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CMEL unveils 1mm-thin OLED TV

Techradar.com: Chi Mei EL (CMEL) has decided the time is right to show off its efforts in OLED TV production with a 25-inch screen that’s just 1mm thick.

Apparently drawing large crowds at Flat Panel Display International in Japan according to the NY Times, CMEL’s effort is the largest it has shown so far at this thickness.

It has previously displayed OLED screens with a 3mm thickness, the same as Sony’s consumer XEL-1 OLED TV, but this 25-inch panel was apparently made possible using new production techniques.

CMEL’s effort has a WXGA screen resolution, of 1,366×768, which is near-HD quality, as well as all the usual OLED benefits of low image blur and low power consumption.

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Report: Sony to Sell OLED TV in Europe in 2009

PC World: Sony will expand sales of its 11-inch OLED television to Europe in 2009, according to a Japanese press report.

Detailed launch plans for the TV, which went on sale in Japan in December 2007 and in the U.S. in January 2008, including its price are yet to be determined, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported in its Wednesday morning edition.

OLED is an emerging flat-panel display technology that uses an organic material in the pixels that emits its own light, so a backlight isn’t needed. That helps make the displays thinner and much less power-hungry.

Sony didn’t confirm the report but said the XEL-1 television has received a positive reception from consumers in Japan and so an expansion of sales into other markets is being considered.

Should Sony decide to launch the set in Europe the announcement could come as soon as the IFA trade show, which begins on Aug. 29 in Berlin and is Europe’s largest consumer electronics show.

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Panasonic denies OLED TV production rumors

Electronista: Panasonic will not bring a 37-inch OLED TV to market by 2011 as reported last week, according to the company. Panasonic executives are instead hinting its OLED TVs will be sold to consumers closer to 2015, although they are officially keeping tight-lipped about specific timelines, saying only that research and development is ongoing in Japan.

Recent reports have Panasonic mass-producing OLED panels at the Himeji production facility of its subsidiary IPS Alpha, which is slated to open at the beginning of 2010. The manufacturers’ latest response to the rumors has at least confirmed that the Himeji facility will eventually produce OLED panels.

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Panasonic Eyes 37-inch OLED TV

PC World: Panasonic is moving toward commercialization of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels and plans to put TVs with 37-inch OLED screens on sale in the next three years, according to a Japanese newspaper report.

The panels will be produced on new production lines that will be installed at the factory of IPS Alpha, a display-panel-manufacturing joint venture owned by Panasonic and Hitachi, the Sankei Shimbun reported Tuesday. Responding to the report, Panasonic said it was working on OLED technology but did not yet have any plans to start production.

OLED is an emerging flat-panel display technology that uses an organic material in the pixels that emits its own light, so a backlight isn’t needed. That helps make the displays thinner and much less power-hungry. OLED screens also handle fast-moving images better and offer richer color reproduction than current LCDs (liquid crystal displays) and PDPs (plasma display panels).

Sony launched the OLED TV market late last year when it began selling the 11-inch XEL-1 TV in Japan. The TV has won almost unanimous praise for its picture quality and size (it’s just 3 millimeters thick) but it is expensive. Prices are expected to fall over time as manufacturing lines are improved and volumes increase.

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Sony to accelerate production of larger OLED TVs by year’s end

Wired: According to a Sony report straight from its Japan headquarters, its young OLED TV-display production unit will be funded with a $210-million (€130 million) investment in larger screens (over 16-inches at least) and will ramp-up by the end of 2008. This will put it in place for a full-line release of TVs in late 2009 or early 2010. Sony was the first manufacturer to launch a legitimate (if very expensive) OLED TV option, the XEL-1, late last year.

But Sony isn’t alone in testing out its OLED chops. Among a few others, Samsung is on record with their testing of their own OLED blend and has promised a few of these sets within the next two years.

As we’ve noted before, OLED sets are brighter, generate light organically and are more efficient than LCDs and Plasmas. (They are also more expensive to make.) Not only that, but several companies are studying prototypes of flexible OLEDs (as seen above), that could revolutionize the shape of your TV.

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LG to mass-produce 32in OLED TVs by 2011

The Register: Sony may have already produced some dinky OLED panels, but LG Display has become the latest manufacturer to details its timeline for the mass-production of larger OLED displays.

