Fluxim releases new device software simulator SETFOS 3.3
08 April 2013

Fluxim has announced that the company has released a new version of its device simulator SETFOS for the characterisation of organic optoelectronic devices. The new software for the study of OLEDs and OPV sees major improvements compared with earlier versions.

Fluxim has developed comprehensive optoelectronic simulation software called setfos which is used in industry and academia worldwide for characterising and optimising organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices and organic light-emitting diodes (OLED).

LG Chem exhibits 80lm/W and flexible OLED lighting panels at Euroluce 2013
08 April 2013

LG Chem has announce the latest OLED lighting panels at Euroluce in Milan, Italy. The 100mm x 100mm 80 lm/W OLED lighting panels are currently the highest efficiency to be produced at a commercial scale, and the 200mm x 50mm flexible OLED panels are the world's first commercially available.

In addition, LG Chem is showing several lighting design possibilities. Notable is that these examples are equipped with LG Chem’s latest releases such as the flexible panels and the smaller sized 55x53mm panels.

LG Chem exhibits 80 lm/w and flexible OLED lighting panel

Figure: LG Chem exhibits 80 lm/w and flexible OLED lighting panel

LG Chem expects both products to be commercially available in quantity during the 3rd quarter of 2013.


Samsung's offices searched by police in OLED technology leak probe
08 April 2013

According to numerous news reports South Korean police where once again searching the offices of Samsung Electronics in connection with an investigation into alleged technology theft.

Samsung Display a major manufacturer of AM-OLED panels said investigators at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency went to its headquarters in Asan, south of the capital, and searched for documents related to OLED technology.

LG Display said it didn’t report Samsung to police in connection with the current investigation, but did state that the latest investigation is related to "large-sized OLED TV panel technology." According to LG Display the police have made the allegation independantly of LG Display. Other news reports indicate that the police have not yet made a statement about the investigation and nor are the police answering questions raise by journalists.

Growing adoption of HD displays for smartphones drives growth in AM-OLED market
01 April 2013

According to the latest reprot by iSuppli AM-OLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display shipments for mobile handset applications are expected to grow to 447.7 million units in 2017, up from 195.1 million units in 2013. Within the mobile handset display market, the market share for AM-OLED displays is forecast to grow from 7.9 percent in 2013 to 15.2 percent in 2017, as presented in the figure below. AM-OLED’s market share for 4-inch or larger handset displays employed in smartphones is set to increase to 24.4 percent in 2017, up from 23.0 percent in 2013.

AM-OLED displays for mobile phones shipments

Figure: iSuppli - AM-OLED displays for mobile phones shipments (millions)

Japan Display develop 5.2-inch 423 ppi full-HD AM-OLED panel
01 April 2013

According to a recent news article Japan Display Inc (JDI) has developed a 5.2-inch high-definition AM-OLED display of 1,920 x 1,080 resolution.

Japan Display achieved the high resolution by combining its low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS), white OLED and drive technologies. The company intends to solve problems involved in volume production by deepening ties with Japan-based material and equipment makers.

AM-OLED 5.2-inch HD display for mobile phones

Figure: Japan Display - AM-OLED 5.2-inch HD display for mobile phones

Full colour HD LCD panels are found in an increasing number of high-end smartphones, OLED panels are considered a viable alternative to LCD for high end smart phones.

In September 2012, Japan Display developed a 4.5-inch HD (1,280 x 720-pixel) OLED panel with the same "white OLED device + colour filter technology, this display had a screen resolution of 326ppi, which is the same as the resolution of the iPhone 5's display.


LG and Samsung still to resolve their patent feud
25 March 2013

It has been recently reported that LG Electronics has accused both Samsung Display and Samsung Electronics of illegally using its display technology and now demanding that both companies pay for use of its patented technologies.

Initially Samsung Display and LG Display, the world's two biggest display makers, have been embroiled in an ongoing patent war over organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and liquid crystal display (LCD) technologies, this later extended to include both Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics.

This latest move is unexpected as until recently it was assumed that both companies would resolve their differences over patents. In fact the Korean government is reported to have mediated between the two companies to ensure a quick and peaceful settlement to the dispute.

In February Samsung Display was reported to have dropped an injunction aimed at blocking LG Display from using its OLED technology. In reciprocated response, LG Display withdraw its sales ban request on Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 devices.

However, in a statement, LG Electronics said it is "doubtful" about Samsung Display's decision to drop a patent suit against the company and said it will carefully consider its position.

