Samsung Display dominates more than 95 percent of OLED panels for smartphones, but is seeking to further widen its gap with rivals by speeding up the production of the larger seventh-generation OLED panels.
“Its smaller rivals will be catching up with Samsung in production volume of sixth-generation OLED panels in the coming years. Samsung is likely to turn its eyes to the larger seventh-generation OLED panels for better productivity,” Yi Choong-hoon, CEO of local display research firm UBI Research, said in a recent report.
The analyst pointed out Samsung’s new A4 production line that will start production as early as in the second quarter next year is likely to be equipped to produce the seventh-generation OLED panels.
The issue is, the analyst said, securing necessary equipment such as LTPS-FTF, or low temperature polycrystalline silicon-thin film transistor, and FMM, or fine metal mask, based deposition system, because equipment manufacturers are focusing on those for the sixth-generation panels.