LG reveals paper-thin OLED display


Gone are the days when consumers were burdened with 20″ CRT television sets that weighed a thousand pounds, or so it seemed. These days displays of all sizes are increasingly thinner, with Sony’s ultra thin 4K TV boasting the slimmest of its kind at this year’s CES 2015. But not for long.

On Tuesday, LG Display Co. unveiled an experimental OLED display that’s so thin and light it can be mounted on a wall using magnets. 

LG Display Co. is betting big on OLED technology

LG OLED 2The South Korean flat panel maker’s proof-of-concept 55-inch OLED screen is less than a millimeter (0.04 inches) thick, weighs only 4.2 pounds, and can be stuck to a wall using a magnetic mat.

Although consumers largely shy away from larger OLED displays due to cost, LG is intent on exploiting the benefits of the technology it believes will soon be the dominant player on the market.

While LCD TVs are among the most popular and cheapest, they are limited in their ability to be made slimmer. Not so with LED and OLED technology. Because OLEDs do not require backlighting, instead emitting light themselves, they can produce ever slimmer and lighter TVs. In addition, the organic compound layer that OLEDs contain allow for flexible, curved screens. Match these with lower cost production as they increase in popularity and they will no doubt be the prevailing display on most sets and devices including wearables and other mobile products.

With this in mind, LG Display Co. is planning to ramp up OLED production beginning in the third quarter of this year to meet the demands of clients, which industry insiders assume is affiliate LG Electronics.

We should be able to supply a satisfactory volume to our clients from July or August, which means we’re hoping to buckle down production as well as promotion from the third quarter. It has taken a year and half for us to raise the yield to this level (for OLEDs), while it’d taken nearly 10 years to achieve the yield for LCDs. YEO SANG-DEOG, THE HEAD OF LG DISPLAY’S OLED DIVISION

No doubt, television viewers have much to be excited about as these suckers are only getting thinner, lighter (and hopefully) more affordable. Fahrenheit 451 here we come. Yikes!

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