Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and liquid crystal display (LCD) technologies are often compared side by side; however, the LCD is the successful predecessor of the OLED display. According to the experience of this author, who was engaged in developing LCD displays from phase 1 thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD line manufacturing in the past, it is somewhat miraculous that the relatively new OLED and the well-established, mature LCD technologies are compared on an apples-to-apples basis or as parallel technologies. This comparison indicates the inherently high quality of OLED displays.
The success of the vast market for LCD displays can be attributed not only to the intensive research and development efforts of the display manufacturers proper (Samsung, Sharp, LG Display, etc.) but also to the contributions of various individuals involved in components and equipment testing, measurement, and manufacturing, and in both marketing and academic research. The author hopes that the OLED industry will benefit from equally vigorous and numerous contributions of specialists either directly or indirectly involved in OLED manufacturing, and that the OLED market will eventually become as wide and robust as the LCD market is today.
The LCD industry grew in tandem with developments in related fields (manufacturing equipment testing, etc.); thus there are many aspects applicable to OLED technology, which are discussed in detail in this book. Each topic is presented with a discussion ...