Revisiting the A-Si Backplane for the Next Generation of AMOLED Displays (SID)

Revisiting the A-Si Backplane for the Next Generation of AMOLED Displays

After growing by fits and starts through the early 2000s, the active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) industry has picked up steam in the last decade to reach $40 billion in annual revenue. The market is now forecast to grow to $60 billion by 2025, with most of the value coming from only two market segments: smartphones (80 percent) and TVs (20 percent). The business case for OLED smartphones is strong because of their energy efficiency, wide color gamut (WCG), and excellent dynamic range, with adoption rates today at around 40 percent and moving toward 50 percent of all units. For TV, the percentages are much lower, at around 2–3 percent of units, while the TV market remains dominated by large volumes of lower value LCD sets. In other markets, such as automotive, tablets, and notebooks, OLED plays only a niche role, for cost and performance reasons. Now a Florida-based startup and UF Innovate | The Hub resident, Mattrix Technologies (see the ‘History of Mattrix Technologies’ on informationdisplay.org), has a new approach to AMOLED manufacturing that may soon drive costs down and adoption rates higher in all the markets mentioned.

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