LG and Kodak have signed a deal that will see the latter’s OLED technology used in upcoming LG products, including TVs, cellphone displays and digital photo frames. The first LG devices using Kodak OLED systems are expected to reach the market by the end of 2009, according to Andrew Sculley, GM and VP of Kodak’s Display Group.
Update: Kodak have clarified that the deal was in fact signed in 2008, and that the claim of commercial products “by the end of the year” is unconfirmed.
Full details of the deal have not been revealed, and nor are we certain of which exact technologies have been licensed. Kodak already sells one OLED product, its Wireless OLED Picture Frame, a 7.6-inch panel which retails for a massive $999. The panel itself is believed to be sourced from Chi Mei EL.
Kodak has discussed producing OLED panels larger than 20-inches, mass-scale production of which has up until now proved financially unfeasible. The first LG/Kodak products are likely to be digital picture frames and small TVs to take on the Sony XEL-1.