FlexEnable’s unique technology platform can be used to manufacture low-cost, flexible organic liquid crystal displays (OLCD) that are glass-free, ultra-thin and shatterproof.
Today, LCD accounts for more than 90% of the displays sold, but they are made with glass meaning that they cannot meet the conformability, thinness and robustness requirements in many new applications. By replacing the glass with ultra-thin plastic, and using organic transistors instead of amorphous silicon ones, an LCD can be made to bend and curve around surfaces.
FlexEnable has developed the world’s first conformable organic liquid crystal display (OLCD) that has the potential to transform how and where displays are used in products. The high-performance OTFT technology driving the display is compatible with existing LCD production lines, and is scalable to large area displays.
With vivid colour and video rate operation, OLCD technology can replace glass-based displays in mainstream applications, while also overcoming form factor constraints. It can be conformed to various surfaces improving the comfort, safety and overall experience of users. Applications include automotive, digital signage, wearables and other consumer electronics that will benefit from creative designs, increased functionality and unbreakable screens.
For strategic projects, FlexEnable provides prototype OLCDs with backlights and driver electronics made in our prototyping line in Cambridge, UK.
FlexEnable has demonstrated a wrist-worn OLCD as a proof of concept for our technology as shown in the video below on the left. The video on the right shows an OLCD being conformed to a surface.
Benefits of OLCD on plastic
FlexEnable’s OTFT-based technology gives plastic LCDs the same optical performance as glass LCDs, while removing the constraints of glass.
Our low temperature manufacturing process (below 100°C) means very low cost plastics can be used instead of more expensive glass, resulting in the lowest cost approach to flexible active matrix displays. Furthermore, the manufacturing process has been developed to be highly compatible with existing capital equipment used for amorphous silicon LCDs, and using much of the existing materials supply chain - even the plastic substrate we use, Triacetate Cellulose (TAC), is already used to make the polarizers that go into all glass LCDs today.
Advantages of plastic LCD vs glass LCD
Typical applications and markets:
- Wearable electronics
- Mobile phone displays
- Tablet and notebook displays
- Industrial electronics
- White goods
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