OLED-Info's new OLED companies map

We're happy to announce a new OLED-Info feature, an OLED company map. This interactive map shows the location of over 170 companies related to OLEDs. These include OLED panel makers, IP companies, chemical companies, OLED suppliers, OLED lighting companies and more.

So hop over to our Companies page to view the new map. In addition, in individual company pages, we now list the company's address and a location map. Enjoy!

Emopulse seeks to produce a flexible OLED smart watch

Emopulse, a new California based company, embarked on a very ambitious project - to build a smart watch that uses two flexible OLED displays. The company hopes to raise $300,000 using crowd funding to develop this watch. The 128GB model will cost $480.

Emopulse canceled flexible OLED smartwatch project

The watch uses two flexible OLED displays. The company's founder claims they are in discussions with two flexible OLED makers - which probably means Samsung and LG. He says that both makers guaranteed panel delivery by the end of 2013.

Peratech announced a behind-the-display pressure multi-touch sensor for OLED displays

Peratech announced an innovative new touch screen technology for OLED displays. The QTC Ultra Sensor is a pressure-based touch technology, that is applied behind the display. Regular touch layers are transparent films placed in front of displays, which reduce the light output (brightness). This new sensor is accurate, low on power and supports multi-touch and can also sense the amount of pressure.

Pertech says that the new sensor can be used for OLED and e-paper displays, as these can actually be pressed (unlike LCD panels, in which pressing them is not advisable). It doesn't have a to be a flexible OLED, it works behind glass - and a deflection of a micron or so all that is needed for QTC Ultra to sense the touch.

Will Samsung start selling OLED TVs in Korea next week?

The latest report from Korea's Yonhap News Agency say that the Samsung is set to launch their first OLED TVs next week. The 55" TVs will cost around 10 million won ($8,700) - which is actually cheaper than LG's OLED TV (these already ship and cost 11 million won, or about $9,600). Yonhap say that Samsung may also launch their curved OLED TVs at the same time.

Back in May we heard that Samsung finally managed to increase the OLED TV panel production yields in their pilot line to 60%, and this will be enough to launch their first OLED TVs in July 1st, 2013. Hopefully we won't have to wait much longer. A couple of weeks ago it was also reported that Samsung is set to unveil a 75" OLED TV at the IFA 2013 exhibition (in early September) - and the company aims to start producing those larger banls towards the end of 2013 or early in 2014.

LGD to start producing plastic based OLEDs in Q4 2013

LG Display says they expect to start mass producing flexible OLEDs in Q4 2013 and supply them to "major clients". One of these clients is LG Electronics who want to produce the first flexible-OLED phone by the end of 2013.

LGD says that they already completed the development of those displays. As far as we know LG's flexible panels uses polyimide coated substrate and direct-emission RGB sub-pixels (as opposed to LG's OLED TV which use an WRGB technology - white OLEDs with color filters). The first panels won't actually be flexible, but they may be curved. They will also be lighter, thinner and much more durable compared to glass-based OLEDs.

CPI's concept automobile with printable electronics, OLED devices

The UK's Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) published a short video with a concept automobile that uses all sorts of printed electronics devices. There's a very nice OLED Lighting strip surrounding the car, and of course also flexible OLED panels on the dashboard:

The CPI's OLED/OPV prototype line was designed to enable materials companies, device designers and end users to develop their technology within a fully automated, controlled environment. The system supports both small evaporized and soluble OLED materials, and the line uses slot die technology to allow the coating of substrates in a highly repeatable and reproducible manner with a uniform film thickness of under 50 nm.

Cintelliq sees a $3 billion OLED lighting market by 2020 as OLEDs will become a serious competitor to LEDs

Cintelliq released a new report (OLED Lighting: products, pricing, capacity, costs and forecasts 2013 - 2022), and they forecast that OLED lighting will grow into a $3 billion market by 2020 - and OLEDs will then be a serious competitor to LED lighting. Cintelliq says that OLED lighting prices are falling fast and will reach €1,000/m2 by 2015/2016. This will cause demand (luminaires for the office, retail and hospitality sectors at first) to accelerate.

Cintelliq says that demand will mostly be for rigid and flexible panels. Color and transparent OLEDs will remain a niche even in 2020.

DisplaySearch: OLED TV production costs will drop significantly in the following two years, will remain expensive

DisplaySearch says that current manufacturing costs for OLED TV panels are almost seven times higher than LCD panels. They estimate the total manufacturing cost of a 55" FHD AMOLED panel to be $2,454 in Q1 2013. The high price is mostly due to low manufacturing yields.

DisplaySearch expects these yields to improve, and cost will fall significantly over the next two years, but it will still be much higher compared to LCDs. In fact they think that in the following year the cost will fall by 36%, and so in Q1 2014 the price of producing the same OLED panel will drop to a little over $1,500, or about 4.8 times the cost of an LCD panel.

Novaled and 4JET developed a new laser process for OLED customization and optimization

Novaled and 4JET Technologies has jointly developed a new laser process called SLAM (Selective Layer Modification) for OLED customization and optimization. SLAM allows defined customization or grey scaling and it can also be used to optimize lighting density and to isolate short circuits.

4JET says that SLAM can be used to create OLED signage solutions with individual logos or patterns. Basically this creates structured OLEDs (like we've seen from Philips, Fraunhofer, UDC and others) after the manufacturing process.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom

The GS4 Zoom is an Android v4.2 smartphone that has a 10X optical zoom and a 16 mp sensor. The display is a 4.3" qHD (960x540) Super AMOLED display. Other features include a 1.5 Ghz dual-core CPU, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal flash and a micro SD slot. Despite the S4 in the name, it isn't as powerful as the GS4, but Samsung says it has the "stylish heritage of the latest GALAXY S4 smartphone".

The GS4 Zoom will launch towards the end of 2013, Samsung wouldn't reveal the price yet.

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