After a very quiet CES last year, AMOLED TV is already a hot topic at this year’s CES. On January 9, Samsung delivered the biggest OLED news at its press conference. Samsung surprised everyone by showcasing a 55” AMOLED TV that is supposedly coming to market this year.
Samsung emphasized that it is using RGB color patterning, which means that it has made progress on organic material deposition techniques. The RGB color approach is in contrast to LG’s white OLED that uses a color filter method. LG’s demonstration of its 55” AMOLED TV was not a surprise, since LG had already announced the TV last month along with its plans to commercialize the 55” AMOLED TV in 2012.
Figure: Samsung Showcases 55” AMOLED TV at the CES 2012 Press Conference
Progress has been made in many areas of OLED technology, including organic materials, color patterning, electronic driving methods, and encapsulation. OLED is now ready to enter large-size TV applications. However, the ability to scale OLED display manufacturing to fabs larger than Gen 5.5 has yet to be demonstrated. Additionally, the cost of larger panels is not yet clear. What is clear is that there will be a lot of completion in 2012 for bragging rights over large-size OLED TVs.