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EPSON inkjet technology makes large OLED colour display

  • 22 May, 2004 11:59

<p>EPSON inkjet technology makes large OLED colour display</p>
<p>Sydney 19 May 2004: Seiko EPSON Corporation ("EPSON") announced that it has used its original inkjet printing technology to successfully develop the world's first large-screen (40-inch) full-colour organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display prototype.</p>
<p>Self-luminescent OLED displays, which offer outstanding viewing characteristics, including high contrast, wide viewing angle, and fast response times, are widely seen as the leading candidate for the next generation of thin, lightweight displays. One of the major obstacles to their realization, however, has been the perceived difficulty of forming organic layers on large-sized TFT (thin film transistor) substrates. Thus the question of when fabrication processes for large-sized OLED flat panel displays would become technically feasible had been anyone's guess.</p>
<p>EPSON has been actively working to develop and commercialise next-generation OLED displays. The company, long a leader in inkjet printers, has developed an original inkjet process for depositing organic layers on large-size TFT substrates. Using this adapted inkjet technology to form organic layers on large-size substrates in a simple process, EPSON has now developed the world's largest (40-inch diagonal) full-colour OLED display prototype.</p>
<p>By establishing an OLED display manufacturing system and process that can handle oversized substrates, EPSON has beaten a path to large-size OLED displays, as well as to lower cost small- and medium-sized panels cut from larger TFT substrates.</p>
<p>EPSON believes that the characteristics of OLED displays make them the ideal device for entertainment applications, whether in equipment for the road or living room. The company is thus gearing up towards commercialisation in 2007.</p>
<p>Outline of prototype: 40-inch full-color OLED display</p>
<p>Screen size: 40-inch diagonal</p>
<p>Number of pixels: 1280 x RGB x 768dots (W-XGA)</p>
<p>Driving method: Active matrix</p>
<p>Pixels per inch: 38</p>
<p>No. of colors: 260,000</p>
<p>For detailed specifications of EPSON consumer products visit www.epson.com.au.</p>
<p>ENDS:</p>
<p>For further information or images, please contact Bob Pritchard at CommunEcom Strategic Communications on 02 9960 6000, 0413 825 552 or via email at bob.pritchard@communEcom.com.au</p>
<p>About EPSON Australia</p>
<p>EPSON offers an extensive array of award winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. EPSON's products meet consumer and business customer needs for superior quality colour image reproduction (printers), projection (projectors) and capture (scanners) devices with high-level functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. EPSON Australia, founded in 1983 is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the EPSON Group headquartered in Japan.</p>
<p>About The EPSON Group</p>
<p>The EPSON Group increases its corporate value through its innovative and creative culture. Dedicated to providing its customers with digital image innovation, its main product lines comprise information-related equipment such as printers and projectors, electronic devices including displays, liquid crystal panels for projectors, semiconductors and quartz devices, and precision products such as watches. EPSON products are known throughout the world for their superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy efficiency.</p>
<p>The EPSON Group is a network of 84,899 employees in 110 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led by the Japan-based Seiko EPSON Corp., which is listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the Group had consolidated sales of 1,413 billion yen in fiscal 2003.</p>

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