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.
The FDC government/industry/academia partnership was formed as a 10-year cooperative agreement with Arizona State University in 2004.