy and transient space-charge-limited currents.

Paios complements the company's setfos device simulation software. Fluxim says that by using paios and comparing measurement and simulation results, crucial parameters may be extracted and physical models can be validated - and this leads to more predictive simulation results.

LG plans to launch 40", 70" and curved OLED TVs

LG has just launched the 55" 55EM9700 OLED TV in Korea (for $10,000), and the company now says that it plans to expand its OLED TV lineup with 40" and 70" models. The larger models will be marketed in the US while the smaller ones will be sold in Korea and Europe. 

LG also has actual plans to release the 55" curved OLED TV unveiled at CES. The EA9800 curved TV features an Oxide-TFT WRGB Full-HD OLED panel (like LG's regular OLED TV). It's made from Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). According to LG, the curved screen "removes any hint of visual distraction to maximize the viewing experience".

LG sold 400 84" 4K LCDs in Korea ($20,000), bodes well for OLED TVs?

LG says that they already sold 300 84LM9600 TVs in Korea - those are 84" 4K LCD TVs that cost $20,000. LG started to sell those TVs in July 2012, so it's about 300 sets in half a year. LG are quite happy with this number - those TVs are very expensive, and there's still no 4K content of any kind in Korea.

LG's 55EM9700 OLED TV

This is good news I think for the emerging OLED TV market. I think LG's 55EM9700 OLED TV will be more popular than that large LCD TV - although it's smaller at 55" it's also much cheaper ($10,000 in Korea), it's slimmer, thinner and offers a better picture, at least for FHD content. Hopefully LG will also update us on its OLED TV sales in Korea soon.

Updates on AIV-BEX's ambitious Oxide-TFT ink-jet printed OLED project

Back in June 2012 I posted about the new Chinese "Stimulated Blue company" and its AMOLED project. Now I got some new details and corrections for my original story.

First of all, the company's name is AIV-BEX,and not Stimulated Blue. The holding company is Aivtech International Group, a NASDAQ-listed (ticker:AIVI) Shenzhen based maker of audio&video products. The Henan provincial government will provide some of the funding for this project. In fact in November 2012 company official met with Representatives from the Henan government and it seems that the project is progressing smoothly and is actively being supported by the government. In fact they regard it as one of Xinyang Industrial City's key projects.

Conflicting reports regarding AU Optronics' OLED production status

There are some new conflicting reports regarding AUO's OLED program. According to Digitimes, AUO is still struggling with technology issues (mostly low yields and costs) - and has only managed to produce 126 PPI displays. It's possible that all through 2013 AUO will only be able to make these low density panels, and so only target the entry-level and mid-range mobile phone markets. According to digitimes high-resolution OLED panel orders will go to Samsung instead. Yields at the AUO line is still low at 30%-40%.

According to Chinese site OLEDW, however, AUO managed to overcome the yield issues (reached 60% yield), and HTC will use AUO's 4.65" OLED panels in their upcoming M7 flagship phone (Digitimes says that HTC decided to use Sharp-made LCD panels instead). These 720p panels will sport a high 317 PPI (this panel was unveiled by AUO back in October 2012). OLEDW claims that HTC requires a monthly supply of 2 million panels, and have reserved the entire line output of AUO's 3.5-Gen Linkou, New Taipei City fab (7,000 substrates a month, which is not enough for 2 million panels actually, so some of OLEDW numbers aren't correct). This was already reported several times in the past.

Innovative Technology is developing gas purifiers for the OLED market

Innovative Technology (IT) are developing a range of large-capacity Gas Purifiers specifically for the OLED market. IT are working closely with OLED companies to make sure the new purifiers will be better integrated with OLED production lines.

The new systems will be scaled up to accommodate the larger volume enclosures of OLED manufacturing facilities. IT says that the next-gen systems will be able to handle about 7 times the volume of current purifiers. The company plans to finalize the optimization of the new purifiers by the beginning of Q2 2013.

The Korean government will attempt to resolve Samsung's and LG's OLED disputes

According to reports, the Korean government will attempt to resolve Samsung's and LG OLED technology dispute. Policymakers in Korea say that cannot afford this conflict to escalate because Japanese and Taiwanese display makers are advancing in their own OLED technologies - potentially harming Korea's interests.

The latest news from that dispute came in November 2012 when Samsung filed a patent invalidation suit against seven of LGD's OLED patents. Two months earlier, LG Display filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics over OLED technology, saying that Samsung infringed upon seven of its OLED patents which relate to the design of the OLED panel, the driver circuitry and device design. LG seeks damages - and also a permanent injunction against the sale of Samsung's Galaxy S3Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in South Korea.

Cambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDsCambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDs