Display Technology News Roundup 12.29.2016
Thursday, December 29, 2016
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Apple, Google and Microsoft invest in LG’s foldable display technology " The three biggies of the tech world — Apple, Google and Microsoft — have reportedly partnered with LG for the development of fold-out display technology. These foldable displays will not even enter production till 2018, so you can forget about those dreams of playing with a flexible phone any time soon. " via First Post

Chinese panel makers top over 1M units in quarterly shipments for AMOLED smartphone displays " Chinese panel manufacturers shipped more than one million AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) smartphone displays for the first time in the third quarter of 2016. While the Chinese makers only make up less than 2 percent of the AMOLED smartphone panel market in terms of shipments, hitting the one million unit mark in a quarter shows significant improvements " via Electro IQ

iPhone 8’s OLED display may be best ever " It seems that all the ducks are lining up for an iPhone 8 next year (or in 2018) that will definitely sport an OLED screen rather than an LCD one. At least that seems to be the atmosphere among component suppliers that are girding up their loins for a drought in the coming months until Apple starts the engines for the 2017 iPhone model. " via Slash Gear

This electronic diffusion panel could light up the photography lighting market Traditional diffusers soften the light, reducing the darkness of the shadows. Swapping out the entire diffuser or adding gels will change how intense that softening effect is, but with Active Diffusion, diffusion is adjusted at the press of a button — err, rather, the turn of a dial. via Digital Trends

Rivals Samsung and LG head toward an unlikely alliance " SEOUL A possible partnership between longtime rivals Samsung Electronics and LG group could mark a new chapter in South Korean industry and spell trouble for Japanese electronics companies. " via Nikkei

Samsung’s next launch could be smartwatch with foldable display The South Korea tech giant Samsung is already rumoured to unveil foldable smartphones next year, and now it is said to be working on smartwatch with foldable display as well. via Deccan Chronicle

Minuscule amounts of impurities in vacuum greatly affecting OLED lifetime " Reproducibility is a necessity for science but has often eluded researchers studying the lifetime of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Recent research from Japan sheds new light on why: impurities present in the vacuum chamber during fabrication but in amounts so small that they are easily overlooked. " via Science Daily

Synaptics, Incorporated Talks OLED Versus LCD Tech " Most of the smartphones shipped today incorporate liquid crystal displays (LCDs). However, there has been a trend toward displays using a different technology called organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) at the high end of the smartphone market. " via Fool

Sharp To Stop Providing LCD Panels To Samsung Starting Next Year: Report " Samsung has long outsourced a sizable percentage of its liquid crystal display (LCD) panels from sharp, but this may come to a halt soon, according to reports. Sharp has reportedly given Samsung a heads-up that its supply of LCD panels for the South Korean electronics company will stop beginning next year. " via Tech Times

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