Ultra-slim 0.97mm thick ‘wallpaper’ OLED panel showcased by LG Display

Ultra-slim 0.97mm thick ‘wallpaper’ OLED panel showcased by LG Display

It's one of LG's most impressive displays of screen technology yet: a 55-inch OLED panel that's just 0.97mm thick and weighs just 1.9kg (4.1 pounds). The panel is so thin that it can be stuck to the wall using a magnetic mat before being peeled off like wallpaper, reports Korean news agency Yonhap. But while the new display is much thinner than LG's flagship OLED TVs, this is most likely because it doesn't incorporate the circuitry that would actually make it function as a TV, with most of the electronics hidden somewhere off-screen.


A model gently lifts the ultra-slim, detachable wallpaper OLED panel made by LG Display Co. at a media event held in Seoul. Image credit: LG Display

South Korean flat panel maker LG Display Co. showcased on Tuesday a detachable organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panel that sticks to the wall, renewing its pledge to focus on the high-end display as a future growth engine. LG Display also showcased a convex OLED panel that is mainly used for digital signage for large-scale outdoor advertising.

The display panel maker has pushed for production of the OLED as its next growth driver. The advanced display helps make a TV much slimmer and lighter since it emits light itself based on the electric current without a backlight unit, unlike the liquid crystal display (LCD). Yeo Sang-deog, the head of LG Display’s OLED division, vowed to ramp up OLED production from the third quarter of this year to a substantial level that can meet clients’ demand.

“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,” he told reporters at a press conference held after the event.

Yeo, however, declined to elaborate further on which clients have shown interest in LG Display’s OLED panels, other than its affiliate LG Electronics, to whom it sells a bulk of its products. LG Display retained this year’s sales target for OLED panels at 600,000 units and 1.5 million units for 2016. Yeo cited the improvement in yields for OLED panels as a key factor that will help achieve such a sales target.

“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,” he said. LG Display will keep its focus on large screens, with a plan to introduce an OLED panel as big as 99 inches within this year, the executive said. The company has released its 55-inch, 66-inch and 77-inch OLED models earlier in the year.

It will also continue to upgrade its plastic OLED technology in the small- to mid-sized segments, such as transparent displays and rollable and flexible displays to be used for wearable devices or vehicle dashboards, according to Yeo.

Source: yonhapnews

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