Nikkei: Sony to put its OLED TV plans on hold

Update: According to a UK magazine, Sony denies pulling out of the OLED TV market

In December 2013 Sony and Panasonic announced that they canceled their OLED TV joint-development effort. The two Japanese companies said they will continue to develop OLED technologies independently. Now the Japanese Nikkei Asian Review reports that Sony decided to halt their OLED TV development to focus on UHD LCDs.

Sony 56-inch OLED TV Prototype

According to the report, Sony does not see any real demand for OLED TVs any time soon. While they may be right in the very near term (1-2 years), this is a very risky decision because if OLED TVs do take off in 2015 or so as Sony will again be too late to the new TV technology (the same mistake they did with LCDs).According to some reports, Sony aims to enter the OLED TV market using LGD panels, a strategy that didn't quite work out for Sony with LCD panels a few years ago.

Video introduction to IMOLA's intelligent OLED lighting management

In September 2011 the EU launched a new €5 million project called IMOLA (Intelligent light management for OLED on foil applications) with an aim to realize large-area flexible OLED lighting modules with built-in intelligent light management. Philips just sent us this nice video which gives an introduction to OLED Lighting and to IMOLA's objectives here:

The basic idea behind IMOLA is that light intensity can be adjusted uniformly or locally according to the time of day or a person's position - and applications include wall, ceiling and in-vehicle (dome) lighting. Partners in this project include Philips, NXP Semiconductors, Henkel and Israel's Hanita Coatings.

New Vision developed a new 5" flexible AMOLED on a PEN substrate

In 2013, Guangzhou New Vision Optoelectronics (New Vision) developed a flexible 4.8" AMOLED display using an Ln-IZO backplane and a polyimide substrate. New Vision now unveiled another flexible AMOLED prototype, this one using a PEN substrate. The company says that they expect flexible OLEDs to be commercialized in the near future.

The new full-color display is 5-inch in size with a thickness of only 0.1 mm and a weigh of less than 5 grams. The radius of curvature is up to 1 cm. New Vision says that PEN is preferable to Polyimide because it's cheaper, it doesn't require the complex preperation process required by PI and it enables transparent panels. The PEN substrate limits the production temperature to 180 C which created a major challenge for New Vision (to deposit the Oxide-TFT backplane at that temperature).

Universal Display reports strong results for Q1 2014

Universal Display reported their financial results for Q1 2014 - and the company had another great quarter. Revenues were $37.8 million (compared to $15 million in Q1 2013) and net income was $4.0 million. This does not include Samsung's license fees which will be $50 million in 2014, and will be paid in Q2 and Q4.

Green emitter sales were $17.2 million (up from $11.6 in Q4 2013, and 4.6 a year ago). Green host sales were $12.4 million (up from $9.3 million in Q4 2013 and 3.1 a year ago). Red emitter sales were $3.9 million (up from $2.8 million in Q4 2013 and Q1 2013). UDC now expects 2014 revenues to reach the high end of its $190 million to $205 million guidance range.

Pantech Vega Iron2

Pantech's Vega Iron2 is an Android 4.2.2 smartphone with a large 5.3" FHD Super AMOLED display, a quad-core CPU, LTE and a 21mp camera with optical image stabilizer.

The Vega Iron2 will be released in South Korea in May.

Simulation and measurement expert Fluxim announces two product releases and two training events

Switzerland based Fluxim (an OLED-Info sponsor) , providing leading simulation and measurement technology to the OLED and solar cell industry, announces two product releases and two training events. Following is a sponsored message from Fluxim.

Fluxim is Launching SETFOS 4.0 with a New Light Scattering Module for Assessing the OLED Light Outcoupling Enhancement

After extended development and testing effort, Fluxim is going to release a new module of the simulator SETFOS in the beginning of June 2014 to simulate light scattering in OLEDs and solar cells. Fluxim believes that their customers can strongly take advantage from this major improvement as the new module makes it easy to quantify the impact of light outcoupling enhancement structures. Please write to info@fluxim.com to obtain further information today.

BMW shows a new concept car with OLED taillights

A couple of weeks ago BMW unveiled a new Series 7 concept car as part of their BMW Vision Future Luxury design approach. The car includes all sorts of new user and display interfaces such as a projected HUD and a control tablet for rear seat passengers.

BMW Vision Future Luxury

Earlier last month BMW said that the future lighting technology for their automobiles will be OLED (BMW expects to start selling cars with OLED lighting within 3 years) - and indeed the new concept 7 series uses OLED taillights. The OLED suppliers is Astron Fiamm (owners of the Blackbody consumer OLED brand).

Knockr enables lock screen gestures - but on OLED phones only

Knockr is a new (and free) Android application that enables lock-screen gestures. The idea is that you can setup your phone so that a certain gesture opens a specific application. Knockr only works on devices with OLED screens - because it actually does not turns-off the display on the lock screen, it simply turns it black. On an LCD display, there will be a significant battery drain...

As more and more phones adopt OLED displays, we can expect software to take advantage of the OLED features. In the past few weeks we've seen two interesting patents (here and here) that detail innovative ways to save power on OLED displays.

Veeco sees a slowdown in flexible OLED production plans at SDC

In September 2013, Veeco acquired Synos Technology for $185 million for the company's FAST-ALD flexible OLED encapsulation technology. Veeco later received a purchase order from SDC for a first-generation FAST-ALD prototype system. Veeco expected a manufacturing ramp to begin in 2014 - hoping to book more than $75 in ALD production systems by the end of the year.

Yesterday Veeco reported their financial results for Q1 2014. While the company had a good quarter (revenues of $91 million, up 24% sequentially) the new OLED business did not perform as good as they expected. In fact, they didn't get the orders they thought they'd get in Q1 2014, which meant that Veeco will pay less for Synos - $25 million less, actually.

Encapsulix reveals that Blackbody is their OLED ALD encapsulation customer

In October 2013, Encapsulix announced that a "leading OLED lighting supplier in Europe" placed an order for the M500 ALD deposition system. The deposition system shipped in February 2014 and today Encapsulix updated us that the system was installed successfully - and that the customer is Blackbody (Astron Fiamm Safety).

Encapsulix M500 ALD system photo

Blackbody will use the new system to deposit OLED encapsulation for panels used in the residential, commercial, automotive and avionics markets. Encapulix's system can process substrates up to 400x500 mm in size and is well suited for Blackbody's Gen-2 production line. Blackbody will also use this system to develop other coating (not just encapsulation layers).

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