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ARM Innovation Hub
17 May, 2006 - 13:07 By Staff Reporter

Plastic Logic seeking facility

Cambridge University spin-off Plastic Logic Ltd is considering locations for a large-scale fabrication facility for flexible active-matrix display backplanes based on polymer semiconductor materials.

Hermann Hauser, non-executive director of the company and founder and director of VC company Amadeus Capital Partners, told the International Semiconductor Executives Forum organised by the Fabless Semiconductor Association and the Institution of Engineering and Technology that plastic electronics for display purposes was “ready for prime time.”

The technology would enable the creation of electronic books where the content is downloaded wirelessly and flexible electronic newspapers, he said.

Plastic Logic has a roughly 12-inch diagonal display prototype working that combines an active plastic logic backplane with an electrophoretic display technology from E Ink (Cambridge, Mass.).

Dr Hauser said that Plastic Logic was performing a detailed investigation of the costs of volume manufacturing of such active backplanes and that it seemed likely that the factory would cost between $50 million and $100m and would be able to turn out millions of displays a year.

“We can build our first fab starting now for completion in about 18 months,” Dr Hauser said.

After a location was finally chosen, construction would begin in 2007 with a view to volume manufacturing in 2008, he added.

Beyond e-books and e-newspapers the technology would impact mobile phone accessory displays, RFID and sensor technology, Dr Hauser said.

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