eMagin introduce the new OLED-XLS series, the world's brightest full-color OLED microdisplays

eMagin unveiled the world's brightest full-color OLED microdisplays, the color OLED-XLS series. Those displays offer 1000 nits of luminance, that is four times brighter than "current industry standard".

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eMagin are currently offering OLED-XLS displays in sample quantities over their entire product line (VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA and WUXGA). They will continue to produce the "older" OLED-XL displays.

Samsung to build a 6.5-Gen AMOLED fab for TV and mobile device panels by the end of 2013

Back in February we heard reports that Samsung Display is considering to construct a 6.5-Gen (1500x1800 mm) LTPS AMOLED fab. Now new reports from Korea say that Samsung indeed decided to go ahead with this new line, which is scheduled to begin operation towards the end of 2013. The monthly production capacity will be somewhere between 20,000 to 40,000 substrates.

Samsung's investment in the new line will be around 1.7 trillion Won ($1.5 billion USD), and they will begin ordering equipment in Q3 2013. The new line will produce panels for OLED TVs and mobile devices - we assume not just for mobile phones but also for tablets and perhaps even laptops. This will be the world's largest LTPS line - and an interesting and adventurous undertaking by Samsung.

Digitimes: AMOLED handset panel shipments to reach 363 million units in 2015

Digitimes Research says they expect AMOLED handset panel shipments to reach 363 million units in 2015, up 332% from 2011 (110 million units). They expect Samsung and LG to produce 83.7% of the AMOLED market in 2015 (down from 97.7% today).

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In 2015, mobile phone panels will account for 88.7% of total AMOLED panel shipments (79.5% of the AMOLED market in terms of value). OLED TV panels will account for 12.4% of the AMOLED market in 2015 in terms of value. Digitimes expects both Samsung and LGD to significantly increase their OLED TV panel output in 2014-2016, and they say the companies will be able to start profiting on OLED TV panels around 2014-2015 as yields increase.

nVerPix updates on their CN-VOLET backplane technology and business

Back in 2011 the University of Florida announced a new organic-TFT backplane technology called CN-VOLET, which is especially suited for OLED panels. Earlier in 2010, the University spun-off a company called nVerPix to commercialize this technology, with funding from Nanoholdings. Now nVerPix sent us some information and updates regarding their technology and business as they are seeking to raise funds (Round A).

CN-VFET is a new carbon nanotube based transistor technology that can conduct electricity about a 1000 times faster than current silicon-based TFTs. The basic transistor design is called CN-VFET (which can be used for logic and memory applications). When they combine the CN-VFET with the OLED stack they call it a CN-VOLET (CN Vertical OLET).

Audi installs 15 Philips-made OLED luminaires (540 OLED panels) in a high-level conference room

Audi installed a new OLED installation in a high-level conference room (used for internal and external meetings) in their HQ at Ingolstadt. The installation includes 15 OLED luminaires, each containing 36 Philips Lumiblade GL350 OLED panels.

In total there are 540 OLED panels and the total lumens count is almost 58,000. There isn't any other functional lighting in that room, which (according to Philips) makes this the world's first usage of OLEDs as purely functional lighting.

LG to start shipping their curved OLED TV in Korea in a few days

Towards the end of April, LG launched their 55" curved OLED TV (the 55EA9800) in Korea (for KW 15 million, or about $13,500). Now reports from Korea suggest that they will start shipping the TV in a few days. LG released this photo showing one of the first TVs to come off production:

LG's 55EA9800 features an Oxide-TFT WRGB Full-HD OLED panel (like LG's 55EM9700 OLED TV). The TV features "infinite" contrast ratio, passive 3D, Smart Touch Controls and a "paper-slim" design (it's only 4.3 mm thick and weighs just 17Kg). It is made from Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP).

OLEDWorks awarded a $200,000 project for office space hybrid LED & OLED lighting initiative

OLEDWorks logoOLEDWorks has been contracted by the New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority on a $200,000 OLED lighting initiative. OLEDWorks will partner with WAC Lighting to develop lighting for office space, combining LED indirect ambient device with an OLED "task unit".

OLEDWorks recently completed its Series A funding round from private investors, and the company is building an OLED lighting fab in Rochester, NY. They plan to offer low-cost OLEDs through the use of equipment and process innovation, and they expect to ship their first OLED prototypes (12x12 cm, 45 lm/W on glass or on metal) in the second half of 2013. Just last week OLEDWorks was awarded a $1 million project from the US DoE to develop (and demonstrate) new spray printing equipment for OLED production.

Analysts say GS4 orders slowing down

Samsung sold 10 million GS4 phones in less than a month, and the GS4 was Samsung's fastest selling phone. But now analysts claim that orders are slowing down, and Samsung lowered its monthly supply orders to 7-8 million units down from 10 million. They say that demand in Korea and Europe is "weak".

Samsung recently launched new "mid-range" phones (such as the GS4 mini) and this may be cannibalizing flagship smartphone sales. Samsung originally hoped to sell over 100 million GS4 units, perhaps they were too optimistic. - or double the GS3 sales. The GS4 is currently available in more than 110 countries and will be rolled out to a total of 155 countries soon.

More details on Philips' AMOLED display patent license offering

Last week we reported that Philips is looking for licensees for their OLED display IP portfolio. Today IPXI (Intellectual Property Exchange International, a financial exchange for licensing and trading of IP rights) gave some more information about the contract.

Philips has a portfolio of more than 600 patents (including 225 granted globally) that are all related to AMOLED displays, and represents nearly two decades of research. IPXI are offering Unit License Right (ULR) contracts - and each unit provides the right to manufacture, use, sell, offer to sell or import five square meters of an OLED display for application in any display screen device.

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