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OLED HDTVs 40-inches and larger to be available in 2012

Many smaller electronic devices like high-end smartphones and PMPs are already coming with OLED screens. These screens consume less power than LCD counterparts making for longer run times. Another benefit is that an OLED panel tends to offer better colors than a comparable LCD.

LG has announced at the FPD International 2009 show in Yokohama City, Japan that it will be launching a new 15-inch OLED TV on the market by the end of 2009. The set reportedly will have a resolution of 1366 x 768 and a peak luminance of 450cd/m2. The panel will use a bottom emission type and is constructed of low-temperature polycrystal Si-TFTs crystallized by a high-temp process.

LG has plans beyond 15-inch OLED screens with 20-inch and larger panels coming in 2010, 30-inch and larger coming in 2011, and 40-inch and over panels in 2012. LG OLED marketing and sales VP Won Kim said, "Forty-inch and larger OLED panels will be fairly expensive in 2012, but they will be available in the market."

Consumers will have to wait until 2016 to see the price of OLED panels drop below the price of LCD panels. The reason is that a stable supply of large OLED panels at a low cost is unavailable today. Big challenges for OLED panels today include driver elements, organic EL materials, and the sealing process.

Kim said, "We will be able to use a low-temperature polycrystal silicon with the sixth-generation size glass substrate." He continued, "However, for 40-inch and larger panels, we have to use the eighth-generation size glass substrate. Therefore, we have to develop equipment that can deal with an SPC process at a temperature of more than 700°C."

According to LG, its OLED panels will use florescent materials until 2011 and then move to phosphorescent materials after 2012. When 2016 rolls around OLED panels will be 20-30% lower in material cost and have an equivalent yield to LCD panels today. In 2012, the OLED panel will have a 50% higher material cost and 30% lower yield than LCD panels.

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<--Cannot wait for OLED laptops!
By Shig on 10/30/2009 10:59:53 AM , Rating: 2
They are going to look so slick and be much thinner while consuming less power. LG hurry up with the sub 20" panel scaling!

RE: <--Cannot wait for OLED laptops!
By Mitch101 on 10/30/2009 12:18:27 PM , Rating: 1
Been waiting for OLED for a long time and just when you get impressed with OLED news and OLED doing 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratios LCD kicks back 8,000,000 to 1 contrast ratios and available today. Its dynamic but LCD is resilient sucker that by 2016 LCD might still be in the fight. OLED cant seem to move fast enough.

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RE: <--Cannot wait for OLED laptops!
By Jason H on 10/30/2009 3:50:10 PM , Rating: 2
Dynamic contrast is nothing but a marketing gimmick. It just changes the backlight level in response to the image, causing the brightness to fluctuate annoyingly.

One of the main benefits of OLED that it doesn't use a backlight at all, since the pixels make their own light, giving it a perfect black level. Finally, you'll be able to turn down the lights and still have black areas of the screen look really black, and not just gray.

By Jeffk464 on 10/30/2009 4:56:12 PM , Rating: 2
You know by then there is going to be something better then OLED that you are going to have to wait for. :)

By Omega215D on 10/31/2009 1:07:36 AM , Rating: 2
Check out the ZuneHD, Cowon S9 or Samsung Rogue to experience the black levels of AMOLED (Active Matrix). Sure it may consume more power than regular OLED but not much.

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