Both companies have turned to Samsung Display despite their panels costing more.
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It has been revealed that Nintendo is in talks with Samsung Display to incorporate OLED panels from the South Korean company into its next generation of the Nintendo Switch console. This decision could be related to patent infringement issues involving BOE, a Chinese OLED panel manufacturer.
Reports suggest that both Nintendo and Valve, the company behind the Steam Deck gaming device, initially considered BOE’s OLED panels. However, after Samsung Display filed a patent infringement lawsuit against BOE and its subsidiaries in June 2023, both companies have opted for Samsung Display panels, despite their higher cost. Samsung Display’s lawsuit alleges that BOE stole intellectual property, cloned technologies, and illegally sold OLED panels.
The upcoming Nintendo Switch could use Samsung’s OLED screen
While Nintendo and Valve initially negotiated deals with BOE to obtain OLED panels at lower prices, concerns about potential supply chain disruptions due to patent infringement issues have led both companies to prefer Samsung Display’s OLED panels, despite their higher cost.
The legal dispute between BOE and Samsung Display includes allegations of infringement of five patents, including the “Diamond Pixel” technology. Since such lawsuits can drag on, companies are seeking to avoid complications in their supply chains and opting for the security offered by Samsung Display panels.
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