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.
7/31/2017 1:51 PM

The Finnish company HMD Global, which operates Nokia’s phone business, and ZEISS, a German maker of optical and measurement systems, recently announced a partnership designed to set new imaging standards within the smartphone industry.

The relationship between ZEISS and Nokia phones actually began more than a decade ago, when ZEISS and Nokia developed cutting-edge devices such as the world's first multi-megapixel mobile phone. The recently renewed relationship is a long-term commitment to build on prior technology innovation over years to come.


6/6/2017 2:09 PM
DisplayMate’s Ray Soneira has released his report on the OLED display in Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone -- the Galaxy S8. Here are a few of the highlights from his extensive report, which can be accessed in full at www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_S8_ShootOut_01.htm.

The Galaxy S8 (5.8 inches) and Galaxy S8+ (6.2 inches) have new, state-of-the-art flexible OLED displays, together with a radical new full-display screen design that fills almost the entire front face of the phone, providing a significantly larger display for the same size device.

Both models have dual-edge, curved-screen, flexible OLED displays. While the display itself is flexible, the screen remains rigid under an outer hard cover-glass that is hot-formed into a rigid curved screen. The curved screen provides two additional user-configurable edge-screen areas that can be viewed from...
4/11/2017 6:28 AM

PPG and Universal Display Corporation have announced that Universal Display will invest $15 million in PPG’s Barberton, Ohio, manufacturing facility to double commercial production capacity for Universal Display’s proprietary UniversalPHOLED phosphorescent emitter products. The expansion project, which will add more than 20 positions at the facility, is scheduled to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.

PPG and Universal Display opened an OLED materials production facility at PPG’s Barberton plant in 2013. The site is owned and operated by PPG.

4/11/2017 6:23 AM

E Ink and Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation have announced a joint venture for planning, designing, developing, manufacturing, selling, distributing, and licensing products that use electronic paper displays, as well as related applications.

E Ink and Sony have worked together on various e-paper related projects since 2004. The joint venture is officially registered in Taiwan; operations will commence pending regulatory approvals. 

12/15/2016 8:13 AM
Nanoco Group plc, a developer and manufacturer of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, recently announced the acquisition of a group of patents from the Eastman Kodak Company in connection with the use of quantum dots in electroluminescent displays.

According to Nanoco, this patent acquisition reinforces its intellectual property position in quantum dot electroluminescent displays (QLEDs), a technology with which the company hopes that quantum dots can be used to replace the current materials in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays.

Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “This patent purchase from Kodak broadens our intellectual property estate and commercial position in future display technologies.  The vast majority of current displays are based on LCD technology and we expect LCDs to dominate display sales in the near...
11/5/2016 9:13 AM
In recent years, municipalities around the world have begun swapping out existing street lamps for more energy efficient varieties. The new, primarily LED-based lighting looks different – it tends to be whiter and “glarier” than its mellower, sodium-based predecessor. Coincidentally, this initiative is taking place at the same time that on a research level, much is being discovered about the effects of light on human – and animal – health. Exposure to blue light in particular at night has been linked to a number of maladies, from poor sleep to greater chances of developing certain cancers. Since light is light, whether it comes from a street lamp or a glowing screen, displays are also a crucial part of this light/health balance.

A lighting “conversation” among various organizations began last summer, when the American Medical Association issued a report titled “Human and Environmental Effects of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Community Lighting,”...
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