SDC expects VR and AR markets to spark demand for high-end OLED displays

During a display seminar in Korea, Park Won-sang, SDC's principal engineer, said that the company is expecting VR and AR applications to increase demand for high-end OLED displays. Park says that smartphone-based VR device shipments will grow to 66 million units in 2017, up from 4 million units in 2013 (this data originates from ABI Research).

Oculus Rift consumer photo

VR and AR technology demands very high-end displays, and OLEDs are seen as the ideal technology - as it features high response time and better contrast compared to LCD displays. The biggest challenge, according to Park, is the power consumption that needs to be increased to enhance the AR and VR experience.

Samsung profits drop, sends mixed signals on flexible OLED sales

Following the Galaxy Note 7 discontinuation, Samsung Electronics reported a 17% drop in quarterly profits - and its net income fell to $3.9 billion.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 image

Regarding its OLED business, Samsung is sending a confusing message. The company reports a decline in flexible OLED shipments compared to the previous quarter - due to the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7. On the other hand, Samsung says that OLED earnings increased as overall high-end flexible display shipments increased. So it's not clear what actually happened...

Leaked Apple pay image confirms the Macbook Pro's OLED magic toolbar

Tomorrow (October 27th) Apple is set to announce its new MacBook Pro lineup, and reports suggested that one of the new features in these new laptops will be an OLED touch bar, a secondary display placed above the keyboard (instead of the function keys).

Apple pay leaked magic toolbar photo

A leaked image (shown above) from Apple's Pay platform was circulated yesterday, showing and supposedly confirming the new touch bar (which many believe Apple will call Magic Toolbar) - which will also apparently support touch ID.

Tianma plans a 6-Gen LTPS AMOLED fab in Xiamen

According to a story on iTers News, Tianma is planning to construct a 6-Gen AMOLED fab in Xiamen, China. The fab's capacity will be 30,000 monthly substrates.

The origin of this story is from LG Electronics' whose PRI research institute won a bid to supply ELA LTPS laser equipment to Tianma's upcoming fab.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

The Mi Note 2, Xiaomi's flagship phone, features a dual-edge curved 5.7" 1080x1920 flexible AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 821 quad-core chipset, 4/6GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage memory, a 22.5mp camera and a 4070mAh battery.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2 photo

The Xiamoni Mi Note 2 was launched in China in October 2016 for ~$410 (4GB RAM and 64GB storage) or ~$485 (6GB RAM and 128GB storage).

Sony launches the PlayStation VR in Japan, almost sold out within one week

Sony launched its PlayStation VR HMD last week in Japan and according to Media Create over 51,500 units were sold within one week - over 90% of available stock. Most consumers chose the bundle which includes the headset, a camera and the Move controllers.

Sony's PlayStation VR uses a 5.7" FHD (1920x1080) AMOLED display (produced by Samsung Display), 360-degree tracking and 3D audio. It is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and costs around $400 (headset only).

Fluxim releases a new software tool to simulate large area OLED panels

Switzerland-based R&D tools provider Fluxim released a new simulation tool called Laoss. Laoss is aimed specifically for large area organic electronic devices - such as large OLED display and lighting panels and perovskite solar cells.

The Laoss software is used to design optimal electrode lay-outs of any shape with and without current carrying grids. Fluxim says that a carefully designed electrode layout avoids non-uniformities that arise due to the resistance of the electrode and charge injecting layers. Laoss tool can be used in combination with Fluxim’s Setfos software to design the layer stack of the OLED/PV device as well as with results from the Paios measurement platform.

Did Black Cattle Food actually start to construct its 6-Gen AMOLED fab?

Black Cattle Food logoLast month we posted a rather strange story - a Chinese soy and grain beverage maker announced that it aims to raise $2.7 billion to enter the OLED market. Black Cattle Food said it will setup a join-venture with unannounced partners to construct a 6-Gen AMOLED fab to produce small-size OLED panels.

According to new reports from China, Black Cattle Food actually started to construct this 6-Gen AMOLED fab, in Hebei Province, northern China. The investment is now estimated at $4.5 billion. The new fab will have a monthly capacity of 30,000 substrates.

Lucid Motors teases its upcoming electric car, will have four OLED displays

Lucid Motors, a new automotive upstart, showed off its upcoming car, a premium electric sedan. The car is about 90% complete, according to Lucid, but following two years of development, the company was ready to show some first photos and provide some information.

Lucid motors EV dashboard teaser photo

The car builds on high-end technologies, including patented lithium-ion battery technology and a dual-motor system. The dashboard and infotainment system is using OLED displays - in fact Lucid's prototype car has four OLED screens. Lucid did not give any details on those OLEDs, unfortunately.

UBI: WOLED Technology to lead the premium TV market

UBI Research says that WOLED technology will lead the premium TV market from 2020 onwards. LCD will not be able to match the performance of OLED TVs at the high-end of the TV market, and solution-based OLED TVs and QD TVs will find it hard to penetrate the market as WOLED technology is one step ahead in commercialization.

LG OLED TVs (August 2015)

According to UBI, in 2016 OLED TVs will grab a 16.7% share of the global premium TV market. In 2020, OLED TVs will lead that market with a 68.1% share.