Everdisplay, the first seller of AMOLED panel in China

Everdisplay announced that it has become the first seller of AMOLED panel with sales of HD AMOLED panel on its homepage on July 23rd.

According to a Chinese medium, ZOL, the specifications of the AMOLED panel sold by Everdisplay include 4.99 inches, 0.66mm thickness, and 10.2g weights with HD (1280×720) resolution and application of real RGB pixel structure. It also complies with NTSC standards, 100% color reproduction, and has 700Mw power consumption.

The sales of AMOLED panel by Everdisplay is expected to be an influential variable to the market of the AMOLED panel for mobiles which is currently dominated by Samsung Display.

Everdisplay plans to hold ‘2014 Everdisplay AMOLED new product launch and eye health protection symposium(2014和辉光电AMOLED新产品推介暨健康护眼研讨会)’’ and 5” HD AMOLED will be displayed.140729_Everdisplay5inchHDAMOLED

 

<Everdisplay’s 5” HD AMOLED panel unveiled on July 23rd, Source: Everdisplay>

KITECH, Developed the world’s first refining technology for organic light-emitting material using ILs for OLED TV

Dr. Taewon Kim’s team of photovoltaic energy convergence research group of Korean Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH, President Yong-Soo Lee) developed an original technology to refine organic light-emitting materials in bulk for fine OLED TV at low price.

Dr. Kim’s team established a new concept for the refining technology by using Ionic Liquids (ILs), and it can solve issues of high cost·low yield rate arisen in production of the organic light-emitting material for the OLED TV.

Ionic Liquids are liquids that only consist of positive and negative ions at room temperature and stays in liquid form at high vacuum (~100℃) with almost no volatility. Recently, ILs became a future clean solvent in green chemistry field with a strength of good solubility for high molecular substance and a feature of metal salts.

Until now, ‘sublimation refining method’ has been used to get high purify organic light-emitting material by utilizing the difference of sublimation points between vaporization and solidification of a material. However, cons of this method are low yield rate and very high production cost because it is impossible to realize complete auto and continuous process.

To address this issue, Dr. Kim’s team started developing the large scale refining technology for the organic light-emitting materials at low cost since 2011 and applied for original patent in December, 2012. Their effort on verifying the possibility of the technology’s application produced this result in 19 months.

The key of the result is the application of the high purity refining technology on the organic light-emitting material for the OLED TV by focusing on the non-volatile feature of ILs at high vacuum·high temperature.

This technology uses a principle of separating impurities in the order of vaporizing the organic light-emitting material in a vacuum chamber; dissolving it in a liquid filter of ionic liquid; and recrystallizing supersaturated material in the liquid. It enables to get 99.95% of high purity organic light-emitting material through one refining process.

It is a completely new concept of large scale refining method based on the non-volatility characteristic of ionic liquid at high vacuum·high temperature.

The team is credited with the success of new technology development which can overcome the cons of the existing sublimation refining method including refinery yield rate, automation and continuous process of equipment, and efficiency of mass production. It is also expected to bring a huge cost reduction effect by recycling; collect and reprocess during refinery process, of the expensive but non-volatile ionic liquid.

According to “2014 OLED Emitting Material Annual Report Market Forecast (~2020)” by a professional OLED market research firm, UBI Research, the OLED emitting material market is expected to grow to 1.3 trillion won in 2017 from 2014 estimation of 543 billion won. Forecasted annual growth rate is over 30% and experts see that the growth will be much larger if large size display market including the AMOLED TV expends in full-scale.

Dr. Taewon Kim, said, “this technology increased the yield rate and decreased the production cost by more than 50%. And an ultimate goal is to reduce the current price by one tenth” and “technology development is in progress with companies.” He also said, “the success is a game changer with enormous potential to turn the OLED TV market-to-explosively grow” and “based on the low-cost and large scale refining original technology, domestic businesses will largely contribute to preoccupy the global market of forward-backward industry regarding the OLED TV.”

The team currently applied 16 cases for patent with related process․equipment technology in and out of the country and plans active technology transfer to related businesses.

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<Comparison of refining methods for organic light emitting materials Source: KITECH>

LG Display forecasts blooming of OLED TV market in 2015

OLED TV market is expected to begin flourishing from the end of 2015.

