Samsung to show off AMOLED prototypes at CES

Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) will be demoing their very latest prototype AMOLED displays at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

SMD will offer the first look at a 4.5 inch WVGA Flexible AMOLED, which it claims is the most advanced flexible display in the world, alongside the world’s first large-screen transparent AMOLED display.

AMOLED displays offer distinct advantages over LCD and plasma screens, such as more vivid colours, higher contrast and lower power consumption, and SMD is at the forefront of development of the technology.

The 4.5 flexible AMOLED display is a mere 2mm thick, runs at WVGA 800×480 resolution and can be rolled down to a one centimetre radius.

It is said that at WVGA, this new concept prototype offers a display resolution four times that of the previous most flexible AMOLED prototype in the industry.  This is thanks to the use of a new plastic substrate that can withstand the 450-500 degree temperatures required in the manufacturing process.

In the past the plastic substrates necessary for production would melt at temperatures over 400 degrees during the manufacturing process which has made production on a large scale difficult.

With new production methods that have been developed the prototype is apparently a major step towards the commercialisation and mass-production of the flexible AMOLED display.

SMD will also debut a 19 inch qFHD Transparent AMOLED designed for use in monitors for PCs and TVs.

According to SMD the prototype AMOLED display maintains up to a 30 percent transparency whether it is turned off or on, compared to an average transparency of below 10 percent which has been seen previously.

The transparent AMOLED prototype provides the highest resolution on a transparent large-screen TV, over 19 inchs, or monitor display.

SMD will also be exhibiting a 14-inch qFHD transparent AMOLED for notebook PCs.