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LG to deliver 40" OLED panels in 2012, will be cheaper than LCDs in 2016

By Matthew ยท 28 replies
Oct 30, 2009
  1. In addition to announcing that its 15" OELD display will hit Korean shelves in November, LG revealed plans to release 20"-plus OLED panels in 2010, 30"-plus in 2011, and 40"-plus in 2012 -- quite the outlook. While smaller panels will use sixth-generation substrates with a low-temperature polycrystal silicon, OLED panels larger than 40" will require eight-generation size glass substrates.

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  2. freedomthinker

    freedomthinker TS Enthusiast Posts: 140

    Sweeet... I hope this happens even sooner :) But i imagine technologies will be way higher then these expectations , technology's grow faster everyday , so i asume this could happen sooner . But a funny thing thats in my head there are gonna be plenty of morons that think the world is gonna end by 2012 ;D :D :D
  3. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I'll believe when I see it but I'm glad this is at least progressing. I'm sure even with the cost savings the consumers are not going to see that much of a savings. They will charge whatever they can get away with.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,635   +697

    This technology is mind-boggling. But like JMMD, I have to see it to believe it. Plus it looks like they're going to need to do some work on boosting the resolution as according to that article, it's 720p and low(er) price or not, that's not what's selling these days.
  5. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 599   +56

    I'm always skeptical when companies make predictions this far out, but I hope they're right. At least it will give me time to get some good use out of my current TV before needing (or wanting) to purchase a new one.
  6. lynxon

    lynxon TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Ok, seriously? 2016? That's just over 6 years away, the entire tech world will be different by then, the next generation of consoles will most likely be out.... I think that's just too far of a prediction.
  7. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    I don't think it qualifies as 'mind boggling'. It isn't really any more impressive than currently existing LCD technologies, although the result is better in almost every way (contrast, color etc.) and a far more flexible product (in both terms of manufacturing and physically).

    However, it's my understanding that current techniques used to manufacturer OLED panels are more expensive than their LCD counterparts though. I for one, would like to see what happens or if this is just marketing yap.

    The only problem with OLED is that they just don't have the product life that LCDs do. Sure, they are being used in a select few laptops (Macbook air, for example), but we're talking 15,000 hours tops. Unless there are some improvements in the MTBF of these panels, I can't see them being used for 'always on' desktops in the office or in your home. Otherwise you'll be throwing them away every couple of years.
  8. Shalimar

    Shalimar TS Rookie Posts: 41

    Very sweet indeed.. but the sad part is these really won't be commonly available for us for a long time to come. But it is showing great promise for a new king to take over from current lcd's
  9. speeedy6

    speeedy6 TS Rookie Posts: 21

    Sounds good and I like what is being shown in the pics. Wish there was a monitor out there with that design...
  10. RickD

    RickD TS Rookie

    Can't wait. OLED has been promised for so long I was giving up on it.
  11. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 706   +69

    That looks amazing and crazy thin. I don't believe tech will ever be cheaper tho, why would it? They can sell it for way over production price and make even more $ and thats all they care about...$_$ Like the shoes I buy are $100 but they make them for cents. The sell value is that its better than before so it should cost you more.
  12. vistamaster

    vistamaster TS Rookie

    OK, now really, its obvious OLED will be cheaper... Thats the path that Plasma and now LCD has taken. I wish they would just focus on the OLED now, get it out the door and start saving us energy, space and our eyes!
  13. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    hmmm...7 years huh? That's an eternity in the 'techverse'. Let's see... what happened 7 years ago? A lot has changed since then.
  14. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,119   +121

    In 2016 I'll be able to watch tv on my toilet paper. The technology will long be obsolete by the time they project to lower costs. I wonder what LG thinks the value of the dollar will be by then?
  15. kaonis92

    kaonis92 TS Enthusiast Posts: 118

    It's good to see there is some progress on the screen evolution, but we are still away from OLED.
    Anyway it's the replacement for today's LCD screens as they'll be thinner, brighter and powersavers!
  16. r3claimer

    r3claimer TS Member Posts: 74

    The concept is nice, but as everyone has already stated, 6-7 years from now, they'll likely be developing a different kind of screen everyone is anticipating, talking about how obsolete OLED is...
  17. zaidpirwani

    zaidpirwani TS Rookie Posts: 74

    6 years too much wait... and wait, there is no mention of TOUCH, what do you expect after 6 years, screens with n touch that is too boring... :(
  18. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Guru Posts: 528   +42

    7 years ago Intel was still putting out P4s...in that much time I'll probably have a wall sized tv or projection screen, with touch/motion capabilities, or whatever interface we are using.
  19. JieMan

    JieMan TS Rookie Posts: 63

    I like the tech and always buy LG displays , I might be a fanboy but at least its in style. I am looking forward to a 30" display on my PC. 120hz would be nice to take advantage of NVIDIA 3D
  20. 700 degrees Celsius? 1292 F? Hello?
  21. Zedster

    Zedster TS Rookie

    OLED screens - very very tasty! I wish I could actually afford one :(
  22. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,223   +163

    it says that LG will have to develop equipment that will be able to handle temps of 700C, does anyone know why this would be? I assume they are speaking of the manufacturing of these OLED screens, and not the finished product?
  23. psycholexx

    psycholexx TS Rookie Posts: 24

    Until 2016, we will be using successfully the "oldschool" LCD screens, which perform great and are a huge step from CRT tubes regarding power consumption and size. Also I'm sure that in 2013-2014 a new, better technology will appear, and OLED will be also a temporary standard for screens, because it also has some drawbacks. The future will show us, but my opinion is that sometime we will have displays made from intelligent materials, which will be able to display infinitesimal resolutions and the smallest pixel will be projected by only one molecule ;) . This may sound like SF, but try to look to today's technology from a 20 years ago human's eyes....
  24. PUTALE

    PUTALE TS Rookie Posts: 126

    i hope led or oled will gaine nough momentum so that it will be cheap enough to make it to the market. I like the fact that led runs cooler than lcd because my 24'' lcd monitor is running too hot for me on a hot summer day.
  25. abautu

    abautu TS Rookie Posts: 19

    The OLED technology it's very nice. Imagine rolling up your 40" TV as you prepare to move. :)
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