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Samsung 31-inch OLED screen prototype to be displayed at CES 2008

OLED panels are the next big thing when it comes to TVs and other consumer electronics from cameras to cell phones. The OLED screen promises more compact dimensions, less power consumption and brighter images.

Small OLED screens are currently found on some cell phones and LCD TV makers are looking for larger OLED screens to use in HDTVs. Reuters reports that Samsung recently unveiled a 31-inch active-matrix OLED screen. Samsung says it will have a 31-inch OLED prototype TV on display at CES 2008 in January.

Samsung declined to comment on the commercial availability of TVs using the 31-inch OLED panel stating that the panel being available for retail purchase would depend on TV makers’ plans. With the very high cost of the Sony XEL-1, the first commercially available OLED TV retailing for over $1,700 USD, the price for a 31-inch Samsung panel equipped OLED TV is a frightening thought for many. Samsung didn’t comment on potential pricing for TVs using its 31-inch OLED panel.

Samsung says its new 31-inch OLED panel is only 4.3mm thick and uses less than half the power required of a typical 32-inch TV. The panel’s lifespan is 35,000 hours, which is the best lifespan of existing AM-OLED panels.

Exactly how many of the panels Samsung will be able to produce is unknown. Sony is limited to 2,000 of its XEL-1 11-inch OLED TVs per month because of production limits for the OLED panels.

Toshiba announced in December of 2007 that it would not be bringing its similarly sized OLED panel to market citing production cost concerns.



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RE: Interesting!!!
By 16nm on 12/31/2007 10:29:18 AM , Rating: 2
You make a good point, but let's be honest. (And this is not certainly directed at you, zpdixon) Do you really believe those manufacturer ratings? Let's say you replace your array of Seagate drives (w/ 5 year warranty) every year. Now, do you really believe that you will see 1,400,000 hours with only one failure? Mind you, that's 150 years with only one failure. If you believe those figures then I have a bridge to sell you. You would see hundreds of failures before you died of old age. So what good are these MTBF ratings that manufacturers give us? Absolutely nothing, just like the rating on this screen. Point is these manufacturers can claim pretty much anything and get away with it. If you believe these screens will last 35,000 hours than you are being naive.

I think the only reasonable thing we, the consumer, can do is to compare it to the equally bogus manufacturing ratings of LCD screens. That's not perfect, but what other choice is there? We can expect this screen to last a sixth of what a typical LCD screen does, and that's not long!


RE: Interesting!!!
By SilthDraeth on 1/2/2008 10:27:55 AM , Rating: 2
The problem with your theory is you are taking one person's findings based on the limited number of drives they purchase.

If you split that up into the millions of drives manufactured and sold, and the failure from all of those, the MTBF rating is probably accurate.


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