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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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RE: Can't Wait That Long
By dagamer34 on 11/1/2009 9:03:40 AM , Rating: 2
Well, you have to think of a display technology that is better than OLED, then wait 10-20 years before it's actually mainstream. Might I remind you that LCD screens were used in some primitive ways back in the 80s (like the original Game Boy), and even the Game Boy Color had a color screen in 98, but I say it took 4-5 years (2002-2003) from that point to make that technology viable in a 32"+ LCD TV. And even then, I wouldn't say it was until last year that LCD TVs completely mopped the floor with ALL CRT technology in a store like walmart.

In fact, I'd say we haven't even hit the sweet spot of 32" LCD HDTVs being around $350-400. That's when prices will really drop to their lowest.

Now, if it took that long for LCD to hit mainstream, guess how long it'll take for OLED to reach that level.


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