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LG Producing 32in OLED TVs in 2012


LG Producing 32in OLED TVs in 2012

LG isn't doing to badly on the OLED front. As well as having a 15in OLED TV coming in December, all going according to plan, the company should be producing 32in panels in 2012.

According to CEO, Kwon Young Soo, who one would have thought should be pretty clued up on LG's plans, "we plan to produce 32in OLED panels for TVs in 2012" adding that "The commercial success of OLEDs hinges on how it shows its superiority compared to LCD technologies." Okay, so we'd like to see OLED TVs of a living-room friendly size - 11in and 15in doesn't quite cut the mustard -available sooner than that, but at least we know they're coming.

Hopefully by that point the panel manufacturing process will be cheap enough to make TVs using them affordable to a larger audience that the likes of Sony's XEL-1 appeals to. According to LG producing larger panels is preferable to smaller ones as "the larger the display, the more efficient the OLED technology." Hopefully that efficiency relates to the production of such panels, as well as their performance.

We'll get to find out in, well, three years give or take.


Via OLED Display.

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July 20, 2009, 10:18 pm

@TV, no, you are incorrect. OLED do not even have a backlight. Read here for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

or here: http://www.oled-display.net/ol...


July 20, 2009, 11:53 pm

Why does OLED always feel like its still two years away? <sigh>

@TV wrong mate - just sooo wrong!


July 21, 2009, 3:15 am

@TV - that made me chortle, the irony of your moniker coupled with your untapped knowledge on Organic LED screens:)


July 21, 2009, 3:04 pm

Do you know the fun part, your trust in wiki - OLED 'is' the new backlight, instead of the 'usual' strips of light behind an LCD panel OLED are bulbs situated around the edge of the screen thus illuminating the panel, and I QUOTE the rest of the technology is the same as LCD. Sorry, i just build em saddo's.

Jay Werfalli

July 21, 2009, 4:25 pm

@TV - I'm afraid you're confusing LED backlit screens with OLED screens. The biggest difference is that the former is transmissive (i.e. the LEDs generate the 'usually' constant light source, either from the back or the side, which is then selectively passed through the colour filters of an LCD to make the picture). The latter, however, is emissive (the coloured light is generated directly from the OLED layers with each sub-pixel individually lit and controlled by its own light source).

The two technologies are only similar in that both display types will (unless it's a passive OLED display) use an active matrix TFT layer to route and control the power to each sub-pixel - that's why some OLED displays are also called 'AM-OLED' displays.

Some of the advantages of an OLED display are: Excellent viewing angles because the light is emissive by nature. Good contrast and colour fidelity because the light output of each pixel can be controlled. Low power consumption. And of course a thin design because there is no need for a separate light source at the rear or the side.

OLED displays are, by design, quite simple too, which has enabled some manufacturers to construct fancy evenly-lit 'flexible' OLED displays - its not exactly practical to make a flexible display with a light source that's fixed in-situ like those found in conventional LCDs and LED backlit LCDs.

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