Panasonic, a Japanese-based global TV and AV leader, has been involved with OLED technologies for years - mostly OLED TV and OLED lighting. Panasonic previously considers OLED as a "promising option for next-generation displays", but now its OLED involvement is far from clear.

Panasonic developed OLED TV technology (with a pilot 8.5-Gen OLED TV R&D line) in collaboration with Sony, but that R&D program was later canceled (see below). Panasonic also bailed out of its OLED lighting development. Currently Panasonic does offer OLED TVs, but these use panels produced by LG Display, and it doesn't seem as if the company has any plans to return to OLED TV panel development.

Panasonic OLED TV

In 2016 Panasonic launched its first OLED TV, the TX-65CZ950. In 2017 Panasonic released its latest OLEDs, the EZ-1000 and EZ-950, two very high quality sets (with the EZ-1000 marketed as a "professional" TV). All of Panasonic's OLED TV sets use WRGB OLED panels produced by LG Display.

Panasonic EZ950 photo

Panasonic's EZ950, which will probably be Panasonic's main OLED seller, is a family of flat 4K OLED that come in either 55" or 65" and use Panasonic's Studio Color HCX2 processor, the Firefox-based My Home Screen 2 smart engine. The EZ950 will launch in the summer of 2017, price has not been set yet.

Panasonic did used to develop its own OLED TV technology. In January 2013 Panasonic unveiled a 56" 4K2K (3840x2160) OLED TV panel prototype that was produced using an all-printing method and P-OLED materials. Panasonic said that all the organic materials were deposited using ink-jet printing. The panel's Oxide-TFT substrate was supplied by Sony (and reportedly actually made by Taiwan's AUO) as part of the later-canceled Sony and Panasonic collaboration.

Panasonic OLED lighting

Panasonic has been developing OLED lighting for a long time, and in March 2011 they established a new joint venture with Idemitsu Kosan to develop, manufacture and sell OLED lighting panels. The JV (called Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting) was dissolved though in 2014 and Panasonic decided to withdraw from the OLED lighting market.

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Latest Panasonic OLED news

JOLED demonstrates new 4K and flexible AMOLED panels

Mar 30, 2017

JOLED (Japan OLED) was established in August 2014 by Japan Display, Sony and Panasonic with an aim to become an OLED medium display (10-30 inch) producer. The company is aiming to start mass production in 2019, although some panels may ship in limited volume earlier.

JOLED 21.6'' 4K medical OLED prototype, Cebit 2017

Last week at Cebit 2017 JOLED demonstrated some of its latest OLED prototypes. In the photo above you can see JOLED's 21.6" 4K (3840x2160, 204 PPI) "medical applications" monitor. JOLED also demonstrated what seems to be the same panel for "consumer" application (they call this private viewing). The whole panel weighs just 500 grams and the color gamut is 130% sRGB.

Panasonic developed high-contast LCDs to rival OLEDs

Dec 01, 2016

Panasonic announced that it has developed a new IPS LCD panel that achieves a high-contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1, 600 times better than conventional LCDs. panasonic developed new light modulating cells that permit pixel-by-pixel control of backlight intensity.

Panasonic high contrast IPS LCD panel comparison photo

Panasonic says that these new displays will be suitable for high-end monitors for broadcasting, video production, medical, automotive, and other fields. The company will start shipping samples in January 2017, produced at the company's 8.5-Gen production lines that are capable of manufacturing 10- to 100-inch products.

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Did Panasonic demonstrate large transparent OLED displays?

Oct 05, 2016

Panasonic demonstrated a new transparent display, showing several use cases for this technology - in wine refrigerators, in living room cabinets and more.

Panasonic transparent OLED TV demo photo (2016)

According to reports, this is Panasonic's 2nd gen transparent displays. The first generation displays were LCD (LED) based displays, but the company was not happy with the quality of the display and the low transparency. Changing to an OLED display resulted in better transparency and great images - virtually indistinguishable from non transparent TVs.

Sony and Panasonic announce new cameras with OLED viewfinders

Sep 22, 2016

Sony and Panasonic announced several new cameras that sport OLED viewfinders. The three new cameras all use XGA OLED microdisplays (probably the same microdisplay).

Sony a99 Mark II photo

First up we have Sony's a99 Mark II, a high-end 42.9-mp A-mount SLT camera that features 4K video capture, 5-axis image stabilization, 79 AF points and a newly designed shutter. The a99 Mark II will ship in November 2016 for $3,200 (body only).

