Toshiba reportedly freezes OLED production plans

By on October 3, 2010, 8:36 PM
Citing an increasing demand for LCDs alongside the impact of the recent economic recession, Toshiba says its OLED mass production plans are no more. "The plan (for mass-production) is currently frozen," Toshiba Mobile Display spokesman Masahiro Kume told Reuters. "We'll review the production plan again from scratch." It would appear that the company is cutting its losses, which doesn't bode well for the OLED technology.

Toshiba Mobile Display, a joint venture between Toshiba and Panasonic, had invested some 16 billion yen ($191.6 million) in 2008 for an OLED production line at its plant in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The plan was to churn out 1.5 million OLEDs for smartphones a month, but that won't happen anymore. Toshiba Mobile Display will instead focus on LCD panels until further notice: staff involved in the production and R&D of OLED will be transferred to the LCD panel division, unless they were working on lighting equipment, in which case they remain under OLED.





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KG363 KG363 said:

that's not what I want to hear

I want OLED!!!

Timonius Timonius said:

Just dont't buy LCD then!

Guest said:

That is indeed too bad. But with higher production of MVA and IPS type LCD panels there isn't as much of a demand for OLED technology. The only two major advantages of OLEDs now are the thin displays it can deliver and a flexible substrate. There isn't much of a need or even awareness of a flexible display, and with LED side lighting in an LCD monitor we can get the thin displays we have been wanting.

Unfortunately I don't think OLED is really going to be popular, its kind of a niche market.

Guest said:

I really don't need OLED monitor. We want bigger resolution LCD Monitor xD

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