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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