Nikon D7100

Nikon's D7100 is a DX-format (APS-C) digital camera that features a 24mp sensor (without an optical low-pass filter), 51 point autofocus, 7 fps 1.3X cropped shooting mode (2X compared to 35mm). The viewfinder uses an OLED data display (that's the first camera to ever do so). According to dpreview, the OLED offers noticeably better clarity compared to the LCDs Nikon normally uses.

The D7100 will launch in March 2013 for $1,599 (with 18-105mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens).

Will Samsung adopt LG's WRGB OLED TV architecture?

We all know that LG Display managed to beat Samsung and be the first company to actually produce and ship OLED TV panels. Today the Korea Times claims that Samsung decided to adopt LG's own WRGB architecture and the company will start producing such OLED TV panels towards the end of 2013.

Samsung and LG have taken different paths towards large sized OLED panels. Samsung is using an LTPS backplane and a direct-emission (or side by side) architecture which means that there are three sub pixels for each pixel (red, green and blue). Samsung's design does not use any color filters. LG's OLED panels use an Oxide-TFT backplane and white sub pixels with color filters (this is called WRGB because there are four subpixels: red, green, blue and one white, non filtered. Is is also referred to sometimes as WOLED-CF).

The US Embassy in Helsinki installs an Acuity Brands Trilia OLED fixture

The US Embassy in Helsinki is installing an Acuity Brands Trilia OLED fixture in their Innovation Center. They posted this nice photo showing the work in progress:

The Trilia is a modular lamp that uses either two kinds of models (the Tri and the Straight) to create unique network-like design. The Tri section model uses 24 OLED panels (1810 lumens) while the Straight section model uses 8 panels (603 lumens). This specific installation has 136 OLED panels altogether.

The OLED panels (produced by LG Chem) feature an efficiency of 60 lm/W, 3500K color temperature, 15,000 hours of lifetime (LT70) and a CRI of over 80.

The HTC One unveiled, uses an LCD display

Back in January it was reported that HTC decided to use AUO's 4.65" OLED panels in their upcoming code-named M7 flagship phone. Yet other reports suggested that AUO still faces production issues and HTC decided to use Sharp-made LCD panels instead. Today HTC unveiled the HTC One phone, and sadly it is indeed using an LCD (4.7" 1080p Super LCD 3, 468 PPI).

So it appears that AUO still hasn't started to mass produce AMOLED displays. Digitimes says that it's likely that they wouldn't be able to start real mass production until 2014, which is a real shame.

LG drops their injunction against Samsung's Note 10.1

Samsung and LG have agreed to resolve their OLED dispute outside of the court of law, and on February 12 Samsung dropped their injunction against LG. Now LG Display announced that dropped their injunction against Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1, and the company will seek a resolution "through an amicable negotiation".

Samsung and LG have been involved in a legal battle over OLED (and other technologies) IP for almost a year now. DisplaySearch speculated that the two Korean giants may eventually collaborate on OLED technology, mostly due to fear from Japanese competition. Earlier today we reported that Sony and Panasonic may setup an OLED TV production joint venture, and if true this may accelerate a Korean partership as well.

Apple files a patent for a flexible OLED based screen/bracelet

Apple's CEO may say that OLEDs aren't good enough, but every so often we hear of a new Apple patent that deals with OLED displays. Today's new patent (filed in August 2011 but revealed today) describes a flexible screen that can turn into a warp-around bracelet using a bi-stable spring. The patent specifically mentions OLED technology because in the bracelet state most pixels will be off.

Apple 2011 flexible OLED watch patent

Apple is reportedly working on the iWatch - a wearable device that may or may not sport a PMOLED display. A flexible display will be great, but I wouldn't expect the technology to be ready just yet for Apple...

Sony and Panasonic plan to setup an OLED TV production joint venture

According to OLEDW (quoting Japan's Sankei Shimbun), Sony and Panasonic are planning to setup an OLED TV production joint venture in 2013. There's no production schedule, but it's likely that Sony and Panasonic are aiming to start doing so in 2014 or 2015.

The two companies announced their OLED technology partnership in June 2012 - saying that the two companies will jointly develop printing based technologies for OLED TV mass production. Back then it was rumored that they may indeed choose to do the actual production together as well, but nothing has been decided till now.

Samsung hopes to start offering OLED TVs in H1 2013

Earlier in February, reports from Korea suggested that Samsung Electronics will host a press conference on February 19 to finally launch its OLED TV in Korea. This did not happen, but Samsung did say in a press release that they plan to start selling OLED TVs in the first half of 2013.

Samsung's F9500 (full model number: KN55F9500) is a 55" Full-HD Real OLED TV. The OLED panel uses direct-emission RGB OLED subpixels, hence the "Real" title. The TV offers all sorts of smart features and active 3D (with MultiView).

LG Display announce plans for a $650 million Gen-8 OLED TV fab, will begin production in H1 2014

LG Display announced today that they have decided to install a new Gen-8 OLED TV mass production line in their Paju plant, in a 706 billion Won (about $650 million) investment. LGD will start constructing the new line in Q1 2013 and mass production will begin in H1 2014.

The monthly capacity of LG's new line will be 26,000 substrates - or about 150,000 55" panels. Of course this is assuming 100% yield. LG's yields are currently very low - probably at around 30% (at best). If this remains so, the new line's capacity will be around 50,000 55" panels in a month.

A little bit about me and how I got into OLEDs

It seems that a lot of people (more than one, honest) want to know more about me, and how I got interested in OLEDs. It seems like a very strange turn of events for me too, but that's how life goes.

Ron Mertens photo

So my name is Ron Mertens, 38 years old from Herzelia, Israel (near Tel-Aviv), where I live with my two beautiful daughters. I'm a software engineer by trade, and from 1998 to 2005 I worked for three different companies (coding and designing software modems, compilers and ad delivery networks).

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