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Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 16:00 HKT/SGT

Source: TDK Corporation
TDK Starts Mass Production of See-Through Type High-Definition Organic Electroluminescent (EL) Display

TOKYO, May 31, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - TDK Corporation has started mass production of a newly developed see-through passive matrix type QVGA organic EL display (product name: UEL476) from this Spring, a world's first*.

Organic EL displays are formed through thin-film techniques, using organic material that emits light in response to an electric current. High brightness, wide viewing angle and other favorable characteristics make this display type very easy on the eye, and since it also achieves fast response, Organic EL displays have been adopted for wider use in flat panel displays. All organic EL displays from TDK employ the passive matrix principle. The newly developed see-through type is mainly intended for use as the main display panel in mobile phones and other mobile devices.

The see-through type organic EL display for mobile applications has a field angle of 2.4 inches, transmittance of 40 percent, and brightness of 150 cd/m2. Compact mobile electronic devices such as mobile phones these days require a display that is appealing also from a design point of view. The newly developed product is a see-through type, but is constructed so that the display contents cannot easily be seen from behind, to protect the user's privacy.

TDK started developing organic electroluminescent materials in 1991, establishing an in-house R&D framework covering the entire process from molecular structure design to chemical composition and device evaluation. As a result, a proprietary long-life material and thin film layer configuration, as well as an optimized mass production process were developed. Development of a white organic EL element was started in 1995, culminating in a final product in 2000.

The use of the color filter principle means that the service life of the each Red, Green and Blue color of RGB elements is identical, and color shift is absent. Furthermore, favorable temperature characteristics allow a wide operating temperature range from -20 to +85 degrees C.

Development efforts are ongoing, with a view to widen the range to include various color products, as well as towards further improving precision and longer service life for all types.


-- Passive matrix drive principle: One of the methods used to drive organic electroluminescent elements. A grid of vertical and horizontal electrode lines is used to drive a line of pixels each. By contrast, an active matrix display uses a dedicated TFT (thin film transistor) to drive each pixel separately.
-- QVGA: Abbreviation of "Quarter Video Graphics Array", featuring a 320 x 240 pixel grid.

Main applications

-- Mobile phones, mobile electronic devices etc. requiring a QVGA color display

Main features

-- See-through type achieving high brightness (150cd/m2)
-- Display contents not easily viewable from rear (for enhanced privacy)
-- Transmittance 40%

Main Specifications
-- Display area: 36.0 x 47.9 mm
-- Number of pixels: 240 x RGB x 320
-- Brightness: 150 cd/m2

* Current as of May 2011, TDK data.

About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK's portfolio includes electronic components, modules and systems* marketed under the product brands TDK and EPCOS, power supplies, magnetic application products as well as energy devices, flash memory application devices, and others. TDK focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and consumer, automotive and industrial electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2014, TDK posted total sales of USD 9.6 billion and employed about 83,000 people worldwide. For more information, please visit

* The product portfolio includes ceramic, aluminum electrolytic and film capacitors, ferrites, inductors, high-frequency components such as surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter products and modules, piezo and protection components, and sensors.

Mr. Yoichi OSUGA
TDK Corporation
+813 5201-7102

Ms. Tomoko KAMEDA
TDK Singapore (Pte) Ltd.
+65 6273 5022

Greater China
Ms. Clover XU
TDK China Co., Ltd.
+86 21 61962307

TDK Electronics Europe GmbH
+49 211 9077 127

TDK Corporation of America
+1 972-409-4519

May 31, 2011 16:00 HKT/SGT
Source: TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation (TSE: 6762)
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Topic: New Product
Sectors: Electronics, Consumer Electronics
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