Sharp announced that it has developed, in collaboration with NHK, a 30" rollable 4K OLED panel on an IGZO backplane. This is a direct emission OLED, which sharp says is the world's largest ever produced (LG's OLEDs all use color filters).

Sharp's 30'' 4K direct-emission rollable OLED prototype

Sharp's OLED panel is deposited on a thin-film substrate, and has a thickness of 0.5 mm. The display uses NHK's signal processing and panel driving technologies to "improve the brightness uniformity and video clarity".

Sharp started commercial production of smartphone OLED displays in low volume in August 2018, but recent reports suggested that as Sharp understands it cannot compete with Korean and Chinese companies with both technology and price it has decided to stop production. It could be that now Sharp is aiming to divert its efforts to medium or large sized OLED panels.

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