Samsung NEC Mobile Display Licenses Kodak OLED Technology; Settles Patent Issues on SNMD Joint Venture of Samsung and NEC.Business & Technology Editors
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 5, 2002
Limited License Covers OLED-based full-color Passive
Displays For Mobile Phone
Eastman Kodak Company granted a limited, royalty-bearing license of its organic light-emitting diode Noun 1. organic light-emitting diode - a self-luminous diode (it glows when an electrical field is applied to the electrodes) that does not require backlighting or diffusers
OLED (OLED (Organic Light Emitting Device, Organic Light Emitting Diode) A thin film light-emitting technology that is expected to compete with LCD and plasma TVs as well as LCD monitors and readouts. ) display technology to Samsung NEC (NEC Corporation, Tokyo, www.nec.com, www.necus.com) An electronics conglomerate known in the U.S. for its monitors. In Japan, it had the lion's share of the PC market until the late 1990s (see PC 98).
NEC was founded in Tokyo in 1899 as Nippon Electric Company, Ltd. Mobile Display Co., Ltd. (SNMD), for the manufacture and sale of full-color passive-matrix OLED display devices in a specific model mobile telephone.
Under this agreement, Kodak granted SNMD a non-exclusive right to use Kodak display technology, which includes OLED manufacturing processes and device structures, to make and sell a limited number of passive-matrix color displays. SNMD sold most of these displays to NEC for NEC's advanced model mobile phones sold in 2001.
"We're pleased to have reached this amicable am·i·ca·ble
Characterized by or exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; friendly.
[Middle English, from Late Latin am agreement and resolved our patent issues over the displays in the 3G mobile phone. Our OLED technology is ideal for displays in such devices," said Leslie Polgar, president, Display Products, Eastman Kodak Company. "The goal of our licensing program is to extend this technology into such markets."
Last month Kodak announced a joint venture with SANYO Electric Company, the SK Display Corporation, to manufacture active-matrix displays for the two parent companies. Kodak and SANYO will market and sell the displays independently.
Kodak pioneered the development of OLED in the late 1980s and has since generated more than 100 U.S. patents, either issued or filed, as well as corresponding patents around the world. Besides Samsung SDI (1) (Serial Digital Interface) A physical interface widely used for transmitting digital video in various formats. For electrical transmission, it uses a high grade of coaxial cable and a single BNC connector with Teflon insulation. , NEC, and SNMD, Kodak's OLED licensees include DENSO CORPORATION, eMagin Corporation; Lite Array, Inc.; Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.; Pioneer Corporation; Rohm, Ltd.; Ritek Corporation RITEK Corporation is a Taiwanese consumer electronics group specializing in optical media products, flash memory, mp3 player, OLED display and plastics. History
Ritek Corporation was established in December 29, 1989. ; TDK TDK Türk Dil Kurumu (Turkish Language Council)
TDK The Dark Knights (gaming clan)
TDK Tokyo Denkikagaku Kogyo KK (TDK Electronics Co. Ltd. Corporation; TECO (Text Editor and COrrector) A text editor written in 1963 by Dan Murphy at MIT for editing paper tape on a Digital PDP-1 computer (it was originally called "Tape Editor and Corrector"). Electric & Machinery Co., Ltd.; and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., a Kodak joint-development partner and co-owner of the SK Display Corporation.
For more information on Kodak's OLED products and technology, please visit our website at http://www.kodak.com/go/display/.
SNMD is a major participant in the development of OLED display devices and is a joint venture of two of the world's leading electronics manufacturers, Samsung SDI and NEC.
About Kodak and Infoimaging
Kodak is the leader in helping people take, share, enhance, preserve, print and enjoy pictures -- for memories, for information, for entertainment. The company is a major participant in "infoimaging" -- a $225 billion industry composed of devices (digital cameras and PDAs), infrastructure (online networks and delivery systems for images) and services & media (software, film and paper enabling people to access, analyze and print images). Kodak harnesses its technology, market reach and a host of industry partnerships to provide innovative products and services for customers who need the information-rich content that images contain. The company, with sales last year of $13.2 billion, is organized into four major businesses: Photography, providing consumers, professionals and cinematographers with digital and traditional products and services; Commercial Imaging, offering image capture, output and storage products and services to businesses and government; Components, delivering flat-panel displays flat-pan·el display
A thin lightweight video display used in laptop and notebook computers and employing liquid crystals, electroluminescence, or a similar alternative to cathode-ray tubes. Also called flat screen. , optics and sensors
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