Kopin’s 2.6K x 2.6K OLED display incorporated in Panasonic’s new VR glasses

January 19, 2021 – Kopin Corporation announced its Lightning® 2.6K x 2.6K (2560 x 2560 resolution) OLED display on chip (DoCTM) are incorporated in Panasonic’s VR Glasses introduced at the CES 2021 this week. The Panasonic VR Glasses are the world’s first high-dynamic-range (HDR) capable, ultra-high-definition VR eyeglasses and offer stunning lifelike images. It comes in a very small form-factor thanks to the 1.3” displays and the slim Pancake® optics. The small, lightweight form factor makes the glasses comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, unlike today’s bulky VR headsets.

The mini-LED TV market in 2025 is the trend of the premium TV market

Products with more advanced LCDs appear. It is an LCD that has greatly improved brightness, HDR, and color reproducibility by adding QD film and mini-LED to BLU. The existing top-level LCD used a full array local dimming (FALD) BLU with a local dimming zone of about 300 to 500. When the local dimming zone is increased to more than 3,000 by using mini-LED, the contrast ratio is significantly improved, and the halo effect is reduced compared to FALD BLU LCD TVs. In order to achieve the same performance as OLED, the local dimming zone must have as many pixels as the number of pixels, but due to the limitation of LED size reduction, mini-LED TVs to be sold this year will have a local dimming zone of 1,000-3,000 products.

OLED Market Enters Adjustment Period from Rapid Growth

As smartphone makers, including Samsung Electronics and Apple, increased the use of OLEDs in flagship models, the growth of the OLED market, which had been rapidly growing, has been braked. The third quarter of each year is the season with the best OLED performance for smartphones due to the launch of a new iPhone. According to the display market track of UBI Research (www.ubiresearch.com), in the third quarter of this year, 113 million units were shipped, an increase of 26.3 million units compared to 86.7 million units in the last quarter, showing a growth of 30.4%. However, this figure is due to an optical illusion. The reason is that the results in the first and second quarters were very poor compared to before due to COVID-19.

Samsung Electronics’ foldable smartphone to be released in 2021, with touch pen and UTG thickness different?

The cover window material of Samsung Electronics 'Galaxy Z Fold 2' which will be released in the second half of this year, is UTG like 'Galaxy Z Filp'. The reason why Samsung Electronics prefers UTG is analyzed for its sense of luxury, differentiation, and sensitivity for the touch pen expected to be applied in the future. In 2021, the market for over 10 million foldable phones is expected to expand, and the main cover window material of Samsung's foldable phones will be UTG. To respond to this, Dowooinsys should increase their capacity.

OLED performance analysis in the first half of 2020

The cover window material of Samsung Electronics 'Galaxy Z Fold 2' which will be released in the second half of this year, is UTG like 'Galaxy Z Filp'. The reason why Samsung Electronics prefers UTG is analyzed for its sense of luxury, differentiation, and sensitivity for the touch pen expected to be applied in the future. In 2021, the market for over 10 million foldable phones is expected to expand, and the main cover window material of Samsung's foldable phones will be UTG. To respond to this, Dowooinsys should increase their capacity.

Smartphone OLED shipments plummeted to 87 million units in the second quarter of 2020

The cover window material of Samsung Electronics 'Galaxy Z Fold 2' which will be released in the second half of this year, is UTG like 'Galaxy Z Filp'. The reason why Samsung Electronics prefers UTG is analyzed for its sense of luxury, differentiation, and sensitivity for the touch pen expected to be applied in the future. In 2021, the market for over 10 million foldable phones is expected to expand, and the main cover window material of Samsung's foldable phones will be UTG. To respond to this, Dowooinsys should increase their capacity.

Supplied foldable OLED panels to CSOT T4, Motorola

The cover window material of Samsung Electronics 'Galaxy Z Fold 2' which will be released in the second half of this year, is UTG like 'Galaxy Z Filp'. The reason why Samsung Electronics prefers UTG is analyzed for its sense of luxury, differentiation, and sensitivity for the touch pen expected to be applied in the future. In 2021, the market for over 10 million foldable phones is expected to expand, and the main cover window material of Samsung's foldable phones will be UTG. To respond to this, Dowooinsys should increase their capacity.

Will Dowooinsys expand UTG lines to prepare for the foldable phone market?

The cover window material of Samsung Electronics 'Galaxy Z Fold 2' which will be released in the second half of this year, is UTG like 'Galaxy Z Filp'. The reason why Samsung Electronics prefers UTG is analyzed for its sense of luxury, differentiation, and sensitivity for the touch pen expected to be applied in the future. In 2021, the market for over 10 million foldable phones is expected to expand, and the main cover window material of Samsung's foldable phones will be UTG. To respond to this, Dowooinsys should increase their capacity.

LPKF's laser glass processing technology, makes a cover glass thicker than UTG be folded.

