July 27, 2016: The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology is likely to replace the ever-dominant liquid-crystal display (LCD) in the mobile phone display market, and rule the smartphone display technology by 2020, according to IHS.
IHS has also projected that AMOLED displays that contain low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) backplane will account for over 36% of all smartphone displays shipped in 2020.Hence, AMOLED is all set to become to most-used display technology in mobile phone displays, exceeding LTPS TFT LCD and a-Si (amorphous silicon) thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD displays.
A chief HIS spokesperson said that although OLED is more tricky to manufacture, uses more complex materials and chemical procedures, and needs an intense focus on yield-rate administration, it is a booming an eye-catching technology for smartphone companies. OLED displays are thinner and lighter as compared to LCD displays. In addition, OLED offers better color performance and facilitates flexible display form factors that result in more pioneering design, added the spokesperson.
Increasing OLED demand
There is a rising demand for OLED technology among mobile phone manufacturers. While Samsung Electronics has already adopted it in its handset models, other brands such as Huawei, OPPO, Vivo, Meizu are all set to use the technology in the near future. In addition, Apple is now extensively likely to use OLED displays in its future iPhone models.
Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp, JDI, BOE, Tianma, GVO, Truly, and CSOT have also begun to increase their AMOLED manufacturing capacities and dedicate more resources to technology expansion. Samsung Display’s massive sixth-generation A3 AMOLED fab, for instance, will facilitate even more AMOLED displays to hit the market. Global AMOLED manufacturing capacity will boost from 5 million square meters in 2014 to 30 million square meters in 2020, according to an IHS estimate.
A number of display manufacturers were investing in LTPS LCD, thinking it would surpass a-Si technology, but several fabs under construction, particularly in China, have had to alter their plans to add OLED evaporation and encapsulation tools, since OLED dissemination has been quicker than expected earlier.
The IHS spokesperson also said that in the past OLED displays were completely glass-based, and as far as performance was concerned, there was hardly any difference between OLED and LCD displays. However, at present flexible OLED displays made from lighter and thinner plastic are enabled and have attracted Apple’s attention. Apple’s future acceptance of OLED displays will be a landmark for OLED in the display business.