Here’s a good video clip of LG’s 15″ OLED TV at CES 2010 in Las Vegas. It is still only available in Korea but rumored to be available in North America sometime this year. Maybe something for your next Christmas wish list?
This is a bit sooner than expected but welcome OLED TV news. Just prior to CES2008 tomorrow, Sony released the following:
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sony Corp. on Sunday said it is introducing to the U.S. market a high-quality organic LED television only as thick as three stacked credit cards.
The 11-inch XEL-1 television, to go on sale this month, is Sony’s first television for the U.S. to use organic light-emitting diode technology, which enables superior picture quality on super-thin displays. The company also is demonstrating a prototype 20-inch version at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.
The XEL-1 has a contrast ratio — the difference between maximum and minimum brightness — of 1 million to one, because pixels can be turned off completely for a near-perfect black. That compares with 30,000 to one for a good conventional flat-panel TV, which can’t show a perfect black.
The high picture quality comes at a hefty price: about $2,500 for the XEL-1. It sold for $1,700 at its launch in Japan in December.
For more details on the XEL-1, please click on the SonyStyle link below.
Dupont announced that they have achieved record performance from printed OLED TV display materials.
“DuPont announced that it has achieved record performance in printed organic light emitting diode OLED displays, sufficient to enable future adoption of OLED television (TV). Using proprietary DuPont Gen 3 solution OLED materials, DuPont has demonstrated for the first time a solution-based manufacturing process in which OLEDs can be printed cost effectively while delivering the necessary performance and lifetime.”
The high cost and complexity of manufacturing OLED TV panels has been the main factor in the slow introduction of OLED TV technology. Dupont has apparently found a way to conquer both of these stumbling blocks.
“OLED displays in portable devices are available in the market today, but the current high-cost of manufacturing with evaporated materials has limited market adoption and constrained OLED manufacturing for larger size displays,” said David Miller, president – DuPont Electronics & Communications. “Now, with DuPont printed OLED materials and process technology, fabrication costs can be significantly reduced, and manufacturing can be scaled to accommodate TV-size displays.”
Full story on Dupont’s OLED TV printing acheivements at: dupont.com
Now that the Sony XEL-1 OLED TV is available in the U.S. you think you could just tear over to SonyStyle.com and order one. Unfortunately not. You have to find your nearest SonyStyle retail store, check that the XEL-1 is in stock (probably not) and get over there quick. That is if you live anywhere near one. If like most of us you don’t have a store nearby, and can appreciate the rave OLED TV reviews why not bid on a brand new XEL-1 on eBay? The selection of XEL-1’s available below should change as more are added for sale. Check it out and let me know if you pick one up by leaving a comment below. Thanks.
Samsung recently exhibited a 19″ OLED TV with a panel produced by an inkjet method. It is not full HD but has a 960 x 540 pixel panel. You can bet this will not be in stores for the holidays but it is an important step forward in OLED TV technology.
Producing larger panels efficiently and cost effectively has been a major roadblock so far in the development of consumer ready OLED TVs. A number of companies have been working on a printing process for OLED panels but this is probably the first TV exhibited using this process.