Samsung may have had a few problems up top, but luckily they don't seem to have assuaged its development teams one bit. According to Samsung's Woo-Jong Lee, 2009 is set to be the year that the company's active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) panel production will reach a viable point. Good news seeing as the only OLED TV currently on the market is Sony's XEL-1, and then only in Japan and America for insane prices, despite being smaller than an ultra-portable notebook screen.
Apparently Samsung is currently producing 1.5 million panels, but it expects that to reach three million in 2009 doubling again to six million in 2010. Three million panels is suggested to be the magic number at which economies of scale are reached and production costs become manageable.
Currently OLED panels are used only in small devices, such as the back of the Motarola U9. Come next year medium to large sized appliances, such as TVs and notebooks will see a greater uptake based on this improved production.
Unfortunately in reality we're no closer than before to knowing exactly when devices using the panels will be available to buy. Hopefully Samsung will be spurred on by Sony's rapid progress in production of OLED display's and get systems out ASAP.