LG will bring the G Flex to over 20 European countries next month

LG Electronics announced that next month it will launch the G Flex phone in more than 20 European countries, including the UK, Germany, France and Italy. Currently the phone has been available in Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, and it's also coming to the US for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.

LGE says that they are confident in the global marketplace for a curved premium smartphone. Of course it's going to be very expensive and so will remain a niche product. According to some reports 13,000 G Flex phones were shipped (mostly in Korea obviously).

Kateeva expands their Korean operation

Kateeva announced that the company is expanding its Korea operation, by absorbing the assets of Seoul-based OLED Plus - an OLED equipment design, sales, service and support company headed by OLED industry veteran, KB (Kyung Bin) Bae, who will become the general manager of Kateeva Korea, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kateeva.

Two months ago Kateeva unveiled their YIELDJet OLED ink-jet printing system. The company now says that interest in this technology is high - especially in Korea, and commercial shipments are "imminent".

BASF and the National University of Singapore to jointly develop graphene for flexible OLEDs

BASF logoBASF and the Graphene Research Centre (GRC) at the National University of Singapore announced a new partnership to develop the use of graphene in organic electronics devices - such as OLED devices and OPVs. The goal of this collaboration is to interface graphene films with organic electronic materials, with an aim to create more efficient and flexible lighting devices.

In this collaboration, the GRC will contribute its graphene knowledge (the synthesis and characterization of the graphene) while BASF is focused on organic materials. Of course BASF is also engaged with graphene research (for several years) and are looking to speed up their device development with this new partnership.

Philips says OLED is ready for the general lighting market

The LED Tech Talk show hosted Dietmar Thomas, Philips' OLED communication and brand manager (and also my personal friend). Philips talks about the company's current OLED lighting offering and their expectations for the near future.

Dietmar actually says that OLEDs are ready for the general lighting market - and by general lighting he means stuff like emergency exit signs, signage in general and under-the-shelf lighting. Philips also sees OLEDs enter the residential lighting market, but this will only happen in 2017 or so.

Plextronics files for bankruptcy, puts itself up for auction

Printed electronics developer Plextronics filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has a debt of $33 million, and wasn't able to find a buyer or an investor. The company plans to put itself up for auction and has an opening offer from Solvay (who offers $24 million to extinguish debt and $8.5 in cash).

Plextronics Inks photo

Plextronics was /developing materials for printed electronics devices - mostly OLEDs and OPVs. The company offers HIL and HTL OLED stack materials and printable electrodes. The company's investors include Solvay, Samsung and Universal Display.

Sharp promises MEMS display tablets within 6 months

Sharp was showing their 7" MEMS displays at CES 2014, promising MEMS based tablets on the market within six months. Those same prototypes were unveiled a few months ago at Ceatec 2013 in Japan. MEMS-Shutter displays are similar to LCD in that they have a LED backlighting unit (BLU), color filters, and a component that blocks the light. But instead of liquid-crystals and polarizers, these displays use MEMS shutters.

Sharp's 7" prototypes feature a resolution of 1280x768 and are made on IGZO substrates. Sharp claims that MEMS displays will feature ultra-low power consumption but will yet offer excellent image quality and color - in fact Sharp says the color gamut is better compared to 'standard' LCDs. Sharp sees these displays competing with OLEDs, but they will be a lot cheaper.

DisplaySearch questions Samsung's bendable LCD viability

During CES, both Samsung and LG introduced bendable TVs. LG showed a 77" bendable OLEDs, while Samsung showed 55" bendable OLEDs and a 85" bendable LCD.

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DisplaySearch posts that they were surprised at first to see a bendable LCD as they expected such designs to be achievable with OLEDs only. According to DisplaySearch, only the LCD panel is bendable in Samsung's prototype. The backlight remains flat in Samsung's TV. This can create lighting non uniformity. There are some solutions, but it seems that one drawback is that the TV can only be used in two modes - flat or curved. You cannot choose your own curvature.

The Holst Centre expands sheet-to-sheet OLED production facility with a new Kurt J. Lesker thermal evaporator

The Holst Centre purchased a Kurt J. Lesker Super Spectros thermal evaporator, which expands the centre's OLED sheet-to-sheet production facilities. The new tool will increase throughput for hybrid solution-processed / evaporated OLEDs, speeding up testing of new process steps and materials.

The Holst Centre says that in the future, high volume OLED production is likely to use roll-to-roll processes, but in sheet-to-sheet processes provide an an important intermediate step. The centre will use the new Super Spectros thermal evaporator for depositing the light-emitting and charge-transport layers of small-molecule OLED devices.

Samsung sold over 10 million Galaxy Note phones in South Korea

Samsung announced that they shipped over 10 million Galaxy Note smartphones in South Korea alone since launching the original Galaxy Note in 2011. A month ago the company announced that they shipped over 10 million Note 3 smartphones globally in little over 2 months, and they also shipped over 38 million Galaxy Note and Note 2 smartphones globally since launching the original Galaxy Note in 2011

All of Samsung's Galaxy Note models use large HD Super AMOLED displays. The original Note had a 5.3" 1280x800 OLED, the Note 2 had a 5.5" OLED display (1280x720, non-Pentile) and the latest Note 3 sports a 5.7" Full-HD Super AMOLED display (386 PPI, PenTile).

LG sold over 13,000 G Flex phones, says excessive force may cause bumps on the display

According to a report from Korea, LG sold over 13,000 G Flex smartphones in Korea. LG wants to lead the flexible OLED smartphone market, and is now launching this phone in the US and in Europe.

If you're thinking of buying this phone, know that some consumers are complaining about "bumps" in the display. LG acknowledges this issue, saying that excessive or frequent force that flattens the device may produce such bumps indeed. According to LG it does not effect the performance and quality of the phone, and the bumps will disappear over time and immediately disappears after pressing the problematic spot on the glass cover.

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