Taiyo Nippon Sanso invests in China's Jilin OLED Materials

Japan-based Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC) announced that it has invested in Jilin OLED Materials - and acquired the exclusive global sales rights for Jilin OLED's products.

According to TNSC, Jilin, who provides OLED stack materials (including HIL, HTL, emitters and ETL materials) has made significant progress in the material development - and also acquired several key customers in China. Jilin is now looking to expand outside of China and will use TNSC's sales network and brand.

LG Display invests $2.8 million in TADF developer Kyulux

Earlier this month we reported that Kyushu University spun-off a new company, called Kyulux, to commercialize the TADF emitters developed at Kyushu. Kyulux raised ¥1.5 billion (around $13 million USD) and hopes to have their emitters ready by 2018.

Kyulux TADF OLED demonstrator Feb 2016

According to the OLED Association, LG Display now invested a further $2.8 million in Kyulux. Kyulux also signed an agreement with Kyushu University to transfer 50 patents. Kyulux did not specify how much they paid for those patents - but it did say that the series A round (those $13 million) were raised at least partly to buy those patents.

Foxconn acquires a controlling stake in Sharp for $3.5 billion

A few weeks ago Sharp agreed to sell a two-thirds stake to Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) for $5.8 billion - but following new disclosed liabilities of around $2.7 billion the deal was canceled, and today the two companies announced a new, in which Foxconn will pay $3.5 billion.

This is the largest acquisition ever by a foreign company in a Japanese tech company and it ends the independence of a 100-year-old company. Foxconn also received an option to increase its stake in Sharp in 2017.

LGD publishes a new video showing the company's L+B OLED lighting booth

A couple of weeks ago LG Display demonstrated new OLED lighting products and solution at Light+Building 2016 - including the company's latest flexible OLED panels and the new mirror-solution transparent OLED-based system. LGD today published a video showing all those OLEDs and lamps at the company's L+B booth:

A couple of weeks ago LGD announced that it will invest in a Gen-5 (1000x1200 mm) OLED lighting fab that will be located in Gumi, South Korea. The initial capacity will be 15,000 monthly substrates, and LG will increase capacity depending on market reception. Mass production in the new fab is expected by the first half of 2017.

The OLED Handbook, 2016 edition

I'm happy to announce the sixth edition of The OLED Handbook, the most comprehensive resource on OLED technology, industry and market - now updated for 2016. The OLED industry grows and changes very fast, and the new edition include new details on OLED TVs, flexible and foldable OLEDs, the wearable and VR/AR markets and more.

Reading this book, you'll learn all about:

  • OLED technology and materials and production processes
  • How OLEDs compare to LCD displays
  • OLED TVs, flexible OLEDs and transparent OLEDs
  • The OLED lighting industry
  • The future of OLED displays and lighting and the challenges ahead

The book also provides:

  • A history of OLED development
  • A guide to OLED investment
  • A comprehensive list of OLED companies
  • A list of existing and planned AMOLED fabs
  • OLED lighting roadmaps
  • An in-depth look into flexible OLEDs and OLED encapsulation

The OLED handbook has been read by hundreds of display engineers, business developers, researchers, equipment vendors, OLED material companies, private investors and others who wished to learn more about OLEDs today and in the future. I truly believe that it is the best introduction to OLED displays and lighting!

KGI - the iPhone 7+ will sport a 5.8" AMOLED display

KGI Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple's 2017 iPhone will have a radical new design - curved panels on the device's front and back, glass covers (or perhaps plastic or ceramic, it is not decided yet). According to KGI, the iPhone 7 will sport a 5.8" AMOLED display.

Apple iPhone 6s photo

Kuo says that it is likely that the 5.8" iPhone will be a replacement for the current iPhone 6+ (5.5" LCD) - but if Apple won't be able to secure enough OLED panels, it may choose to release two models, one with LCD and a premium one with an OLED display.

Changhong Q3A

Changhong's Q3A is a 4K curved OLED TV that features smart TV functions (with the company's C-Store application store), HDR support, USB 3.0 connections and Dolby Digital Plus support.

Changhong Q3A photo

The Q3A is now shipping in China, in 55" and 65".

IHS: A 5" FHD AMOLED costs less than an equivalent LCD

According to IHS, a 5" Full-HD AMOLED display now costs $14.3 (down from $17.1 in Q4 2015) - and now costs less than a similar LCD display ($14.7, down from $15.7 in Q4 2015). This is the first time an AMOLED costs less than an LCD.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at MWC photo

IHS says that to make a 5" FHD LCD, the materials costs are $9.2 and non-material costs (including deprecation) s $5.4. For an AMOLED display, materials cost $7.2 and non material costs amount to $7.2.

LGD and SDC consider dedicated OLED production lines to VR applications

The VR market is set for very fast growth in the next few years, and OLED displays are the best displays for this market - mostly because of the fast response time which is required for such applications. OLEDs also offer, of course, a better image quality, better colors, lighter weigh and better efficiency.

Oculus Rift photo

As companies such as Apple, Samsung, Google, Facebook and Sony enter this market, display makers are starting to develop products specifically for VR headsets. According to a report from Business Korea, the major problem with VR today is the screen density - a good VR experience requires a screen resolution that is at least three times higher than that of a mobile phone display (which is currently at around 500 PPI).

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