updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri July 22, 2011
LG to focus OLED R&D on large screens
LG will ship a 55-inch OLED TV in mid-2012. This would make it the biggest TV on the market using this technology. Currently the largest model on show is a is a $9,200 31-inch model, also made by LG.
OLEDs are often more efficient, vibrant and thinner than traditional LCD panels. However, they are currently much more costly to produce.
Sony was the first manufacturer to offer an OLED TV. The company introduced the 11-inch XEL-1 in 2007. The set's high price, $2,200, made it very expensive compared to LCD or plasma TVs, and it never really gained widespread adoption.
LG is making a significant investment in OLED technology for large devices such as televisions. It currently capacity is 4,000 glass sheets monthly. It plans to expand production to 12,000 sheets by the end of this year. Although the company does build small AMOLED panels for smartphones and tablets for customers such as Nokia, it believes that AH-IPS LCD display technology is better suited for the application. [via OLED-Display]