China-based BOE Display demonstrated many OLED displays at SID 2019, including new flexible, foldable, rollable and automotive AMOLED displays. Here's a video showing the company's complete SID lineup:
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In January 2019, Alienware demonstrated a gaming monitor that uses a 55" 4K 120Hz OLED display. This monitor supports 4K at 120Hz using the new HDMI v2.1 connection (also supported by LG's latest 2019 OLED TVs).
Alienware now updates that it is not ready to launch this monitor yet as it is still a "conceptual product" and that its "potential commercial viability is still in question". The company did say that if the product progresses, it will make an announcement at CES 2020. This will be a premium product with a price tag of over $3,000.
The Japanese private Kyoto Prize was awarded to University of Rochester professor emeritus Ching Tang - recognizing Prof. Tang's pioneering work to develop OLED technology. The Kyoto award is Japan's highest private award and each laureate (there are three each year) is given 100 million Yen (around $920,000).
Prof. Tang worked on OLED materials together with Steven Van Slyke when they worked as OLED displays as research scientists at Eastman Kodak. Prof. Tang was previously awarded with the Israeli 2011 Chemisty Wolf Prize and was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame and 2013 Consumer Electronics hall of fame, both together with Van Slyke.
DSCC has published an update to its display fab utilization rate report. DSCC says that rigid OLED roduction has remained strong since March 2019 (following a low period before) mostly due to a reduced price gap with LCD displays, larger screen sizes in 2019 OLED smartphones and aggressive smartphone pricing in China.
Flexible OLED fab utilization remains low but DSCC sees an improvement in June to 42% up from around 30% all over 2019. OLED TV fab utilization remains at very high levels (100%, in fact) and will continue to be high in June.
Lenovo's 2019 P series laptops are portable workstation, that are based on 15.6" displays. There are several models - and the top-of-the-line P1 Gen 2, the P53 and the P73 all has optional 15.6" 4K touch AMOLED displays. The laptops are based on Intel's latest 9th-Gen CPUs.
Lenovo did not yet detail the price or shipping dates of its new P Series laptops.
Reports from Korea suggest that Samsung still faces technology challenges before it can begin producing QD-OLED TVs
Samsung is developing its QD-OLED TV technology and the company was supposed to hold an investment review committee on April 2019 to decide whether to go ahead with plans to start production soon (mass production by the end of 2020).
However in May we later reported that Samsung decided to delay the production - trial production will begin towards the end of 2020, with real mass production on a new 10-Gen line only at around 2023. A new report from Korea sheds some more light on Samsung's situation.
OLED driver maker MagnaChip has updated its Q2 2019 revenue guidance, saying that revenues from its OLED display driver business are expected to "substantially exceed" the company's previously estimation.
MagnaChip recently launched its latest 28 nm OLED Display Driver IC for smartphone displays, and the company also launched a new initiative to co-develop mobile OLED display technologies.