The Chip awards each year recognize the best and most innovative products and technologies at the CeBIT fair. The awards, established in 1993, are meant to encourage innovation and boldness in the computer industry. Chip is Germany’s most important computer magazine with a circulation of 1.4 million readers, and its awards carry a high level of prestige at CeBIT and throughout Europe.
“This recognition, from such an influential publication, underscores the importance of OLED technology to bring images to life in consumer electronics and other devices,” said Bernard Masson, senior vice president, Eastman Kodak Company, and president, Display Group. “The recognition validates Kodak’s strategy to grow the company by creating this new business.”
At the CeBIT in Hannover, Germany, Kodak showed the first product to feature an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, the Kodak EasyShare LS633 zoom digital camera. The camera’s OLED display features a wide viewing angle for optimal picture sharing from almost any angle. In addition, the colors are brighter and more vivid, and the combination of brilliant color and high contrast make the images appear sharper, identifying key detail is easier.
In addition, Kodak demonstrated a 15-inch, 1280 x 720-pixel prototype display, pointing the way to future fields of applications. This prototype is the latest product of Kodak’s four-year Joint Development Agreement (JDA) with Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., to combine Kodak’s OLED materials and technology with Sanyo’s high-quality, low-temperature polysilicon substrate technology. The JDA team also produced the first full-color 2.4-inch active matrix OLED display in 1999 and less than a year later, a 5.5-inch active matrix OLED. Their joint manufacturing venture, SK Display Corp., produced the world’s first active-matrix OLED displays for Kodak’s evaluation kit and is manufacturing displays for the Kodak EasyShare LS633 zoom digital camera.