LONDON – Japanese consumer electronics giants Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. have announced they will collaborate in the development of organic light emitting diode (OLED) panels and modules for TVs and large-sized displays.
A well as working together on next-generation technology that would allow printing of high-resolution OLED panels and modules the two companies plan to study the possibility of collaboration in mass production, Sony said. The two companies aim to finalize the mass production technology in 2013.
The announcement of the tie up comes soon after plans for Sony to take a stake of more than 10 percent in the scandal-hit optical company Olympus Corp.
Sony has been a key developer of OLED technologies including manufacturing technologies that combine deposition and printing methods and the use of flexible organic thin-film transistors to drive displays.
Panasonic is a leader in large-sized screens and has developed an "all-printing method" for OLED display production. The printed method of fabrication has the advantage of producing performance competitive large-sized displays at lower cost.
At the same time as working together on OLED display technology the two companies will each contiunue to develop and commercialize its own OLED televisions and large-sized displays.
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