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Universal Display Announces Significant Advances in Printable OLED Materials for Ink-Jet Printing in Collaboration with Seiko Epson

Press release from the issuing company

December 5, 2007 - EWING, N.J. - Universal Display Corporation, a major force behind today's evolving displays and lighting with its PHOLED phosphorescent OLED technology, today reported significant progress in the development of P(2)OLED printable, phosphorescent OLED materials for use with solution-based manufacturing processes, which display manufacturers consider a prospective solution for the cost-effective production of large-area OLED displays.
Reported in a joint paper with Seiko Epson Corporation (Epson) given today at the Society for Information Display's 2007 International Display Workshop (IDW) Conference in Sapporo, Japan, these advances are the result of a three-year joint development program during which the two companies focused on the successful demonstration of Universal Display's P(2)OLEDs for application to Epson's proprietary ink-jet printing process technology.
"It is a great honor to be working with the world-class team at Seiko Epson," stated Steven V. Abramson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Display. "Our joint development efforts to develop P(2)OLED materials and technology for use with Epson's ink-jet printing technology have been highly productive. We have accelerated progress toward our commercial targets to enable the production of OLED displays that are low-cost, high-efficiency, thin, bright, and beautiful for a variety of consumer markets including large-area TV's."
"Everyone understands the potential of printable OLEDs, but we were forced to choose the others for commercialization up to now. The great achievement through our collaboration made the realization of printable OLED displays closer. Universal Display will continue to be the most advanced R&D company in phosphorescent OLED technology, and I appreciate them," stated Mitsuro Atobe, General Administrative Manager, Display Development Division of Seiko Epson Corporation.
Given by Epson's Takuya Sonoyama, the paper reported progress in red, green and blue P(2)OLED device performance in spin-coated devices and ink-jet printed devices. Demonstrating the high luminous efficiency of PHOLED technology, the team made significant progress in extending the operating lifetimes of its red and green material P(2)OLED systems: Red with CIE(0.66, 0.33), luminous efficiency of 9 cd/A and greater than 50,000 hours of operating lifetime to 50% of initial luminance (at 500 cd/m(2)) and green with CIE(0.33, 0.63), 35 cd/A and greater than 50,000 hours (at 1000 cd/m(2)). The team also reported data for a new sky blue P(2)OLED with CIE(0.19, 0.40), 18 cd/A and greater than 3,000 hours (at 500 cd/m(2)). In addition, results with ink-jet printed P(2)OLED devices were reported which demonstrate the excellent film-forming ability of the small molecule layers. Ink-jet printed green P(2)OLED devices were also demonstrated to have the same efficiency as those of the spin-coated control P(2)OLEDs following an in-depth study of solvent selection and process optimization.
Universal Display's PHOLED technology and materials, which offer up to four times higher energy efficiency than traditional OLED systems, are today being used in products manufactured using conventional vacuum thermal evaporation (VTE) equipment. P(2)OLED materials and technology, based on this same PHOLED technology, are designed for use with solution-based processes such as ink-jet printing.
Seiko Epson Corporation, a world leader in the development and commercialization of ink-jet printing technology and largely responsible for the revolution in low-cost, high-quality printers for the home computer industry, has been leveraging this expertise to develop high-speed, ink-jet printing for OLEDs.