This bit of news is of great importance from the simple fact that to date, wondrous OLED illumination was a purely DC-powered thing. As the picture below suggests, it’s now AC-powered, meaning you can plug your upcoming OLED lamp or illumination to a wall socket and enjoy the glowing brilliance.
Now let’s have a few bits from the official press release:
“Eliminating the need for driver electronics could bring many advantages for luminance manufacturers. Because it reduces the number of components in a finished system, it makes system integration and assembly simpler, improves end-product reliability and enables faster time-to-market. Moreover, it increases design freedom and expands the range of potential OLED applications.”
Here’s how a Philips scientist puts it in not so many words:
“We have combined proprietary interconnect and packaging technology to create this demonstrator,” says Dr. Dirk Hente of Philips Research. “We’re already seeing AC-driven LEDs coming onto the market. Our prototype marks a breakthrough step towards a similar evolution in OLEDs.”
Now let’s hope the products resulting from this innovation look nice and wallet-friendly.