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European partners to show flexible, plastic AMOLED display

Posted: 14 Feb 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Plastic Logic  Novaled  AMOLED  wearable  OTFT 

Plastic Logic, a flexible organic electronics firm, has joined forces with Novaled, an organic electronic materials and technology for OLED applications to speed up the market for flexible and wearable displays. They claimed to have developed the world's first truly flexible, plastic, fully organic AMOLED display that they demonstrated at the Flextech Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

The Flextech demonstration will be the first of a planned series of technology demonstrators during 2014, which will form part of each company's development of partnerships to enable the market for truly flexible, unbreakable AMOLED displays.

plastic AMOLED display

The demonstrator heralds a breakthrough by combining for the first time a functional all-plastic AMOLED display with an industrialised turnkey manufacturing process for the backplane electronics. The combination marks the beginning of a new chapter for display makers searching for a path to ultra-flexible, ultra-thin, lightweight AMOLEDs, using a low temperature process that has a number of key industrial benefits, including superior uniformity, yield and hence ultimately a route to low cost solutions for volume manufacturing.

Novaled's PIN OLED technology enables the use of non-standard electrode materials needed for the flexible AMOLED development. Plastic Logic's fully industrialised plastic, flexible organic thin film transistor (OTFT) backplane and know-how enabled the world's first fully organic, flexible display. The partners are looking for the truly flexible AMOLEDs, and the increased usable screen areas they make possible, to power the next generation of products for the wearables market.

Through the OTFT industrialisation process Plastic Logic has created IP and a transferable process-flow. With an entire supply chain in place, OTFT manufacturing has now reached a tipping point in performance with leading organic semiconductor (OSC) materials suppliers, including Merck whose OSC material was used in the demonstration, now showing mobilities required to drive OLED displays. The process is compatible with existing mainstream display manufacturing operations, underpinning a new technology licensing business model. Plastic Logic has established a partner program to work with leading global display makers and consumer electronics companies to enable flexible, plastic AMOLED supply chains through licensing and technology transfer to mass volume producers.

- Paul Buckley
  EE Times Europe





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