LG shows off 18-inch Flexible, Rollable and Transparent OLED panels, aims for 60-inch (TVs?) by 2017

Today, LG has revealed a  new line of flexible and transparent OLED panels sporting a resolution of 1280×810. It’s been a while since we’ve seen any new curved or flexible displays following LG’s G Flex and Samsung’s Galaxy Round smartphones. The company announced that the OLED panel has enough give and flexibility to roll into a tube that’s a mere 3cm across.

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Instead of the typical plastic, this prototype comprises of a polyamide film at the back of the panel, offering it substantially more flexibility and thinning it even further!

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Alongside the flexible demo, LG’s also crafted a transparent OLED panel which has triple the transmittance of the current crop of see-through LCD displays (which have just 10% transmittance) — that means the picture looks much better and less hazy. While you probably won’t want to watch TV on something like this, it’s still quite the technical achievement.

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LG DIsplay’s SVP and Head of R&D, IN-Byung Kang said that

(the company) is confident that “by 2017, we will successfully develop an Ultra HD flexible and transparent OLED panel of more than 60 inches.”

Check out the Full PR Text after the break…

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LG Display Unveils 18-inch Flexible and Transparent OLED Panels

Seoul, Korea (July 10, 2014) – LG Display, the world’s leading innovator of display technologies, announced today that it has developed a 18-inch flexible OLED panel that is rollable as well as a 18-inch transparent OLED panel.  With these new panels, LG Display shows that it has already acquired fundamental technologies to lead the large-sized flexible and transparent display market.

The flexible OLED panel has a high-definition class resolution of 1200 X 810 with almost 1 million mega-pixels. The panel’s curvature radius is 30R.  The panel can be rolled up to a radius of 3cm without affecting the function of the display.  This proves that LG Display can bring rollable TVs of more than 50 inches to the market in the future.

LG Display used high molecular substance-based polyimide film as the backplane of the flexible panel instead of conventional plastic to achieve the maximum curvature radius. The polyimide film also helped reduce the thickness of the panel to significantly improve its flexibility.

As for the transparent OLED panel, it boasts 30 percent transmittance, which was achieved by adopting the company’s transparent pixel design technology.  LG Display has successfully lowered the haze of the panel which is generated by using circuit devices and film components to a level of 2 percent.  With this breakthrough development, the company has been able to improve greatly the technology level of the transparent display.  Considering that the transmittance of existing transparent LCD panels is around 10 percent, this new panel offers significantly improved transmittance.

“LG Display pioneered the OLED TV market and is now leading the next-generation applied OLED technology.  We are confident that by 2017, we will successfully develop an Ultra HD flexible and transparent OLED panel of more than 60 inches, which will have transmittance of more than 40 percent and a curvature radius of 100R, thereby leading the future display market.” said In-Byung Kang, Senior Vice President and Head of the R&D Center at LG Display.

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Shaminder Pal Singh

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