UPDATE: CMO (CMEL's parent company) has been acquired by Innolux in the end of 2009. We still have to wait and see how it effects the company's OLED program.
Chi Mei EL Corporation (CMEL), founded by the R&D team at Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) in 2004, is fully devoted to the R&D, design, production, and sales of OLED panels.
CMEL currently focuses on small and medium-sized OLED panel production. Their largest panel available is 7.6" AMOLED. The company has over 210 employees and is fully owned by Chi Mei Optoelectronics.
CMEL purchases PHOLED materials from Universal Display Corporation, and have developed a new 'MEM' tech to make thinner and lighter AMOLEDs, showing a 25" TV in November 2008.
The latest CMEL OLED news:
Taiwan's Institute for Information Industry is showing off a concept computer that is both an XP netbook and a Android OS tablet - the display can be 'pulled' off for the tablet mode. TIII are using a 7.6" OLED (the one made by CMEL, most likely) in their concept computer.
DisplaySearch has released a new report (small/medium TFT LCD and AMOLED product roadmap). They give an interesting chart showing AMOLED roadmap from all players:
There is a lot of interesting information in there:
TCZ today announced that they recieved their first purchase order for the TCZ-900A, a production tool for flat panel display (FPD) fabrication. The TCZ-900A is designed to manufacture both advanced LCDs and OLEDs (small mobile panels, and larger OLED TV panels), and the shipment is scheduled for 3Q 2009.
TCZ, using Cymer's industry-leading light source technology and the innovative optics expertise of Carl Zeiss SMT, has developed a patented laser crystallization technology which improves uniformity, while increasing throughput and reducing the cost of crystallization by up to 50 percent compared to current industry standards. The TCZ Crystallization System uses a 600W laser, twice the power of current systems, to form a very narrow line focus that is 730 mm long, allowing a gen 4 size glass plate (730mm x 920mm) to be processed in a single pass.
The OLED is 7.6", which means it's the same one used in Kodak's wireless OLED frame - and made by CMEL - 16:9 aspect ratio, 800x480 resolution, white to black contrast ratio of 30,000:1.
These are expensive, professional devices - ranging from 2100$ to 2400$, depending on battery configuration and model type.
UDC has announced today that CMEL has renewed their 'commercial supply' agreement. UDC are providing CMEL with materials to use in their AMOLED displays. The new agreement will run through 31th of December 2009.
The Kodak 7.6" OLED photo frame price keeps falling, now at 776$ (and we got a 9$ discount for you!)
Update: The picture frame costed 795$ over at Amazon.com, but they are now out of stock.
The price of the Kodak 7.6" OLED photo frame keeps falling... it started out at 999$ (back in December 2008), then at January it was 856$, and then you could get it for 776$ at TheNerds. They even offered 9$ by using the FEB09 coupon (till end of February, just follow the previous link and claim your coupon). The price is lower now at Amazon.com as well - 795$.
Why is the price falling so faster? It might be that Kodak is finding it very difficult to actually sell those frames at such a high price. Or perhaps CMEL are pricing the 7.6" OLED panels lower now.
OSD, an OLED reseller says that they had a good year in 2008, and they hope to see a nice growth in sales for 2009.
OSD is not selling just OLEDs, but they do say that they won many new color OLED design wins - so we're expecting new devices soon.
They will also get new, larger AMOLED displays in 2009. The largest one they carry currently is the 7.6" one from CMEL.
Kodak has reduced the price of their Wireless 7.6" OLED Photo Frame to 856$ (From 999.95$). This is still expensive, but a bit less so. Here's the product page at Amazon (currently only 5 units in stock...)
Hopefully this means that CMEL has lowered the price for the OLED panel - which might enable more applications for it.