Press release: FlexEnable spearheads another breakthrough in flexible electronics in a successful project funded by Innovate UK
13 October 2015
Cambridge (UK), 13 October 2015 - FlexEnable, the leader in the development and industrialisation of flexible electronics, has successfully validated a new class of high performance organic semiconductors in a million pound project funded by Innovate UK. It combined materials developed by Flexink with FlexEnable's proprietary industrial process for making flexible electronics and culminated in a proof of concept plastic LCD display.
The project, Printable Organic Semiconductors for Highly Enhanced Displays (PORSCHED), is part of the UK government's bid to inspire technological innovation in the areas of electronics, photonics and electrical systems. FlexEnable collaborated with partners Flexink, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, each bringing expertise in the area of organic semiconductors, from materials to device testing and optimisation.
The main objective was to create an organic semiconductor that would ensure excellent film uniformity for large-area, flat panel displays. Proof of the performance of this semiconductor is seen in the plastic LCD display demonstrator fabricated at FlexEnable.
Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable said: "Cutting edge organic semiconductors combined with our industrially proven process and toolkit for flexible electronics have resulted in a high performance transistor platform - as demonstrated by its ability to drive full colour video rate plastic LCD. High volume manufacturing for flexible electronics requires semiconductors not only with sufficient mobility, but also with uniformity over large areas and electrical stability. Organic Semiconductors processed at low temperatures enable the use of ultra low cost plastic substrates - even cheaper than glass - and make conformable, flexible, thin and light weight displays possible - transforming where and how we use electronics in our daily lives."
FlexEnable, based in Cambridge, UK, has developed the world's first flexible transistor technology platform; the key to truly flexible and cost effective electronics over large and small surfaces. With over a decade of experience, IP development and technology awards, FlexEnable works together with customers to drive innovation across flexible sensors, smart systems and video-rate displays. FlexEnable's technology platform enables new mobile and wearable products as well as sensor arrays and structural electronics that bring an extra dimension to the IoT (Internet of Things). Customers include OEMs, component manufacturers and materials suppliers. Information on our partnering offerings, ProductEnableTM, MaterialEnableTM and FabEnableTM, can be found on www.flexenable.com.
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