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Eastman Kodak has licensed its OLED technology to Optrex, while Seiko Epson has formed a joint venture with UK-based Cambridge Display Technology to make OLEDs using ink-jet printing.

Eastman Kodak has licensed its organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology to Optrex Corporation of Japan.

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.

The technology, also referred to as organic electroluminescence (OEL), offers bright, full-motion image display that can be viewed from a very wide angle. They are ideal for a wide range of handheld devices or built-in displays that must be viewed from very wide angles.

Besides Optrex Corporation, Kodak OLED licensees include Denso Corporation, eMagin Corporation, Lite Array, Nippon Seiki, Opsys Limited, Pioneer Corporation, Ritek Corporation, TDK Corporation, Teco Electric & Machinery, Rohm and Sanyo Electric.

Earlier in the month, Seiko Epson disclosed that it had formed a joint venture with UK-based Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) to develop and sell systems that are to use ink-jet printing techniques to make polymer OLED displays.