Tuesday, May 29, 2007

TECH: Sony Releases 16.7m Color Flexible OLED

Sony introduces the world's first 16.7 million color flexible OLED display

More after the jump

A number of companies have been working on delivering what will be known as e-paper technology to the public. And while barely out of the prototype stages, the potential is there for advertising billboards, TVs and monitors, to e-newspapers that can be rolled up in your back pocket. Flexible OLED technology is undoubtedly going to play a major part in many industries in the future, and will likely replace LCD and Plasma technology due to a number of benefits.

The screen is made from glass substrate and because OLEDs are their own light source, don't require backlighting. Therefore, these flexible OLEDs can be manufactured with extremely thin substrates and can be made to bend or be fit around an object.

The OLED technology behind it promises ultra battery saving efficiency -performing 10 - 20 times better than today’s LCD and Plasma screens. The display is 64mm in diameter, has 160x120 pixel resolution and sports a 1000:1 contrast ratio.

Samsung, LG Philips and Nempotec have all demonstrated similar displays, but Sony is the first with a 16.7 million unit.


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