AUO demonstrates new round AMOLEDs with slimmer salient corners

May 26, 2017

AU Optronics developed new round AMOLED displays, which they call True-Circle displays, which have slimmer salient corners compared to AUO's current round OLED displays. This enables watch designers more flexibility with their designs.

AUO True Circle AMOLED displays (1.2'' and 1.4'', SID 2017)

AUO is demonstrating two such displays, with a diameter of 1.2-inch and 1.4-inch. AUO aims to start mass producing these new displays in the second half of 2017. You can see how these displays look compared to AUO's current "Full Circle" displays.

AUO says nine fashion brands adopted its round AMOLEDs for future smartwatch devices

May 05, 2017

AU Optronics says that nine fashion brands have adopted the company's 1.2" and 1.4" round AMOLED displays for future smartwatch products. AUO will begin shipping the displays to these products in Q2 2017 - with shipments expected to reach a million panels per quarter in the second half of 2017.

AUO 1.4'' circular AMOLED display

AUO started producing its 1.4" circular AMOLED display in 2015. The company already ships those to smartwatch makers in China. You can find out more information on AUO's round AMOLED here.

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AUO reports an excellent quarter, AMOLED production to reach 1 million monthly units by the end of the year

Apr 30, 2017

Taiwan's AU Optronics reported an excellent quarter, with the best Q1 profit in nine years ($314 million). Regarding its AMOLED business, AUO says that it made "significant progress" this year in expanding its client base. The company's monthly shipments are expected to reach 1 million units in the second half of 2017.

Last month we reported that AUO's AMOLED production yields are improving - and the company resumed production of smartphone AMOLEDs. The company is focused on AMOLEDs for wearables and VR.

AUO developed a foldable AMOLED with a wide color gamut using SPS structure design

Apr 19, 2017

AU Optronics developed a new foldable AMOLED display that can endure very severe folding and environmental impact using symmetric panel stacking (SPS) with an innovative color filter structure design. The display also features a wide color gamut (95% BT.2020). This paper was awarded as a distinguished paper at SID and will be presented at DisplayWeek next month.

AUO 5'' foldable AMOLED prototype, 2017 photo

AUO demonstrated a 5" 1280x720 (295 PPI) AMOLED that was folded bidirectionally over 1.5 million times at a 4-mm bending radius - without any damage on the panel performance. AUO also developed a foldable 7.8-inch display that can be folded to a 5.5" display (bidirectionally as well). The resolution of the display in its open state is 1920x1440.

Clearance sale of AUO's square 1.63" 320x320 AMOLED displays

Apr 06, 2017

Our display supplier in China has just received a large quantity of AUO's square 1.63" 320x320 AMOLED displays (with the touch layer), following a cancelled project that had already bought these panels. Those AMOLEDs are now offered at less than half their normal cost.

The supplier has 4,000 units - and this may be a great opportunity to get these panels at a low cost - contact us for more details. These AMOLEDs have a MIPI DSI interface, a size of 32.08x36.48 mm (active area 29.28 x 29.29 mm) and a thickness of 0.7 mm.

AUO starts shipping a new 1.3" on-cell touch 240x240 AMOLED display

Mar 23, 2017

Taiwan's AU Optronics starts shipping a new AMOLED display for wearable (and other) applications. The new AMOLED is a square 1.3" (active area 23.28x23.28 mm) panel with a resolution of 240x240 (261 PPI).

A few days ago we reported that AUO has reportedly managed to increase its AMOLED production yields, and the company is now indeed launching new AMOLED displays and resumes production of smartphone-sized AMOLEDs.

AUO sees improved AMOLED production yields, resume smartphone AMOLED production at lower prices

Mar 15, 2017

Taiwan's AU Optronics started to mass produce smartphone-sized OLED panels back in August 2014, but the company later changed its focus to wearable and VR panels. AUO production capacity is relatively low at its AFPD Gen-4.5 LTPS fab in Singapore, but we now hear reports that AUO's yields have been improving.

In fact AUO has managed to lower the prices of its AMOLED displays, and has now resumed production and sale of smartphone sized OLEDs, especially its 4.97" 720p (1280x720) on-cell touch AMOLED.

AUO introduces a bi-directional foldable AMOLED display

Jan 02, 2017

A couple of weeks ago, at IDW 2016, AU Optronics introduced a new bi-directional foldable AMOLED display. This display can be bent both inwards and upwards, unlike previous foldable AMOLED prototypes which can only be bent in one direction.

AUO foldable bi-directional AMOLED structure

AUO says that the AMOLED structure limits the flexibility, and to overcome this the company replaced the circular polarizer usually used with a thin (10um) color filter array (apparently this is an WRGB display). AUO also used specially-located TFT and TFE (encapsulation) layers that endure many folding cycles - AUO says that the display can be bent more than 1.2 million times in 4mm curvature radius. The entire display thickness is 100 um.

Trendforce sees a VR AMOLED display market shortage in 2017

Dec 27, 2016

Taiwan-based TrendForce says that HTC is the current leader in VR headsets - with a market share of 61.4% between April 2016 and November 2016, but the Taiwanese company will not be able to extend its lead into 2017 as it will be hit the hardest from the OLED market supply shortage.

HTC Vive photo

According to TrendForce, in 2017 HTC will ship 600,000 Vive units, while Sony will ship 2.5 million PlayStation VR units and Oculus is expected to ship 1.2 million units. Other brands, all combined, will ship 800,000 units. All of these VR headsets use OLED displays.

AUO: OLED shipments to double in 2017, but is taking a prudent approach

Oct 30, 2016

During AU Optonics' financial results conference call, the company's Chairman and CEO Paul Peng said that he expects OLED shipments to double next year. AUO is still cautious about the OLED industry, though, and will refrain from large-scale investments in the near term.

AUO 5.7'' WQHD 513 PPI AMOLED panel prototype

The reasons given for AUO's prudent approach to OLEDs is first of all that the company is not sure it will have a good return on investment. Secondly, AUO says that it is not sure OLED quality is actually higher than LCD - but this seems to be a defensive stance, as OLEDs are widely regarding to be the best performing displays ever.