After Decade of Development, Cymer Moves Into OLED Display Manufacturing

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different approach to the OLED industry. Instead of supplying its lasers to a toolmaker like Canon or ASML, Knowles says TCZ plans to make the OLED manufacturing tools itself in Asia. He estimates that TCZ will sell the tools at a range of $7 million to $12 million per system. The market research firm DisplaySearch estimates the global market for OLED display technology will soar from over $1 billion this year to more than $6 billion in 2016.

Projected market for OLEDs

Projected market for OLEDs

The technology can be used to make display screens across the entire range of electronic devices, from mobile phones, GPS navigation devices, and digital camera display screens to netbooks, notebooks, DVD players, and beyond. As Knowles puts it, “The piece we like about OLED is that it runs the gamut, from cell phones to TVs.”

Cymer has not identified its Korean customer, but it’s likely that TCZ has been working closely with Samsung Mobile Display, which is the world’s largest OLED manufacturer and has unveiled OLED displays for cell phones, TVs, and laptops in recent years. If all goes as planned, Knowles says consumers could see the first OLED displays made with TCZ tools in time for Christmas.

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Bruce V. Bigelow was the editor of Xconomy San Diego from 2008 to 2018. Read more about his life and work here. Follow @bvbigelow

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