UDC researchers developed a stable plasmonic-enhanced OLED device

Researchers at Universal Display, developed an OLED device with plasmonic decay rate enhancement that dramatically increase device stability. By including a nanoparticle-based out-coupling scheme to extract energy from the plasmon mode, the researchers managed to maintain the device efficiency.

Stable plasmonic OLED structure and image, UDC

The device used an archetypal phosphorescent emitter to achieve a two-fold increase in functional stability at the same brightness as a reference conventional OLED device and extracted 16% of the energy from the plasmon mode as light.

DSCC: the foldable/rollable smartphone market will grow to $105 billion by 2025

DSCC says that the foldable/rollable smartphone market will be one of the fastest growing consumer electronics market - and sales of such smartphones will grow to $105 billion by 2025, in a CAGR of 80%.

Foldable and rollable smartphone sales and growth (2019-2025, DSCC)

The display area used in such devices will grow a 93% CAGR, to reach 1.2 million square meters by 2025. In terms of units, 74.4 million rollable/foldable smartphones will ship in 2025.

Konica Minolta's flexible OLED lighting panels now available globally

In March 2014 Konica Minolta announced that it is starting to construct a R2R flexible OLED lighting fab, hoping to start production in the fall of 2014. This fab entered production later than planned, and took a long time to reach real mass production capabilities. KM has been producing panels for quite some time, but finally it is offering its panels to global customers.

Konica Minolta is currently offering four different modules - two white panels, sized 43x15 mm and 15x15 mm and a red 15x15 mm panel. The red panel can be integrated with an NFC Antenna. The panels can be flexed (40mm radius) and they all offer a brightness of 500 nits.

Vivo V20 SE

The Vivo V20 SE smartphone uses a 6.44-inch 1080x2400 AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a microSDXC card slot and a triple camera setup with a 48MB main sensor.

Vivo V20 SE photo

The Vivo V20 Se is now shipping in China for around $290. You can find it on eBay.

Notion Systems and M.Braun announce a strategic partnership on OLED inkjet printing equipment

Notion Systems and M.Braun announced a strategic partnership in OLED processing equipment. The two companies will combine their best-in-class OLED production technology to improve the production process offers and enhance market access in Asia.

Notion system MBraun n.jet display system and setup

M.Braun is a developer of glove boxes, inert gas purification and automation solutions while Notion Systems is a leading developer of industrial inkjet-printing systems for functional materials, and both companies already enjoy the growing demand of OLED manufacturing in Asia.

BOE plans to become the world's leading flexible OLED maker by 2024

BOE says that its current flexible OLED market share is around 20%. The company says that it plans to increase its market share to 40% by 2024 - and become the world's leader in flexible OLED production by then. BOE estimates that the flexible OLED market will generate $49.7 billion in revenues in 2024.

BOE Flexible AMOLED prototype photo

Earlier this month BOE announced that it shipped 16 million flexible OLEDs in the first half of 2020, and the company expects to ship over 40 million panels in the whole of 2020. BOE main problems currently lie with its Huawei account - the Chinese smartphone maker is expected to producing only 50 million smartphones in 2021 - down from 190 million in 2020. BOE hopes to recoup some of its Huawei orders by becoming an OLED supplier to Apple.

Vivo Watch

The Vivo Watch is a smartwatch that features a round AMOLED display, 1.19" 390x390 or 1.39" 454x454. Other features include a blood oxygen monitor, heart rate sensor and 2GB of internal storage.

Vivo Watch photo

The Vivo Watch costs $190 (for both sizes) and will ship soon in China.

Hyundai puts a 77-inch OLED in its Ioniq EV concept cabin

Hyundai unveiled a new Ioniq EV concept cabin, which includes several new technology. The new cabin design was made in collaboration with LG Electronics, and includes a 77-inch curved OLED display on the ceiling.

Hyundai Ioniq EV concept cabin photo

The new cabin also includes other innovative technologies, such as automatic shoe cleaning and cloth cleaning - and even includes a floor cleaning robot.

Royole FlexPai 2

Royole's second-generation foldable smartphone, the FlexPai 2 5G device, sports a 7.8-inch 1920x1440 OLED, a Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8/12GB of RAM, 256/512 GB of storage, 5G connectivity and a quad camera setup.

The Flex Pai 2 sports Royole's own Water OS, an Android version that includes special software features to take advantage of the foldable display. The phone is now shipping in China starting at $1,500, you can also find it on eBay.

Kaneka expands its OLED lighting solutions for visual inspection at production sites

The OLED Association reports that Kaneka is seeing a market for OLED lighting panels in manufacturing sites, for visual inspection. The company is currently marketing such solutions in Japan, and the company says that OLED lighting can help detect defects on surface of parts, and it helps to lessen the burden on inspector eyes.

Aomori OLED production site photo

Kaneka says that it has seen defects reduced by 50% by using an OLED system instead of an LED system - at a brightness that is only 10% compared to the brightness of the LED system. It is seeing success in this market and the company's Q2 2020 panel output volume (at its OLED Aomori subsidiary) was up 10X compared to Q2 2019. The company is producing 3.54x3.54 inch OLEDs for this market.

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