Samsung Display is developing hybrid QD-OLED TV technology, and according to estimates, the company aims to begin trial production in 2019. It seems that Samsung is managing to overcome the technical challenges and the company is preparing to start production of such QD-OLED TVs in 2019.
Last month Digitimes updated about Samsung's plans to start installing equipment by the end of 2018 and begin trial production in H2 2019. Digitimes now posted another article, revealing more details on Samsung's plans.
As was reported already, Samsung plans to convert its L8-1 8.5-Gen LCD fab to QD-OLED production. This will begin in the second half of 2019 indeed, but this will be a gradual conversion. The L8-1 has a current monthly capacity of 200,000 substrates, and following the conversion the capacity will be around 160,000-180,000 substrates. The mass production ramp-up will begin in 2020, and Samsung's total investment in QD-OLED technology and production in 2019-2021 will reach over 10 trillion Won (around $8.95 billion).
Digitimes previously said that AP Systems will deliver the TFE encapsulation, LLO, ELA and more. Woni IPS will supply the PECVD machines and the blue OLED emitters will be deposited using Canon Tokki evaporation machines. The QD materials will be printed using ink -jet printers produced by Kateeva.