The Fraunhofer Institute develops ultra-low power OLED microdisplays

The Fraunhofer FEP, in collaboration with GlobalFoundries Dresden Module One and digades, developed an ultra-low power color OLED microdisplay. The researchers at the Fraunhofer say that this display consumes the least power compared to all available microdisplays.

Fraunhofer Backplane ultra-low power microdisplay prototype photo

The new microdisplay was developed as part of the Backplane project, funded by the German government (SWMA grant number100392259). The researchers presented a prototype display that features two primary colors and a QVGA (320x240) resolution. The display is based on the Fraunhofer's existing OLED-on-silicon technology, which up until now was used to create monochrome microdisplays.

Report: Apple to release its first AR headset next year, based on 4K Sony OLED microdisplays

Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo says that Apple plans to launch its first AR headset in Q4 2022, powered by dual 4K OLED microdisplays, produced by Sony. The headset will feature Mac-level computer power and will not require a tethered smartphone to operate.

Sony ECX339A OLED Microdisplay photo

Apple has been working on AR technologies for many years. Last year it was indeed reported in Japan that Apple is working with Sony on its microdisplays. Earlier this year it was reported that Apple has teamed up with TSMC for microdisplay production - but it could be that TSMC will be the manufacturing partner, while Sony will provide the OLED technology and knowhow.

Oppo Reno7 /7 Pro /7 SE

Oppo's Reno7 smartphone features a 6.43" 90z 1080x2400 AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset, 8/12 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage and a triple camera setup.

Oppo Reno7 Pro 5G photo

The Reno7 SE phone offers a similar display with different specifications, while the Reno7 Pro features a larger and brighter 6.55" 1080x2400 AMOLED display.

Samsung's first QD-OLED panels to be 65-, 55- and 34-inch in size

Last week we reported that Samsung Electronics plans to reveal its first QD-OLED TVs in early 2022. According to a new report in Korea, Samsung Display's first QD-OLED panels will be 65-, 55- and 34-inch in size. This means that in addition to Samsung's TVs, we are likely to see OLED monitors as well.

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Samsung Display QD Display (QD-OLED) production equipment arrives at Asan line

This is very good news to the consumers who have been waiting for OLED monitors for so many years. Some OLED monitors are already shipping - but only very high-end ones for professionals, such as LG's $3,999 31.5" UltraFine OLED Pro monitor.

OLED lighting - always look on the bright side

Some years ago, OLED lighting was a great promise. OLED panels can offer a beautiful light source, uniform emission, very high (system) efficiency, flexible and transparent functionality and designs that cannot be matched by other lighting types. OLED devices offer high light quality and a healthier type of light, as well.

All major lighting makers attempted to develop OLED lighting: Philips, GE, Osram, NEC , LG and others. But most companies gave up, as the high production costs and challenging competition from LED lighting were too much to tackle.

But OLED lighting is still being developed, by several players, and it is making good headways in some markets, especially the automotive one. Here are some recent announcements that will hopefully make you more positive about the future of OLED lighting:

Sidtek's 0.39" OLED XGA microdisplays are now available on the OLED marketplace

China-based Sidtek is a relatively newcomer to the OLED microdisplay industry, having been established in 2016. The company started to produce its first product in 2020, a 0.39" 1024x768 panel.

Sidek 0.39'' FHD OLED microdisplays photo

We're now happy to announce that the display is available on the OLED marketplace, and anyone interested in this display is welcome to send us a message to connect to a reliable supplier. Sidtek's 0.39" display is available in a color version (1,000 nits) or a monochrome one.

Samsung Display launches new OLED website, shows new Flex OLED branding

Samsung Display launched a new web site dedicated to its OLED technologies, that shows the properties and applications of its OLED displays, and includes lot's of media and links that explains the benefit of OLED technology, how it works, etc.

Samsung Display Flex OLED branding photos

In the new site Samsung Display also unveils its new flexible OLED branding - "Flex" which includesthe company's flexible foldable and rollable displays.

Omdia: LG Electronics OLED TV shipments grew 80% in Q3 2020

Omdia says that in Q3 2021 LG Electronics have passed the 10 million OLED TV shipments, since it started shipping OLED TVs in 2013. It took LGE seven years to sell its first 5 million TVs, and only 2 more years to sell the next 5 million.

LG C1 OLED TV photo

In Q3 2021 LGE sold (according to Omdia) almost 900,000 OLED TVs, a 80% growth over Q3 2020. The total OLED TV market grew to 1.53 million in Q3, and Omdia expects it to pass the 2 million units market in Q4. LGE holds a 60% market share of the OLED TV market.

Huawei MateBook E

The Huawei MateBook E is a convertible Windows 11 laptop that features a 12.6" 2600x1600 OLED display, Intel 11th-Gen i5/i7 chipset, Iris Xe graphics and up to 16BG of RAM.

Huawei MateBook E photo

The MateBook E starts at around $950 in China, it is not clear whether Huawei will launch it in other regions.

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