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Organic Light Emitting Diodes

 - Apr 21, 2008
If you don't know what an OLED is by now, we're here to help, because it's time you informed yourself. It stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode, and it's one of the biggest up and coming technologies. You may also have heard it refered to as a Light Emitting Polymer (LEP) or Organic Electro-Luminescence (OEL).

Techie speak isn't my forte, so I'll let Wikipedia to give you a more thorough background.

"The layer usually contains a polymer substance that allows suitable organic compounds to be deposited. They are deposited in rows and columns onto a flat carrier by a simple 'printing' process. The resulting matrix of pixels can emit light of different colors," Wikipedia says.

"A significant benefit of OLED displays over traditional liquid crystal displays (LCDs) is that OLEDs do not require a backlight to function. Thus they draw far less power and, when powered from a battery, can operate longer on the same charge. Because there is no need to distribute the backlight, an OLED display can also be much thinner than an LCD panel."

At, we've been keeping tabs on the latest innovations in OLEDs. Take a look at some of the coolest finds and technological advances.

The list ends with advances purely by Sony, the leader in the OLED TV industry.