At the presentation of LG Display’s performance in Q2 held on 23rd at LG Twin-Tower, Yeouido, an executive director of strategic marketing group of LG Display (LGD), Youngkwon Song, emphasized, “LGD is putting efforts to realize the economy of scale and to cut cost including lowering material cost regarding the OLED TV business” and “a significant condition will be developed by the end of 2015 and early 2016.”

Mr. Don Kim, the CFO and a senior vice president of LGD said that “from our point of view on the OLED, the current levels of expected performance and yield rate are at satisfaible level, but innovation in pricing is what we concentrate more” and “by the end of 2015 or early 2016, when the operation is in full capa., we can reach the economy of scale and bring a significant performance.” Mr. Kim also hinted a soon-to-be bloomed of LGD’s OLED TV market.

LGD started supplying panels for the OLED TV to major Chinese TV set makers and plans to operate M2 line for mass-production in this third quarter. It also continuously leads the OLED market with scheduled launch of 55”/65”/77” curved UHD OLED TV.

In the meantime, sales for Q2 in 2014 was 5.979 trillion won which is declined by 9% from the Q2 in 2013 but increased by 7% from the Q1 in 2014. And operating profit was recorded surplus consecutively for nine quarters at 163.1 billion won.

Launching of Gionee’s ultra-thin AMOLED smart phone (5mm) is imminent

Ctimes, a Chinese medium, reported that a Chinese smart phone maker, Gionee, will introduce an ultra-thin smart phone modeled GN9005.

GN9005 used AMOLED panel and is 0.55mm thinner than 5.55mm of the previous model, which was introduced as Elife S5.5 last February.

It is noticeable that 4.8” HD AMOLED panel is applied which is smaller than the 5” FHD Super AMOLED applied to the previous Elife S5.5. In general, the AMOLED panels produced by Samsung Display are named super AMOLED. However, no particular name for the AMOLED panel applied to GN9005 and its low performance indicate that the panel is highly likely to be supplied by AUO.

It is known that AUO has started supply to a Chinese maker from last June but any specifics on the maker has not been revealed.

A Chinese smart phone maker, BBK, drew attention with 5.75mm VIVO X3 after the launch of 6.18mm Ascend P6 by Huawei last year. Followed by launching, Gionee introduced the 5.55mm Elife S5.5 in February and will launch 5mm GN9005 and that fierce competition will begin soon in the ultra-thin smartphone market in China.140722_GioneeElifeS5.5vsGN9005

<Gionee’s ultra-thin smart phone comparison>

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<Gionee’s the world’s thinnest smartphone, ‘5mm’ GN9005, Source : TENAA>

Taiwan grows OLED lighting industry

According to CTIMES, a Taiwanese professional electronics industry medium, the OLED Lighting Commercialization Alliance (OLCA) was recently established for the development of the OLED lighting industry in Taiwan. Founding members of the OLCA are the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Taiwan Lighting Fixture Export Association (TLFEA), and various companies from materials to manufacturing are members of the OLCA. It is consisted of five committees such as lamps, lighting design, materials, fixtures and optical engines.

Chairman of TLFEA, Steve Lin said, “the OLED is ideal for proximity lightings and it is already installed in luxury apartment in Taiwan. Due to the expensive price of the OLED compare to the LED, it is not in mass-production, but it will become a standard lighting in all households within 3 years.” Vice President of ITRI, C.T.Liu, also forecasted the OLED playing an important role in IoT (Internet of Thing) sector and emphasized that Taiwan will be the center of the OLED lighting industry.

“2014 OLED lighting Annual Report” by UBI research forecasted that the OLED lighting market will be about US M$ 4,700 by 2020.

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Samsung leads Flexible OLED, Samsung Display’s investment in A3

As major equipment companies publicly announced their contracts to supply manufacturing equipment for OLED to Samsung Display (SDC), it is expected that SDC will begin its investment in A3 line in full swing.

SDC began its investment with a plan to complete stocking the equipment of A3 line by December. Except encapsulation equipment, PO of the remainder is completed. And order for the encapsulation equipment will be done by August.

