Last month, we mentioned here how Samsung’s display solutions affiliate, Samsung Mobile Display, is spearheading the effort to develop next-generation displays known as AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) screens. AMOLED displays are thinner, lighter and more energy-efficient than conventional LCD panels and increasingly used in smartphones and other hand-held devices.
As further testament to these ongoing efforts, Samsung Mobile Display today held a ceremony marking the completion of the world’s largest AMOLED production line in Tangjeong, Korea. Manufacturing from this 5.5th-generation production line started this month – two months ahead of schedule – after construction began in June last year.
The new line uses glass substrates that are three times larger than the previous 4.5th-generation plant, which means enhanced productivity and improved cost competitiveness.
The earlier-than-expected production from the new facility should help Samsung Mobile Display maintain its leadership in the AMOLED market. More importantly, it will give a boost to our plans to expand the adoption of AMOLED screens to products such as tablet computers and mobile gaming devices from mostly smartphones.
Just how big is this next-generation display industry? The AMOLED market is expected to show explosive growth in the next five years, surging more than threefold to $14.1 billion in 2015 from $4.3 billion this year, according to research firm DisplaySearch.
As we said last month, the first version of our AMOLED screens went into mass production in 2007 and since then we have continuously strived to deliver more innovative display products, including Super AMOLED and Super AMOLED Plus screens.
Here’s a quick look at some of the other innovative achievements Samsung Mobile Display has made since 2007:
- Dec 2007: Developed 31-inch AMOLED
- Oct 2008: Developed 40-inch AMOLED
- June 2009: Developed 6.5-inch flexible AMOLED
- Oct 2009: Developed 30-inch 3D AMOLED
- May 2010: Developed 19-inch transparent AMOLED
- Nov 2010: Developed 4.5-inch WVGA flexible AMOLED