MANHASSET, N.Y. -- The Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University in conjunction with U.S. Army Research Labs scientists have developed a 7.4-inch OLED prototype device using mixed oxide thin film transistors (TFTs).
FDC's research meets a critical target set by the Defense Department to advance the development of full-color, full-motion video flexible OLED displays for use in thin, lightweight, bendable and highly rugged devices.
Mixed oxide TFTs can be manufactured on existing amorphous silicon production lines, eliminating the need for specialized equipment and processing, thereby reducing costs compared to competitive approaches.
"One of the primary directives of the FDC has been to pursue approaches to flexible technologies that take advantage of existing manufacturing processes," said Nick Colaneri, director of the FDC, in a statement.
"This focus drove us to pursue a flexible, color display based on mixed-oxide TFTs, which are widely regarded as a strong, cost-effective alternative to low-temperature polysilicon."
The full-color OLED display will be at SID Display Week, June 5-7, 2012 in Boston.
Nothign was said about flexibility, other than an OLED was made at the flexible display center. Certainly OLED's have been in production for quite some time. Perhaps there is a known "rule of thumb" for how flexible flexible has to be...
chanj: FDC is claiming all the right stuff for the device, but then they are really addressing the needs of the U.S. Army on this project. No doubt the technology will trickle down to commercial interests thru partnerships or licensing and eventually end up in consumer devices in 3 to 5 years according to this interview with Colaneri: http://www.display-central.com/flexible-display-center-show-igzo-oled-sid12/
Technology gets better everyday. How soon this product can be in mass production? If the specialized equipment and process are eliminated, does it equivalent to reducing cost of production; effectively, benefiting consumers? Further information are welcomed.
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