Transparent AND Flexible AMOLED is en route
2011 is going to be a big year for AMOLED. July will see the launch of Samsung's massive new $2.2 billion factory. That will increase the manufacturer's AMOLED capacity from the current 3-million units per month to 30 million units / month. And now Samsung has sent out a press release announcing the unveiling of new AMOLED tech in 2011.
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It's going to be shiny, folks. There's a 4.5" flexible AMOLED panel that measures a mere 2 mm thick with a resolution of 800x480. It can even be rolled down to a 1 centimeter radius. Which means we can't be more than a few years away from a flexible, foldable AMOLED newspaper. You'll be able to watch YouTube videos OR fold your paper up and use it to smack your misbehaving cat.
Samsung's most exciting new development is their 19" transparent AMOLED display. This proof-of-concept will allow manufacturers to, say, stick a transparent display over a car window. Your kids can browse the Internet while watching the sights go by. And you'll get a badass HUD superimposed over the road. Just turning on the car will make you feel like Iron Man.
This display can handle as much as 30% transparency. Samsung's also noted the potential for shipping televisions with second AMOLED screens over the main TV display. This would allow for a whole new sort of smart TV interface. Both 'displays' would only have to handle one set of tasks, which would make life easier on the processors and maybe even get rid of a bit of lag.
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These are just the innovations Samsung has unveiled ahead of the show. We'll see more from their AMOLED line-up (hopefully including large-screen products) at CES 2011.