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Apple has Reportedly Purchased Specialized Equipment to Control their Development of OLED technology

1 AF X99 OLED cover

 

A new supply chain report published this morning claims that Apple has purchased chemical vapor deposition (CVD) machines from Korea-based Sunic System to build a 2.5G OLED panel line to develop related technology and products in Taiwan. Korea-based ET News confirms the report.

 

The report notes that "Apple is eagerly developing its own OLED technology in order to reduce its reliance on Samsung Electronics for the supply of OLED panels, while enabling it for product differentiation.

 

Apple's move will break the dominant position held by Japan-based Canon Kokki in the CVD machinery market, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. Canon Tokki is currently the primary supplier of CVD machines and ships the bulk of its output to Samsung.

 

Samsung has bought five sets of OLED manufacturing equipment from Canon Tokki so far in 2017 and has signed contracts to buy five out of 10 such machines to be rolled out by the Japan-based machinery company in 2018, said the Commercial Times.

 

Apple has a number of OLED patent applications on record:

 

One: Apple Invents OLED Displays with Integrated Thermal Sensors

Two: Apple Invents New Methods for Improving AMOLED Displays

Three: Apple Reveals Ongoing Development of Next-Gen OLED Displays

Four: Apple Invents In-Cell for OLED Displays & Touch ID for iPad

 

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