Korean researchers develop a new way to quickly transfer thin OLED films during the manufacturing process

Jul 21, 2017

Researchers from Korea's National University developed a new process based on high-pressure gas sprays that can be used to rapidly transfer OLED layers very quickly - which could reduce the manufacturing time of OLED panels by 90%.

KNU high pressure gas film-transfer method scheme

The new process uses a new air jet technology that sprays desquamating gas such as nitrogen, argon and air at high pressures. The gas is sprayed at a speed of 300 m/s between the OLED and a substrate - which reduces the binding power of the OLED from the substrate, and increases the binding energy of the organic layers being transferred. This can be used to quickly transfer thin films without damage them.

Video shows LG Display's latest displays shown at SID DisplayWeek

Jul 21, 2017

A new video shows LG's large SID DisplayWeek 2017 booth. The video begins with some displays we have seen before - LG's latest wallpaper OLED TVs and its Crystal Sound OLED system, but then continues to show some new displays.

LG demonstrated two flexible OLEDs for mobile devices - a 5.5" QHD (1440,2560, 538 PPI) panel and a 5.7" FHD (388 PPI) panel. Both are plastic-based and are conformable (edge-type). The displays offer a brightness of 350 nits. LG says the 5.7" FHD is now in mass production, while the 5.5" QHD will be ready in Q2 2017 (which means it's should already be in production). The video also shows a glimpse of LG's "VR displays" - but no details are given (this was for some reason labeled as confidential).

SmartKem announced OTFT advances in Asia

Jul 19, 2017

SmartKem announced that it has finalized an industrial grade 2.5-Gen (400x500 mm) process for the mass production of OTFT backplanes on glass or plastic. SmartKem achieved this step at its pilot line in the UK CPI and its own synthesis and formulation Technology Centre based at Hexagon Tower in Manchester. The approved process is now being transferred to its production partners in Asia. The OTFT backplanes can be used for LCD or OLED displays.

SmartKem's customer will integrate the new process in a pilot line for the manufacture of product prototypes and scaled display production. It is anticipated that the first display products manufactured through this collaboration will hit the Asian market within 12-18 months.

IHS: the AMOLED FMM market will reach $1.2 billion in sales in 2021

Jul 18, 2017

Analysts from IHS say that as AMOLED displays continue to replace LCD displays and the AMOLED market is growing quickly - the market for fine metal mask (FMM) components will also experience fast growth in coming years.

AMOLED FMM revenue forecast (2017-2022, IHS)

IHS sees the FMM market in 2017 generate $234 in revenues. The market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38% until 2022 - to reach $1.2 billion. IHS says that FMM production is a challenge and FMM technology has become a bottleneck as display resolution is increasing and the number of FMM suppliers is limited. The leading producer is Dai Nippon Printing, and the company's FMM masks are using to produce the majority of AMOLED displays.

New OLED gadget: Vivo X9s / X9s Plus

Vivo's X9s is an Android smartphone that features a 5.5" FHD AMOLED display, a snapdragon 652 octa-core chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of RAM and a 16 MP primary camera. The X9s Plus sports a large display (5.85" FHD) and a larger battery.

Vivo X9s photo

The X9s will start shipping by the end of July 2017.

Lumlight launches a crowdfunding campaign for its first OLED lighting lamp

Jul 15, 2017

Taiwan's organic chemicals maker Luminescence Technology (Lumtec) launched a new company called Lumlight to develop and produce OLED Lighting based products.

Lumlight kickstarter banner

The company's first product is the OLED EyeCare Lamp, which uses an OLED panel to provide a healthy light source. Lumlight launched a crowdfunding campaign with an aim to raise $120,000 HKD (about $15,000 USD).

OLED-Info at the TADF Workshop in Kyushu University next week

Jul 15, 2017

Next week Kyushu University (in Fukuoka, Japan) will be hosting the 2nd International TADF Workshop. The event aims to share the recent advances and future direction of TADF science and technologies.

The OLED-Info team will attend this exciting workshop. The focus will be on academia oriented lectures, but the event will also include talks from the Dow Chemical Company, Japan Display, BOE Technology Group, Wisechip and TADF developer Kyulux who's sponsoring the event. The workshop will also include a small exhibition and poster sessions.

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