LG Chem introduces new 320x110 mm OLED panel

LG Chem introduces what I believe to be the largest OLED Lighting panel on the market at 320x110 mm. The panel features an efficacy of 60 lm/W, a high CRI (90) and is only 1 mm thick. It comes in two color variants: 3000K and 4000K.

Together with this large bar-type panel (model N6BB), LG Chem also released a circular panel with a diameter of 100 mm. The N6OA has the same features as the bar panel, and both panels will be shown at the Light + Building exhibition in April.

LG Display still hopes to produce 60" transparent flexible UHD OLEDs by 2017

Back in June 2012 LG was awarded with Korea's ambitious Future Flagship Program that aims to develop 60" flexible transparent UHD OLED displays by 2017. This project raised a few eyebrows and was never mentioned again. Now we hear that LG Display is still developing the technology, and still says that the want to be ready with a real product by the end of 2017.

Flexible OLED TV concept (Sony)Flexible OLED TV concept (Sony)

LGD is currently developing a 17" transparent flexible OLED and they hope to ready a prototype by the end of 2014. If this is successful, LGD will move on to the next stage - the 60" UHD panel. This panel will feature 40% transmittance and a curvature radius of 10 cm.

Konica Minolta to show color-tunable thin flexible OLED lighting panels

Konica Minolta announced that they will show flexible OLED "demonstration models" at the Light + Building 2014 Frankfurt trade show next month. KM says that not only are these the thinnest OLEDs ever on display, but the panels will also be color tunable, making them the first color-tunable flexible OLEDs in the world.

In the image above, you can see the three models Konica Minolta will have on display. From left to right: the Irodori (with color-tunable OLEDs) which rotates slowly, the Ibuki - a couple of those world's thinnest 70-micron OLED panels that seem to float in the air, and finally the Habtaki 2.0, which gives an impression of a bird fledgling leaving the nest.

Nokia Lumia Icon

Nokia's Lumia Icon is a high-end Windows Phone smartphone with a 5" Full-HD Super AMOLED display (the same display used in the GS4). Other features include a 2.2 Ghz quad core CPU, 20 mp PureView camera (with optical image stabilization), Qi wireless charging and NFC.

The Lumia Icon is exclusive for Verizon and will ship on February 20th for $200 (with a two-year contract) or $550 unlocked.

New OLED lighting prototypes shown at Lighting Japan 2014

There's an interesting article over at JapanTimes, covering the Lighting Japan 2014 event that took place last month. They also posted a nice video from the conference, showing several OLED installations from NEC Lighting, Philips, PIOL and others. There are also some flexbile (formable) OLEDs on display, I'm not sure if these are from LG Chem or Konica Minolta (the only two companies that actually produces flexible OLED lighting prototypes).

NEC Lighting is developing OLED lighting for a long time (over 10 years), and during the video you can see demonstrations of the company's OLED panels, including transparent ones (these were unveiled in 2013).

Sony a6000

Sony's a6000 is a midrange mirrorless camera that replaces the NEX-6. It features a 24 Mp sensor, an ultra fast autofocus (Sony says it's the world's fastest), Wi-Fi, NFC, HDMI output and a 3" LCD and an SVGA (800x600) OLED EVF.

The a6000 will ship in April for $800.

DisplaySearch: the flexible OLED market could reach $20 billion by 2020

DisplaySearch posted an interesting blog post, in which they say that following the release of the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex smartphones, flexible displays may have finally reached critical mass. DisplaySearch estimates that new device with flexible OLEDs in various form factors will reach the market in 2014.

DisplaySearch further says that in the optimistic scenario, the flexible OLED market could grow as fast as 151% CAGR to exceed $20 billion in 2020. Several manufacturing technology issue still needs to be sorted out before this happens, but it is possible that innovations will continue to increase flexibility and lower costs.

New multicromoforico molecules may enable simpler OLED material fabrication

Researchers from Mexico's Universidad Veracruzana developed a new OLED emitter molecule that can produce both Red, Green and Blue colors. These so-called multicromoforico molecules may enable simpler OLED material fabrication.

The researchers explain that the color of the emitted light in these new molecules can be modified by the addition of cromoforicas – small molecules that bind to the main system through supramolecular interactions.

The CPI unveils a range of flexible OLED demonstrators

The UK's' Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) produced a range of flexible OLED lighting demonstrators. These prototypes were manufactured at CPI's OLED/OPV prototyping line. The CPI made several panels on a range of substrates with thickness ranging from 50µm to 125µm.

Those devices are made from an ITO anode, evaporated hole injection layer, co-evaporated emissive layer and a conventional cathode. The OLEDs are encapsulated using a pressure sensitive adhesive and a commercially available barrier material. The CPI's researchers are investigating a number of methods for device encapsulation and are collaborating with adhesive, getter, and barrier film suppliers.

Glas Troesch unveils a glass showcase with LG Chem OLEDs

Switzerland-based Glas Troesch unveiled a glass showcase with embedded OLED panels. The showcase (unveiled at the SwissBau construction fair) uses six LG Chem OLED panels (100x100 mm, 60 lm/W, 4000K).

Interestingly the OLED panels in this showcase are reporetedly connected wirelessly to the power source and are embedded in the glass shelf itself (they probably mean transparent conductors). This showcase will also be on show at the Frankfurt Light & Building event in April. It's not clear whether this is a commercial product or just a prototype.

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