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IHS: OLED Gaining Steam

20 Jan, 2014 By: Chris Tribbey

A mere 50,000 active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) TV sets were shipped in 2013, with only LG Displays expected to ship large volumes of the panels in 2014, according to a report from IHS.

However, more and more consumer electronics companies are producing the expensive sets, with shipments expected to hit 700,000 in 2015, 2.2 million in 2016 and 5.1 million in 2017.

“The high profile of the products and large number of sets at [the International Consumer Electronics Show] indicates that television brands remain committed to promoting AMOLED technology,” said Vinita Jakhanwal, director of mobile and emerging displays and technology at IHS. “Although previous AMOLED TV initiatives have been stymied by production issues, these are expected to be overcome and sets are expected to enter high-volume production in the coming years.”

At CES LG Electronics launched the world’s first curved high-def AMOLED TV and a bendable Ultra-HD AMOLED TV. Samsung Electronics debuted a high-def OLED TV with an adjustable radius. And Panasonic announced five curved UHD OLED TVs. Several Chinese firms, including TCL, Hisense and Changhong also debuted OLED TVs.

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