JOLED Shows 55” IJP OLED at Finetech
December 10, 2018
JOLEDdemonstrated new OLED prototypes (including a 55" printed OLED TV) at Finetech Japanon December 5. They showed a 12.3" HD OLED and a 12.2" flexible (curved) Full-HD OLED. JOLED's latest investors, Denso and Toyoto Tsusho, are both helping the company with its entry into the automotive display market.
JOLED also showed three OLED monitors - a 21.6" FHD gaming "esports" monitor developed with Burning Core, a 21.6" 4K medical monitor (this is already a commercial product) a 21.6" 4K ASUS ProArt PQ22UC(which, should be be released soon) and a 27" 4K OLED prototype, a wall-hanging display targeted at smart home applications, a flexible 21.6" 4K monitor that is wrapped around a column, and a 21.6" 4K flexible OLED geared towards train/metro signage display. JOLED also demonstrated its first large-area OLED, a 55" 4K OLED display but it has no plans to produce large size OLEDs at this stage.
The Korean press reported that Samsung Displaydeveloped a 4K UHD OLED notebook panel costing only $50 to $60 more than an LCD with comparable resolution. Generic LCD notebook displays run between $29 and $32/unit (13.3” to 15.6”), however these tend to be FHD resolution. A 4K UHD panel (3840 x 2160) for a 15.6” LCD laptop panel would sell for roughly three times the generic price, while adding an additional $55 for the OLED version pushes the total to ~$150, or about 5x the generic price, but it should also be thinner and lighter than an equivalent LCD notebook panel. A typical 13.3” notebook panel has ~5 times the surface area of a 6” smartphone panel, so OLED notebook sales would be incremental to the OLED supply chain, and while the overall penetration of 4K OLED notebook panels should remain below 1% next year (under 2m units), any improvement in utilization rates at Samsung’s rigid OLED fabs would be welcome. Samsung has supplied lower resolution OLED notebook panels to HP, but 4K notebook panels would likely appeal to both gamers and graphic and video designers, with discussions said to be underway with HP, Dell, Lenovoand parent Samsung Electronics currently.as Samsung Display is very focused on filling rigid OLED capacity, which has seen utilization decline over the last 18 months.