MANHASSET, N.Y. Researchers at Arizona State University developing display technology have renewed an R&D contract with the U.S. Army at ASU's Flexible Display Center.
The five-year, $50 million contract boosts the Army's total investment in the center to $100 million since 2004.
The center brings together government, industry and academic researchers to advance the development of full-color flexible display technology.
"As an early adopter of advanced technologies, the Army recognized the importance of developing revolutionary information displays and had the foresight to commit to fostering a sustainable ecosystem that could successfully develop and commercialize flexible electronic displays," said new center director Nicholas Colaneri.
Colaneri said "formidable challenges remain to bring flexible OLEDs [organic light-emitting diodes] to the consumer market." The center will focus on new fabrication and handling processes for plastic substrates, Colaneri added.
Flexible OLEDs could find their way into consumer devices in as little as five years, Colaneri predicted.
Along with the military, the center works with Hewlett-Packard, General Dynamics, Raytheon, BAE Systems, L3 Communications, Boeing, LG Display and others.
Universal Display Corp. demonstrated a wrist-mounted, flexible OLED device at CES earlier this month.
The ASU center also collaborates with the FlexTech Alliance, an industry association focused on manufacturing flexible, printed electronics and displays.
Market watcher iSupply said it expects the flexible display market to grow from $80 million in 2007 to $2.8 billion by 2013.