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Sony Corporation announced that it was beginning mass production of OLED screens for its CLIE PEG-VZ90 model of personal-entertainment handhelds. and active matrix refers to the technology behind the addressing of pixels. PDAs and digital cameras. OLED describes a specific type of thin-film display technology in which organic compounds form the electroluminescent material. crisper displays on electronic devices and use less power than conventional light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or liquid crystal displays (LCDs) used today. OLEDs are used in small-screen devices such as cell phones.INTRODUCTION AMOLED is a display technology for use in mobile devices and televisions. OLEDs can provide brighter. the EasyShare LS633 Kodak LS633 EasyShare with OLED display . In September 2004. OLEDs are solid-state devices composed of thin films of organic molecules that create light with the application of electricity. Currently. OLED display for Sony Clie Kodak was the first to release a digital camera with an OLED display in March 2003.

In May 2005. AMOLED technology is used in mobile phones. Sony announced that it would be the first to market with an OLED television. And in October 2007. . low-cost and large-size (for example. The newspaper of the future might be an OLED display that refreshes with breaking news and like a regular newspaper. The XEL-1 was available in December 2007 for customers in Japan The Sony 11-inch XEL-1 OLED TV. Video images could be much more realistic and constantly updated. media players and digital cameras. ultra-slim TV. Samsung Electronics announced that it had developed a prototype 40-inch. As of 2012. 40inch) applications Research and development in the field of OLEDs is proceeding rapidly and may lead to future applications in heads-up displays.a device with an OLED display could change information almost in real time. the first of its size. home and office lighting and flexible displays. and continues to make progress toward low-power. OLED-based.000 times faster -. you could fold it up when you're done reading it and stick it in your backpack or briefcase. billboard-type displays. Because OLEDs refresh faster than LCDs almost 1. automotive dashboards.

The substrate supports the OLED.The cathode injects electrons when a current flows through the device. glass. Cathode (may or may not be transparent depending on the type of OLED) . this is where light is made. One conducting polymer used in OLEDs is polyaniline. an OLED is a solid-state semiconductor device that is 100 to 500 nanometers thick or about 200 times smaller than a human hair. . Molecules commonly used in OLEDs include organometallic chelates. in the latter design.This layer is made of organic plastic molecules that transport "holes" from the anode. Anode (transparent) . Conducting layer .These layers are made of organic molecules or polymers. In this article. foil) . the third layer helps transport electrons from the cathode to the emissive layer.This layer is made of organic plastic molecules (different ones from the conducting layer) that transport electrons from the cathode. One polymer used in the emissive layer is polyfluorene. we'll be focusing on the two-layer design. Organic layers . Emissive layer . OLEDs can have either two layers or three layers of organic material.The anode removes electrons (adds electron "holes") when a current flows through the device.OLED COMPONENTS Like an LED. An OLED consists of the following parts: Substrate (clear plastic.

Using a carrier gas increases the efficiency and reduces the cost of making OLEDs. Organic vapor phase deposition (OVPD) . This process is expensive and inefficient. hot-walled reactor chamber. OLEDs are sprayed onto substrates just like inks are sprayed onto paper during printing. where they condense into thin films. the organic molecules are gently heated (evaporated) and allowed to condense as thin films onto cooled substrates.With inkjet technology.The biggest part of manufacturing OLEDs is applying the organic layers to the substrate. Inkjet printing . a carrier gas transports evaporated organic molecules onto cooled substrates. This can be done in three ways:    Vacuum deposition or vacuum thermal evaporation (VTE) .In a vacuum chamber.In a low-pressure. Magnified image of the AMOLED screen on the Nexus One smart phone using the RGBG system of the PenTile Matrix Family . Inkjet technology greatly reduces the cost of OLED manufacturing and allows OLEDs to be printed onto very large films for large displays like 80-inch TV screens or electronic billboards.

