Epigem to develop flexible anode film for the Flex-o-Fab project

Last month we reported about the EU's new €11.2-million 3-year project called Flex-o-Fab that aims to help commercialize flexible OLEDs within six years. Today we hear that one of the project partners, UK's Epigem, will get €444,000 to produce anode film based on its existing Epimesh product. Epimesh features very low sheet resistance and high optical transparency.

Epimesh film is an ultra-fine metal mesh embedded into a polymer coating which is adhesively bonded onto one side of a flexible carrier film. Epigem says that light transmission (through both the metal grid and the polymer layers) is above 90%.

Tridonic announces new bright and efficient OLED modules

Tridonic announced a new 99x99 mm LED module called the LUREON REP, that features high efficiency (50 lm/W) and high light output (100 lm). Other features: 4000K color temperature, CRI > 80 and a low color angle shift. Tridonic says that the high brightness coupled with the high efficiency will allow them to use OLEDs in professional lighting applications. The LUREON REP modules will be available in mid-March.

Tridonic LUREON REP module

Philips GL350 is actually brighter at 115 lm (it's larger though at 124x124 mm), but it is far less efficient at 16.7 lm/W. LG Chem has panels which are more efficient (or at least they will have ones later in 2013) than the new Tridonic module.

Apple's CEO says OLED displays aren't good enough for Apple

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, said that OLED displays aren't good enough for Apple - the colors are too saturated and the screen is not bright enough. "If you ever buy anything online and really want to know what he color is, as many people do, you should really think twice before you depend on the color from an OLED display", says Cook.

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Back in September DisplayMate posted an interesting and comprehensive comparison between the iphone 5 IPS-LCD and the Super AMOLED HD display used in the Galaxy S3. Indeed the call Apple's display as the superior display. The color accuracy of Samsung's OLED is something that can be calibrated, and I'm sure that if Apple wanted Samsung could have made a very accurate OLED. DisplayMate does like OLED displays and thinks they have a great future (and they say that LG's OLED TV is the best TV they have ever seen).

IDTechEx sees a $10 billion OLED display market in 2013, will reach $25 billion in 2017

IDTechEx expects the OLED display market to reach $10 billion in 2013 (up from about $6 billion in 2012). The market will grow to about $17.5 billion in 2015 and will reach $25 billion in 2017.

IDTechEx OLED display market 2013-2017 chart

The company expects only 1% of all OLED displays will be made using a printing process in 2018, and this will grow to 14% in 2023. Similarly, 1% of displays in 2018 will be flexible - and this will grow to 12% in 2023.

LG will start shipping OLED TVs on Feb 18, already topped 100 pre-orders

LG announced that they will start shipping the 55EM9700 OLED TV on Monday (February 18). LG says they got over 100 pre-orders, which is quite good. The TV is available only in Korea and for $10,000. Hopefully LG will be encouraged enough to start investing in more OLED capacity...

The 55" 55EM9700 is a Full-HD OLED TV that features 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio and fast response time (1,000 times faster than LCD according to LG). The panel is only 4mm thick and weighs only 3.5Kg. The OLED panel is based on LG Display's Oxide-TFT white-OLED with color filters (WRGB) OLED panel.

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YourVideoBadge newest video name badge has a large 4.1" touch AMOLED display (852x480, made by Samsung). The device sports 4GB of memory, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and can last up to 10 or 12 hours between battery charges. They say this badge provides people and businesses an "effective way to advertise their business, product or service".

The AMOLED video name badge will be available in March 2013.

LG Chem OLED lighting update, plans 80 lm/W panels in July 2013

LG Chem sent us an update on their OLED lighting program, with some very exciting news. Besides planning flexible OLED lighting panels in July 2013 (I already posted about this earlier), LG says they have successfully developed high efficiency OLED lighting panels (80 lm/W, similar to CFLs) that will enter mass production in July 2013 (together with the flexible panels). These will be the world's most efficient OLED panels (beating LG Chem's current 60 lm/W panels).

The upcoming 80 lm/W will feature 20,000 hours lifetime (LT70), 3000K color temperature, brightness of 75 lumens (3000 cd/sqm) and a CRI of 85. The first 80 lm/W panels will be 100x100 mm in size and only 1.1 mm thick (thinner than LG's current panels which are 1.8mm thick). LG says that these panels will have a surface temperature of 26 degrees - roughly around room temperature (this is better than their current panels).

LG Chem plans to release the world's first flexible OLED lighting panels in July 2013

We've just got word from LG Chem that the company now plans to start mass producing the world's first flexible OLED lighting panels in July 2013 (and also high-efficiency 80 lm/W rigid panels). This is exciting news and if LG Chem will indeed go through with this plan it will be an important milestone for OLED lighting. Those OLED panels will be 200 x 50 mm in size and will feature 45 lm/W and a color temperature of 4,000K.

LG's flexible panels are only 0.33 mm thick and weigh under 8 grams - which not only allows new design possibilities but is also useful for energy saving for applications sensitive to weight (electric cars, airplanes, submarines, etc).

Konica Minolta to unveil flexible OLED Lighting panels next month

Konica Minolta will unveil new flexible OLED lighting panels at the Lighting Fair 2013 exhibition in Tokyo next month (March 5). Their flexible OLEDs will debut in a "variety of forms", and visitors to KM's booth will be able to experience those new panels. 

We do not have any more information yet - hopefully KM will give technical details soon (or during the exhibition). Back in 2010 KM (together with GE) unveiled flexible OLED panel prototypes, but it seems that now the company is set to actually releasing products. The 2010 prototypes achieved 56 lm/W (and "commercially viable lifetime") using soluble materials in a roll-to-roll process. In 2010 the companies announced plans to produce those panels in 2011, but obviously this never happened. We're not sure if GE is involved in these new panels.

Philips inaugurates their new €40 million OLED lighting production line in Aachen

Back in May 2011 Philips announced that they are investing €40 million in a new OLED lighting production line in Aachen. Today Philips inaugurated the new line - which has been producing OLEDs since Q3 2012 in fact (but it's only official now).

Philips say that this new line is the largest and "most modern" OLED lighting line in the world. The clean-room is approximately 2,000-square meter in size. The new line is adjacent to Philips' pilot line that's been producing OLEDs since 2007. Philips plans to produce all their panels in the old line, but the old one will remain in service - mostly for custom orders or additional capacity if the new line is fully booked.

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