Kodak Licenses OLED Technology to Univision Technology Inc. of Taiwan
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 18 -- Eastman Kodak Company, a pioneer in the area of organic light emitting diode technology (OLED), today announced a licensing agreement with Univision Technology of Taiwan. Univision plans to incorporate Kodak’s organic display technology in future generation flat panel passive-matrix displays. To date, more than 15 companies have licensed organic display technology from Kodak.
“Forming a strategic alliance with a leading company such as Kodak further strengthens Univision’s position as one of the world’s leading OLED producers,” said Dr. Lei Ping Lai, President of Univision. “With 200 patents granted and pending, Univision pays close attention to intellectual property (IP) and is building a strong IP portfolio. This licensing agreement with Kodak is one of Univision’s key intellectual property strategies. By proactively forming strategic alliances, Univision will further enhance its intellectual property position and increase its global competitiveness.”
Univision Technology, Inc., established in July 2000 in Hsinchu, the center of Taiwan’s High Technology district, develops, manufactures, and markets OLED display solutions. With their world-class technology, Univision is driving to deliver high quality flat panel displays to the global market.
“This agreement between Kodak and Univision validates the utility of Kodak display technology for a variety of applications, and we’re delighted that Univision has chosen Kodak as a provider,” said Andrew Sculley, general manager, OLED Systems and vice president, Kodak Display Business. “ Key manufacturers like Univision have the capability and technological know-how to fully utilize our intellectual property to help accelerate the commercialization of OLED technology.”
Organic solid-state displays offer bright, sharp images that are viewable from almost any angle. OLED displays comprise thin films of organic materials that emit light when stimulated with an electrical charge. Unlike conventional liquid crystal displays, OLED displays do not require a backlight. Benefits over conventional technologies include extended color gamut, higher contrast, wider viewing angle for superb readability in most lighting conditions, faster response time to support crisp streaming video, and thinner design for better ergonomics. These benefits provide direct advantages for a variety of applications such as digital cameras, portable media players, mobile phones, PDAs and other devices.
The royalty-bearing license enables Univision to use Kodak technology for passive-matrix OLED modules in a variety of flat panel display applications. The agreement also gives Univision the opportunity to purchase Kodak’s patented OLED materials for use in manufacturing displays.
Pioneered by Kodak in the late 1980s, OLED technology and its practical applications have generated more than 1,700 issued and pending Kodak patents worldwide. In addition to Univision, Kodak OLED licensees number more than 15, several of whom have announced mass production plans and customer design wins. For further information on Kodak displays and our licensees, go to http://www.kodak.com/go/display.
About Eastman Kodak Company
Kodak is the world’s foremost imaging innovator, providing leading products and services to the photographic, graphic communications and healthcare markets. With sales of $14.3 billion in 2005, the company is committed to a digitally oriented growth strategy focused on helping people better use meaningful images and information in their life and work. Consumers use Kodak’s system of digital and traditional image capture products and services to take, print and share their pictures anytime, anywhere; Businesses effectively communicate with customers worldwide using Kodak solutions for prepress, conventional and digital printing and document imaging; Creative Professionals rely on Kodak technology to uniquely tell their story through moving or still images; and leading Healthcare organizations rely on Kodak’s innovative products, services and customized workflow solutions to help improve patient care and maximize efficiency and information sharing within and across their enterprise. More information about Kodak (NYSE: EK) is available at www.kodak.com.
About Univision Technology, Inc.
Established in Hsinchu Science Park, Univision Technology Inc. is one of the world’s leading manufacturing companies in the development of organic light emitting diode (“OLED”) technology. Armed with its proprietary processing knowledge and technologies including over 200 issued and pending patents worldwide, the company has been producing cutting-edge OLED panels and modules in a highly efficient manner since 2003. Univision is one of the most efficient passive matrix OLED (“PMOLED”) panel manufacturers in the world and one of very few players capable of commercial mass production.
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