Toshiba, Kodak and DuPont fire up OLED displays

Toshiba and Kodak were among the companies who announced developments and displayed new wares in the organic light-emitting diode...

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Toshiba and Kodak were among the companies who announced developments and displayed new wares in the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) field at this week's Society for Information Display conference in Boston.

OLEDs displays emit their own light, requiring less power and less space, as well as offering sharper, brighter images than traditional LED counterparts. They are perceived as potential flat display technologies for the future.

Toshiba demonstrated what it claims is the world's first 43cm polymer OLED display, which sports a maximum resolution of 1280 pixels by 768 pixels and offers more than 256,000 colours. As yet, mass production and availability of the display is undetermined.

Such a display could be used as a computer screen, in televisions and in other similar applications, the company said.

The company also demonstrated a 256,000-colour polymer OLED screen aimed at handheld computers and mobile phones.

Kodak, as part of its joint venture with Sanyo, announced the availability of an OLED evaluation kit that will allow developers to test and design devices using its displays. The kit will include the Kodak AM550L display, a full-colour, active matrix display, an interface board, drivers, cables and instructions, Kodak said.

DuPont Displays, a division of EI du Pont de Nemours and Clare, said that it was working with its parent company on the integrated circuits that are used to control OLEDs. The pair have already teamed on Clare's MXED 301 controller.

The devices that the two will collaborate on will feed display information to small, OLED displays featuring 80 dots-per-inch to 100 dots-per-inch resolution, for use in handhelds, mobile phones, small instruments and other consumer electronics. Samples should be available by the end of this year, the companies claimed.



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