Sony shows off flexible 9.9" OLED panel

Sony shows off flexible 9.9
Lovers of all things mobile know about the big conferences – the CESes and MWCs of the world – but sometimes you find important technological breakthroughs at less mobile-oriented meetings. As an example, the Society for Information Display (SID) had their annual Display Week last week, and all of the major consumer electronic companies were showing off their latest display breath throughs. With an eye on the future, Sony was talking up a new flexible 9.9 inch OLED display that may make it into the tablets of the future.

TV fans may remember that Sony was the first company to bring an OLED set to market, but the prices were exorbitant and production runs were limited (which was fine, because for $2,500 for an 11” TV very few people were buying them). Since then Sony has largely had to watch Samsung and LG leap ahead on being able to ship mass quantities of OLED displays. Sony's new tablet-sized display isn’t terribly exciting in terms of resolution – at 960 x 540 the display musters a mere 111 pixels per inch. What is really special about this panel for Sony is that it's made using a common glass substrate-based manufacturing process already used for other displays (except that the glass is removed at the end). Being able to use a common manufacturing process solves the biggest problems – price and volume (which are directly linked).

We expect higher resolution to come as Sony perfects their manufacturing technique. If they do, they’ll end up with a tablet-sized panel that is flexible (if desired), can be manufactured at scale, and like other OLED panels will have ridiculously good contrast and sip electricity at a much lower rate than LCDs and AMOLEDs. And it will add more competition to the companies already supplying OLED panels for mobile devices. That’s something we can all get excited about.

source: Tech-On! via geek.com

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23 Comments

1. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

so is anyone going to accuse Sony of stealing OLED tech now just like they did for LG? this is even though the articles for both companies stated otherwise (Sony: first OLED TV ---> released in 2004. LG: uses a different method of making OLED screens)

5. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Well - they might. Fanboys get pretty crazy at times :P

19. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

ditto

9. ApphoIe

Posts: 78; Member since: May 31, 2012

I'm sure apple will try to find some way to patent it, even though they had f*ck all to do with it's development.

2. destr0y3r

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Samsung stole the tech from pioneers like Sony/ Hitachi/ Panasonic/ Sharp.

3. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Sony actually invented OLED tech if I remember right but they didn't put time into it. I don't know how Samsung beat them on the OLED race but I think its a little to late to play catch up. Just get an ultra high powered LCD and place a polarizing layer on it that blocks the the smoky tones of LCD backlights. Sony has did that with the Xperia S already and the results were black levels that seemed just as good as OLED.

6. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Kodak can be considered as the original inverters although most of the work comes from university projects. Kodak, DuPont, General Electric & Phillips have major patents. All the companies are paying royalty for each display to Kodak. Now Kodak oled section belongs to LG. First OLED by Kodak 1979. First commercial product 1999

8. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

lol ! are you serious? Xperia S show good black levels? not even close! i don't know about you but they are nowhere close to be at least an acceptable black level

13. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Before mine had broke the blacks were inky. Now the blacks are fool on grey and the whites are a deep yellow. I don't know how it broke but it did....Viewing angles on the other hand are just miserable.

4. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Sony way ahead of Samsung in the AMOLED market. Sony released Clie with amoled in 2004, amoled TV (X1) in 2007.

11. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

lol - true. Yet some moron (down below) claimed Samsung pioneered amoled market. Samsung is a factory/company that's been churning out slavish copies since it was founded. Innovation and market share mean the same thing in some morons' dictionary.

20. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

and that's all Samsung is gona be! a slavish copier!

7. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Sony didn't actually 'invent' OLED, they were just the first to utilise it and actually make a TV out of it (see Wikipedia). If anyone is ahead of or leading the OLED market it's Samsung due to their marketing schemes with Super AMOLED. Most tech-savvy people will associate OLED with Samsung. They are also more likely to be leading the OLED TV market because of their popularity and are known for their televisions.

10. dmn666

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

LMFAO - most tech-savvy ? or the most ignorant fanboys? Sony released amoled on mobile products in 2004 and Samsung did that in 2009. TVwise, it's the same story - 2007 (Sony) vs 2012 (LG/Samsung). Sharp and Sony TVs beat any of those crappy TVs Samsung ever made. Don't consider yourself very tech-savvy if you're unwilling to accept the fact.

18. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

I'm being called an ignorant fan boy just because I said said Samsung is popular? bloody hell I'm not even a samsung fan boy

21. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

Samsung is associated most with OLED because that is the primary display they use for their phones! and tom d**k and harry would associate Samsung with OLED bcos of that! LG mainly uses IPS LCDs and Sony uses the regular LCDS with their bravia tech mainly. any tech savvy person will know that. your definition of ''tech savvy'' seems more to be like ''tech ignorant''

23. pkiran1996

Posts: 166; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

Ok, that was a very stupid comment :/

12. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Only 111 ppi? -uses it as tv-

22. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

yes yes you are just so hilarious. really. im pissing myself. *sacarsm*

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

SONY NEEDS TO PUT THEIR OLED SCREENS on their Xperia phones. my guess will be 2013. And I hope Sony learn their lesson that their expensive 11" OLED TV screen was a mistake. they should of put 32"-50" OLED TV's then it WILL SELL. I just hope SONY WILL MAKE A OLED SCREEN on their phones in near future

15. romeo1

Posts: 807; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Don't think sony made a mistake making the 11" OLED. It was only made to show off their technology. but who wants an oled anyway? if they don't improve the blue leds its useles.

17. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I'm with you as well. Bigger OLED tvs in 2007 would have costed around ~ $10K. Actually that's the price of the big OLED tvs LG is gonna make this year. They won't succeed too, right? Over saturation would be a big issue too. It looks good on cell phones but on TV realistic color production is a more important metric - I think.

16. schecter7

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I'm with you. It's getting really annoying to watch what Sony's been doing lately. They were able to put OLEDs on their walkmans not too long ago. I don't know what happened after that. I read somewhere that Sony & Panasonic will be partnering with AU to make OLEDs. Hope that'll help them lower the cost.

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