Novaled is a German start-up (a spin-off from Fraunhofer and Technical University of Dresden) established in 2001 that is developing and marketing transport, blocking, doping, interlayer and outcoupling materials that can be used for OLED displays and lighting panels.
Novaled claims that using their technology and materials can boost the overall display product power efficiency by up to 40%, with a lifetime increase up to 500%. Their outcoupling solutions can further enhance power efficiency by up to 80%. Besides OLED materials, Novaled also provides tailor-made OLED devices on glass or metal substrates.
The latest Novaled news:
Next week at SID, Novaled will report on a new Vertical organic field-effect transistors (V-OFETs) that can be used to drive high-brightness AMOLED displays. Novaled says that the new backplane can be deposited on plastic backplanes, and it allows a 4X brightness enhancement compared to reference AMOLEDs.
Vertical-OETs has been first reported in 2011 by the University of Florida. That particular research used carbon-nanotube based backplanes, and it was spun-off to form a company called nVerPix which is commercializing the technology.
The European Commission, under its Horizon 2020 programme, launched a new project called Phebe that aims to develop and commercialize TADF OLED emitters. This three-year project's consortium includes Novaled, Astron-FIAMM, TU Dresden, Kaunas University of Technology, Durham University and other companies and universities.
TU Dresden is focusing on material design using theoretical quantum chemical approaches, and KTU is elaborating synthetic schemes for exciplex emitters and intramolecular charge transfer materials and synthesizing the most promising compounds. Durham will perform photophysical characterisation of the new materials from Kaunus and will also be in charge of elucidating the mechanisms of TADF to feed into the theoretical work of TU Dresden. Novaled will provide best-fit transport and doping material sets, technology and expert know-how on stack architecture.
In October 2013, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched a new flexible OLED lighting project called R2D2. This two-year €5.9 million project, which was finally exposed now, aims to investigate new production technologies, including roll-to-roll techniques. One of the main subjects of investigation will be the system integration of flexible OLEDs in automobiles, aircraft and household applications.
The project is based on results from previous BMBF projects - R2Flex, So-Light and TOPAS2012. The consortium leader is Fraunhofer FEP, and other partners include OSRAM, Novaled, Audi, Hella, and others.
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Back in February, Plastic Logic and Novaled (owned by Samsung) announced that throughout 2014 they will demonstrate truly flexible, plastic, full-organic AMOLED displays. The first demo in February was of a monochrome (red) display - and actually it was only shown on a presentation slide. But Plastic Logic promised us that they will show better prototypes as the year progresses.
True to their word, last week, at the Printed Electronics Europe event, plastic logic showed a monochrome 4" 360x128 (95 PPI) flexible AMOLED prototype. This time it was a real demo, as you can see from the photo above. This full-organic AMOLED panel uses Plastic Logic's flexible OTFT backplane and the whole panel can be bent and rolled and still show the image.
Samsung SDI announced that it is buying Samsung's Cheil Industries for $3.3 billion in stock. SDI hopes that the merger will expand the reach of its lithium-ion battery business through the chemical and materials supply chain of Cheil.
Cheil Industries is involved with OLED materials, and in August 2013, Cheil Industries (together with Samsung Electronics) acquired Novaled for €260 million. According to Analysts, this merger will also create synergies in the OLED market for automobiles. Now SDI may use Cheil's OLED business to target materials for OLED lighting and displays in automobiles.
Update: It turns out that Plastic Logic didn't actually demonstrate the flexible OLED prototype. They did show a presentation, in which they revealed that the current first-gen prototype is monochrome (red) and quite simple. They do intend to keep producing new demonstrators throughout 2014.
Novaled (owned by Samsung) and Plastic Logic announced that during 2014 they will demonstrate truly flexible, plastic, full-organic AMOLED displays. The first-gen display was demonstrated at the FlexTech conference in Phoenix last week. Plastic Logic hopes that the technology will be ready for adoption by display makers towards the end of 2014.
The two companies say that this is the first time an all-plastic AMOLED produced in a low-temperature manufacturing process is demonstrated. The display uses Novaled's PIN OLED materials and Plastic Logic's OTFT backplane. The display also used organic materials from Merck (probably the emitters).
Last month Samsung announced that the Novaled acquisition for €260 million (almost $350 million) is complete. Samsung Cheil Industries now owns 50% of Novaled and the company said they will focus entirely on electronic components and materials.
Now Korea's Yonhap News reports that Cheil plans to spend 1.8 trillion Won (almost $1.7 billion) over the next three years in on OLED and display materials and films. The company hopes to reach about 100 billion Won ($93 million) in OLED revenues in 2014. Cheil recently sold its fashion business unit to Samsung Everland for a trillion Won (almost a billion US dollars).
A couple of months ago Samsung announced it is acquiring Novaled for €260 million (almost $350 million). Today the Novaled announced that the deal is closed and the company is officially now owned by Samsung.
So now Novaled is owned by Samsung Cheil Industries (50%), Samsung Electronics (40%) and Samsung Venture Investment (10%). Samsung actually paid €230 million, and the rest of the amount (€30 million) is conditional to reaching certain milestones.