BOE and OLiGHTEK launch a new OLED Microdisplay joint venture

BOE Technology and OLED Microdisplay maker OLiGHTEK announced a new joint-venture to produce OLED microdisplays for the consumer VR and AR markets. The new company will be established in Kunming, Yunnan, and will have an annual production capacity of a million OLED microdisplays.

OLiGHTEK OLED microdisplay photo

Total investment in the new venture will total $167 million USD. BOE will invest 76.5% of the capital and OLiGHTEK will invest 20%. There is a third partner, Gao Ping Technology from Shenzhen, that will invest 3.5% of the capital. BOE will also apparently invest around $7.2 million in OLiGHTEK. The new company will base its production on OLiGHTEK's technology.

Samsung's OLED investment in 2017 expected to reach $8.94 billion

ETNews reports that Samsung Display's OLED production investment in 2017 is expected to reach $8.94 billion, slightly higher than last year's $8.76. 2017 will be the second year in which SDC invests large amounts (investment in previous years were about $3.5-$4.5 billion) as demand for OLED panels is increasing.

Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro photo

According to the report SDC recently started to convert it's LT-1 line (6-Gen) from LCD production to flexible OLED production (the new line will be called the A4 line). This conversion was decided upon in 2016. SDC's L7 fab will have a capacity of 30,000 substrate per month and the convesrion will cost about $2.7 billion. OLED production will commence by the end of 2017.

New video shows Wisechip's flexible, transparent and candle-light OLEDs

Wisechip, the Taiwan-based PMOLED maker, demonstrated its new flexible and transparent PMOLED displays last week in a trade show in Germany. Embedded News TV interviewed the company's R&D manager and published the following video which also shows Wisechip's latest OLED prototypes.

On display at the trade show were two flexible OLEDs - a 1.8" monochrome 160x32 panel, a 1.36" monochrome 128x16 panel. Wisechip also has a 256 x 64 display. Wisechip also demonstrated a new transparent OLED for automotive applications and a round 1.07" 160x136 transparent PMOLED (this one was also on display last year). Wisechip's original plan was to start producing transparent displays towards the end of 2016, but apparently this is a bit delayed. We hear that the displays are nearing production though.

LG officially launches its OLED Wallpaper Commercial Display

In January 2017 we posted about LG Electronics wallpaper OLED panel that will be adopted in its commercial OLED signage range. LGE finally officially launched this new product, as part of its commercial unit, which also ships dual-sided flat OLEDs and dual-sided curved OLEDs.

The so called "LG OLED Wallpaper Display" features a 55-inch panel and surprisingly only an FHD resolution (all of LG's 2017 OLED TVs feature 4K resolution). The whole panel weights less than 5.8Kg and the width is just 3.65 mm.An ultra-slim mounting brackets with a magnetic mat create a truly seamless design that becomes one with the wall. Electronic components are housed in a separate control box connected to the display with a 2-meter cable. You can see more in the installation video above.

Samsung announces the Galaxy S8 and S8+ with "inifinity" flexible Super AMOLED displays

Samsung announces its latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. Both phones sport what Samsung brands as an Infinity Display - a curved flexible Super AMOLED that is almost without any bezels. Samsung did not release an edition with a non-flexible rigid OLED, but this isn't really a surprise.

Samsung Galaxy S8 - Infinity Display

The Galaxy S8 has a 5.8" Quad HD+ (2960x1440, 570PPI) OLED while the S8+ has a larger version (6.2") but with the same resolution (529 PPI). Both phones feature a 10nm Octa-core 64bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD slot, IP68 water and dust resistance, Android 7.0, Samsung Bixby assistant and a Dual-Pixel 12MP OIS camera. Both phones will launch globally on April 21st 2017.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung's flagship large phone for 2017 features an "infinity display" - a curved 6.2" Quad HD+ (2960x1440, 529PPI) flexible Super AMOLED always-on display that is almost without bezels. Other features include a 10nm Octa-core 64bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD slot, IP68 water and dust resistance, Android 7.0, Samsung Bixby assistant and a Dual-Pixel 12MP OIS camera.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ photo

The Galaxy S8 will launch globally on April 21st 2017.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung's flagship phone for 2017 features an "infinity display" - a curved 5.8" Quad HD+ (2960x1440, 570PPI) flexible Super AMOLED always-on display that is almost without bezels. Other features include a 10nm Octa-core 64bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, microSD slot, IP68 water and dust resistance, Android 7.0, Samsung Bixby assistant and a Dual-Pixel 12MP OIS camera.

Samsung Galaxy S8 photo

The Galaxy S8 is now shipping globally, an unlocked model costs $830.

JOLED demonstrates new 4K and flexible AMOLED panels

JOLED (Japan OLED) was established in August 2014 by Japan Display, Sony and Panasonic with an aim to become an OLED medium display (10-30 inch) producer. The company is aiming to start mass production in 2019, although some panels may ship in limited volume earlier.

JOLED 21.6'' 4K medical OLED prototype, Cebit 2017

Last week at Cebit 2017 JOLED demonstrated some of its latest OLED prototypes. In the photo above you can see JOLED's 21.6" 4K (3840x2160, 204 PPI) "medical applications" monitor. JOLED also demonstrated what seems to be the same panel for "consumer" application (they call this private viewing). The whole panel weighs just 500 grams and the color gamut is 130% sRGB.

eMagin reports its financial results for Q4 2016

OLED microdisplay maker eMagin reported its financial results for Q4 2016. Revenues in the fourth quarter were $4.6 million, down 33% from Q4 2015 - mostly because of a decline in sales to maturing US military programs. Net loss for the quarter was $3.5 million (up from $2.1 million in Q4 2015). For the whole year of 2016 revenues were $21.4 million.

eMagin XGA096 OLED-XL photo

eMagin also announced that it signed a multi-million dollar agreement with "another" Tier-1 consumer electronics company - "an easily recognizable one". This is the third such agreement in the past 15 months. eMagin says that the commercial sector will become more important and will start generating revenues in Q1 2017. eMagin is in active discussions with partners to enable the high volume production capabilities required by the commercial market demand. eMagin started producing samples of its 2k x 2k displays and these should enter mass production in Q2 2017.

Three Hot Trends in Printed and Flexible Electronics

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Flexible is a stronger driver than cost reduction

Many set out in printed electronics with the expectation that they can make cheaper devices using the technology, due to the lower manufacturing cost and (potentially) lower material cost. In reality, in the short term R&D efforts require pharmaceutical-like pricing to recoup initial investment in new materials and equipment. The performance is also varied – in some areas the technology outperforms the incumbent technology, such as OLEDs versus LCDs, in other areas that is not the case such as printed transistors. Generally speaking, today printed electronics can offer more performance for more money or same performance for more money.

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