An electrical current flows from the cathode to the anode through the organic layers (an electrical current is a flow of electrons). At the boundary between the emissive and the conductive layers. The battery or power supply of the device containing the OLED applies a voltage across the OLED. the electron fills the hole (it falls into an . The anode removes electrons from the conductive layer of organic molecules. through a process called electro phosphorescence.) 3. When an electron finds an electron hole. 2. (This is the equivalent to giving electron holes to the conductive layer. The cathode gives electrons to the emissive layer of organic molecules. electrons find electron holes.HOW DO OLEDS EMIT LIGHT? OLEDs emit light in a similar manner to LEDs. The process is as follows: 1.

6. Manufacturers place several types of organic films on the same OLED to make color displays. The intensity or brightness of the light depends on the amount of electrical current applied: the more current. 5. When this happens. . The color of the light depends on the type of organic molecule in the emissive layer. 4. the brighter the light. the electron gives up energy in the form of a photon of light. The OLED emits light.energy level of the atom that's missing an electron).

The intersections of the cathode and anode make up the pixels where light is emitted. PMOLEDs are most efficient for text and icons and are best suited for small screens (2. Active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) AMOLEDs have full layers of cathode. External circuitry applies current to selected strips of anode and cathode. but they consume more power than other types of OLED. organic layers and strips of anode. The anode strips are arranged perpendicular to the cathode strips. organic molecules and anode.TYPES OF OLEDS: PASSIVE AND ACTIVE MATRIX Passive-matrix OLED (PMOLED) PMOLEDs have strips of cathode. PMOLEDs are easy to make. determining which pixels get turned on and which pixels remain off. mainly due to the power needed for the external circuitry. the brightness of each pixel is proportional to the amount of applied current. but the anode layer overlays a thin film transistor (TFT) array that forms a matrix. Again. PDAs and MP3 players. Even with the external circuitry. The TFT array itself is the circuitry that determines which pixels get turned on to form an image. . passive-matrix OLEDs consume less battery power than the LCDs that currently power these devices.to 3-inch diagonal) such as those you find in cell phones.

AMOLEDs consume less power than PMOLEDs because the TFT array requires less power than external circuitry. so they are efficient for large displays. large-screen TVs and electronic signs or billboards. The best uses for AMOLEDs are computer monitors. AMOLEDs also have faster refresh rates suitable for video. .

SUPER AMOLED PLUS Super AMOLED Plus. The screen technology is also brighter. have surfaced to help alleviate this behavior. 1. This can lead to reduced real-world battery life in mobile devices but third party solutions. with a Super AMOLED Plus screen 2. some of the Super AMOLED advantages are brighter screens. is a branding where the Pen Tile RGBG pixel matrix (2 sub pixels) is replaced with a traditional RGB sub pixel arrangement. such as Black Google Mobile. Galaxy Nexus. One of the main differences from other display technologies is that the layer that detects touch is integrated into the screen rather than being overlaid on top. Compared with the first-generation AMOLED. with a HD Super AMOLED screen . first introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Droid Charge smart phones. thinner with AMOLED Plus displays being 18% more energy efficient than the old Super AMOLED displays. As with AMOLED and OLED displays. Samsung Galaxy S II. a main disadvantage for mobile users is the increased battery consumption when displaying an image that is primarily white.SUPER AMOLED Super Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode or Super AMOLED is a display technology (variant from AMOLED) mainly for use in mobile devices such as mobile phones (see the list below for examples). improving detail. such as an all white background. less sunlight reflection and reduced power consumption.