According to a report by DigiTimes, LG is aimed to punch out 32in (81cm) OLED TVs in volume in 2011.

LG’s investment will have to be pretty hefty though, because the company will have several other TV heavyweights close behind it. Sony may have already produced the famous 11in, 3mm-thick XEL-1 OLED TV, but the electronics giant has already committed itself to spending €140m on production of “middle- and large-size OLED panel production technology” from April 2009.

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Sony to spend more than €135m on OLED TV tech

Electronista: Sony will spend roughly €135 million on developing technology to build medium to large Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panels for use in TVs and monitors, the company announced today. While Sony already has an OLED TV on the market that exemplifies the ultra-thin design of OLEDs at 3mm (0.12in) thick, the XEL-1, its display measures just 11 inches across and is priced out of most hands at about €1700 in the US.

While no details of future sets have been unveiled, this announcement is believed to be key to Sony replacing its current LCD TV offerings with the new OLED screens, which consume less power while simultaneously offering the slimmer profile and improved color accuracy inherent to the technology. Fellow OLED rivals such as Samsung have not revealed their own spending efforts.


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Survey: 16.4% shows interest in purchasing OLED TV

Tech On: MyVoice Communications Inc has announced results of its survey primarily on consumers’ interest in purchasing a slim TV. The company conducted this survey via the Internet from Nov 1 to 5, 2007 and received responses from 19,700 people.

In 2007, the industry’s first OLED TV, Sony Corp’s “XEL-1,” emerged on the market. Asked if you are attracted to OLED TVs, 57.5% of all respondents in this survey answered yes, including 16.4% respondents considering purchasing one.

According to the survey, respondents that already have a thin-panel TV accounted for 37%. By technology, LCD, PDP and rear projector TVs constituted 31.3, 6.4 and 0.5% of them, respectively, with LCD TVs winning majority.

Asked about future plans to purchase a slim TV, 25.8% of the respondents said they are planning to buy one within the next three years. Breakdowns were 5.1% “in about 6 months,” 7.8% “in about a year” and 12.9% “in about 2 to 3 years.”

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Sony to launch ultra-thin OLED TV in december

CNet: Sony will launch an ultra-thin flat TV based on the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology on December 1 in Japan, bringing a new contender to a market dominated by LCD and plasma TVs. It will be the world’s first OLED TV, the company said on Monday.

Sony, the world’s No.2 liquid crystal display (LCD) TV maker behind Samsung Electronics, expects an 11-inch OLED TV with a thickness of 3 millimeters to sell for $1.740 (approx. 1.223 Euro).

OLED panels are energy efficient, make thin and light displays, offer crisp pictures and have strength in showing fast-moving images, suitable for watching sports events.

But it is technologically difficult at the moment to make larger panels, a factor that limits the appeal of the otherwise promising next-generation television.

“I don’t think OLED TVs will replace LCD TVs overnight. But I do believe this is a type of technology with very high potential, something that will come after LCD TVs,” Sony Executive Deputy President Katsumi Ihara told a news conference”.

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Sony will fail to deliver OLED TV says Samsung

AV Zombie: Samsung has stated that it does not believe Sony will be able to deliver on its promise to begin consumer sales of OLED screens this year.

Sony has caused rivals to accelerate thier plans for OLED screen development, after pledging that it will begin sales of eleven-inch monitors before the end of the year.

Organic Light Emitting Diode technology allows high resolution displays to be created from wafer-thin panels. As OLED screens are self-illuminating there is no need for an LCD-style backlight.

Yoo Eui-jin, vice president and chief of Samsung SDI’s OLED team, said “I hope Sony will really do it, but considering circumstances, I doubt they will be able to start selling it this year. Maybe it would be possible for them to make a hundred or a thousand units as artifacts, but no more than that.”

Samsung is currently pushing ahead with plans to introduce AM (Active Matrix) OLED screens for mobile phones and portable devices, rather than TV.

Sasmung SDI claims to have developed the world’s thinnest 2.2-inch AM-OLED. Measuring just 0.53 millimeters thick, the company says that it is lighter, brighter and more energy-efficient than LCD. Mass-production of the tiny panel is expected to begin this summer.

However, for OLED to really move forward, panel makers have to improve yield efficiency. Samsung admits that only four out of ten AM-OLED panels are currently suitable for use.


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