Pushed back at least a year.
Sony will likely delay the launch of its next organic light emitting diode, or OLED, television because mass producing the new ultrathin displays would exacerbate losses at its TV division, according to people familiar with the matter.
XEL-1 organic light emitting diode (OLED) television
The company had been targeting a 2009 release for a larger successor to a model with an 11-inch screen released in late 2007, which is the first and only OLED TV to reach stores so far. But Sony has decided to push back the new model until at least next year, these people said.
Research firm DisplaySearch estimates Sony's production yield for its 11-inch OLED panel is below 60%, meaning at least four of every 10 panels its factories produce aren't up to par and can't be sold. Larger panels would likely introduce more difficulties. Sony declined to comment on its production yields.