1/30/2018 9:20 AM

Universal Display Corporation announced in January 2018 that Sharp Corporation has signed an extended and updated evaluation agreement with UDC. Under the new agreement, UDC will supply its phosphorescent OLED materials and technology to Sharp for use in the company’s OLED displays. Details and financial terms of the agreement had not been disclosed at press time.

1/30/2018 9:14 AM

Since last summer, various news sources reported that Sharp (acquired by Foxconn in 2016) would be creating flexible OLED panels for smartphones. Recently (January 2018) Sharp's CEO confirmed these reports, according to OLED-info, saying that the company will commence production in Q1 2018 and will introduce its new OLED smartphones in June or July of 2018. In a (presumably) related announcement about a week later, Universal Display Company and Sharp announced an updated PHOLED agreement.

1/30/2018 9:10 AM
LG Display continues to promote OLED TV technology, but has also been making a major statement in the OLED lighting market, with mass production commencing at its new Gen 5 OLED light-panel line in Gumi, Korea, and the introduction of a new OLED light brand, Luflex. According to LG, the Gen 5 line (1,100 mm × 1,250 mm) has been producing about 15,000 sheets per month, an approximately 30-fold increase compared to the company’s previous Gen 2 line (370 mm × 470 mm), with a monthly capacity of 4,000 sheets.

The company’s new Luflex brand name is derived from “lux” (light in Latin) and “flexibility,” reflecting OLED’s flexible, bendable, and rollable characteristics. The OLED light panels are very slim (0.41 mm thick), and their flexibility...
10/27/2017 11:19 AM
LG Display is wagering heavily on OLEDs, as underscored by its recent investment of KRW2.8 trillion into a Gen 10.5 (2,940 mm X 3,370 mm) OLED production line at its P10 plant in Paju, Korea. The obvious use for a Gen 10.5 line is OLED-based TVs. The company will also invest KRW5 trillion in a new Gen 6 (1,500 mm X 1,850 mm) plastic OLED (P-OLED) production line in Paju.

According to LG, its Gen 10.5 OLED production line will be the first of its kind in the world.  The size of mother glass produced in 10.5-generation production lines is 1.8 times larger than that in Gen 8 generation production lines.

LG does note that it will only begin mass production of OLED TVs after stabilizing the technology for producing extra-large panels and oxide backplanes for the mother glass, and determining which size large TV panels are most desired in the marketplace. 

10/27/2017 9:33 AM
CYNORA, a developer of organic emitting materials for OLED displays based on thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) technology, recently announced that LG Display and Samsung Venture Investment Corp. were investing a combined €25 million in a Series-B round to support the German company in the development of a full-color portfolio of organic-emitting materials for AMOLED displays. (This is not the first time both display powerhouses have invested in the same TADF technology; in 2016,...
9/26/2017 6:50 PM
Aircraft-parts suppliers United Technologies Corp. (UTC) and Rockwell Collins recently announced that UTC will acquire Rockwell Collins for $30 billion, or $140.00 per share in cash and UTC stock. According to Bloomberg Technology, the combination of Boeing’s second-largest supplier (UTC) with its ninth (Rockwell Collins) should give the new entity, Collins Aerospace Systems, considerable clout in negotiating with Boeing as well as other customers, including...
8/17/2017 11:32 AM
A variety of sources, including Forbes and CNet, have announced with near certainty that Apple will reveal new smartphones in the usual September timeframe  in the usual set of three. There will be two LCD models (upgrades to the 7 series) and one OLED (the iPhone 8), marking Apple’s first phone based on the emissive technology. Sources also say that while the LCD models will be quickly available, there may be a delay of several months for the OLED device.

Alongside this information exists a swirl of rumors about features that will or will not be included – touch ID, facial ID, virtual home button, astronomical price tag, fast charging, new colors,...
8/9/2017 4:01 AM
The Society for Information Display (SID) has announced the designation of a new award to honor individuals for long-term and significant leadership and/or exceptional contributions to the advancement of the information display industry. The award is named after the late David Sarnoff, a pioneer of American radio and television who served as Radio Corporation of America (RCA) president and chairman for many years.

Mr. Sarnoff, who joined RCA in 1919 and retired in 1970, was a visionary who recognized the long-range potential of numerous radio and television technologies and championed their subsequent development. At RCA, Sarnoff drove R&D and manufacturing of the practical electronic TV system during the 1930s and 1940s, and was also the driving force behind the development of the practical full-color TV system, as demonstrated by researcher Alfred Schroeder’s shadow mask CRT in 1947. Sarnoff was instrumental in the development of flat-panel displays, promoting a research environment that ultimately resulted...
8/1/2017 9:39 AM
Foxconn, the Taiwan-based contract electronics maker, recently announced that it will build a 20,000-square-foot LCD fab in Wisconsin. Foxconn, the maker of Apple’s iPhone, is the world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer.

The LCD panels to be produced at the plant would be for TV maker Sharp, which was purchased last year by Foxconn’s parent company, Hon Hai, according to a recent article in The Verge. Making large panels in the US to be used for US products would presumably reduce shipping costs as well as any applicable tariffs.

Such a large facility would provide jobs for thousands of workers and would obviously be a boon to the Wisconsin economy. In the past, plans to build Foxconn plants in the US have fallen through; a 2013 proposal...
8/1/2017 9:33 AM

LG Display recently announced its investment plan for OLED technology, which includes an up-front investment of KRW 2.8 trillion in a Gen 10.5 (2,940mm X 3,370mm) large-size OLED production line at its P10 plant in Paju, Korea. The company will also invest KRW 5 trillion in a new Gen 6 (1,500mm X 1,850mm) plastic OLED (POLED) production line in Paju.

LG notes that its investment decision comes at a time when the company’s large-size OLED panels for TVs such as its Wallpaper and Crystal Sound OLEDs are earning popularity in global markets. The company’s Gen 10.5 OLED production line will be the world’s first of this kind of facility. For more information, see LG’s most recent earnings release announcement.
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