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Apple Watch LTPO OLED analysis

September 13, 2018, by Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D. Principal Analyst, Touch Display Research Inc.

This week Apple announced the new iPhones and the new Watch for this holiday season. The new Apple Watch series 4 adopted a larger AMOLED display, which has 30% bigger display than its predecessor…..

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Apple confirmed flexible AMOLED for iPhone X today

Sept 12th, 2017, By Jennifer Colegrove Ph.D., CEO and Principal Analyst at Touch Display Research Inc.

On September 12, 2017, Apple announced the highly anticipated new iPhones: iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 plus. The iPhone X is the most expensive one among all three, since it uses a 5.8-inch flexible AMOLED display, while the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus use the main stream LCD.

Apple likes the benefits of flexible AMOLED displays: thinness, light weight, potentially low power, and curved form factor for almost edge-less design.

Figure 1: Apple announced iPhone X

Photo credit: MacRumor

As we forecasted about 2 years ago, in the “Touch and Emerging Display December 2015 report”, also in the CNBC article by Anita Balakrishnan which quoted Touch Display Research, “Touch Display Research forecasted Apple will adopt AMOLED for iPhone in 2017/2018 time frame. The current global AMOLED capacity is not enough to support Apple iPhone. That’s why we estimate the adoption to occur in the 2017/2018 time frame. Touch Display Research believes the investment on OLED fab-capacity-expansion from LG and Samsung will soon materialize.”

Now our forecast became reality. Sorry about tooting our own horn, but these are the facts. We are good at forecast.

Figure 2. Touch Display Research accurately forecast Apple iPhone to adopt AMOLED 2 years ago

Source: Touch Display Research Inc.

We also accurately forecasted 4K OLED TV available time, 2 years ahead. On Jan 25, 2013 press release, we announced that “Touch Display Research forecast Ultra HD (4K) resolution AMOLED TV will be on the market by 2015”. “Although AMOLED with FHD resolution is available currently, 4K is considered the high end for TV resolution, even though 4K content is still limited,” said Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, President and analyst at Touch Display Research. “56-inch 4K resolution is just 79 ppi (pixel per inch), which is easily achievable. The challenges are how to increase yield, have good uniformity, have long lifetime, and reduce the manufacturing cost.”

LG’s 65” 4K OLED TV became commercially available in Q1 2015, our forecast becomes reality in 2 years.

Figure 3. Touch Display Research accurately forecasted 4K OLED TV available time 2 years ahead

Source: Touch Display Research

Touch Display Research has a good reputation of accurate forecast.

In the “Touch and Emerging Display report”, June 2013 issue, page 45, Touch Display Research forecasted “Apple will adopt AMOLED within 18 months”.

With the Apple Watch announced in Sept 2014 (available since April 2015), our forecast becomes reality in 18 months.

Figure 4. Touch Display Research accurately forecast Apple to adopt AMOLED 18 month ahead

Source: Touch Display Research

More analysis on OLED display, full-screen phone, touch screens and voice recognition can be found in the Touch and Emerging Display monthly report.

Thanks for reading.

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

About Touch Display Research Inc.

Touch Display Research, Inc. (www.TouchDisplayResearch.com) is an independent technology market research and consulting firm specializing in touch screen and emerging display technologies such as OLED displays, OLED lighting, flexible displays, e-paper displays, ITO-replacement, Active pen, 3D displays, near-eye displays, pocket projectors, quantum dots, gesture controls, voice controls, and eye controls. Touch Display Research provides standard reports, consulting projects, and due diligence for touch suppliers, display manufacturers, consumer electronics ODMs/OEMs, material suppliers, investor companies, venture capitalists, and companies who are merging or acquiring companies in the touch screen, display, and materials industry. We are member of FlexTech Alliance, SEMI and SID.

 

CES 2017: the battle between OLED and Quantum Dot

Jan 17th, 2017, by Touch Display Research

At CES 2017, the battle between OLED display and Quantum Dot display is heating up.

Figure: CES 2017

Samsung QLED TV CES 2017 sign

Photo source: Jennifer Colegrove

Samsung, TCL, Hisense are geared up of new TVs with quantum dot technologies in them.

LG, Sony, Skyworth are showing more and larger OLED TVs.

There also comes Nano Cell and Nano Color.

Who will won this battle? Which company will benefit? Why did Samsung acquire QD Vision? What is the new form factors of quantum dot? What are the new directions of OLED?

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, CEO and Principal Analyst at Touch Display Research will give a presentation about OLED vs Quantum Dot market to 2027 at the one-day conference (Feb 3, 2017) hosted by the SID Los Angeles chapter in Costa Mesa, California, and will visit companies in the area.

