Monday, June 25th 2012

Sony and Panasonic to Collaborate on the Joint Development of Next Gen. OLED Panels

Sony Corporation ("Sony") and Panasonic Corporation ("Panasonic") today announced that they have signed an agreement regarding the joint development of next-generation OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels and modules for TVs and large-sized displays.

Sony and Panasonic plan to jointly develop next-generation OLED panels and modules by each utilizing their core and printing technologies. They plan to jointly develop printing method-based next-generation OLED technology, which will be suitable for low-cost mass production of large, high resolution OLED panels and modules. Sony and Panasonic aim to establish mass-production technology during 2013, by integrating their unique technologies to improve the overall efficiency of development.

Sony launched the world's first OLED TV in 2007 with its 11-inch model. Sony also released a 25-inch professional OLED monitor in 2011, and continued to develop products and mass-produce OLED displays utilizing deposition technologies. Further, Sony has actively promoted the research and development of next-generation OLED technologies such as hybrid OLED element devices and processing (manufacturing) technologies that combine deposition and printing methods, thin film transistor (TFT) drivers such as oxide TFTs, and flexible organic TFTs, and has presented its development results at academic conferences.

Panasonic is a leader in the technology development of large-sized screen, high-resolution OLED panels and utilizes the cutting-edge "all printing method", among other printing methods which have the advantage of being competitive for producing large-sized screens at a lower cost. Panasonic owns the unique production and equipment technologies which enable the production of OLED panels through this method. Panasonic is also pursuing the future possibility of OLED panels, and is carrying out research and development of advancements in flexible OLED panels and aiming to develop large-sized, high quality sheet-type displays.

In parallel with the joint development of the next-generation technologies of the OLED panels and modules, Sony and Panasonic plan to continue to study collaboration in the mass production of OLED panels and modules. Also, each company plans to utilize its own strengths to develop and commercialize its own competitive, high-performance, next-generation OLED televisions and large-sized displays.
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21 Comments on Sony and Panasonic to Collaborate on the Joint Development of Next Gen. OLED Panels

#1
ZoneDymo
Yes please, OLED and Laser, the sooner the better.
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#3
seronx
Can't wait!

OLEDs 120/240Hz monitors here we come also don't forget our microsecond response times!
ms<--millisecond > µs<--microsecond
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#4
theJesus
Hmm, so I guess I should buy a cheap TV now for my new apartment, since I'll be replacing it next year anyways :laugh:
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#5
BumbleBee
don't expect to own one anytime soon.
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#6
theJesus
by: BumbleBee
don't expect to own one anytime soon.
by: btarunr
Sony and Panasonic aim to establish mass-production technology during 2013
You're probably right though. Won't see "affordable" ones 'til 2015 is my guess.
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#7
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: theJesus
You're probably right though. Won't see "affordable" ones 'til 2015 is my guess.
I'm expecting it to trend the same way that conventional LCD CCFL and LED panels did. It will make current panels cheaper in the short term though.
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#8
RejZoR
Actual LED displays would be nice. i don't mean LED backlight, i'm talking about actual LED subpixels where each pixel consists of a red, blue, green and white subpixel. This way you can achieve astronomical brightness, very deep black, incredible response times. Only problem is stuffing 4 tiny LED's into such small space.
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#9
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: RejZoR
Actual LED displays would be nice. i don't mean LED backlight, i'm talking about actual LED subpixels where each pixel consists of a red, blue, green and white subpixel. This way you can achieve astronomical brightness, very deep black, incredible response times. Only problem is stuffing 4 tiny LED's into such small space.
This is why I got a plasma display for my TV. Contrast and response times are very sexy however power consumption is not. First time I turned it on I was blown away how bright parts of the screen got while others stayed pitch black. :)
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#10
RejZoR
Power consumption and weight. I was assembling 50 inch plasma the other day in a shop and it was friggin heavy to lift from the ground. Especially since it's so big you can't really get a good grip on it.
And what i hate about plasma's and some LCD's, reflective (glossy) screen. You need pitch dark room in order to comfortably watch stuff on them. As soon as you get some light in all you'll see will be you sitting on a chair or sofa and the rest of the living room... Sure colors are slightly beter because of that but man it sucks if it's sunny and you can't dim the room properly...
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#11
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: RejZoR
Power consumption and weight. I was assembling 50 inch plasma the other day in a shop and it was friggin heavy to lift from the ground. Especially since it's so big you can't really get a good grip on it.
And what i hate about plasma's and some LCD's, reflective (glossy) screen. You need pitch dark room in order to comfortably watch stuff on them. As soon as you get some light in all you'll see will be you sitting on a chair or sofa and the rest of the living room... Sure colors are slightly beter because of that but man it sucks if it's sunny and you can't dim the room properly...
Mine isn't glossy, but you're right, they get heavy real quick which is part of the reason I got a 42" and not a bigger one. Plus it wouldn't have fit into my car at the time if it was any larger. :p
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#12
Sasqui
Weird, I thought Sony had sold off it's OLED division.
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#13
Ravenas
If one thing can be said about this is that: Sony better not F this thing up...