A3 Gen6 Phase 1 Line of SDC for this investment is a flexible exclusive line to mainly produce tablet products and a method to divide a 1850x1500mm substrate in to two (1500x925mm) will be used. The investment is expected to consider mass production of 65” OLED TV panel from phase 2.

Currently, the amount that the equipment companies publically announced is about 220 billion won but actual mass production may be possible from 1Q of 2015 if supply of equipment is completed by the end of this year.140718_삼성장비업체공시eng

 

<Equipment Companies’ Supply Contract List announced in June and July>

Sony unveils Head Mounted Display (HMD) for medical care

Sony displayed a system, which enables you to check endoscope video through Head Mounted Display (HMD) at International Modern Hospital Show 2014 held from July 16th to 18th, 2014. For the existing endoscopy surgery, posture restriction exists because the procedure requires external monitoring. With Sony’s new product, surgery, however, can be performed without the posture restriction.

This specialized product for medical purpose weights only about 490g which enables an operator to perform in a standing position. It doesn’t fully cover eyes of an operator by changing the shape of wearable belt so that the operator can visually check surgery device by lowering the eyes without taking it off.

This medical HMD is installed with Sony’s OLED display and shows images on the OLED display individually thus crosstalk is not that large and doesn’t induce dizziness during its use.

 Sony consulted with doctors to develop this system and said that demand for this competitive system will increase as 3D endoscope increases.

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<Sony’s Head Mounted Display(left), Picture of wearing HMD(right), Source : Monoist>

Will Everdisplay be the first small and medium AMOLED panel maker in China?

Everdisplay is expected to start mass-production in the fourth quarter of 2014.

According to OLED info’s interview with the marketing team of Everdisplay, Everdisplay will begin mass production in Q4 of 2014 and be the first AMOLED mass producer in China. An officer of Eerdisplay’s marketing team said, “it focuses on small and medium size display targeting smartphone, wearable device and automotive application and is developing a flexible OLED panel for the next generation production.” It showed that the mass-production will begin soon by releasing pictures of AMOLED panel prototypes in 5 inch (293 ppi), 5.5 inch (267ppi) and 6 inch (244ppi). Currently, Everdisplay plans mass-production in Gen4.5 LTPS line, which is under construction in Shanghai, China and capa. is 15,000 pieces per month based on mother glass.140716_ever

 

<Everdisplay’s 5”(293ppi), 5.5”(267ppi) and 6”(244ppi) AMOLED panel prototype, source : OLED-info>

UBI Research, Hosting International OLED Workshop

An event will be held to exchange information with experts from the world on OLED, which suggests new solutions lighting market and brings positive changes to a staggering display market with introduction of a flexible smartphone and a curved TV.

On 12 th, UBI Research, a market research and consulting firm specialized in the OLED, announced that it will host ‘the 2nd Annual Korea OLED Workshop’ at COEX conference room in Samsung-dong on June 24th.

It is known that the world’s top OLED experts have been invited to cover information valuable to the industry to the upcoming event. Also, commercialization of flexible display, technological roadmap of WRGB OLED TV, and opportunities and challenges of the OLED display and lighting technology will be addressed. Especially technology and opportunity of Chinese OLED display will be covered.

An official of UBI Research said, “this workshop will be a place to check the roles and competitiveness of Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Tawnies companies in the next OLED lighting and flexible areas.”

For more information on the OLED Workshop, where researchers and executives of the OLED industry participate from around the world, refer to www.oldenet.co.kr and www.ubiresearch.co.kr or contact +82-2-577-4391.

 

 

Oculus Rift’s DK2 shipment just begins

Oculus, an American VR business, began shipment of the 2nd generation product, DK2.

According to OLED info, pre-order of DK2, the 2G product of Oculus, began in March, 2013 and 45,000 units were ordered by June, 2014. Ten thousand out of 45,000 units has been shipped on July 1st and the remaining will be shipped in the middle of August.

Oculus used LCD display for the first prototype but OLED display was used for the new product on the market. A video clip uploaded on Oculus’ homepage (http://www.oculusvr.com/) explicitly shows why Oculus used the OLED rather the LCD for faster response speed. Also replacing the LCD with the OLED greatly reduced motion sickness due to 3D while adding a positional tracking feature by mapping you movements with a camera and infrared light.

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