Samsung is expected to introduce a new screen using "Real Stripe" RGB subpixels with the move to the laser-induced thermal imaging (LITI) process.with a 4.3" 1280x800 display.7 watts showing white text on a black background. improving response time often to under a millisecond. Samsung's Super AMOLED technology addresses this issue by reducing the size of gaps between layers of the screen. The amount of power the display consumes varies significantly depending on the color and brightness shown. as it instructs the user to maintain the "white text on black background" theme to have a better battery autonomy. and they consume significantly less power. The change to LITI is also said to be an important step toward commercializing OLED TVs. rearranging the subpixels for each color and in the case of PenTile RGBW. The first device to use it is the Galaxy Note: an Android v2.65" display with 1280x720 resolution. The phone (and the display) was announced in September 2011. As an example. The higher resolution and dpi were made possible due to a change in materials and new manufacturing process. though still using shadow mask (or fine metal mask (FMM)) technology. This may be called "HD Super AMOLED Plus". where power consumption is critical to battery life. COMPARISON TO OTHER TECHNOLOGIES AMOLED displays provide higher refresh rates than their passive-matrix OLED counterparts. albeit while introducing graininess. one commercial QVGA OLED display consumes 3 watts while showing black text on a white background.HD SUPER AMOLED HD Super AMOLED is a new Super AMOLED type display from Samsung. which emits more light due to a lack of a R/G/B filter. The Windows Phone 7 platform takes advantage of this characteristic.3 phone with a 5. such as using Black Google Mobile to search with a black background. AMOLED also has contrast ratios that are significantly better than LCD. PenTile technology is sometimes used. Because the black pixels actually turn off. . AMOLED mobile phone users can save battery power by avoiding white backgrounds and many methods exist to achieve this. AMOLED displays may be difficult to view in direct sunlight compared to LCDs because of their reduced maximum brightness. Additionally. However this required a change back to pentile RGBG subpixels. This advantage makes active-matrix OLEDs well suited for portable electronics. thereby increasing brightness. adding a white subpixel. but only 0. The second device to use it is Samsung's Galaxy Nexus phone .

As the substrate used can be flexible such as PET. certain models of HTC smartphones have been changed to use nextgeneration LCD displays from the Samsung and Sony joint-venture SLCD in the future. theoretically making them cheaper to produce than LCD or plasma displays. Light weight & flexible plastic substrates: OLED displays can be fabricated on flexible plastic substrates leading to the possibility of flexible organic light-emitting diodes being fabricated or other new applications such as roll-up displays embedded in fabrics or clothing. ADVANTAGES The different manufacturing process of OLEDs lends itself to several advantages over flat panel displays made with LCD technology. fabrication of the OLED substrate is more costly than that of a TFT LCD. until mass production methods lower cost through scalability. However. However. Construction of new production facilities in 2011 will increase the production of AMOLED screens to cope with demand. Current demand for AMOLED screens is high and.  Lower cost in the future: OLEDs can be printed onto any suitable substrate by an inkjet printer or even by screen printing. due to supply shortages of the Samsungproduced displays.  . the displays may be produced inexpensively.The organic materials used in AMOLED displays are prone to degradation over a period of time. lining up the different printed layers to the required degree of accuracy. although this technique also induces problems in that multi-layer devices can be challenging to make due to registration issues. technology has been developed to compensate for material degradation. Rollroll vapor-deposition methods for organic devices do allow mass production of thousands of devices per minute for minimal cost.

Response time: OLEDs can also have a faster response time than standard LCD screens. measured in purely dark conditions) and viewing angle compared to LCDs because OLED pixels directly emit light.000 hours to half original brightness (five years at 8 hours a day) when used for flatpanel displays. so this part of the manufacturing process for AMOLEDs starts with the process costs of standard LCD. it requires the use of Low-Temperature Polysilicon backplanes. LTPS backplanes in turn require laser annealing from an amorphous silicon start. Lifespan: The biggest technical problem for OLEDs was the limited lifetime of the organic materials. allowing a small fraction of light through so they cannot show true black. Whereas LCD displays are capable of between 2 and 16 ms response time offering a refresh rate of 60 to 480 Hz. blue OLEDs historically have had a lifetime of around 14. enabling up to 100. Specifically. Better power efficiency: LCDs filter the light emitted from a backlight. time-consuming process that cannot currently be used on large-area glass substrates. OLED pixel colours appear correct and unshifted. LED or PDP technology—  . an OLED can theoretically have less than 0. while an inactive OLED element does not produce light or consume power. DISADVANTAGES  Current costs: OLED manufacture currently requires process steps that make it extremely expensive.01 ms response time.   Wider viewing angles & improved brightness: OLEDs can enable a greater artificial contrast ratio (both dynamic range and static. and then adds an expensive.000 Hz refresh rate. This is lower than the typical lifetime of LCD. even as the viewing angle approaches 90° from normal. In particular.