Society for Information Display Los Angeles Chapter 2017 one-day conference, will be held at Costa Meda, California on February 3rd, 2017. It’s a One-Day Focused Technical and Business Conference. LA Chapter director: Larry Tannas. Chapter Chairman: Larry Iboshi.  Location: Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa CA 92626. February 3, 2017 8AM-4:00PM. The conference website is: http://www.sid.org/Chapters/Americas/LosAngelesChapter/Symposium.aspx

Hope to see you at the conference.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

SID 2016 Monday Seminar: from mainstream to emerging display

May 25, 2016

SID 2016 DisplayWeek is held in San Francisco, California this week. I taught a seminar on Monday morning, titled “Display Market Forecast –LCD, OLED, e-paper and touch, from main stream to emerging display”.

I’m honored to have been teaching Monday Seminar for 3 years at SID DisplayWeek. According to the conference organizer, there are over 600 attendees for the Monday seminar this year, which is a record high in SID history.

During the 90-min seminar, I first listed the hot trends in display industry in 2016 and 2017. Then I provided the global display industry market forecast to 2026. The overall display industry growth is slowing down but there are hot trends in many areas. Then I discuss the new opportunities in display market:  quantum dot display, flexible and curved LCD display, high resolution, OLED display, e-paper display, embedded touch screen, active pen and touchless human-machine-interaction sensors.

Figure: Dr. Colegrove taught Monday Seminar at SID 2016 DisplayWeek.

Jenny SID 2016 seminar close on leftJenny SID 2016 seminar

Photo credit: Jinzenji-san at Japan Display Inc.

More and more people joined the seminar, many of them had to stand for the one and half an hour seminar. From the questions the attendee asked at the Q&A session, I believe many people are interested in 3 areas: quantum dot, flexible display, touch screen.

More analysis can be found in the “Quantum dot 2016 report”, “Flexible, curved and foldable display report”, Touch and Emerging Display monthly report, June 2016 issue.

For those audiences who has given me your name cards, I’ll send you one monthly report– “Touch and Emerging Display report”– for free next week.

Thanks for reading,

Dr. Jennifer Colegrove and team

RitDisplay flexible OLED display and ecosystem of over 180 companies

October 16, 2015

At Touch Taiwan 2015, I had a chance to visit RitDisplay booth. RitDisplay showed two flexible PMOLEDs: one is fixed curved, one is bendable in a box. Visitors can bend the display by pushing a button outside of the box.

Figure: RitDisplay flexible OLED demo

RitDisplay flexible PMOLED with TDR

Photo by: Touch Display Research, Dr. Jennifer Colegrove

RitDisplay plans to mass produce the flexible PMOLED by end of this year.

The flexible OLED Display Industry Ecosystem includes over 180 Companies and Research Institutes. There are 14 display manufacturers are (or will soon) producing flexible OLED.

Figure 1. Flexible OLED display industry ecosystem with over 180 companies and research institutes

Flexible OLED 180 ecosys

Source: Touch Display Research, Flexible OLED Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 Report, August 2015

The Flexible OLED Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 report is available immediately and includes a PowerPoint file (over 300 pages) and an Excel database.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team,  www.TouchDisplayResearch.com

 

LG Display keynote about flexible OLED display at Touch Taiwan 2015

August 31, 2015

I just came back from the trip of Touch Taiwan and IDMC (International Display Manufacturing Conference) 2015 conference.

On August 27th, LG Display’s VP, Dr. SooYoung Yoon gave a keynote presentation about future display. He indicated, due to the sluggish global display market, technical differentiation for adding new values and finding new display markets should be essential for further growth of display market. Then he discussed OLED displays, especially flexible OLED is the direction to go.

Figure 1: LG Display Dr. Yoon Keynote at Touch Taiwan, IDMC 2015

LGD CEO keynote

Photo by: Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, Touch Display Research Inc.

Dr. Yoon also discussed the technology challenges of flexible OLED display for high resolution, durability and automotive applications.

In the newly published “Flexible OLED Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 Report”, Touch Display Research analyzes flexible OLED display technologies, manufacturing process, other competing technologies, and profiles over 180 companies working on flexible OLED displays.

Figure 2. Over 180 companies and research institutes

Flexible OLED 180 companies

Source: Touch Display Research, Flexible OLED Display Technologies and Market Forecast 2015 Report, August 2015

More analysis of Touch Taiwan and IDMC 2015 are in the “Touch and Emerging Display” monthly report.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

TDR accurately forecasted 4K OLED TV available time

April 16, 2015

LG has been demonstrating its 65” 4K OLED TV since CES 2014 and had road tour promotions since October 2014 in many cities worldwide. However, it is until Q1 2015, the LG 65” 4K OLED TV is available in the US market. The 65” 4K OLED TV 65EG9600 is selling for $9000 currently. Another similar model is selling for $12000 currently. LG’s website also indicated the 77” 4K OLED TV is coming soon.

