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Kodak, Sanyo invest in active-matrix OLED

Posted: 20 Jan 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Eastman Kodak? Sanyo Electric? active-matrix OLED? polysilicon LCDs?

OLED partners Eastman Kodak Co. and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. will invest about $170 million to establish volume production capacity of active-matrix OLEDs this year, the companies said. The displays, an up and coming technology, are not in volume production anywhere in the world at this time, Sanyo said. The investment will support the production of one million 2-inch panels per month.

Kodak and Sanyo became OLED allies in February 1999 and developed their first active-matrix OLED in September 1999. They have also formed a joint venture, SK Display Corp., that handles a portion of the OLED production process, specifically the evaporating of the OLED layer. Sanyo will provide the joint venture with low-temperature polysilicon LCDs, the substrate upon which active-matrix OLED panels are built.

About half of the $170 million in funding will go to SK Display and another half will go to Tottori Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., an LCD production facility and Sanyo subsidiary.

Sanyo and Kodak intend to become leading providers of active-matrix OLED panels, Sanyo said.

Kodak has just recently licensed its OLED technology to Varitronix International Ltd, a Hong Kong-based display provider that plans to develop full-color active-matrix OLEDs.

- Yoshiko Hara

EE Times

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