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18 May, 2017 - 10:55 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge tech company finds a flexible friend in Merck

Organic electronics company FlexEnable has formed an industry-leading alliance with Merck, a global leader in liquid crystal mixtures.

Their partnership will enable novel display shapes; the collaboration follows FlexEnable’s recent breakthrough with conformable, large area, full colour and video rate OLCDs.

With a bend radius that can go below 30 millimetres, organic LCDs can already satisfy the market needs for new use cases, for example in automotive applications, where bright, reliable, conformable and shapeable displays are required.

By combining FlexEnable’s organic thin-film transistors with Merck’s polymer wall LC technology organic LCDs can be curved around even more complex surfaces and shapes.

These polymer walls can enhance cell-gap control while providing excellent display performance. Organic LCDs can be manufactured on conventional production lines.

Chuck Milligan (pictured), CEO of FlexEnable, says: “FlexEnable’s breakthrough with low cost conformable plastic LCDs has opened up several exciting avenues for innovation that allow LCDs to be thinner and more flexible, with high manufacturing yield and low cost.

“Polymer wall technology will allow LCD frontplanes to be bent into more complex structures and shapes, further unlocking the benefits of truly flexible, low cost OTFT backplane technology for applications including automotive, consumer electronics and digital signage. 

“We are excited to collaborate with Merck on making novel display shapes a real option for designers.”

Kiss Communications

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