The first notebooks with OLED displays will arrive in 2010, said Woo Jong, vice president of the Mobile Display Marketing Team of Samsung SDI. However, the adoption of OLED displays won't be quick as these panels will remain more expensive than LCD displays for quite some time.
Lee expects around 28 percent of all notebooks will have a OLED display by 2015, but even then they will still cost 10% more than LED-backlit LCD panels.
In the speech, Lee explained about the future availability of active-matrix OLED panels in mobile devices. First, he pointed out their advantages such as a wide operating temperature range, an excellent compatibility with touch screens, a low environmental load at disposal and a high recyclability. Then, he said that OLED panels meeting the demands of product assembly manufacturers will be used in laptops, which have the most demanding requirements, as early as 2010.
Because OLED panels are all-semiconductor devices, a revolution in the area of, for example, flexible displays will happen once again, Lee said. He claimed that touch-screens will be the standard in mobile devices and that OLED panels have a higher noise resistance than TFT LCD panels because they are driven by DC power.
"Though the ultimate form is in-cell touch panel, capacitance touch-screen will be the mainstream for the next five or six years," he said.