Kateeva starts to ship 8K QD deposition systems to Samsung Display

According to reports, Kateeva started to ship quantum dots inkjet printing equipment to Samsung Display, for the production of QD-OLED panels. It appears as if Samsung is interested in producing 8K QD-OLEDs, and its current inkjet printing supplier, Semes, is not ready with printers that support 8K QD deposition.

Kateeva YIELDJet TFE system photo

Kateeva announced that it has designed a new system, called the YIELDjet Jarvis, that supports 8.5-Gen substrates and can indeed enable 8K TV deposition. Kateeva says that the Jarvis system has the ability to print using solvent-based RGB inks or nanoparticle inks with its proprietary ink recirculation system to ensure uniform particle distribution.

In 2020 Kateeva lost Samsung's QD-OLED inkjet printing inkjet printing contact to Korea's Semes, which resulted in massive layoffs including some of Kateeva's executives.

In January 2022 it was reported that Samsung has decided to change course, and rely on Kateeva's inkjet printers in its 2nd QD-OLED production line, as the Semes printers do not perform as well as Samsung hoped. It may be the the main technical reason was indeed the aim to move to higher density displays.

Last year Kateeva secured a $12 million USD loan from HB Solution, its local partner in Korea, and as Samsung delayed its equipment orders, Kateeva could not pay its debt and until it does so HB Soutions received ownership of Kateeva's IP (273 patents)



Posted: Dec 03,2022 by Ron Mertens