LG Display will reportedly start mass production of White
OLED (WOLED) TV panels not earlier than 2013, pushing back
the company's plans to release its massive 55" OLED TV this
According to a report from Japan, LG Display has set up a
pilot OLED line at one of its LCD panel fabs in Korea, with
plans to turn the fab into the company's major OLED
production base by 2015.
WOLED vertically accumulates red, green, and blue diodes.
With white color light emitting from the diode, it displays
screen information through color layers below the TFT base
panel. According to LG, this leads to a lower error rate,
higher productivity, and a clearer Ultra Definition screen
via the benefits of small pixels. Further, it is possible
to realize identical colors in diverse angles via color
information displayed through a thin layer. Lower
electricity consumption in web browsing environments for
smart TVs is another key strength of WOLED, LG claims.
LG rival Samsung Electronics is also making a 55-inch AMOLED TV panel. Samsung's panel uses a horizontal red/green/blue (RGB) pixel structure, which requires a fine metal mask (FMM) for the patterning of AMOLED material.
Market observers have said the TV may be priced as high as
US$10,000, which will give it a limited market and low
sales. However, market research firm DisplaySearch
estimates that the OLED TV market will reach the $278
million next year and up to $2.3 billion by 2015.