updated 11:05 am EDT, Fri October 30, 2009
LG to release 40-inch OLED by 2012
At the FPD International show in Japan, LG has revealed its future plans for OLED TVs and confirmed that its 15-inch OLED HDTV will ship before year's end, as promised earlier. LG's OLED sales and marketing VP, Won Kim says 20-inch and larger OLED panels will be built in 2010, 30-inch and larger models in 2011 and 40-inch displays in 2012. Kim points out OLED TVs will be more expensive than their LCD counterparts in 2012, but expects this will flip by 2016.
Kim also commented on the technical makeup of the TVs, with OLED TVs sized at under 40 inches requiring to use an eighth-generation size glass substrate, while smaller TVs will use a sixth-generation size glass substrate with a low-temperature polycrystal silicon. The former will require LG to develop equipment than can work at more than 700 degrees Celsius to crystallize while it's still in a solid state. LG Display aims to use fluorescent materials until 2011 and phosphorescent materials after that point.
LG's 15-inch OLED TV has also received some minor added details and should produce a 1366x768 native resolution; its brightness will peak at 450cd/m2. Neither a price nor an exact release date are available, but it remains on track to ship before the end of the year.. [via Tech-On]