Universal Display reports its financial results for Q3 2020

Universal Display reported its Q3 2020 financial results, with revenues of $117 million (up from $58 million in Q2 2020 and $98 million in Q3 2019, and a net income of $40.5 million. UDC ended the quarter with with $673 million in cash and equivalents

UDC reports a significant pickup in customer orders in the third quarter, and the company expects full-year 2020 revenues to be in the range of $385 million to $400 million. UDC sees meaningful growth in the OLED industry in 2021 and beyond.

TCL's CSoT shows new rollable OLED display prototypes

TCL's CSoT demonstrated some interesting new displays at the DTC 2020 conference a few days ago - including rollable OLEDs, foldable OLEDs, ink-jet printed rollable OLEDs and new microLED prototypes.

In the video above, you can first see the company's latest inkjet-printed rollable OLED, with a size of 17-inch. CSoT says that it managed to reduce the OLED thickness by removing the color filters it used in earlier designs, which improves the flexibility - as you can see this display rolls up very nicely.

Visionox moves closer to profits as demand for its OLED displays increases

China-based OLED maker Visionox posted its Q3 2020 financial results, with a net loss of $17.7 million, down from $35 million in Q3 2019. Demand for Visionox's AMOLED displays is on the rise, while demand for LCD displays (which Visionox does not produce) is down in China.

In the video above you can see Visionox's latest foldable, wrap-around, rollable and flexible panels, in several configurations, as shown at SID Displayweek 2020. Visionox recently started shipping OLED displays with an under-the-display camera.

Samsung Display gets an approval from the US to continue suppling OLED dispays to Huawei

Last month it was reported that following the US government sanctions against Huawei, both Samsung Display and LG Display may not be able to sell OLED panels to Huawei any more, as these use drivers that are based on US-developed technology.

Huawei P40 pro photo

Samsung Display has applied to the US government to get an approval to export these OLEDs, and according to new reports from Korea SDC has obtained the approval. According to the report, the US agreed to this sale as Huawei is also buying OLED displays from Chinese-based producers which means that this is not a required import for Huawei.

Huawei Mate 40 / Mate 40 Pro / Mate 40 Pro+

Huawei's flagship 2020 smartphone, the Mate 40, sports a 6.5-inch 1080x2376 (402 PPI) flexible 90Hz HDR10 OLED display. Other features include a Kirin 9000E 5G 5nm chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, an NM memory slot, a triple camera setup with Leica optics and 5G connectivity.

Huawei Mate 40 photo

The Mate 40 Pro sports a larger and higher density display - 6.76", 1344x2772 (456 PPI). The mate 40 Pro+ has the same display as the Mate 40 Pro and ups the camera to a Penta setup.

Huawei Mate 30E Pro 5G

Huawei's Mate 30E Pro 5G is a mid-range smartphone that features a 6.53" 1176x2400 flexible OLED HDR10 display, a Kirin 990E 5G chipset, 8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, a NM memory slot, 5G connectivity and a quad camera setup.

Huawei Mate 30E Pro 5G photo

The Mate 30E Pro 5G will ship in China in early November 2020.

Samsung and Stanford researchers develop a novel Metaphotonic OLED structure that enables high performance OLED displays

Researchers from Stanford university in collaboration with Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) developed a new OLED structure that enables resolution of up to 10,000 PPI, high brightness and a cost-effective production process.

Metaphotonic OLED structure

In the new so-called Metaphotonic OLED structure, the panel is produced on a base layer of reflective metal with nanoscale corrugations. This 'metasurface' can manipulate the reflective properties of light and thereby allow different colors to resonate in the OLED sub-pixels.

LGD reports a profitable quarter for the first time since 2018 as OLED sales grow

LG Display reported its financial results for Q3 2020, with a net profit (of $9.8 million) - which was the company's first profitable quarter since 2018. Revenues in the quarter were $5.9 billion, up 27% from the previous quarter and up 16% from Q3 2019.

LG Display says that its turnaround was due to increased demand for IT displays and OLED displays - both OLED TV panels and flexible OLEDs for smartphones. Profitability was also assisted by the mass production that finally began at LGD's new OLED TV fab in Guangzhou. Next year LGD says it aims to ship over 7 million OLED TV panels.

Will Sony supply OLED microdisplays for Apple's future AR device?

According to rumors from Japan, Sony is set to supply Apple with OLED Microdisplays for Apple's future AR headset project. The rumors did not include more information than that...

Sony ECX339A OLED Microdisplay photo

Apple (like all other consumer electronics giants) is very active with AR R&D, as many believe that AR headsets will be very popular in the future and may replace smartphones. While I'm a bit skeptical about this technology, it is evident that many companies are increasing their R&D efforts in this field.

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