LONDON Revenue for orgamic light emitting diode displays jumped 35 percent in 2009 to $826 million, according to market research company DisplaySearch.
Increased demand for active-matrix OLED displays for mobile phone main displays was the key driver of the growth in 2009 and active-matrix OLED revenues surpassed those of passive-matrix OLED displays for the first time.
AMOLED achieved $537 million in annual revenue compared to PMOLED revenues of $291 million, DisplaySearch said. PMOLED demand in 2009 fell as a result of mobile phone design trends shifting from clam-shell designs, which use PMOLEDs for secondary displays, to smart phones, which use larger active matrix displays.
"We expect AMOLED revenue growth to remain strong in 2010. In order for PMOLEDs to make a comeback, the technology needs to be developed for new applications such as automotive and consumer electronics that are currently adopting PMLCD," said Hiroshi Hayase, an analyst with DisplaySearch, in a statement.
Revenues for Samsung Mobile Display far exceeded that of all other OLED suppliers in 2009, with $566 million in revenues, up 90 percent year-on-year.
RiTdisplay was number two with $106 million, falling 18 percent, and Pioneer fell 15 percent to $60 million in sales. TDK increased its revenue 15 percent from 2008 and maintained fourth place in 2009, and Visionox grew its revenue to $15 million to rank in fifth position.
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