A restaurant in Tokyo will install Sumitomo's P-OLED panels in a large chandelier

Sumitomo Chemical announced that a restaurant at Tokyo's Yomiuri Land (the largest amusement park in Tokyo) will adopt its colored OLED lighting panels in a chandelier. The chandelier, called Jewelry Jardin as designed by Motoko Ishii.

Sumitomo at L+B 2016

Sumitomo has been developing PLED lighting panels for many years, and the company started marketing panels in 2014, producing using printing technologies. Sumitomo demonstrated its latest OLEDs at the Light+Building event in April 2016.

OLED-Info readers get free shipping on Visionect's E Ink meeting room assistant

In January 2016 Visionect launched its JOAN Meeting Room Assistant, and we're happy to announce that Visionect now offers free shipping for our readers. JOAN uses a 6" E Ink Pearl panel - just like Amazon's Kindle does, to provide a beautiful calendar scheduling solution, connecting wirelessly to your calendar, and running on batteries for months between charges.

Visionect Joan meeting room E Ink manager photo

JOAN costs €349 - to claim your free shipping, simply use the coupon EINKINFO20A9 when you checkout. JOAN can be a great way to spruce up your meeting rooms!

AMD stresses the need for high-resolution VR displays, is working with eMagin for 18 months

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin developed a 2K x 2K OLED microdisplay based VR HMD, which is now being offered to partners (the company's first licensee is probably ODG). The company is also developing its next-gen 4K OLED microdisplays.

eMagin needs to find a high-volume production partner if it wants to enter the consumer market (eMagin announced production expansion will not be enough) and eMagin already stated that it is in talks with potential foundry partners. One of these partners is AMD - which we already know is working with eMagin.

Both Samsung and LG to switch to ALD for in-organic TFE?

A few days ago we reported that Kateeva says it has taken a "commanding lead" in the OLED thin film encapsulation (TFE) market with its ink-jet based systems. Kateeva's ink-jet printers are used to deposit organic materials, but the full TFE stack also contains in-organic materials.

Currently both LG and Samsung producers are using PECVD to deposit the in-organic materials, but according to a report from ETNEws, both Korean display makers are thinking about switching to ALD. Several companies, including Jusung Engineering, WONIK IPS, AP Systems and TES has ALD-based encapsulation deposition systems ready to be used in display production. Both LG and Samsung have finished with R&D work on ALD technology and are ready to introduce commercial systems into their production lines.

The Holst Centre demonstrate the world's first OLED on a ceramic substrate

The Holst Centre, in collaboration with US-based ultra-thin ceramics supplier ENrG have managed to produce a flexible OLED lighting panel on a 20-40 um thick ceramic substrate. The researchers at the Holst Centre say that a ceramic substrate offers an excellent barrier, is easy to handle and can withstand the high temperatures used in display backplane manufacturing processes.

OLED on Ceramics (Holst Centre 2016)

The Holst presented the 12 x 2.5 cm prototype OLED lighting panel that you see above. A ceramic substrate can withstand temperatures up to 1000 Celsius - and can be made partially transparent. This could prove to be an interesting alternative to plastic and metal substrates.

Everdisplay planning a $4.1 billion 6-Gen AMOLED fab by 2019

According to Digitimes, China-based AMOLED producer Everdisplay is planning to invest $4.1 billion USD to build a 6-Gen AMOLED factory. The upcoming factory will have a monthly capacity of 30,000 substrates and will start trial production in 2018.

Everdisplay 5.6'' WQHD flexible AMOLED prototype photo (September 2015)

Mass production in the new fab is expected by early 2019 - and will include panels from 1 to 13 inches. It is not mentioned in the report whether these are regular glass-based AMOLEDs or flexible ones.

Sony and Panasonic announce new cameras with OLED viewfinders

Sony and Panasonic announced several new cameras that sport OLED viewfinders. The three new cameras all use XGA OLED microdisplays (probably the same microdisplay).

Sony a99 Mark II photo

First up we have Sony's a99 Mark II, a high-end 42.9-mp A-mount SLT camera that features 4K video capture, 5-axis image stabilization, 79 AF points and a newly designed shutter. The a99 Mark II will ship in November 2016 for $3,200 (body only).

Sony a99 Mark II

Sony's a99 Mark II is a 42.9-mp A-mount SLT camera that features 4K video capture, 5-axis image stabilization, 79 AF points, newly designed shutter and a large XGA OLED viewfinder (with a magnification of 0.78x).

Sony a99 Mark II photo

The a99 Mark II is now shipping for $3,200 (body only).

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