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:
In November 2013 Universal Display signed a collaboration and evaluation agreement with Philips' OLED lighting unit, under which UDC will start supplying Philips with sample PHOLED materials. Today UDC announced that Philips signed a commercial material supply agreement.
This means that Philips intends to use UDC's materials in commercial OLED lighting products. This is not surprising as it is widely accepted that UDC's PHOLED materials are required to produce efficient OLEDs.
Three weeks ago, Seeking Alpha published my first article on Universal Display, titled "Universal Display: 20X Jackpot In 2018?" - in which I presented my best-case scenario for the OLED market (and UDC) in 2018.
I think the article was received well, and today SA published my second article - "Universal Display's Second Key Customer Is On Its Way". In this new article I explain why Samsung Display is such an important customer for UDC - and how I expect in that in the coming years UDC will diversity its key customer base as I expect LG Display, Konica Minolta, Everdisplay, BOE, Philips and LG Chem to start mass producing OLEDs soon.
Update: It turns out that the researchers did not fabricate an OLED lighting panel, but a small monochrome (green) OLED device.
Researchers from Philips, Graphenea and the University of Cambridge developed a new graphene-based transparent electrode that outperforms ITO in OLED devices.
Graphene by itself is not a good electrode material because the concentration of the charge carriers is low - which means that you need to dope it with excess carriers - while leaving it flexible and transparent. To achieve that, the team used a metal oxide film (molybdenum trioxide, MoO3) as an intermediate layer between the graphene and the OLED layers. The work was performed as part of the EU project GRAFOL, aimed at roll-to-roll mass production of graphene.
Philips' OLED lighting division has a new head of Marketing and Business Development - Jay Kim. Before he was responsible for OLED product marketing, business development, MarCom and customer services functions globally, Jay headed Philips' industry segment marketing in Europe involving Philips LED luminaries, lighting controls and services. And he was kind enough to agree to this interview here at OLED-Info.
Q: Jay - thanks for your time. Let's jump, shall we? In March 2014 Philips announced the FL300, your brightest OLED yet at 300 lumens. Any updates on this panel? Is it still on track for Q3?
We are very happy with the performance of the new Brite FL300 and its acceptance in the market. Already before official market introduction at Light+Building we have had three designs where the brightest OLED on the market is used. Italian furniture maker Riva1920 uses our OLED in its K BLADE lamp, an exceptional beautiful wooden desk lamp combining 48,000 years old Kauri wood from New Zealand with the world’s most modern lighting technology – OLED. Besides that, German Designer Thomas Emde is using the Brite FL300 in its new series of OLED luminaires sold under the label OMLED. In addition, he is working closely together with Italian luminaire manufacturer Luceplan. Together they bring the OLALAL OLED luminaire to the market. Also, many of our customers with designs based on the Lumiblade GL350 OLED are going to switch to the new OLED as well.
In September 2011 the EU launched a new €5 million project called IMOLA (Intelligent light management for OLED on foil applications) with an aim to realize large-area flexible OLED lighting modules with built-in intelligent light management. Philips just sent us this nice video which gives an introduction to OLED Lighting and to IMOLA's objectives here:
The basic idea behind IMOLA is that light intensity can be adjusted uniformly or locally according to the time of day or a person's position - and applications include wall, ceiling and in-vehicle (dome) lighting. Partners in this project include Philips, NXP Semiconductors, Henkel and Israel's Hanita Coatings.
Merck announced that the PrintOLED project successfully concluded. During the project, the partners investigate several technologies (such as gravure, inkjet printing, slot-die coating and others) and were able to demonstrated OLEDs with homogeneously coated active areas of 10 cm2 and 27 cm2 by classic gravure printing and slot die coating (at least two of the layers were processed from solution).
Merck says that printing two organic layers one on top of the other was a major challenge. The partners achieved significant improvements with specific material sequences. They say that they managed to print with speeds of up to 3 m/s semiconducting OLED layers with a homogeneity meeting the quality standards of industrial-scale OLED production. The knowledge was also applied to OPV and sDSC solar cells.
BMW hosted a workshop called "Light Days" which detailed the history, present and future of lighting in automobiles. BMW says that the future lighting technology will be OLED, and they expect to start selling cars with OLED lighting within 3 years.
BMW says that the high homogeneity of OLEDs has several advantages (as you can see in the slide above) - mainly that it enables new styling options, it's efficient and long lasting and can offer high exclusivity. The company showed a prototype taillight design that uses Philips OLEDs. We also know that LG Chem are collaborating with BMW. This design seems pretty similar to Hella's own OLED prototype (which uses LG Chem's panels).
Yesterday Philips officially announced their latest OLED panel, the Lumiblade Brite FL300. Today German design studio design studio Emdedesign (owned by Thomas Emde) announced a new OLED brand called OMLED that use Philips' upcoming panels.
OMLED launched a wide range of OLED luminaries, all using Philips' new FL300 panels. OMLED launched dozens of lamps in four categories: Pendant lights, floor lamps, desk lamps and table lamps. The designs all look pretty similar. OMLED has an online shop and they detail the prices of this lamps which range from €750 (for a table lamp with a single OLED panel) to €2,850 (a chandelier with 5 OLED panels). The lamps will be available in September 2014.
Philips officially announced their latest OLED panel, the Lumiblade Brite FL300. This 12x12 cm (10x10 cm active area) new panel is very bright - up to 300 lumens. The FL300 is quite efficient (over 50 lm/W) and comes in either 3000K or 4000K.
This panel uses thin-film encapsulation and is only 1.4 mm thick. The lifetime is 10,000 hours (LT70) at full brightness and 50,000 hours at 125 lumens. The CRI is over 80.
I just got word from Philips that the company intends to soon launch their first own OLED luminaire for office and retail. Philips has high hopes for this luminaire.
The luminaire is modular, and each module will use four of the Philips newest OLED panels which will be unveiled at the Light + Building show in April. Philips says that this lamp will meet "lighting norms" for workplaces.