Aug 13, 2014

Taiwan's AU Optronics has been struggling with AMOLED production for years now, but finally the company started mass production of two AMOLED panels: a 1.63" 320x320 panel for wearable devices (smart watches), a 4.3" 480x272 panel and a 4.97" 1280x720 panel. Towards the end of 2014, AUO will also release a 5.46" Full-HD panel.

This is great news for the OLED industry and for everyone who wants to adopt AMOLEDs in their products. Please contact us if you want to find a supplier for these OLEDs.

AU Optronics is producing those new panels at their AFPD Gen-4.5 LTPS fab in Singapore that has been converted to AMOLED production. It's not clear what the company's capacity is at the moment, but I understand they can already produce over a million 1.63" panels and over 150,000 of the 4.3" panels per month. AUO's board recently approved $100 million in funding for the AFPD OLED fab.

Back in May, AUO updated that it is sampling mobile phone panels and have provided samples to Chinese phones makers. A month later OLEDNet speculated that Gionee's GN9005 smartphone uses a 4.8" 720p AMOLED produced by AUO. As far as I know AUO does not produce a 4.8" panel. AUO is also developing OLED TVs, but they do not have any plans for mass production yet.

Comments

Do you have a source for this info?  The Digitimes article only mentions the 1.6" displays.  It would be good news if AUO was finally starting to ship smartphone sized displays.  

Slacker,

As I said in the post, I'm in contact with a supplier that sells these displays (although this is not public yet), and they confirmed AUO is in mass production now, for those three displays (1.63", 4.3", 4.97").