JUNE 19--Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, NY; www.kodak.com) has licensed its innovative organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to Optrex Corporation of Japan (www.optrex.com) for use in flat-panel passive-matrix OLED displays. The technology, also referred to as organic electroluminescence, offers bright, full-motion image display that can be viewed from a very wide angle. The technology is ideal for a wide range of hand-held devices or built-in displays that must be viewed from very wide angles. In addition, OLED displays offer faster response times, higher brightness levels in a variety of lighting conditions, lower power consumption, and thinner design options.
The royalty-bearing license to Optrex covers use of passive-matrix OLED technology in a variety of flat-panel-display applications. The agreement also gives Optrex the opportunity to purchase Kodak's patented OLED materials for use in manufacturing passive OLED modules. This license illustrates the versatility of Kodak's OLED technology.
Besides Optrex, Kodak OLED licensees include Denso Corporation; eMagin Corporation; Lite Array Inc.; Nippon Seiki Co. Ltd.; Opsys Limited; Pioneer Corporation; Ritek Corporation; TDK Corporation; Teco Electric & Machinery Co. Ltd.; Rohm Co. Ltd.; and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., a Kodak joint development partner.