BOE Display successfully developed a 30" Full-HD AMOLED panel

According to a report from China, BOE Display successfully developed a 30" Full-HD AMOLED panel. We don't have any more technical details on this panel, but this development follows BOE's recent announcement of a 17" Oxide-TFT inkjet-printed AMOLED panel.

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The same report reiterates BOE's plans to inaugurate their 5.5-Gen LTPS fab in Ordos by the end of 2013. It is my understanding that this fab will begin production with LTPS LCDs and will later on switch to AMOLED Production. According to earlier reports, the fab cost is estimated at $3.44 billion.

Nokia Lumia 1020

Nokia's Lumia 1020 is an imaging-focused Windows Phone 8 smartphone. It's got a 41-mp camera, OIS, BSI, lossless zoom, six Carl Zeiss lenses and xenon flash (stills) and LED flash (video). The display is a 4.5" AMOLED PureMotion HD+ panel (1280x768).

The Lumia 1020 is now shipping. In the US AT&T offers it from $199 (depends on contract). It will also launch in the UK during Q3 2013. It will then launch in other European countries and Latin America.

LG Display developed the world's thinnest Full-HD LCD at 2.2 mm, still thick compared to AMOLEDs

LG Display developed a 5.2" Full-HD LCD panel that is only 2.2 mm thick. They say this is the world's thinnest Full-HD LCD panel. It's also the narrowest panel as it has a 2.3 mm bezel. This is the first panel to use LGD's Advanced One-Glass-Solution (OGS).

LGD says that Dual Flexible Printed Circuits, superior to a single circuit, have been inserted between the panel and touch film, reducing the number of lines on the panel by more than 30%. Utilization of a direct bonding system has also resulted in Optical Clear Resin between the panel and touch film for greater brightness.

Fraunhofer COMEDD OLED updates

In July 2012 the COMEDD was established as an independent institute at Fraunhofer (previously it was a department at the Fraunhofer IPMS). In April 2013 they held the opening ceremony. Since then they announced several new OLED technologies which I'll update on below.

My COMEDD friends sent me this video you see above of the opening ceremony laser show. I wasn't sure whether I should publish it, but the choice of sound track convinced me to do so - especially Hans Zimmer's Pirates of The Caribbean bit, I love that music. So enjoy...

Philips, Merck and Audi developed 3D OLED prototypes for the Audi TT

Audi, Philips, Automotive Lighting, Merck and the University of Cologne successfully concluded an OLED research project (called OLED 3D), and developed the world's first large-area 3D OLED car rear lighting panels and installed a prototype on an Audi TT.

A 3D OLED means that the OLEDs have a curved surface - not just in one direction. These are glass based panels. It's not flexible glass (like Corning's Willow glass), it's the regular glass Philips are using in their regular OLEDs, but curved. The material used (made by Merck) are soluble, and the production process is described as "web printing" by Philips (I'm not sure what is meant by that).

Futaba's flexible and transparent OLED at SID 2013

It turns out that Futaba's booth at SID 2013 was quite interesting. The company showed off their transparent and flexible PMOLED panels, and they also show the new OLEDry-S desiccant. Check out this nice video tour of their booth:

The first item they show is the Lenovo S-800 that uses Futaba's 40% transmissive 2.4" QVGA (240x320) PMOLED panel. The S-800 was unveiled towards the end of 2010, and sadly it seems that it's the only device to use Futaba's transparent OLEDs.

Gionee E5

Chinese maker Gionee's E5 is an Android smartphone that features an 1280 x 720 4.8" (306 PPI) HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.5Ghz quad-core CPU, 16GB of internal memory and a 5 mp camera.

The E5 will ship in China and India soon. In India it will cost Rs. 19,999 (around $330 USD).

Researchers develop OLED-based "sleep mask" to treat sight loss noninvasively

Researchers from Northumbria University and PolyPhotonix developed a new OLED-based "sleep mask" that can be used to treat sight loss noninvasively. The researchers say that this new device is the world's first noninvasive primary-care treatment for diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The researchers are already doing extensive clinical trials (at the home). They say that if this proves useful, it will be much cheaper than current treatments (and it's also non-invasive).

Samsung's Q2 results disappoint due to slow GS4 sales

Samsung reported their preliminary financial results for Q2 2013. While they posted a record operating profit (over $8 billion, up 47% compared to Q2 2012), they missed analysts estimates, mostly due to disappointing GS4 sales.

According to reports, Samsung already sold 20 million GS4s in just over two months - about 70% faster than the GS3. But still analysts expected more. Hopefully when Samsung actually reports the final results, they'll comment on the GS4 sales. Samsung plans to sell 100 million units of their flagship smartphone.

More details on DKU's new efficient blue OLED

A few days ago we reported about new research from Dankook University (DKU) that developed the world's most efficient blue OLED emitter. Today I talked with Professor Lee Jun Yeob, who's in charge of that research at DKU, and he explained his research further.

It turns out that in that particular research, they developed a new host material for blue OLEDs, and not a new emitter. The 30.1% efficiency they quote is external quantum efficiency. The blue emitter itself is a phosphorescent OLED - a common emitter known as FIrpic (Iridium based). Universal Display were not involved in this work.

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