Panasonic shows a new OLED TV prototype

Sep 01, 2016

Exactly one year ago at IFA 2016, Panasonic unveiled its first OLED TV, the 65" curved 4K TX-65CZ950. Now Panasonic unveiled a new "reference" OLED TV prototype, with an aim to show what is possible with next-gen OLED technology.

Panasonic OLED TV prototype, IFA 2016

Panasonic said that it achieved significant progress with near-black reproduction, by applying its plasma self-illuminating experience. It's not clear what is meant exactly, but this probably related to software algorithms Panasonic is developing to increase the quality of the OLED TV image. The panel, of course, is supplied by LG Display.

Did Panasonic launch the 65" 4K OLED TV in the UK for $4,000?

Feb 16, 2016

In September 2015 Panasonic unveiled its first OLED TV, the 65" curved 4K TX-65CZ950. The TV uses LG's panel and features Panasonic's 4K Pro tech which includes advanced gradation controls and 3D color look tables, HDR and THX.

Panasonic said that this TV outperforms LG's 65" 4K OLEDs (even though the OLED panel is made by LGD and is the same one used in LG's own TVs), and it was expected to cost more than LG's OLED TVs. However, today Amazon.co.uk started offering this TV, with the price set at £2,800 - about $4,000. This seems too low, and it's possible that this is not actually a correct listing.

Panasonic to bring the 65CZ950 OLED TV to the US

Jan 06, 2016

In September 2015 Panasonic announced the company's first OLED TV, the TX-65CZ950. This TV hasn't been released yet, but Panasonic is showing it again at CES 2016, and confirms that it will be sold in the US too.

Panasonic TX-65CZ950

The CZ950 uses a curved 65" 4K OLED panel (produced by LG Display) that features Panasonic's 4K Pro tech which includes advanced gradation controls and 3D color look tables. The TV supports HDR and is THX certified.

An interview with Idemitsu Kosan's electronic material's chief

Jan 05, 2016

Hajime Nakamoto (Idemitsu Kosan)Idemitsu Kosan is a large multinational Chemical company based in Japan that is supplying OLED materials for OLED producers. Idemitsu has OLED business units in Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China and is collaborating with UDC, LGD, AU Optronics, Doosan and others.

Hajime Nakamoto, the head of the Electronic Materials Department at Idemitsu was kind enough to answer a few questions we had. Mr. Nakamoto joined Idemitsu in 1984 and has been involved with OLEDs since 2007.

Q: Hajime, Thank you for your time. Idemitsu has been one of the leaders in OLED materials for a very long time. Can you tell us what kind of materials you currently offer for OLED panel makers?

Idemitsu offers almost all kinds of OLED materials to OLED panel makers. Idemitsu is particularly well-known for its fluorescent blue host and dopant materials and transport materials, which offer advantages to OLED panel makers.

A public shootout in the UK shows that OLED outperform the best plasma TV ever

Nov 15, 2015

TV testing website HDTVTest, UK retailer Crampton and Moore and Leeds Trinity University teamed up to do a public TV shootout, pitching two new OLED TVs (Panasonic's upcoming TX-65CZ950 and LG's 65EF9500) against Panasonic's TC-P60ZT60 plasma TV, which is considered the best plasma TV ever made.

Panasonic TX-65CZ950 photoPanasonic TX-65CZ950

The three TVs were calibrated and then displayed the same scenes in front of 28 AV enthusiasts - who voted for the TV that delivered the best picture quality. After disqualifying two voting papers, only 3 voted for the plasma TV - the rest of the votes were split almost evenly between the Panasonic and the LG OLEDs. That represented a 88% vote in favor of OLED technology.

Panasonic explains why their OLED TV is superior to LG's

Sep 11, 2015

AVForums published a rather long interview with Panasonic's Hollywood Labs VP of operations, Ron Martin. Ron gives some details on Panasonic's CZ950 OLED TV and explain why they believe it is superior to LG's own OLED TVs (even though, of course, Panasonic uses LGD's panels).

Panasonic announced TX-65CZ950 is the company's first commercial OLED TV. It's a curved 65" 4K OLED panel that features Panasonic's 4K Pro tech which includes advanced gradation controls and 3D color look tables. The TV supports HDR and is THX certified. Panasonic did not yet reveal the release date or price of this TV, but it will probably be more expensive than LG's own 65" 4K OLEDs.