Chinese Display Maker BOE is aiming to start Gen 8 OLED panel production in 2024 to meet the demand for Apple iPads and MacBooks
On March 10 Patently Apple posted a report titled "BOE is Developing a Two-Stack OLED display aimed to compete for Apple's 2024 iPad business." This evening The Elec is reporting that the Chinese display panel giant BOE is planning to build a Gen 8.6 OLED panel production line at its B16 factory in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Like its South Korean rivals Samsung Display and LG Display, BOE is planning to build the line in preparation to supply OLED panels to Apple for applications in IT products such as iPad tablets and MacBook notebooks.
The Chinese display panel giant is planning to have the line produce 15,000 substrates per month and start production near the end of 2024.
Using a Gen 8 glass substrate is more advantageous economically for companies in manufacturing these panels compared to Gen. For instance, for a 13.3-inch panel, a Gen 6 substrate can provide 48 units while a Gen 8.5 substrate can provide 96 units.
Samsung Display and LG Display will be using Gen 6 production lines to produce their first OLED panels aimed at iPads __ Apple is expected to introduce one in 2024. But the pair are planning to use Gen 8.5 production lines for OLED panels Cupertino will use for IT products after its first OLED iPad debuts.
Meanwhile, BOE is also testing two-stack tandem OLED technology at its existing production lines. Two-stack tandem OLED panels have two emission layers, unlike the single-stack tandem structure currently used in smartphone OLED panels.
Having two emission layers can increase the brightness of panels and extend their life span, which makes them optimal for use in tablets and PCs that are conventionally used longer than smartphones. For more read the full report by The Elec.