A club in Malaysia installs an OLED system with 1680 Philips panels

The VIP club in Kuala Lampur installed a large Philips LivingScrulpture 3D OLED system - with 1,680 Philips Lumiblade GL26 (Tall Square) panels. The OLEDs are engineered to move in rhythm with the music, meeting the need for dynamic lighting that illuminates well. This huge lighting system was installed by SLT Asia.

SLT actually says that they built the OLED system themselves at an economical price - at quarter the typical cost. So perhaps this isn't an original Philips LivingScrulpture 3D system but something similar developed by SLT.

AUO to showcase new 4.3" thin flexible OLED panels and HD720 regular AMOLEDs next week

AU Optronics announced today that it will show new 4.3" flexible AMOLED panels at the Touch Taiwan 2013 conference next week (August 28-30). The new flexible panels are thinner than AUO's previous prototypes at 0.2 mm (vs 0.3 mm before). This is far thinner than LGD's thinnest LCD display announced last week (1.21 mm). AUO's panels use a plastic substrate and thin film encapsulation.

AUO flexible OLED prototype (2011)AUO flexible OLED prototype (2011)

AUO will only showcase the company's 5" Full-HD AMOLED panels unveiled earlier in 2013. These panels features the world's highest resolution density at 443 ppi. The company will also show new panels which are 5" 720p (i.e. lower resolution than the FHD ones but at the same size). AUO refers to these as HD720 AMOLED.

LG's 55EA9800 curved OLED TV is now available in Germany for €8,999

LG Electronics announced today that the 55EA9800 55" curved OLED TV is now available in Germany - for €8,999 (just over $12,000). This is cheaper than in the US (where it currently costs $14,999). LG's OLED TV will be sold at select retailers across Germany starting this week. LG says they will roll out the TV in other European markets in the fourth quarter.

LGE didn't say anything regarding its flat panel OLED TV (the 55EM9700), which is currently on sale in Korea (for $10,000) and in the UK.

The EU ManuCloud project demonstrated a cloud-designed OLED and OPV module

The EU-funded ManuCloud (distributed Cloud product specification and supply chain manufacturing execution infrastructure) project was successfully completed, and the partners (Fraunhofer COMEDD, Heliatek, Tridonic Dresden and others) presented a demonstrator of a "facade module" which includes OLED lighting and OPV panels. The ManuCloud project envisions a cloud-like architecture concept, providing users with the ability to utilize the manufacturing capabilities of configurable, virtualized production networks.

The objective of the ManuCloud project was the development of a service-oriented IT environment as basis for the next level of manufacturing networks by enabling production-related inter-enterprise integration down to shop floor level. The EU considers the transition from mass production to personalized, customer-oriented and eco-efficient manufacturing to be a promising approach that may improve and secure the competitiveness of the European manufacturing industries.

Researchers develop candlelight-style OLED lighting panels

Researchers from Taiwan's National Tsing Hua University developed a candlelight-style OLED lighting panel - with a low (1900K) color temperature. To create this device they used four organic electrophosphorescent dyes (red, yellow, green, and sky-blue) that create two emissive layers (blue and orange).

The researchers explain that high color temperature can drastically suppress the generation of melatonin (MLT), a naturally occurring hormone (normally produced at night) that is important for the regulation of the body's circadian rhythms. They say that medical experts have called for the development of new lighting sources with low color temperatures, free of blue emission. Currently no electrical lighting device exists with a color temperature below 2000K. The lowest color temperature is around 2500K for incandescent bulbs. A candle has a temperature of 1910K at its brightest spot.

Amazon ships Sony's 16.5" PVM-1741A professional OLED monitors for $3,700

Sony's new 16.5" PVM-1741A professional monitors are now selling for $3,700 at Amazon.com  - that's $600 cheaper than Sony's official US list price of $4,300. The new “A” Series are an update to their older PVM series, with a new OLED panel (the same one used in Sony's higher end BVM monitors) that offers a wider viewing angle and a reduced color shift (by half, compared to previous models).

The PVM monitors offer Full-HD (1080p) support, 178-degrees viewing angle, 10-bit drivers and a 1W mono speaker. Inputs include two 3G-SDI, HDMI, composite and Ethernet.

Samsung Galaxy Golden

The Galaxy Golden (SHV-E400) is a clamshell Android smartphone that features two 3.7" WVGA AMOLED displays, a 1.7Ghz dual-core CPU and a 8mp camera.

The Galaxy Golden will be sold in South Korea for 800,000 Won (about $715).

Sony discounts the PS Vita, the Wi-Fi model is now $199 (down from $249)

A couple of days ago we reported on rumors that Sony will soon unveil the next generation PS Vita which will sport a 6.3" AMOLED display. This isn't confirmed yet, but Sony did lower the price of the current PS Vita. The Wi-Fi model now ships for $199 (down from $249) while the 3G model is $249 (down from $299).

Sony PS Vita

The PS Vita features a 5" touch OLED display (960x544, Samsung made, apparently with green PHOLED), a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and a quad-core PowerVR (SGX543MP4+) GPU (Sony says that it is as powerful as a PS3), Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and optional 3G. Gaming controls include dual analog sticks, motion controls and a multi-touch pad on the rear side.

Samsung and LG will both start producing flexible OLEDs in November 2013

According to a new report from Korea, both LG Display and Samsung aim to start producing flexible OLED displays in November 2013. If this is true it probably means that they will not be able to actually ship the final products in 2013. ETNews says that both companies have high hopes for flexible displays, and if market reaction is good they will invest heavily in more production capacity.

Samsung currently has a flexible OLED capacity of about 8000 5.5-Gen sheets, which is about 1-1.5 million 5" panels a month assuming 100% yield. But yields won't be that high and the line is also used for R&D which means that actual production will be a few hundreds of thousands of panels a month. This isn't even enough for a single mass-market smartphone device.

InZiv - Transforming inspection of OLED, MicroLED, and QLEDInZiv - Transforming inspection of OLED, MicroLED, and QLED