experimental OLEDs were created which can sustain 400 cd/m2 of luminance for over 198. as the OLED material used to produce blue light degrades significantly more rapidly than the materials that produce other colors.000 hours to half brightness. some manufacturers' displays aim to increase the lifespan of OLED displays. This can be partially avoided by adjusting color balance but this may require advanced control circuits and interaction with the user. depending on manufacturer and model. Considerable research has been invested in developing blue OLEDs with high external quantum efficiency as well as a deeper blue color. pushing their expected life past that of LCD displays by improving light out coupling. Efficiency of blue OLEDs: Improvements to the efficiency and lifetime of blue OLEDs is vital to the success of OLEDs as replacements for LCD technology. For example. G and B subpixels to reduce the current density through the subpixel in order to equalize lifetime at full luminance. In 2007. which is unacceptable for some users. blue light output will decrease relative to the other colors of light.000 hours for green OLEDs and 62. manufacturer’s bias the color balance towards blue so that the display initially has an artificially blue tint.   Color balance issues: Additionally. This variation in the differential color output will change the color balance of the display and is much more noticeable than a decrease in overall luminance. though. The red subpixel may be 10% smaller than the green. In order to delay the problem. External quantum efficiency values of 20% and .000 hours for blue OLEDs. manufacturers optimize the size of the R. over-saturated colors. leading to complaints of artificial-looking. However. a blue subpixel may be 100% larger than the green subpixel.000–40. More commonly. thus achieving the same brightness at a lower drive current.each currently rated for about 25.

such as Black Google Mobile. that provide black background alternatives when otherwise unavailable. This can lead to reduced real-world battery life in mobile devices when white backgrounds are used.    19% have been reported for red (625 nm) and green (530 nm) diodes. UV sensitivity: OLED displays can be damaged by prolonged exposure to UV light.1%. However. blue diodes (430 nm) have only been able to achieve maximum external quantum efficiencies in the range of 4% to 6%. for the majority of images it will consume 60–80% of the power of an LCD: however it can use over three times as much power to display an image with a white background such as a document or website. with the proper application of a circular polarizer and anti-reflective coatings. However. OLEDs rely completely upon converting electricity to light. The most pronounced example of this can be seen with a near UV laser (such as a Bluray pointer) and can damage the display almost instantly with more than 20 mW leading to dim or dead spots where the beam is focused. With 10. with reflectance approaching 80%. Outdoor performance: As an emissive display technology. leading to poor readability in bright ambient light such as outdoors. respectively. unlike most LCDs which are to some extent reflective. The metallic cathode in OLED acts as a mirror. Removal of this filter can lead to severe damage and an unusable display after only a few months of room light exposure. e-ink leads the way in efficiency with ~ 33% ambient light reflectivity. the diffuse reflectance can be reduced to less than 0. Therefore. enabling the display to be used without any internal light source. Power consumption: While an OLED will consume around 40% of the power of an LCD displaying an image which is primarily black. . This is usually avoided by installing a UV blocking filter over the panel and this can easily be seen as a clear plastic layer on the glass. that yields an approximate photopic contrast of 5:1. Water damage may especially limit the longevity of more flexible displays. This disadvantage has led to alternative mobile platform solutions. Water damage: Water can damage the organic materials of the displays.000 fc incident illumination (typical test condition for simulating outdoor illumination). improved sealing processes are important for practical manufacturing.

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