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Sony and Panasonic will collaborate on the joint development of next generation OLED panels for TVs

The companies will jointly develop printing method-based next-generation OLED technology, which will be suitable for low-cost production of large area OLED TV

25 Jun 2012 | editor

Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. have announced that they have signed an agreement regarding the joint development of next-generation OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels and modules for TVs and large-sized displays. The companies expect to establish mass-production technology during 2013.

According to the announcement Sony and Panasonic plan to jointly develop printing method-based next-generation OLED technology, which will be suitable for low-cost mass production of large, high resolution OLED panels and modules.

Sony has long been involved with the development of OLED technology – they launched the world’s first OLED TV in 2007, released a 25-inch professional OLED monitor in 2011, and continued to develop products and manufacture OLED displays.

In addition, Sony is actively involved with the research and development of next-generation OLED technologies such as hybrid OLED devices and processing (manufacturing) technologies that combine both vacuum deposition and printing methods, thin film transistor (TFT) drivers such as oxide TFTs, and flexible organic TFTs. Many of their achievements have been published at leading academic conferences and publication.

Panasonic is a leader in the technology development of large-sized screen, high-resolution OLED panels and utilises the cutting-edge “all printing method”, among other printing methods which have the advantage of being competitive for producing large-sized screens at a lower cost.

Panasonic owns the unique production and equipment technologies which enable the production of OLED panels through this method. Panasonic is also pursuing the future possibility of OLED panels, and is carrying out research and development of advancements in flexible OLED panels and aiming to develop large-sized, high quality sheet-type displays.

In parallel with the joint development of the next-generation technologies of the OLED panels and modules, Sony and Panasonic plan to continue to study collaboration in the mass production of OLED panels and modules. Also, each company plans to utilise its own strengths to develop and commercialise its own competitive, high-performance, next-generation OLED televisions and large-sized displays.

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