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2 June, 2015 - 11:22 By Tony Quested

Cambridge-Taiwan alliance to take new display tech into mass production

Cambridge/Taiwan partnership signals industrialisation of truly flexible AMOLED displays

Cambridge flexible electronics company FlexEnable and Taiwan partner Chungwa Picture Tube (CPT) believe they have the capability to take a gamechanging technology in the flexible display arena into mass production.

They today unveiled a breakthrough partnership that they claim signals the industrialisation of truly flexible AMOLED displays.

Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED) is a revolutionary display technology for mobile phones, televisions, and other big-selling devices in between.

FlexEnable and display maker CPT are targeting a market tipped to explode to $16 billion by 2020 based on research from Cambridge-based  IDTechEx.

Building on a series of flexible AMOLED demonstrators made previously by FlexEnable, the two companies have now manufactured a glass-free, full-colour, flexible AMOLED display based on FlexEnable’s low-temperature process for plastic transistors and CPT’s RGB OLED technology. The display operates at full video-rate (60 Hz) and is only 125 microns thick.

Indro Mukerjee, chairman FlexEnable said: “This display represents a fundamental breakthrough proving that FlexEnable’s OTFT technology can be combined with mainstream OLED manufacturing infrastructures to create the most flexible and cost-effective AMOLED display technology.

“Working together with display makers, FlexEnable supports the integration of our proven technology platform, enabling a full range of flexible display types, from conformable LCD and OLED to electrophoretic displays at lower cost.”

He said the partnership also signalled a transformational development in the supply chain for truly flexible, plastic AMOLED displays, demonstrating that the FlexEnable process is compatible with current FPD factory equipment and techniques, requiring minimal modification.

Through FabEnable, a partnering package for manufacturers, FlexEnable provides services to assist ramp-up to volume manufacturing based on the team’s profound knowledge and experience of industrialisation techniques and processes.
Sheng-Chang Lin, president of Chunghwa Picture Tubes said: “Truly flexible AMOLED panels are widely recognised as the most promising display infrastructure.

“CPT has over a decade of professional experience in the development of AMOLED displays from structural design, material allocation and process to equipment.

“We have shown a number of AMOLED displays at several major exhibitions as well as to potential customers. This demonstration clearly proves that the integration of both parties’ capabilities has the potential to drive the mass production of flexible AMOLED displays making truly flexible OLED a reality.”

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