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The momentum for OLED laptops and tablet PCs has faded

Agam Shah | June 15, 2016
Shipments of OLED laptops have been hit with delays, and display makers are not showing interest in making panels.

Installing OLED panels in laptops also isn't as easy as installing LED screens, which are well tuned to current PC making techniques.

"The basic principle of the signal-driving schemes are different. So it takes some special consideration when designing OLED into a laptop system," Hsieh said.

There are also OLED burn-in issues that display makers are trying to resolve, Hsieh said. Images tend to stick on the screen for a little while after it is turned off, which could hurt the life of a display.

There's also little interest from top display makers Samsung and LG in building OLED for laptops and hybrids. Samsung is the only OLED supplier to PC makers and is making a small number of panels tuned for PC devices. The company is expected to start making OLED laptop panels in larger volumes in the third quarter, Hsieh said.

A Samsung spokeswoman said the company "is consistently focusing on all types of applications for its OLED displays including laptops."

LG is betting its future on OLED and is investing millions of dollars in factories. But OLED is a bigger priority for big-screen TVs, and small-screen devices like wearables and mobile devices.

OLED is not a priority for laptops or hybrids because there isn't a viable market yet, the company said in an earnings call in late April. LG will start making panels depending on the market response, but didn't provide a timeline.

 

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