Royal Philips Electronics is one of the world's biggest electronics companies and Europe's largest.
Philips used to develop both OLED displays and OLED lighting. The company withdrew from the display industry in 2007 (it's Philips brand TVs are now developed and marketed by TP Vision) and in 2015 Philips sold its OLED lighting business unit to US-based OLEDWorks (which will continue to offer OLED panels under the Lumiblade brand).
Here's our 2009 review of Philips' OLED lighting panels, and here's a second review we did in the same year of another panel. In December 2010 we posted an interview with Philip's OLED unit business chief.
In 2016 Philips introduced its first OLED TV, the 55" 901F, which is now shipping in Europe. Since then Philips' TV lineup includes OLED TVs in the premium TV segment.
The latest Philips OLED news:
IDTechEx posted a very interesting analysis of the OLED lighting market, in which they see the OLED market growing very slowly - it will remain smaller than $80 million until 2017. The market will start picking up to reach $840 million in 2022 - still a very small slice of the global lighting market.
IDTechEx says that OLED technology is very slow to close up to performance and cost gap to LED based lighting. In addition, following the recent Philips OLED BU sale to OLEDworks (and Panasonic decision to dissolve its OLED lighting activity back in March 2014), the only two major companies left in the OLED market is LG Chem and Konica Minolta.
Remember Philips' LivingShapes interactive OLED mirror? The 64-OLED device was priced at €3,500, and Philips now announced a limited-time sale that offers the same device for €700. That's a 80% discount - that will be in effect till June 30th (or until Philips runs out of mirrors to sell - they currently have 60 in stock).
The Interactive mirror has 64 square OLED panels (8x8) each 42x44.2 mm in size (color temperature 3000K, total luminance 400 lm). The mirror uses infrared sensors that detects the outline of the person looking at the mirror and switches off the OLEDs that are in the field of vision - thus turning it into a mirror.
Philips announced a new OLED lighting panel, the Brite FL300 L which is a long (46x222 mm) version of the FL300 OLED. The panel features a brightness of 300 lumens, efficiency of 40-50 lm/W, a color temperature of 3,000K, nominal CRI of 80 and a lifetime rating of 10,000 hours at 300 lm (50,000h at 115 lm). It will ship in Q3 2015 and you can find a preliminary datasheet here.
Philips also launched a new OLED-focused lighting magazine, which can read online here. Philips' idea is to show what is possible with OLED lighting, and the magazine includes many design prototypes, OLED products and interviews with lighting designers.
Earlier this year Philips announced its intention to spin-off its OLED activity, and the company started searching for a buyer for its whole OLED business activity. Today it was announced that US-based OLEDWorks will buy the key parts of Philips OLED lighting business.
Philips will establish a new legal entity and transfer key parts of its OLED business, including the production facility located in Aachen, Germany, and relevant IP. This new entity will then be sold to OLEDWorks, which will be granted a license by Philips to market its OLED light source components under the Philips brand. Philips will remain a distributor of the panels through its OEM sales channels.
Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting designed a new OLED based automobile rearlight prototype, that uses Philips red and amber OLED lighting panels. The prototype also includes LEDs for the reverse function. When off, the OLED elements appear to be a silvery mirror and are "extremely elegant".
The OLED prototype received the "Red Dot" award for design quality. The "Red Dot Award" for product design was established in 1955 as is one of the most coveted product design awards at an international level.
In CES 2015, Audi had a nice OLED-based lighting installation at their booth showing the company's logo made from 124 red 70x70 mm OLED panels. Audi finally published a video showing this installation in action:
We do not know who provided the OLEDs for Audi, but it's likely to be Philips, as the two companies have been collaborating on OLED panels for years - in 2012 Audi unveiled three OLED designs, including the rear-mounted "swarm" and in 2013 Audi developed the world's first large-area 3D OLED car rear lighting panels and installed a prototype on an Audi TT. Both of these development was done in collaboration with Philips.
Philips posted a 50-minutes video presentation discussing OLED lighting and the company's technology, products and projects:
Philips, one of the clear leaders in OLED lighting, recently announced its intention to spin-off its OLED unit, and the company is searching for a buyer for its whole OLED business activity.
Philips announced a new OLED lighting panel, a FL300 variant with a mirror finish. The Brite FL300 wm is not as bright as the regular FL300 (190 lumens only). The panel has an active area of 102x102 mm, and is 1.8 mm thick. The efficiency is 26-30 lm/W, the lifetime is 10,000h (LT70 at 190lm) and the color temperature is either 2,500K or 4000K.
Philips will start shipping the new panel on February 16th, and the price will be between €136 to €156, depending on the integration level (bare OLED or with cables and frame).
Philips announced its intention to spin-off its OLED activity. Philips is searching for a buyer for its whole OLED business activity. Following the spin-off, Philips Lighting will focus on LED based connected systems and services.
Philips has been one of the leaders in the OLED lighting industry for years, so this is a major announcement and a very interesting one - and only time will tell whether this move will be positive or not for OLED technology. From my contacts at Philips it seems that this is seen as a very positive development for OLEDs...
During a lecture at Lighting Japan last week, Philips’ OLED head of production Wolfgang Doetter gave some insights on Philips OLED production and the general OLED lighting market of the near future. The conclusions from Wolfgang's lecture is that the OLED market is evolving rapidly and that process knowhow is the key to producing high quality OLED panels.
Wolfgang said during his speech that for producing reliable OLEDs one needs to master the processes and needs to be able to replicate them on a regular basis. Issues like on-plate layer thickness uniformity as well as plate-to-plate thickness uniformity or the ability to produce OLEDs to a defined color point are basically the issues any producer of OLEDs has to master in order to be able to maximize the production yield and reliably deliver high quality OLEDs.