The future's looking brighter than ever
Enlarge pictureAlthough Samsung has been plagued by some pretty nasty problems lately (as some of you might know, the company's chairman and his son have both resigned amid a corruption scandal), the company still remains the world's most important manufacturer of various types of displays, AMOLED included. And it seems that the Korean company has some pretty impressive plans for the future of this particular brand of devices, since they're pushing for a 2009 "explosion" of widescreen TVs based on organic LED technology.
As Rebecca Kuo and Greg Wu report for Digitimes, Woo-Jong Lee vice president of the mobile display marketing team at Samsung SDI has just announced that AMOLED panels will also be widely adopted for medium and large-size applications, as for example monitors, notebooks and widescreen TVs in the near future, as close as 2009. Moreover, it would seem that flexible display applications will also adopt AMOLED panels at some point in 2010.
As Mr. Woo-Jong Lee pointed out, the biggest issue with AMOLED panels nowadays is related to their very high production costs. However, it would seem that once a capacity of three million units can be achieved, mass-producing this type of panels will actually become feasible, with costs reaching a manageable level. The official from Samsung SDI also stated that the company will achieve a production capacity of three million panels in 2009, up from a current capacity of 1.5 million panels. The company also expects to double its capacity again by the end of 2010.
The prospectives for the future of OLEDs is very bright (pun intended), as it will probably become the most important display technology of the future. Actually, according to a report by DisplaySearch, it would seem that the sales of OLED displays are expected to surge 69% this year to more than US$826.5 million, and then keep growing by 83% in 2009 and 53% in 2010, as the popularity of AMOLEDs will surge.