DuPont announced today that it has signed a technology licensing agreement with a leading Asian manufacturer of Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED) display products. The agreement will enable process technology developed by DuPont to be used in the company’s production of large AMOLED television displays. The DuPont AMOLED process technology enables large displays to be produced at significantly lower cost than alternative technologies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“AMOLED televisions clearly represent the future. They are preferred by consumers for their superior performance, they are more energy efficient and the process technology we’re licensing allows them to be manufactured much more cost effectively,” said David B. Miller, president, DuPont Electronics & Communications, in the press release. “We look forward to helping make the promise of AMOLED television a commercial reality at a price point that is within reach for the mass consumer market.”

AMOLED displays deliver vivid color, higher contrast, faster response and a wider viewing angle than traditional Liquid Crystal Displays, while consuming less power. AMOLED technology has been well received for small size displays such as in mobile phones, but cost has been a major barrier to the adoption of AMOLED technology for televisions up to this point.

DuPont has developed a proprietary solution-based printing technology that efficiently dispenses liquid OLED materials that it has developed to optimize display yields and performance. The process is designed to significantly cut production costs for television-sized displays when compared to the current methods of producing AMOLED or LCD displays.

“Over the last several years, DuPont has used its substantial resources as a market-driven science company to solve significant technical challenges associated with the cost-effective manufacture of AMOLED displays. As a result, DuPont has developed a unique manufacturing process and innovative materials tailored to work with it,” said William F. Feehery, global business director, DuPont Electronics & Communications, in the press release. “By licensing display manufacturers to make AMOLED displays using DuPont process technology, we will also build a business selling proprietary DuPont OLED materials.”

Based on industry estimates, the AMOLED television market is projected to grow to over $5 billion by 2017.

For more information on DuPont AMOLED technologies, please visit http://oled.dupont.com.

Source: DuPont

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