Figure: LG 65” 4K OLED TV

LG 4K oLED girl

Source: LG

Over two years ago, on Jan 25, 2013 press release, we announced that “Touch Display Research forecast Ultra HD (4K) resolution AMOLED TV will be on the market by 2015”. “Although AMOLED with FHD resolution is available currently, 4K is considered the high end for TV resolution, even though 4K content is still limited,” said Dr. Jennifer Colegrove, President and analyst at Touch Display Research. “56-inch 4K resolution is just 79 ppi (pixel per inch), which is easily achievable. The challenges are how to increase yield, have good uniformity, have long lifetime, and reduce the manufacturing cost.”

Now with LG’s 65” 4K OLED TV commercially available, our forecast becomes reality in 2 years.

Figure: We accurately forecasted 4K OLED TV available time

we accuratly forecast 4K OLED TV

Source: Touch Display Research Inc. April 2015

Over a year ago, in the “Touch and Emerging Display report”, June 2013 issue, page 45, we forecasted “Apple will adopt AMOLED within 18 months”.

Now with the Apple Watch announced, our forecast becomes reality in 18 months.

Touch Display Research has a good reputation of accurate forecast. In January 2013, Touch Display Research gave a presentation at the SID Bay Area one-day conference, we forecasted “Samsung will release curved AMOLED on a device that is larger than 5” by end of 2013.” (SID Information Display chief editor Stephen Atwood wrote about our forecast in his article in Information Display Journal March 2013 issue.)

In October 2013, Samsung announced the Galaxy Round with curved AMOLED display. One month later, LG also announced the G Flex. Our forecast became reality in 9 months.

Sorry about tooting our own horn, but these are the facts. We are good at OLED forecast.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

LG OLED TV Silicon Valley event

Aug 27, 2014
Yesterday, we were invited and attended LG Electronics’ OLED TV event in Silicon Valley, California. It’s a good event to meet with LG’s OLED TV people and networking with other analysts and media.
LG demonstrated two curved 55” OLED TVs, the new 2014 model: 55EC9300, which is just become available in BestBuy stores in US this week. You can buy it now for $3499, that is only 23% of last year’s OLED TV price!
LG put the curved OLED TVs side by side with two curved 55” 4K LED backlight LCD TVs from Samsung.

Figure. LG’s OLED TV event
LG OLED TV thin
Photo by: Touch Display Research Inc., August 2014

LG also indicated their 4K OLED TV is coming soon to US market. (We had detail analysis of 4K OLED TV in our “Touch and Emerging Display” January 2014 report.)
We discussed with LG’s managers about the power consumption and the OLED TV in China market. More pictures and analysis will be found in our “Touch and Emerging Display” September 2014 report.

Thanks for reading,
Jennifer and team

Plastic Logic and Novaled OTFT backplane AMOLED

February 10, 2014

I just came back from the 2014 FLEX conference and the SID LA Symposium. There are many highlights in these 2 conferences. One of the exciting news is about the Organic TFT (OTFT) backplane AMOLED.

On Feb 6th, 2014, Plastic Logic’s director of research and partnerships, Mr. Mike Banach gave a presentation titled “A New Frontier for Flexible Displays”. At the same day, both Plastic Logic and Novaled announced their partnership and their demo of OTFT backplane AMOLED.

Their demo is a monochrome flexible AMOLED, targeting for wearable applications. Plastic Logic’s CEO, Indro Mukerjee, said, “2014 will be the year that wearable technology starts to go mainstream.”

Touch Display Research analyst agrees with that. Touch Display Research forecasts 30 million units flexible and curved displays will be shipped for smart watch application by 2023. Overall flexible and curved display market will reach $27 Billion by 2023.

Figure: Flexible and curved displays for smart watch application forecast to 2023

flexible curved smart watch

Source: Touch Display Research. “Flexible and Curved Display and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast” report. September, 2013.

It is said Merck’s organic semiconductor material was used in the OTFT prototype.

As we covered in our “Flexible and Curved Display and Lighting Technologies and Market Forecast” report, Sony has demonstrated OTFT backplane AMOLED before.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team

Kateeva announced OLED inkjet printing equipment

November 30, 2013

On November 20, Kateeva announced the new equipment YIELDJET– an inkjet printing manufacturing equipment solution to produce OLEDs in high volume.  It’s the world’s first inkjet printer engineered from the ground up for OLED mass production.

I had the chance to visit Kateeva recently and met with their President and Co-founder Dr. Conor Madigan and CEO Alain Harrus. Here we are standing in front of the Gen 8 machine.

Figure: Left: Kateeva Dr. Conor Madigan. Right: Kateeva CEO Alain Harrus. The short person in the middle is me.

Kateeva visit

Photo source: Touch Display Research Inc. November 2013.

Kateeva is building a Gen 8 line, it’s almost finished when they showed to me. The equipment is built from ground up for the purpose of OLED.  The uniqueness is in 3 areas:

a.         It’ll have multiple nozzles to ensure good uniformity.

b.         It’ll be in Nitrogen environment to protect the OLED material.

c.         The glass substrate is floating on the air above the metal bars.

More analysis can be found in our “Touch and Emerging Display report” November 2013 issue.

Thanks for reading,

Jennifer and team