IHS: AMOLED displays to be the leading display technology in the smartwatch market in 2015

IHS says that display shipments for smartwatches will grow 250% in 2015 to reach 34 million units, mostly due to the new Apple Watch. IHS says though that shipments will fall in Q4. AMOLED displays will be the leading display technology with 58% of total smartwatch displays shipped in 2015.

IHS smartwatch display tech shipments chart (2014-2015)

Apple's Watch uses 1.34" plastic-based AMOLEDs produced by LG Display (IHS estimates that this display costs $20.5). The Watch will make up 84% of all AMOLED shipments in this market and 49% of total displays.

ITRI and Orbotech to co-develop solutions for flexible OLED production

ITRI and Orbotech signed an agreement to jointly develop solutions for flexible display production. In the first stage, ITRI will use Orbotech's inspection technology to identify production bottlenecks in flexible AMOLED processes.

ITRI says that they are confident that flexible devices are the future of the display industry, and that flexible OLEDs will bring next generation form factors such as foldable tablets and wearable devices.

TCL says next-gen TVs will use printed OLED panels, company shows new AMOLED prototypes

TCL's chairman, Tomson Li, gave an SID DisplayWeek speech, during which he predicted that the next-gen large-size displays will be printed OLEDs. Tomson said that global partners are welcome to join TCL and co-develop printed technologies, processes and materials.

During the DisplayWeek exhibition, TCL's CSOT subsidiary demonstrated three new AMOLED display prototypes, including a 5.5" PWM LTPS OLED and a 31" OLED TV panel. In May 2014 TCL announced plans to co-develop 5.5" LTPS AMOLEDs with Ignis innovation, I do not know if the new 5.5" demonstrators are based on this collaboration.

Reuters: GS6 sales are off to a good start with over 6 million phones sold in 20 days

According to a market analyst, sales of Samsung's GS6 and GS6 Edge are off to a good start, with over 6 million phones sold by the end of April, less than a month after the official launch. The GS6 and GS6 Edge together have fared better in the first 20 days compared to the GS5 sales back in 2014.

Samsung GS6 and GS6 Edge photo

The same analyst says that the GS6 outsold the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus during the launch. The main problem is the supply issues of the GS6 Edge - we know that Samsung Display cannot make enough flexible displays, although reportedly it has started production in their next Gen-6 fab earlier than planned to meet demand. The GS6 is expected to sell over 50 million units by the end of the year - better than the GS4 that sold 45 million units in the same period - and was Samsung's best selling phone ever.

FlexEnable and CPT demonstrate a full-color OTFT flexible AMOLED display

FlexEnable and Chunghwa Picture Tube (CPT) demonstrate an OTFT full-color flexible AMOLED display manufactured by using FlexEnable's low-temperature process and CPT's RGB OLED technology.

FlexEnable / CPT flexible OTFT AMOLED prototype (June 2015)

The glass-free prototype display (which you can see above) is a full-color AMOLED that operates at 60Hz and is only 125 microns thick. This is a great achievement, but it's not clear whether CPT aims to commercialize such displays any time soon.

Fujifilm and imec show a full-color photoresist OLED device prototype

Back in 2013, Fujifilm and imec jointly developed a new process to deposit and pattern OLED materials using existing i-line photolithography equipment. The two companies have now demonstrated a full-color photoresist OLED. They say that this could lead to a new process that can be used to produce high-resolution large-area OLED displays in a cost-effective way.

Fujifilm-imec full-color photoresist OLED (June 2015)

In the new prototype, the two companies patterned red, green and blue OLED materials to create a subpixel pitch of 20 micrometer. The full device is 40x40 pixels and achieved a density of 640 PPI. As you can see in the image above, UV rays were used to confirm the result.

Corning announces Lotus NXT Glass, an improved high performance display glass substrate

Corning announced an updated version of their high-performance (LCD and OLED) display glass substrate, the Lotus NXT Glass. The new glass improves the 2nd-gen XT glass (launched exactly two years ago in May 2013) with lower total pitch variations.

Corning Lotus XTCorning Lotus XT

The new glass has improved stability, and better total pitch variation performance. According to Corning, this enables display makers to produce more efficient displays (up to 15% lower power consumption), or higher resolution displays (by up to 100 additional pixels per inch). The Lotus NXT can also improve display production yields - by up to 1.5%. It's not quite clear if these numbers refer to the improvement over Lotus XT or other glass substrates on the market

LGD's 0.97 mm OLED TV panel shown on video

A couple of weeks ago LG Display demonstrated 0.97 mm thick 55" OLED panels that stick to the wall using magnets. Several people told me they don't think this is real, but here's a video showing this display in action:

This is currently just a prototype, but hopefully LGD will manage to commercialize this panel soon. Towards the end of the video you can see that the panel (which weighs less than 2 Kg, by the way) is connected to the wall-mount using a small cable. The video also shows the new convex OLED panel prototypes.

Alkilu launches a $50,000 crowd funding campaign for the TripLit portable OLED light

Alkilu was established in 2013 with an aim to develop innovative consumer OLED lighting products, and the company unveiled their low cost OLED products at CES 2014. While some of their products are already shipping, Alkilu now launched a Kickstarter campaign for the TripLit portable OLED light.

The TripLit OLED panel is about 100x100 mm in size, and has a color temperature of 3000K (yes, that's all we know). The TripLit has a Li-Polymer battery that lasts for more than 30 hours (coupled with a solar charger, this is pretty neat). As part of the campaign, you can get it for $61.

Kateeva and DuPont to jointly optimize soluble materials for inkjet printing

Kateeva and DuPont announced that they will co-develop solutions for ink-jet printed OLEDs - specifically they will optimize DuPont's soluble materials for Kateeva's inkjet systems. The two companies hope this collaboration will enable then to offer a simple and highly-effective OLED TV printing process.

This follows Kateeva's agreement with Sumiomo Chemical that aims to pair Sumitomo's PLED materials to Kateeva's YieldJet OLED ink-jet printing platform.

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