Mitsubishi and Pioneer fabricated a white emissive-layer printed OLED with 52lm/W efficiency

Mitsubishi Chemical and Pioneer announced that they managed to fabricate a white OLED in which the emissive layer was formed in a coating process (not sure if they mean spin-coating or printing). The OLED is efficient (52 lm/W) and the lifetime (LT50) is 20,000 hours (at 1,000cd/m2 luminance). The upper layers in this OLED are made using vapor-deposition method. The companies plan to commercialize printed OLEDs at around 2014.

Mitsubishi's Velve panels (which will start shipping soon) use a coating process only for the foundation layer and not the emissive layer. In September 2009 we interviewed Verbatim's OLED team (which will market Mitsubishi's OLED panels).

Read the full story Posted: May 13,2011

Velve sample kits to ship in May, to cost ¥90,000 ($1,050) in Japan

We just got word from Verbatim that their Velve OLED lighting sample kits will start shipping in May. The price in Japan will be ¥90,000 ($1,050), we do not know the European or US price yet (it seems that Mitsubishi will market these in Japan and Verbatim will market in Europe). Full scale production will begin in July, and then prices will probably drop.

The sample kits include one color-tunable and dimmable OLED module, USB cable, software and a power adapter. Verbatim's software will allow you to program a color sequence (the default one will be red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow). The panel itself is 145x207mm in size, and the actual emitting area is 123x123mm. The lifetime is 8,000 hours at 1000 cd/m2. You can read the data sheet here.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 13,2011

Verbatim shows their VELVE color-tunable OLED lighting

Check out this beautiful video showing Verbatim's Velve OLED lighting installations at the design library in Milan, Italy. Verbatim is showing some pretty neat design ideas, and of course the changing colors of the OLEDs are great:

The Velve OLED lighting panels are made together by Mitsubishi and Pioneer, and are the world's first color-tunable OLED lighting panels. The panels are 14x14cm in size and offer 28lm/W efficiency and 8,000 hours of lifetime. The typical CRI is 80.

Read the full story Posted: Apr 12,2011

OLED Lighting news from Japan's Lighting Fair 2011

Japan's OLED lighting fair started in March 8th, and we got some interesting OLED Lighting news. NEC lighting is showing several OLED lighting lamps using their upcoming panels - which will be 10x10cm ones offering 60lm/W efficiency - which is actually very good. The company plans to commercialize them in fiscal 2011 (which ends of March 2012). NEC is using UDC's PHOLED materials, which explains the relativly high efficiency.

NEC Lighting OLED lighting at Japan Lighting Fair 2011 (photo)NEC OLED lighting

Panasonic Electric Works is another company that's developing OLED lighting panels based on UDC's materials, and now we hear that they too plan to commercialize their panels in 2011. We don't have any technical details on those panels yet.

Read the full story Posted: Mar 10,2011

Verbatim announces their VELVE color-tunable OLED panels, now available

Verbatim (a subsidiary of Mitsubishi) announced their new color-tunabe and dimmable OLED lighting panels called VELVE (these are made together by Mitsubishi and Pioneer). Verbatim says that the panels are already available - which makes the VELVE the world's first color-tunable OLED lighting panels. Verbatim apparantly offers just one size - 14x14cm, which is similar to Lumiotec's OLED panels.

Verbatim also announced that they will display the new panels at Fuori Salone, an exhibition held in Milan, Italy on April 12-17. Verbatim's stand was designed by Mr. Satoshi Uchihara, a lighting designer who was involved in lighting up such important sites as the famous Japanese temple Kinkakuji, and the New Terminal Building at Haneda Airport.

Read the full story Posted: Feb 10,2011

Mitsubishi's Diamond Vision OLED: a 150" screen costs $400,000, we got a new video

Mitsubishi is showing their new Diamond Vision OLED modular screen at CEATEC. It seems that a 150" screen costs $400,000. Mitsubishi says that they can provide the display at "unlimited" size, and it can be delivered in a curved design. Check out this great video:

The Diamond Vision OLED is already shipping, and Mitsubishi has installed the first screen over at Merck's new Material Research Center in Darmstadt, Germany.

Read the full story Posted: Oct 05,2010

Mitsubishi installed their first Diamond Vision OLED screen at Merck's new research center

Mitsubishi has installed the first Diamond Vision OLED screen, over at Merck's new Material Research Center in Darmstadt, Germany. The display measures 3.84m by 2.3m with a 1280x768 resolution. It has 60 modules (each is 128x128), and weights a total of 480Kg(!). Merck will use the display as an information system for presentations and events.

155-inch Diamond Vision OLED155-inch Diamond-Vision prototype

The Diamond Vision OLED display has started selling in September 21st, and uses PMOLED Modules - each is 128x128 pixels (384mm by 384mm in size). Each pixel is about 3mm in size. We're not sure, but this probably means that Mitsubishi is using Merck's OLED materials (or at least some OLED technology from Merck).

Read the full story Posted: Sep 30,2010

Mitsubishi's Diamond Vision OLED is using PMOLED displays

It turns out that Mitsubishi's Diamond Vision OLED displays (which go on sale today!) actually use PMOLED displays, and not AMOLEDs as we assumed. This is possible because each 'tile is only 128x128 in resolution. Using PMOLEDs allows Mitsubishi to make the displays cheaply (compared to AMOLEDs).

155-inch Diamond-Vision prototype155-inch Diamond Vision OLED

The OLED material used in the displays is small molecule, deposited by vacuum evaporation. The material was developed by Mitsubishi and Pioneer together. (the two companies are also collaborating on OLED lighting).

Read the full story Posted: Sep 21,2010

Q&A with Verbatim's OLED team

Back in February, Pioneer and Mitsubishi Chemical has announced an OLED Lighting JV. Pioneer will produce OLED lighting panels, Mitsubishi Chemical will supply chemicals and will market and sell the panels through their Verbatim daughter company.

We had the good chance to speak with Verbatim regarding this new OLED business.

Verbatim OLED panels (L+B 2010 exhibition photo)

Q: Are there any updates on the OLED JV?
Mitsubishi Chemical Corp will start to supply samples at the end of 2010, and mass production in the middle of 2011.

Read the full story Posted: Sep 13,2010