updated 01:00 pm EDT, Thu August 21, 2008
New SMOLED display tech
Toshiba Matsushita Display (TMD) and Idemitsu Kosan say they have devised a new form of screen, one which could substantially improve the performance of cellphone displays. The technology is based on an OLED variant called SMOLED -- Small-Molecule Organic LED -- and in a sample, 2.2-inch QVGA screen, consumes an average of just 100mW of power. Its luminosity half-life is meanwhile rated at 60,000 hours, close to seven years of continuous operation, or 30 times longer than previous TMD designs.
The new SMOLED screens are also claimed to be extremely thin, with high contrast, little blur and wider viewing angles. They should further require less material to build, but will not enter production until March of next year.