Although this won’t have a real effect on Sony OLED TV production until 2009, it’s an indication of where Sony is heading:
Sony has announced plans to invest approximately 22 billion yen (US$204 million) to strengthen its OLED panel production technology. With the investment, Sony intends to accelerate the shift to medium- to large-size OLED panels.
Sony began researching OLED technology in 1994, and has since positioned OLED as a future-generation display technology. In December 2007, Sony launched the world’s first OLED TV, “XEL-1” in Japan.
In order to advance the shift towards medium- to large-size OLED panels, Sony has decided to invest towards the further development of production technologies starting from the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009. Sony will reinforce its TFT and EL (electroluminescent) layer coating processing facilities at Sony Mobile Display’s Higashiura factory, and plans to implement this production technology during the fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.
We’re looking forward to OLED TV reviews on the larger sized Sony OLED TV’s in 2009.