Corning and OLEDWorks announce the winners in their OLED lighting design contest

In April 2016 Corning and OLEDWorks launched an OLED lighting design contest , calling designers to integrate thin, lightweight and cool-to-the-touch OLEDWorks lighting panels into functional luminaires that are practical yet creative.

Green Light OLED lighting concept by SadyrKhabukhayev (2016)

Corning and OLEDWorks now announced the winners of this content - Matthew Boyko, Mike Garner from MSG Lighting, and Sadyr Khabukhayev. The winners were awarded $10,000 each for their innovative lighting luminaires – which ranged in design from horizontal lighting arrays, to the integration of OLEDs into triangular storage modules, as well as a creative way to install OLED panels.

Kateeva says it takes a commanding lead in the OLED TFE market

OLED ink-jet developer Kateeva started to offer ink-jet based encapsulation systems in 2014, used to protect flexible OLED panels. Kateeva's encapsulation performance is excellent and it was already reported that these systems are used in flexible OLED mass production - and today Kateeva announced that it takes a "commanding lead" in the OLED thin-film encapsulation (TEF) market.

Kateeva further says that it secured the "vast majority" of available TFE orders, and its customers include the world's largest flat-panel display makers in three key Asia regions - which probably includes Korea and China - and the third region is either Taiwan or Japan.

GIS to establish an OLED touch screen factory in China

Taiwan-based General Interface Solution (GIS) announced plans to setup a new display factory in Chengdu, China. The factory will produce force-touch based touch panels specifically for OLED displays. Total investment in the new factory is expected to reach $750 million.

GIS is owned by Foxconn, and reportedly the company is gearing up to become an Apple supplier for future OLED-based iPhones. GIS will compete with Nissha Printing, Shenzhen O-Film and TPK holdings for OLED touch sensors.

Nissan Chemical Industries acquires Solvay's soluble OLED IP

Solvay logoNissan Chemical Industries logoNissan Chemical Industries announced that it acquired Solvay's OLED IP and expertise. These patents are related to the production of soluble HIL and HTL materials.

Solvay, an international chemical company based in Belgium, had several OLED activities, which it consolidated under Solvay OLED following the acquisition of Plextronics in 2014. Solvay decided to exit the OLED market as it sees further delays in soluble OLED introduction.

Cynora to collaborate with Johua Printing on OLED TV technologies

Blue TADF developer Cynora signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Guangdong Juhua Printing Display Technology to cooperate on OLED TV development.

Johua was established earlier this year by CSoT (66%) and TianMa (34%) with an aim to industrialize printed OLED technologies. Johua Printing is an "open innovation platform" guided by the Chinese government that collaborates with both industry and universities to drive the progress of China's display industry and the GUangdong Province specifically.

DisplayMate: the iPhone 7's LCD display is truly impressive, but not as good as the latest OLEDs

DisplayMate posted a comprehensive review of the iPhone 7 display. The iPhone 7 has a 4.7" 1334 x 750 IPS LTPS LCD display, which DisplayMate say is truly impressive - and is the top performing mobile LCD display ever tested.

iPhone 7 photo

The iPhone 7's LCD also breaks several display records - including the highest absolute color accuracy, the most accurate image contrast and intensity scale, highest peak brightness for an average picture level and the lowest screen reflectance .

The Fraunhofer FEP now offers development kits based on bi-directional OLED microdisplays

In March 2015 the Fraunhofer FEP demonstrated its second-generation bi-directional OLED microdisplays, with a resolution of 800x600 (SVGA), up from VGA in the first generation first unveiled in 2012.

Fraunhofer SVGA bi-directional OLED microdisplay at LOPE-C

The Fraunhofer is now making a new development platform of these bi-directional eyeglasses, based on the new microdisplays, available to clients creating proprietary products. The updated platform has a new hardware design with standard HDMI and USB interfaces. The new eyeglasses were developed as part of the FAIR project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Royole Moon

Royole's Moon is a foldable 3D VR headset that use OLED microdisplays. The only technical details on the displays is that they achieve a PPI of over 3,000. The Moon also includes noise-cancelling headphones and runs on the company's own Moon OS. Games and content can be run from the internal memory - or via HDMI and USB interfaces.

Royole Moon photo

The moon is now shipping for $599 (note: affiliate link to Amazon).

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