September 2022

LGE to start shipping its 42" bendable OLED monitor/TV next month for $2,999

Last month LG announced its first bendable OLED monitor/TV, the OLED Flex LX3. The company now announced that it will start shipping it next month, for $2,999.

LG OLED Flex LX3 photo

LG's OLED Flex LX3 is a bendable OLED monitor/TV that features a flexible 42" 4K 120Hz WOLED panel that can change from a flat shape to a 900R curved one (with twenty levels of possible curvature settings). Other features include D0lby Atmos, two 40W speakers, HDMI 2.1, VRR, ALLM and G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync support.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 30,2022

LG Display shows a new 30" transparent OLED display, suggests new transporation applications

LG Display has showcased its latest transparent OLED solutions for mobility applications at InnoTrans 2022, a trade fair for transport technology.

LGD shows its 55" 38% transparency FHD transparent displays, that actually has been adopted for subway windows before. Interestingly, LGD has also unveiled a new transparent OLED display - a smaller 30" display that offers higher transparency - 45%. You can see both of these displays in the video above.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 29,2022

The MicroLED Industry Association to host a microLED technology webinar with UCSB professors DerBaars and Nakamura

On October 25th the MicroLED Industry Association will host a webinar on microLED technologies with the University of California, Santa Barbara. UCSB has a world-leading LED research program, led by Mitsubishi Distinguished Professor Steven DerBaars and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate Professor Shuji Nakamura, professor of materials and of electrical and computer engineering.

SSLEEC lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara

During the webinar, Prof. Nakamura and Prof. DenBaars will both give a lecture to update on the latest microLED research done at UCSB, and a few members of the MicroLED Association will also give a lecture to introduce their company technologies. There will also be time for questions, and an open discussion.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 28,2022

DisplayMate: the iPhone 14 Pro Max display breaks 15 display performance records

Our friends at DisplayMate posted an in-depth technical review of the iPhone 14 Pro Max display. The 6.7-inch 1290x2796 10Hz-120Hz 2,300 nits LTPO AMOLED receives DisplayMate's highest display performance grade of A+.

Apple iPhone 14 photo

The new iPhone has the same display size and resolution as the earlier generation iPhone 13 Pro Max, but it includes several new enhances - such as a new always-on display mode, a new dynamic island centered around the sensor area at the top area, and a higher brightness of 2,300 nits vs 1,200 nits. Altogether, the iPhone 14 Pro Max sets 15 new display performance records.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 28,2022

LGD lowers its OLED TV panel shipment target in 2022, but plans for an increase in demand in 2023

The Elec reports that LG Display lowered its internal OLED TV panel shipment goal in 2022, as it realizes it will not be able to ship the 7.8 million panels it hoped for. The TV market in general is seeing lower demand this year, and in addition LGD's hopes to sell panels to Samsung Electronics did not materialize.

LG 97'' CSO OLED EX panel photo

Looking to 2023, however, LGD plans to produce 9.2 million OLED TV panels (out of which 5.4 million will be produced at the company's Guangzhou fab).

Read the full story Posted: Sep 27,2022

DSCC: large-area OLED equipment sales to drop to zero in 2023, but resume in 2024 mostly for CSoT's inkjet printing panels

DSCC says that spending on equipment for the production of large area OLED panels (used in TVs and monitors) have decreased from $3 billion in 2019 to $2.05 billion in 2020, $1.47 billion in 2021 and will drop further to $1.42 billion in 2022.

LG B2 OLED TV photo

DSCC estimates that in 2023, the spending on such equipment will be zero. But OLED producers will resume buying large OLED equipment in 2024. Spending in 2024 will amount $2.01 billion, and in 2025 - $1.51 billion.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 26,2022

Samsung Display reportedly decided to use 8.7-Gen glass substrates in its upcoming IT OLED fab

OLED makers are gearing up to increase production of IT OLED panels, used in laptops, monitors and tablets. Towards that, analysts expects over 10 8.5-Gen OLED lines under consideration now in the industry. This drive is led by Samsung Display that confirmed is is building a 8-Gen (2200x2500 mm) OLED production line, that will begin production in 2024.

Samsung Display 8-Gen IT OLED line slide (2022-08)

A 8-Gen (or actually 8.5-Gen) fab uses 2200x2500mm glass substrates. According to a new report in Korea, Samsung actually decided to adopt a larger glass - a 8.7-Gen 2290x2620 mm. The ~10cm increase will increase production efficiency by around 9%, but this means that current 8.5-Gen LCD equipment that Samsung hoped to use will not be usable any more.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 24,2022

Merck inaugurates its first OLED production site in China

This is a sponsored post by Merck

Merck inaugurated its first OLED production site in China, that has now begun operations, and it joins Merck's China-based production of liquid crystals and photoresist materials.

Merck's Jinqiao hub oled plant inauguration ceremony

Merck's local OLED production will give Merck's China-based and Asia-based customers easier and faster access to OLED materials and a stable and more flexible supply chain.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 23,2022

A report suggests that Samsung Display is interested in JDI's eLEAP OLED deposition technology

A few months ago, Japan Display (JDI) announced that it has developed a "historic breakthrough in display technology" - a new OLED deposition process which they refer to as eLEAP, that is said to be cost effective and can be used to create freeform OLEDs that are brighter, more efficient, and longer lasting compared to OLEDs produced using mask evaporation (FMM).

JDI eLEAP aperture ratio image

According to a new report from Korea, Samsung Display is interested in JDI's new technique. Interestingly the report shows conflicting views within SDC - some are interested in adopting this new technology, especially at SDC's upcoming 8-Gen IT OLED production line, while others are more interested in preventing SDC's competitors (JDI, or others?) from using it, perhaps by pressuring OLED equipment makers to not offer needed equipment to JDI.


Read the full story Posted: Sep 21,2022