Rolic opens a new OLED development center, to work on encapsulation and out-coupling materials

Rolic Technologies logoRolic opened a new development facility in the Netherlands focused on OLED technologies. This will accelerate the company's OLED development and bring them into production, in close cooperation with locally specialized production companies.

In September 2012 Rolic have entered into a research partnership with the Holst Centre, with an aim to develop protective moisture barriers (encapsulation) for flexible electronics applications such as OLED and OPV. As part of that partnership, Rolic are developing new materials that will enable commercialization of of high-end flexible barriers and solutions for improved light out-coupling. This new development center will focus on the implementation and commercialization of those research and development results.

Novaled and Cynora to co-develop printable OLED materials

cyCESH project logoCynora, Novaled and the University of Regensburg will co-develop new soluble (printable) materials for low-cost high efficiency OLED lighting devices. This new project, called cyCESH is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with €6.1 million.

Professor Yersin's group a the University of Regensburg will handle material development while Cynora will handle subsequent synthesis and optimization. Novaled will be in handle the application of solution-based-processed, doped transport layers. These three partners form a complete comprehensive partnership for OLED applications.

Zumtobel acquires its partners shares in LEDON OLED lighting, renames it to Tridonic Dresden

In October 2009 the Zumtobel group and the Fraunhofer Institute established a new OLED lighting company called LEDON OLED lighting to develop and manufacture OLED lighting modules. Today Zumtobel announced it is acquiring its partner shares in the company and renaming it Tridonic Dresden.

Tridonic LUREON REP moduleTridonic LUREON REP module

LEDON's products were already marketed under the Tridonic brand (which is Zumbotel group's lighting components business). Managing directors Jörg Amelung and Patrik Danz will continue to head the company which currently employs 11 people.

The Blackberry A10 leaks again with a 5" 1280x720 S-Stripe OLED

A slide detailing the upcoming Blackberry A10 has been leaked, and it details a phone that is not very much different from the Z10, except for the display - which is a 5" 1280x720 (295 PPI) S-Stripe OLED. If this is true, this will be Blackberry's second OLED phone following the Q10 with its square 3.2" 720x720 OLED.

Other features of the A10 include a dual-core 1.7Ghz CPU, LTE, NFC, BlackBerry OS 10.2, 8mp camera, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory and a large 2,800 mAh battery. Interestingly back in October 2012, a slide detailing the upcoming Aristo phone was leaked, with specs that are pretty similar to this, although the display was a bit smaller at 4.65" - but still an OLED with a resolution of 1280x720.

TCL (CSOT) considering a 8.5-Gen AMOLED TV production line

According to reports from China, TCL executive Liangqi Chun said that the company may establish an 8.5-Gen OLED TV production line. Lianqi says that while OLEDs aren't mature yet (as costs are high and yields are low), there is a chance that in a few years OLED TVs will be commercialized and TCL will focus on that technology.

If this actually materializes, it's likely that the line will be owned by TCL's CSOT (China Star Optoelectronics Technology) which already has an active AMOLED program.

Turnlights Flaps

The Flaps ceiling lamp (designed and made by Italian maker Turnlights) uses 18 Philips Lumiblade GL350 OLED panels in a multi-tile system. Each OLED can be rotated on two axes. They say that this lamp provides 360-degrees ambient light and it works in every location. The lamp is made from aluminum (available polished, satinised or bronzed) and the total dimensions are 147x406x cm.

We do not know the price and availability date yet.

Philips now offers custom designed structured artwork OLED panels for €120

In March 2012 we posted on Philips' structured or customized OLED. A structured OLED is an OLED lighting panel that includes a pattern (text, or image). Back then Philips said a typical order is about 100 pieces or more because it took them a long time to prepare the production line to make the panels.

Now Philips have apparently upgraded their process, and now they offer new "artwork" panels - structured white OLED square tiles (60 x 60 mm, white). Each panel costs €120 (including the driver and power supply) and delivery time is eight weeks. You simply send them your jpeg and they prepare the panel. Nice.

Genes'Ink announced a new silver conductive ink for flexible transparent OLED electrodes

Genes'Ink logoFrance based Genes'Ink launched a new silver-based solvent conductive ink for digital and screen printing. One of the major application they are targeting is the printing of efficient and transparent electrodes on flexible substrates for OLED displays. In fact Genes'Ink says that this ink will work on most substrates and is ready to use. It is compatible with most print heads.

Genes'Ink technology is based on research done at the universities of Marseilles and Grenoble. They claim that their technology offers superior conductivity at a competitive price.

Gazprom installs a Diamond Vision OLED display in their Siberia HQ

Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk installed a 5.4 x 3.4 meter Diamond Vision OLED installation (Mitsubishi's tiled-PMOLED display) in their headquarters in Siberia, Russia. The display consists of 112 PMOLED modules (128 x 128 pixels each) in a 14 x 8 configuration to achieve a 1792 x 1024 resolution. The installer was Avilex.

This is the fourth Diamond Vision OLED installation we're aware of. The first one was in Merck's Material Research Center in Darmstadt, Germany. Merck's display measures 3.84 x 2.3 m with a 1280 x 768 resolution. The second installation is the Geo-Cosmos six-meter OLED globe at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan. This installation uses smaller modules (32x32) - in fact it uses 10,362 such modules to achieve more than 10 million pixels.

Pocket-Lint says LG's curved OLED TV is "jaw-droppingly stunning"

Pocket-Lint posted a short hands-on review of LG's 55EA9800 curved OLED TV. And they love it. They say the image is impressive (magnificent viewing angles and color accuracy) and the TV itself is beautiful (in fact it's "jaw-droppingly stunning"). It also offers great sound and "smart" features.

Interestingly, they say that because the OLED provides perfect viewing angles, the TV looks good even if you're not sitting straight in front of it in its "sweet spot". Regarding the advantages of a curved design, they say that "it's difficult to tell whether the curve of this OLED panel really adds to the viewing experience, but it certainly looks good."

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