More details on JOLED, the upcoming new Japanese OLED producer

Last month Sony, Japan Display, Panasonic and the INCJ formed a new OLED company called JOLED to focus on medium sized OLEDs. JOLED will be launched in January 2015 and has the potential to become a large OLED player.

A few days later, OLEDNet reported that JOLED is likely to choose small-molecules OLEDs, Oxide-TFT backplanes, Sony's Super Top Emission technology and an WRGB pixel architecture. Today I found Sony's original press release (a month late, actually), and there's some interesting information in there.


First of all, JOLED shares will be allocated as follows: INCJ 75%, JDI 15%, Sony 5% and Panasonic 5%. Of course Sony and Panasonic and INCJ also holds shares in JDI. INCJ and JDI will invest the money required to fund a pilot manufacturing line ("when the technology is ready for commercialization").

According to Sony, JOLED will used technologies from both Sony and Panasonic: including use of printing technology for OLED production, transparent amorphous oxide semiconductors, and flexible display technology. JOLED will produce medium-sized OLEDs - for use in tablets, mobile PCs, and signage. Only a few days ago I wondered why there aren't any OLED laptops - so it's great to hear JOLED is set to change that (but realistically I cannot expect OLED mass production from JOLED before mid 2016).

Posted: Aug 22,2014 by Ron Mertens