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OLED TVs come closer to production reality

Written by Dave Horvath @ 12 Mar 2008 16:38 User comments (14)

OLED TVs come closer to production reality Once touted as a bright spot in the future of display panels in the television industry, OLED technology has often been found to promise quite a bit yet produce very little. No one quite knew that developing the next generation of display would take so long to produce. The idea that it was based upon of having a flexible and durable screen has remained a very tantalizing feature that has just been out of reach until now.
A partnership with ECD (Energy Conversion Devices) and a government grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, General Electric has produced the first OLED roll-to-roll manufacturing technology.

One of the drawbacks for existing OLED screens are production costs, by putting them through what GE refers to as "conventional batch processes". This new roll-to-roll manufacturing technology would enable them to produce OLED panels much like a newspaper prints circulars.

"Researchers have long dreamed of making OLEDs using a newspaper-printing like roll-to-roll process," said Anil Duggal, manager of GEs Advanced Technology Program in Organic Electronics. "Now weve shown that it is possible. Commercial applications in lighting require low manufacturing costs, and this demonstration is a major milestone on our way to developing low cost OLED lighting devices."

Although its still a few years away from Widescreen deployment like current generation plasma and LCD displays, this type of advancement in production spells great things for supporters of OLED. Recent developments have pushed several manufacturers away from OLED in favor of LCD, but this new development could bring some life back into the development cycle.

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14 user comments

112.3.2008 17:33

But there's still the fact that OLED lifespan is only 5000 hours, where LCD's last over ten times longer.

212.3.2008 17:45

We're boycotting all GE products because of their direct link to terrorists, so we hope someone else makes another production technology.

I didn't know that LCD's lifespan was a whopping 10 times longer. Reading that and seeing GE's involvement in OLED, convinces me that we should buy the best LCD TV instead of waiting.

312.3.2008 18:13
tripplite
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We're boycotting all GE products because of their direct link to terrorists, so we hope someone else makes another production technology.

I didn't know that LCD's lifespan was a whopping 10 times longer. Reading that and seeing GE's involvement in OLED, convinces me that we should buy the best LCD TV instead of waiting.

just because a terrorist uses a GE product doesn't mean they support him, GE is based all around the world...its inevitable for them....although im not moving from my plasma any time soon:P or DLP id still like to see how this develops...it sound interesting:D

412.3.2008 18:21

I didn't say it was to quote you but not me "because a terrorist uses a GE product", did I?

512.3.2008 18:36
OzMick
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GE is a bit of an Evilcorp from what I've seen... Might have a nice face with their consumer products, but their GE Money division is ruthless and unscrupulous and they have been (and possibly still are) heavily involved in landmine production.

612.3.2008 19:35

yes we all know how evil GE can be in their decisions... I actually live bout 20 minutes away from one of their old factories... its turned into a major lawsuit issues due to the PCB's they dumped... but you also have to look at it from their standpoint, money controls the world... they're willing to make whatever is needed bring in money...

712.3.2008 21:08

you guys need to stop posting bull ,go outside & smell the air instead of posting nonesense

812.3.2008 22:07

Nice to see most of you don't spend all day in the bathroom. There's so many on these forums that inject their teeny-bopper comments, that so many others don't bother anymore with these forums - just the guides and the newsletter.

GE has a lot of negative business practices that the general public is not aware of (you are it's nice to see) but one of the most objectionable things is that GE does business with the Bin Laden family.

I don't care that I've bought fridges, light-bulbs, telephones and god-knows what else from this company. It stops now.
When I hear that they have severed all their business relationahips with terrorists in the middle east, I MIGHT consider buying a GE related product again.

913.3.2008 10:19

Originally posted by arcanix:
But there's still the fact that OLED lifespan is only 5000 hours, where LCD's last over ten times longer.

Earlier OLED televisions have been rated to approximately 30,000 hours of life, or 8 hours per day for 10 years, Toshiba found a way to double that. See related articles under post.

1013.3.2008 16:24

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"Researchers have long dreamed of making OLEDs using a newspaper-printing like roll-to-roll process,"
If they can do this we will be able to buy Oled TV's cheaper than a CD.

1113.3.2008 16:55
foxrider
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"Researchers have long dreamed of making OLEDs using a newspaper-printing like roll-to-roll process,"
If they can do this we will be able to buy Oled TV's cheaper than a CD.
that would be awesome.. 1,000,000:1 for $15.. ya right lol

1213.3.2008 18:07

Why? the? hell? would? i? buy? digital? toilet? Paper?

thats really grate tell me how the heck this is suppossed to be implemented, the only thing im pulling otta my blank head is digital roadside bulliton boards. and bus Advertizments.
why would us average individuals have any use for this, and the goverment has already had the technology for years.

heres a little bit of info. GE has there products in over 65% of Bomber and Multi-Roll Fighting Aircraft in the UN country's Alone. 35% in Tanks and about 20% in A2A & G2A missils.

So yes there in a goverment bond.

do they support Terrorists. thats if you consider the 747 Boing passenger plan as a Weapon.

1313.3.2008 21:04

Ok, granted that OLED has a relatively short lifespan at present, but that is sure to increase as time improves. The fact remains though that we are now living in a disposable technology world, where we care more about quality now than whether it'll still be as good in ten years time. After all, the technology will probably become obsolete within that sort of timeframe anyway.

What draws me to OLED is the picture quality and refresh times. It's way better than LCD, CRT or even plasma for that matter (They consume less power too). The only other alternative similar in benefits is laser, but I got my money riding on OLED to be the next big thing.

1414.3.2008 21:35

Originally posted by OzMick:
GE is a bit of an Evilcorp from what I've seen... Might have a nice face with their consumer products, but their GE Money division is ruthless and unscrupulous and they have been (and possibly still are) heavily involved in landmine production.
Thomas Edison would be rolling in his grave if he fould out what Neutron Jack did to his company...

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