Applied Materials’ is at FPD International in Yokohama, Japan this week from October 26-28, presenting the theme “Enabling an Interactive Visual World.” Prominently featured at this year’s show is the AKT-20KPX PECVD system for high mobility backplanes driving smartphones and tablet PC’s and the Aristo Twin PVD for touch panel applications.
Active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays have been available on high-end smartphones for a while now, and there has been a lot of speculation about when we’ll start to see tablet devices equipped the same screen technology. I would like to take a closer look at why AMOLED technology is so hotly anticipated.
OLED displays use an alternative pixel-lighting mechanism compared to liquid crystal display (LCD) - a mechanism that is simpler in concept and offers advantages over LCD, but introduces numerous technological challenges that display manufacturers are working to overcome.
I’m sure most of you are aware of the tremendous success of the Apple iPad, which was released in April of this year. There were great expectations and hype leading up to its release, and reported sales so far have more than met the expectations, with more than 10M units expected to be sold this year, and multiple “Tablet PC” products expected to be released by other makers late this year and early 2011.
Actually the iPad success is part of a larger trend in display products that has been developing over the past few years, which I call the “Fourth Screen.”