SDC reports slightly higher AMOLED sales

Samsung released their financial results - and it was not a good quarter for the Korean company. While they earned $6.1 billion, both mobile phone and tablet sales were weaker than expected (Samsung shipped only 8 million tablets, compared to 13 million in the previous quarter).

Samsung Display's OLED earning were actually good - increasing slightly driven by new high-end smartphones. SDC is increasing AMOLED sales to mid-range phones.

LG Display sees the OLED TV market emerging in late 2015 or early 2016

During a presentation in Korea, LGD's executive director of strategic marketing, Youngkwon Song, said that LGD is currently concentrating in lowering OLED TV production costs.

According to Youngkwon, LGD sees the OLED TV market emerging in late 2015 or early 2016. By that time LGD will have achieved full mass production of large OLED TV panels with good yields and prices will drop to to the economy of scale. LGD also aims to cut costs by lowering the material costs.

AUO's president: no OLED TV plans yet

AUO's president Paul Peng made some interesting comments regarding OLED TVs during AUO's recent quarterly conference call. First of all, Peng says that while AUO "acknowledges" the active OLED TV programs by Samsung and LG, he is still waiting for the market reaction. Peng says that from the customer perspective, OLEDs are getting more and more similar to OLEDs in terms of resolution, color, slim for factor, curve and bezel.

AUO 65'' AMOLED TV prototype photoAUO 65-inch AMOLED panel prototype

Peng says that while AUO has been "continuously developing large size OLED TVs", there have no plans for mass production yet. They still regard OLEDs as a solution for high-end customers only, and the company is still "observing the tend".

Aixtron: our Gen-8 OVPD tool still in qualifications, we're very optimistic

Back in January 2014 Aixtron and Manz announced they will co-develop solutions for efficient OLED production, based on Aixtron's OVPD technology - specifically a Gen-8 (2300x2500 mm) system. During a recent conference call, Aixtron said that the Gen-8 tool is still in qualification and it seems that it will take some time before this is ready to commercialization. Aixtron is however "very optimistic" regarding the business aspects of OVPD.

Aixtron recently installed an R&D "cluster" at their clean-room that demonstrates the core processes used to produce organic semiconductors (deposition of OLEDs and flexible electronics). The Gen-1 (200x200 mm) cluster is built around three OVPD systems embedded in an automated cluster environment.

LG's new curved 55" FHD OLED TV arrives in the US, 65" 4K OLED to cost $6,999

LG launched their new 55EC9300 OLED TV in the US. This is a 55" curved FHD OLED TV - LG's upgrade to the 55EA9800. The EC9300 features a faster refresh rate (240 Hz) and it seems to be brighter (500 cd/m2 vs 350 cd/m2according to some reports). LG also changed the TV's design (gone are the transparent canvas speakers, for example) and the TV is now based on LG's new smart TV platform (WebOS).

The 55EC9300 is now available in the US for $4,999 - it will ship in August 2014 (update: at Best Buy it's cheaper at $3,999). I've read in some places that the EC9300 panels are made in LGD's M2 Gen-8 mass-production fab, but I have no any real evidence that this is true.

LG 55EC9300

The 55EC9300 is a 55" curved FHD OLED TV. This is LG's upgrade to the 2013 55EA9800. The EC9300 features a faster refresh rate (240 Hz) and it seems to be brighter (500 cd/m2 vs 350 cd/m2). LG also changed the TV's design (gone are the transparent canvas speakers, for example) and the TV is now based on LG's new smart TV platform (WebOS). The EC9300 weighs 14.38 Kg without the stand.

The 55EC9300 is now available in the US for $1,999 at Amazon, Best Buy stores and other retailers.

Philips signed a commercial material supply agreement with UDC

In November 2013 Universal Display signed a collaboration and evaluation agreement with Philips' OLED lighting unit, under which UDC will start supplying Philips with sample PHOLED materials. Today UDC announced that Philips signed a commercial material supply agreement.

This means that Philips intends to use UDC's materials in commercial OLED lighting products. This is not surprising as it is widely accepted that UDC's PHOLED materials are required to produce efficient OLEDs.

Kyodo News: JDI, Sony and Panasonic to form a small/medium OLED company

In May 2014 it was reported that Japan Display may setup an OLED joint venture together with Sony and Panasonic. Today Kyodo news confirms this report, and says that the three companies will indeed form a new company (which will be called JOLED) that will develop small and medium OLED displays - mostly for tablet devices. The official announcement is expected soon.

JDI 5.2-inch FHD OLED prototype

JOLED will receive and investment from the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, a public-private investment fund. Similarly to JDI itself, the INCJ will hold 70% in the new company. JDI will hold 20% and Sony and Panasonic will each own 5%.

Who will be Universal Display's next key customer?

Three weeks ago, Seeking Alpha published my first article on Universal Display, titled "Universal Display: 20X Jackpot In 2018?" - in which I presented my best-case scenario for the OLED market (and UDC) in 2018.

I think the article was received well, and today SA published my second article - "Universal Display's Second Key Customer Is On Its Way". In this new article I explain why Samsung Display is such an important customer for UDC - and how I expect in that in the coming years UDC will diversity its key customer base as I expect LG Display, Konica Minolta, Everdisplay, BOE, Philips and LG Chem to start mass producing OLEDs soon.

A large Chinese display maker bought a cleaning subsystem for their upcoming AMOLED fab

MKS Instruments (a provider of instruments and solutions for advanced manufacturing processes) reported their financial results, and during the conference call the company said that a large Chinese display maker placed a multisystem order for a Liquizon cleaning subsystem. The Chinese company will use this system for their upcoming AMOLED production fab.

It's great to hear confirmation of at least one Chinese AMOLED fab. We know of several companies from China with plans to launch an AMOLED fab, including Everdisplay, BOE and CSOT. While Everdisplay hopes to be the first one to mass produce OLEDs in Chinese, it is a new company, so MKS would not have described it as a "large Chinese display maker". It's more likely that this order came from BOE.