Flexible OLCD

FlexEnable’s glass-free organic LCD (OLCD) delivers high-brightness, long lifetime flexible displays that are low cost and scalable to large areas, while also being thin, lightweight and shatterproof.

Close-up of OLCD with 10mm bend radiusLCD accounts for more than 90% of displays sold today, but they are made with glass meaning that they cannot meet the conformability, thinness and robustness requirements in many new applications. A new disruptive glass-free display technology – organic LCD (OLCD) – is now making high-quality, low-cost flexible displays available to all. It is manufactured on low-cost plastic substrates and uses inherently flexible organic transistors instead of the rigid amorphous silicon transistors typically used in glass LCDs.

Why choose OLCD?

OLCD is a plastic display technology with full colour and video-rate capability. It enables product companies to create striking designs and realise novel use cases by merging the display into the product design rather than accommodating it by the design.

Unlike flexible OLED displays, which are predominantly adopted in flagship smartphones and smartwatches, OLCD opens up the use of flexible displays to a wider range of mass-market applications. It has several attributes that make it better suited than flexible OLED to applications across large-area consumer electronics, smart home appliances, automotive, notebooks and tablets, and digital signage.

OLCD demo with 10mm bend radiusConformable and shapeable

OLCD can be conformed and wrapped around surfaces and cut into non-rectangular shapes during the production process. Holes can be also added to fit around the functional design of the system – for example around knobs and switches. With a radius of curvature down to 10mm OLCD can meet very tight bend radii requirements and offers a route to borderless displays beyond what’s possible on glass.

Low-cost

OLCD is the lowest cost flexible display technology – it is three to four times lower cost that flexible OLED today. This is because it makes use of existing display factories and supply chain and deploys a low temperature process that results in low manufacturing costs and high yield.

Large area conformable OLCDArea-scalable

Unlike other flexible display approaches, OLCD is naturally scalable to large sizes. It can be made as small or as large as the manufacturing equipment used for flat panel displays allows.

High brightness and long lifetime

As with glass-based LCD, the lifetime of OLCD is independent of the display brightness, because it is achieved through transmission of a separate light source (the backlight), rather than emission of its own light. For example OLCD can be made ultra-bright for viewing in daylight conditions without affecting the display lifetime – an important requirement for vehicle surface-integrated displays.

Activating surfaces

Due to its unique properties, OLCD has the potential to transform how and where displays are used in products. The videos below give a glimpse into this innovative technology.

Advantages of plastic OLCD over glass LCD

OLCD brings the benefits of being thin, light, shatterproof and conformable, while offering the same quality and performance as traditional glass LCDs. The mechanical advantages of plastic OLCD over glass LCD are further enhanced by the technology’s excellent optical performance, much of which originates from the extreme thinness of plastic TAC substrates compared to glass.

Advantages of plastic OLCD over glass LCD

Sourcing OLCD for your product

FlexEnable licenses the processes for OLCD production to display manufacturers. OLCD has already been adopted by a leading display manufacturer in China with first production expected in 2019.

Companies interested in using OLCD in their products can take advantage of our ProductEnable service designed for strategic projects. We work closely with ProductEnable partners to create exciting product designs and use cases as well as supporting them with a route to volume manufacturing. 

Typical applications and markets:

For further information and more in-depth detail, please contact info@flexenable.com.