In another statement LG Electronics also called for compensation for the use of its patent technologies, adding it is ready to hold talks on the payment issue.

www.lgdisplay.com    www.samsung.com    english.yonhapnews.co.kr

Hitachi shows OLED lighting panel made with novel coating process
11 March 2013

Hitachi Research Laboratory (HRL) has announced an OLED lighting panel made by using a novel coating process at the recently held trade show - Lighting Fair 2013 in Japan.

According to the report HRL used a techique they call "Spontaneous Multilayer Light-emitting Layer Formation Material" this enables OLED lighting panels to be made applying all three colour (RGB) in a single application. The device used RGB light-emitting materials develoepd by HRL. The prototyped OLED panel included a light-extraction layer acheived an efficiency of about 70lm/W.

Hitachi OLED panel

Figure: Hitachi OLED panel

Interactive OLED data eye-glasses win award
11 March 2013

On March 5th, 2013 the Innovation Award IT 2013, awarded by the “Initiative of medium-sized businesses”, was presented to the winners during the CeBIT 2013, in Hanover/Germany. The interactive OLED data eyeglasses wins the award in the category “hardware”.

According to the announcement "data eye-glasses" can be used in a broad range of different applications, e. g. medical applications or to support hand-free assembly work – they are useful for all hand-free applications where additional information are needed.

COMEDD Data eye-glasses

Figure: COMEDD Data eye-glasses

Data eye glasses enable the user to view both the real world and virtual information at the same time. The embedded camera of the microdisplay captures the eye movements of the user so that he can control and interact with the virtual shown information, similar to a computer mouse.

The data eye-glasses where developed by Fraunhofer COMEDD (OLED), Fraunhofer IOSB (eye-tracking) and Trivisio Prototyping (optics design).

Toshiba demonstrates transparent, wirelessly-powered OLED panels
11 March 2013

Toshiba Corp and Toshiba Lighting & Technology Corp announced two OLED panels one that was transparent and another capable of supporting wireless power transmission, the panels where exhibited at the recently held trade show - Lighting Fair 2013 in Japan

Although many companies have previously shown transparent OLED panels (all that is required is simply to use transparent electrodes) when in the off-state they appear to be see-through. However, when switched to the on-state these panels will transmit about 66% of their emitted light in the forward direction and the other 34% in the reverse direction. If these OLED panels were to be used for a window it would mean a significant portion of the emitted light leaking out and illumininating the outside world. The downside to to using transparent panels is an increase in light pollution and wasted energy.

Toshiba transparent OLEDs

Figure: Toshiba transparent OLEDs

Aixtron reports financial results for Q4 2012 and full-year
04 March 2013

Aixtron has announced financial results for the fiscal year 2012. A slow recovery of revenues but a virtually flat order intake throughout the year reflects a reluctant investment attitude by customers and a continuation of macroeconomic uncertainty. Despite an improving market consensus on the potential outlook for the back end of 2013, Management is unable at this stage to offer a precise revenue and EBIT margin guidance for the year, due to the prevailing low visibility.

Key Financials

Aixtron reports financial results for Q42012
Revenue 227.8 611.0 -63% 77.5 140.1 -
Gross Profit 0.4 231.4 - 17.7 11.8 -
Operating result (EBIT) -132.3 112.9 - -19.3 -16.9 -
Net result -145.5 79.5 - -43.2 -10.9 -
Net result per share - basic(€) -1.44 0.79 - -0.43 -0.11 -
Universal Display announces fourth quarter and full year 2012 financial results
04 March 2013

Universal Display Corp (UDC) has announced its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

For the full year of 2012, the company reported revenues of $83.2 million, up 36% compared to revenues of $61.3 million for 2011. Operating income rose to $13.7 million for the year, up 141% from $5.7 million in 2011. The company reported net income of $9.7 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the full year of 2012, compared to net income of $3.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for 2011.

Universal Display reports financial results
for Q4 2012 (US$ ,000)
Full year
Full year
Revenue - Materials 44,472 37,444 10,111 10,840
Revenue - Royalty and licences 31,698 15,345 15,445 5,447
Revenue - Technology dev 7,074 8,500 2,577 2,372
Operating expenses 69,568 55,602 19,762 15,092
Net (loss) Income 9,660 3,155 5,385 5,734
Net result per share - basic($) 0.21 0.07 0.12 0.13
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