SinoWealth sees an explosive Chinese AMOLED market in the next few years

Sino Wealth logoSinoWealth, an IC developer from Shanghai, currently offers PMOLED drivers, but the company is now starting to develop AMOLED drivers as well.

In a statement to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the company said that it is optimistic about an "explosive growth of the domestic AMOLED market in the next few years". The company also expects its AMOLED driver to be used in a future holographic phone.

OLEDNet: JOLED to use Sony's OLED technology and Panasonic's production fab

Last month Japan Display, Sony and Panasonic announced the formation of a new OLED company. JOLED, funded by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, will be established formally in January 2015, and will focus mainly on medium sized OLEDs for tablet applications.

JDI 5.2-inch FHD OLED prototype

One of the key questions surrounding JOLED is the technology choice. While Sony (and JDI, which is basing its OLED program on Sony's tech) is using small-molecule OLEDs and an evaporation process, Panasonic based its OLED development on Sumitomo's PLED materials and printing technologies.

Korea launches a $21 million OLED lighting drive

Korea's Ministry Of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) is launching a new OLED lighting industry support fund, with plans to invest 22 billion Won ($21.5 million) over the next five years. The project will kick start at the end of September 2014.

The new initiative is called “OLED Lighting Industry Cluster Construction Business”, and the MOTIE aims to help local companies kick start manufacturing processes, prototype production, standard and measurement systems, help with a comprehensive information network and marketing support, and more.

New leak confirms a 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED for the Galaxy Note 4

Samsung is set to release the Galaxy Note 4 mobile phone on September 3rd, and a new leak from Indonesia confirms previous reports saying that this new phone will sport a 5.7" QHD Super AMOLED display.

Some reports suggested that Samsung may release two Note 4 variants, one with a regular display and one with a curved one. A senior VP at Samsung Electronics even said that the Note 4 will have a "new form factor".

Samsung has no plans to introduce new OLED TVs in the US, but can enter the market quickly when required

Samsung took a step back from the OLED TV market a while back. While the company released the S9C curved OLED TV back in June 2013, they never followed up with newer models and actually stopped OLED TV production and marketing.

Samsung Electronics US chief said yesterday that the company has no plans to release new OLED TVs in the US, but they can "respond quickly" in this market if they see consumer demand. This is in stark contrast to LG Electronics which has just recently released a new OLED TV in the US, and who's planning to introduce 65" 4K TVs soon.

TCL to raise $926 million towards CSOT's 8.5-Gen LCD/OLED T2 fab

TCL Group announced that it is going to raise 5.7 billion RMB ($926 million) in a private placement (there will be 10 different investors) to build CSOT's T2 8.5-Gen fab. This fab will use Oxide-TFT substrates and will produce both LCDs and AMOLEDs. The company filed information which specifically mentioned that this fab is important due for the future OLED technology.

CSOT's 8.5-Gen Oxide-TFT fab was discussed back in July 2013, but we do not have any information regarding its capacity and how CSOT plans to split it between LCD and AMOLED production. A $926 million investment is not very large for such a fab, so this is probably just the first production line. Earlier estimates for the cost of this fab were 24.4 billion RMB (just over $4 billion).

Motorola to reveal the Moto 360 and new smartphones on September 4th

Update: it turns out the Moto 360 uses an LCD, and not an OLED...

On March 2014 Motorola showed their first smartwatch, the beautiful Moto 360. This Google Android Wear OS device uses a round display, which is probably an OLED but we're not sure. Motorola sent out invitations today to a launch event on September 4th, and they will probably finally unveil this interesting device.

From the invitation, it seems that Motorola will also show new smartphones, including the follow-up to their flagship Moto X with it's 4.7" 720p AMOLED display. Motorola has been using AMOLEDs for several of its phones in past years, so it's likely their new devices will also use OLED displays.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Galaxy Alpha is a stylish slim smartphone with a metal case and lower-specification hardware compared to Samsung's GS5. It sports a 4.7" 720p Super AMOLED display, an octa-core CPU, a rather small 1860 mAh battery, NFC, fingerprint scanner and a 12 mp camera.

The Galaxy Alpha will launch in September 2014.

UBI Research: the global AMOLED manufacturing equipment market in 2015-2020 will be $35 billion

UBI Research released a new AMOLED manufacturing equipment market forecast report, in which they estimate that the total market size ill be about 36 trillion Won (about $35 billion) from 2015-2020.

In terms of machines, the largest market share (30%) will be taken by steppers, following by evaporators (17%). If we look at display components, 69% of the manufacturing equipment sales will go to backplane machines, following by evaporation deposition machines (17%) and encapsulation machines (14%).

eMagin reports in-line Q2 2014 financial results

eMagin, the OLED microdisplay maker, reported their financial results for Q2 2014. Revenues were $7 million (the same as in Q2 2013), while net loss was $1 million (the same again as in Q2 2013).

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While the company's financial results are still not very impressive, they do report significant advances in their R&D programs, mainly for ultra high-brightness displays and direct-patterned panels. In the near term, they hope that new R&D projects will help them increase revenues. In the long term, they seem certain that the advantages of direct-emission displays will enable them to achieve design wins in future commercial wearable devices such as HMDs.

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