"People from various departments were involved in the XEL-1 project. They were all at the facility for the shipment ceremony. That was our greatest moment, because all of us felt the satisfaction of having created a new product that was a world's first."
This is the first time in 12 years that Sony has won an Okochi Memorial Award. According to Urabe, the real significance of the award will only become apparent when OLED technology matures into a key product category for Sony and a driving force for Japan's competitiveness.
Sony is still developing OLED technology. Current goals are to create large-screen OLED televisions at a commercially viable cost.
The Okochi Memorial Award was established in April 1954 in memorializing the achievements of the late Dr. Masatoshi Okochi, who served as Director of the Riken Institute. In addition to general and technology awards for individuals or groups, there is also a production award for business organizations. Sony won the 1973 technology award for the development of Trinitron, the 1984 production award for its UHIC circuit mounting technology, the 1989 technology award for the development of mass-production technology for alloy optical recording discs, the 1990 production award for development and mass-production of compound semiconductors using the MOCVD method, the 1992 production award for the development and implementation of a vapor deposition method for video tape production, the 1995 technology award for the development of lithium ion storage batteries, and the 1997 technology award for the development and mass-production of Digital Betacam, a commercial VTR. This latest award was Sony's eighth.
The winners of the 55th Okochi Memorial Technology Award were as follows.
||Senior Vice President, Display Device Development Group, Sony
||E Business Development Department, FTV Business Division, TV Business Group, Sony
||Advanced Display (AD) Business Development Department, AD Business Development, Sony
||FPD Manufacturing Engineering Development Group, Manufacturing Engineering Development Division, Production Group, Sony
* Titles and entities appearing throughout this article are as of March 2009.