It was expected that the S Pen would be applied to Samsung's 'Galaxy Z Fold2', which will be released in the second half of this year, but it has passed the year. UTG, the cover window material currently applied to Samsung Electronics’ 'Galaxy Z Filp', is 30 um thick and is 1/10 thinner than 300 um, the thickness of commercially available cover glass.

Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 image leak, internal and external displays become bigger.

On 21 July, information leaker for IT new product, Ishan Agarwal, released an image presumed to be a rendered photo of ‘Galaxy Z Fold2’ on his Twitter. Galaxy Z Fold2 will be released at the end of September, about two months after it was unveiled at the Galaxy Unpack event on the 5th of next month.

Published The Chinese OLED Industry Trend Report for The First Half of 2020

UBI Research published a report on trends in China related to the OLED industry at the end of the first half of 2020. In 2020, 1Q China's OLED sales were $842 million, despite a Corona 19 crisis, up 1.7% QoQ and 59.4% YoY. China's OLED shipments are 23% of the total market as of 2020, and it is expected to expand to 45% in 2025.

Material Science Co., Ltd. develops high-purity blue light-emitting material with a half width of 11 nm

In OLEDs which are currently leading the display industry for mobile devices and TVs, blue material is still using fluorescent material unlike red and green. Currently, a lot of light emitting material companies are trying to improve the efficiency, lifespan, and color purity of blue light emitting materials, also next-generation materials such as phosphorescence, TADF, and hyper-fluorescence as well as actively developing luminous efficiency by controlling emission wavelengths.

Announcement of sale of Samsung LCD P8-2 line

Recently, Samsung's announcement of the sale of the P8-2 LCD line in Tangjeong was posted (announced on June 29). Samsung has been steadily selling the old LCD line until recently, but since it has never posted a sale announcement, it is unusual to post a notice on the sale of this P8-2 line. Prior to this, some facilities of the P8-1 line were converted to the newly invested QD display line, and only about 30K of TFT and 200K of CF out of all 200K-scale process equipment were sold to companies in China.

Jiangsu LEMENG (江苏乐萌) invests 200 million yuan for OLED metal mask project

On June 18, 2020, Jiangsu Lemeng Precision Science and Technology Co., Ltd. (江苏乐萌精密科技有限公司, hereinafter Jiangsu Lemeng) invested 200 million yuan to sign a project contract to confirm the OLED metal mask. It was held in the state-of-the-art new district of Changzhou, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province.

Investment of 43.75 billion yuan, investment of new Micro OLED factory in China

According to China's Fujian Daily, a large-scale investment agreement has been recently signed in Quanzhou, China. According to the contents of the agreement, the contents of various agreements including the Micro OLED project, high-purity electronic materials, lithium hexafluorophosphate project, China Datang 5G Southeast Industrial Base project, and integrated circuit start-up investment fund business are included. It consists of high-tech IT industries such as manufacturing, digital economy, and financial services.

Samsung Display A3 line replaced with Y-OCTA manufacturing line

The touch panel technology installed on a mobile phone is an important element technology that performs a user interface function. Touch technology is changed from an add-on type to an on-cell type in flexible OLED displays.

Deuterium substitution blue, will be next generation blue materials?

Fluorescent blue emitting material is the only fluorescent material used in small and medium-sized OLEDs and large-area OLEDs. Development of next generation emitting materials such as TADF and hyper-fluorescence is also in progress, but deuterium substitution technology has got attention since it is adopted to Samsung Galaxy S20.

Samsung's QNED, will make a sensation in the TV and display markets?

QNED (Quantum dot nanorod LED), which is known to be under development by Samsung, is becoming a hot issue in the display industry in 2020. With the emergence of micro LEDs, followed by CRTs, PDPs, LCDs, and OLEDs as TV displays, the industry is interested in whether QNED could be another new technology.

QNED structure and manufacturing technology analysis report published

UBI Research (www.ubiresearch.com) published “QNED Structure and Manufacturing Technology Analysis Report”, which analyzed 41 cases of Samsung Display's QNED (quantum dot nanorod LED) published patents. The contents described in this report were selected from the 41 patents published, which are considered to be used for QNED manufacturing, and are constructed by qualitative analysis.

What is the difference between the touch types of each model of iPhone 12?

All of Apple's iPhone 12 models, OLED panels will be used and consisted of four models. There are three sizes, 5.4 inches, 6.1 inches, and 6.7 inches, respectively, and 6.1 inches are divided into two models. Samsung Display and LG Display have begun preparing to mass-produce, with recent orders from Apple. Samsung Display plans to supply OLED panels of all sizes, LG Display plans to supply 6.1-inch OLED panels, and there are differences in touch type by size.

Who is the supplier of OLED panels for iPhone 12?

Apple's new iPhone 12 will be consisted of 4 models, and all 4 models are expected to adopt OLED. The general lineup of the iPhone 12 is the 5.4 inch iPhone 12 and the 6.1 inch iPhone 12 Max, and the pro lineup is the 6.1 inch iPhone Pro and the 6.7 inch iPhone Pro Max.