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

Panasonic announces its 2018 OLED TV range

Panasonic announced its new OLED TVs for 2018, the FZ800 and FZ950. Both TVs offer the same 55" and 65" 4K WRGB (LGD) OLED panels, and feature Panasonic's latest HCX processor, dynamic LUTs, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Dynamic Scene Optimizer and extreme 2.5% calibration levels.

Panasonic FZ800 photo

The FZ800 comes with built-in speakers, while the FZ950 offers a Technics-branded 80 Watt Dynamic Blade soundbar.

Sony, Panasonic and Sumitomo to participate in JOLED's next financing round

A few day go JOLED announced that it started commercial shipments of its 21.6" 4K OLED panels for use in medical monitors, in its low-volume 4.5-Gen ink-jet printing production line.

JOLED 4K prototype OLED Monitor (July 2017, Japan)

Following JDI's decision to halt its plans to increase its stake at JOLED, the company is now seeking to raise $900 million to support its plan to start mass producing OLEDs in 2019. According to a report from Japan the company has received commitments from Sony and Panasonic and both Sumitomo Chemical (who supplies its P-OLED materials to JOLED) and Screen Holdings (who supplies its equipment to JOLED) are likely to take part in the financing round as well.

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Panasonic demonstrate a 55" 4K transparent OLED TV prototype

Panasonic is demonstrating a new transparent 4K OLED TV prototype at the IFA 2017 exhibition. Panasonic did not reveal any commercialization plans or any technical details on this prototype.

Last year at IFA Panasonic demonstrated a new transparent display, showing several use cases for this technology - in wine refrigerators, in living room cabinets and more. Back then I wondered whether it was an OLED as reported - but now Panasonic specifically says this is an OLED panel. The 2016 prototype had an FHD resolution, so this year is certainly an improvement.

JOLED starts to sample 21.6" 4K printed OLED monitors

JOLED announced that it started to sample 21.6" 4K OLED monitors. These monitors, demonstrated in March 2017, feature a 3840x2160 resolution (204 PPI), a brightness of 350 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000 : 1. The panel thickness is 1.3 mm and the weigh is 500 grams.

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

JOLED aims to start mass producing these panels in 2019, but will also attempt to sell these to the medical market even in low-volume production out of its current 4.5-Gen pilot production line.

JOLED demonstrates new 4K and flexible AMOLED panels

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

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.

Did Panasonic demonstrate large transparent OLED displays?

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

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

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?

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 TX-65CZ950 photo

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 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.