Kateeva Says They Can Do OLED Cheaper and Better

Posted Wed Feb 17, 2010 at 08:00 AM PST by Mike Attebery

According to the California based startup Kateeva, the current ideas behind the production of OLED screens are keeping costs high and making things difficult on manufacturers.

It’s time to face the facts, OLED just isn't happening. At least, not the way things are right now. Production is incredibly expensive, and no one sells a screen big enough to really care about. Sure, it’s neat to have OLED on a cell phone or MP3 player, but it’s the forty to sixty inch sets that we’re all really waiting for.

A new company called Kateeva says they’ve got a way to make it happen. The current production method for OLEDs is a process called shadow-mask printing. It’s not a great way to go about it, but it’s the lesser of several evils. Ink jet printing was tossed around for a while too, and while it’s cheaper by far, it also produces inferior results.

Kateeva’s solution is to mix the two. They say by combining both processes, it’s much easier to make large scale OLEDs. They also hope to demonstrate the cost efficiency of the new method. According to the company, they’ll be able to make OLEDs for sixty percent less than LCDs.

California based Kateeva will be showing off this new method to all of the major players in the TV making business starting next year.

Source: MIT Technology Review

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