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Samsung is about to announce the world's first mass produced AMOLED display to have touch sensors built in.  (Source: OLED Display)
The pace of adoption for this promising new technology quickens

Did you fall in love with the Nexus One's brilliant AMOLED screen? It's easy to see why you might -- the active matrix organic light emitting diode screens features lower power consumption, lower cost, and superior image/color quality to traditional TFT LCD screens found in other smartphones such as the Blackberry or the iPhone.

Now Samsung is looking to push more AMOLED smartphones onto the market with a superior iteration of the technology.  Photos have leaked of the company's new mass produced 3.3-inch AMOLED displays.  While these displays are slightly diminutive when compared to the 3.7-inch Nexus One AMOLED display, they are the first mass-produced AMOLED displays to directly incorporate touch into the screen (Google's phone uses a separate capacitive layer).

The new displays feature .001mm thin touch sensors on-cell sandwiched between the panel's substrate and the bottom polarizer film.  That means you no longer need the bulky layer on top of the screen.  It could be eliminated altogether, or, more likely, replaced with a more robust protective layer.

Samsung's AMOLED panel is five times as bright as a comparable LCD TFT panel, and it performs 20 percent better under sunlight.  

The company is expected to formally announce new AMOLED products at the 2010 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  The new screens are reportedly codenamed "Super AM OLED panel".

Not to be outdone, LG Display, Samsung's big display rival, is cooking up AMOLED displays of its own.  Describes a spokesperson in an interview with 
The Korea Times, "LG Display will put more focus on AM OLED panels due to higher consumer appetite for advanced products."





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RE: Here's hoping
By amanojaku on 2/8/2010 4:00:45 PM , Rating: 2
You think we'll be buying 46" $1,000 AMOLED TVs in five years? FIVE? Today you can only get ONE OLED TV: an 11" Sony XEL-1 for $2,500. It's been out for two years and hasn't seen a competitor, replacement or price drop larger than $300. In 10 years we should be lucky if we can buy a 46" OLED PERIOD. There's too much wrong with OLED at the moment, and the worst of it is the limited lifespan.


RE: Here's hoping
By plewis00 on 2/8/2010 7:49:00 PM , Rating: 3
No, I just think you're narrow-minded and foolish. I'm not saying we will be able to buy these TVs in five-years, I'm just saying technology advances a lot in five-years and it totally wouldn't surprise me. I'm nearly 100% certain you didn't predict plasma flatscreens would be on their way out by 2010 back in 2000 either but I'm sure if I'd said it you'd be screaming and writing pointless tautologies in capitals and bold to get your weak point across. All it will take is a breakthrough in the next 1-2 years and everything changes.

But yes, I am sure, you (some random nobody) probably knows more than Samsung and LG combined and they will never work round this 'too much wrong with OLED' problem, in just the same way the processor manufacturers never got round what they thought was a minimum threshold node construction size for CPUs (they said 65nm was the limit - or something like that).

P.S. 'limited lifespan'? Didn't everyone say this about plasma screens? Didn't stop people buying them did it? Not even the astronomical power consumption, heat or weight put people off.


RE: Here's hoping
By plewis00 on 2/8/2010 7:55:15 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe this will make you reconsider your stance:

http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/kit-eaton/technomi...

And:

http://www.hdtvinfo.eu/news/hdtv-articles/40-inch-...

Probably all just hype though...


RE: Here's hoping
By dagamer34 on 2/8/2010 11:28:52 PM , Rating: 3
Actually LG has a 15" OLED TV for $2600. It's important to note that the price drop for tech like this is NOT linear, but geometric (like a half-pipe). Technology doesn't become mass market for a LONG time after it's introduced. And because of the fact that OLED has more theoretical uses, can be bent, generates it's own light, more power efficient, brighter and is conceptually simpler to build than LCD screens, once OLED starts hitting cheaper and cheaper prices, it's going to accelerate rapidly to the bottom.


RE: Here's hoping
By Captain Orgazmo on 2/12/2010 12:50:45 AM , Rating: 2
In December I had a conversation with an LG rep who said they should have full size OLEDs for sale by 2011, latest (aiming for winter 2010 release), and current technology yields OLEDs with a brightess half-life of 30,000 to 50,000 hrs. The first plasma displays had lower useful lifespans.


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