Sony is on the edge of bankruptcy, every move they make from here on out is going to be under extreme pressure.

I love Sony products, but they need to get back to what made them successful.
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#14
BumbleBee
by: theJesus
You're probably right though. Won't see "affordable" ones 'til 2015 is my guess.
I think G1 OLED televisions will be flagship models and cost no less than $4000.
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#15
theJesus
by: BumbleBee
I think G1 OLED televisions will be flagship models and cost no less than $4000.
I can afford that. Probably shouldn't though :laugh:
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#16
Prima.Vera
TVs are dead or at most overrated. I can watch TV now on my mobile, or better, connect my ultra small USB TV adapter to any PC or laptop and that's it.
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#17
BumbleBee
my Plasma outperforms most televisions on the market and all monitors on the market. if I had to choose between watching a movie on a smart phone or PC I would choose neither.
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#18
robn
by: RejZoR
Actual LED displays would be nice. i don't mean LED backlight, i'm talking about actual LED subpixels where each pixel consists of a red, blue, green and white subpixel. This way you can achieve astronomical brightness, very deep black, incredible response times. Only problem is stuffing 4 tiny LED's into such small space.
That is OLED essentially.

The clever solution as mentioned in the article is that the LEDs are 'printed' onto a sheet instead of being millions of discreet components.
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#19
Yo_Wattup
by: RejZoR
Actual LED displays would be nice. i don't mean LED backlight, i'm talking about actual LED subpixels where each pixel consists of a red, blue, green and white subpixel. This way you can achieve astronomical brightness, very deep black, incredible response times. Only problem is stuffing 4 tiny LED's into such small space.
Errrm... thats what we're talking about....
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#20
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
by: BumbleBee
my Plasma outperforms most televisions on the market and all monitors on the market. if I had to choose between watching a movie on a smart phone or PC I would choose neither.
Touchè! I love the quality of my Plasma. Blows my displays and my mobile devices out of the water. There is something to be said for Plasma, despite burn-in which has become less of an issue. Don't get me wrong though, Plasma still has plenty of drawbacks that OLED will compete with very well, but the smoothness and contrast of a picture on a Plasma using deep color will just blow your mind.
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#21
BumbleBee
I don't know much about OLED. I read the wikipedia entry and looked at some photos like everybody else.
Plasma displays are highly susceptible to burn-in, while LCD-type displays are generally less so. Because of the more rapid luminance degradation of current organic compounds used in OLED-type displays, OLED is even more susceptible to burn-in than plasma.[citation needed] In addition, the wide variation in luminance degradation with OLED [1] will cause noticeable color drift over time (where one of the red-green-blue colors becomes more prominent).
In the case of LCDs, the mechanics of burn-in are different than plasma and OLED, which develop burn-in from luminance degradation of the light-emitting pixels. For LCDs, burn-in develops in some cases because pixels permanently lose their ability to return to their relaxed state after a continued static usage profile. In more typical usage profiles this image persistence in LCD is only transient.
Both plasma-type and LCD-type displays exhibit a similar phenomenon called transient image persistence, which is sometimes confused with screen burn but is not permanent. In the case of plasma-type displays transient image persistence is caused by charge build-up in the pixel cells (not cumulative luminance degradation as with burn-in), which can be seen sometimes when a bright image that was set against a dark background is replaced by a dark background only; this image retention is usually released once a typical-brightness image is displayed and does not inhibit the display's typical viewing image quality.
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