It’s a no-brainer that Samsung Display has made a lot of in-roads in the field of Display Tech. Recently, the company advanced the QNED tech a step closer to the production stage. Today, another report by TheElec says that the company will begin trials for QD-OLED display panels.
According to the report, Samsung Display will run trials for the production line of the QD-OLED displays next month(December). And the production line for QD-OLED panels is reportedly called Q1 at it’s Asan Factory, South Korea. This plant and its ex-Guami plant had already been focusing on OLED displays. The Q1 is an 8.5th generation line measuring(2,200×2,500mm). It will likely produce 15,000 substrates per month initially before swinging to the full 30,000 capacity.
For the unware, A Quantum dot(QD) display uses quantum dots( semiconductor nanocrystals) to produce pure monochromatic red, green, and blue light. When a light wave strikes them, they emit color. Thus, a QD-OLED(Quantum Dot-Organic Light Emitting Diode) is a hybrid tech that aims to bring the best of both worlds(OLED, QD). As a result, you can get the perfect blacks, contrast like OLED, and brightness levels with colors like a typical QLED(Quantum LED).
To quickly brush you on the difference between QLED vs OLED, QLED has an LED backlight, a layer of Quantum Dot film, an LCD matrix, and a color filter. However, OLED doesn’t have an LCD Matrix and uses an OLED light source(individual pixels light up/shut down) and a color filter to produce the images. Thus, by combining the goodies of QD from a QLED and combining it with OLED, it will result in the above-mentioned perks.
Coming back, Samsung has reportedly set up all the equipment back in July and with the latest development, it’s just hitting one more checklist. Further, if the report is true, it will take about three months to set up the flow and six months to get the proper yield rates. And if it fails, it might move over to the QNED tech to attract buyers like Samsung Electronics, Sony. If we recall, the company invested about $11 billion in the QD display tech which was a run-up to the QNED and QD-OLED tech.
Although the company is a pioneer in QLED tech, it just lacks the momentum when it comes to large OLED panels. Especially, when you have a rival like the LG Display, which is way more experienced, you start to feel the heat. Hence, it’s planning to ship a whopping 2 million mini-LED TVs in 2021 to compete with LG.
And if it reaps benefits, the report says it might just switch over to QNED rather than risking it with QD-OLED. Either way, let’s play the waiting game to see if Samsung hits this one out of the ballpark.