FlexEnable, the leader in the development and industrialisation of organic electronics for flexible displays and sensors, has won the Best Product Development Award at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2017 conference and exhibition.
FlexEnable has been recognised for its 12.1” glass-free, conformable organic liquid crystal display (OLCD). The technology, which uses organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) on a plastic sheet, brings the same vivid colour and smooth video content as glass-based LCDs. It is compatible with existing LCD production lines, and is scalable to even larger area displays to meet the immediate market needs for flexible displays in applications including automotive, consumer electronics, and digital signage.
Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, said: “This 12.1” OLCD prototype shows the viability of OTFTs for consumer electronics products today, helping LCD panel makers differentiate and open new markets by moving away from flat and brittle glass based displays.”
FlexEnable’s OLCD technology is four times thinner (less than 0.3 mm) and more than ten times lighter than conventional glass-based displays allowing for the OLCD to be conformed to almost any surface in our daily lives.
Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable: “We are very excited to be recognised with the Best Product Development Award. The recent breakthroughs we have made allow the manufacture of large area, conformable, plastic OLCDs with high brightness and long lifetime – opening up a range of applications that are not viable with any other flexible display technology. For example, in automotive, conformable displays not only bring new applications for displays in cars, such as invisible A-pillars, but also allow the displays to be larger because they can be curved and conformed to existing surfaces. Plastic OLCDs bring a new level of design freedom without any performance trade-off compared to glass LCDs.”
FlexEnable has pioneered the world’s first flexible electronics technology platform that allows electronics made of organic materials to be manufactured on flexible plastic film, the thickness of a sheet of paper. Compatible with existing manufacturing lines, it is the key to truly flexible and cost effective electronics over large and small surfaces. The core applications of this technology are glass-free, flexible displays and sensors that enable game-changing products across a variety of industries including consumer electronics, automotive, digital signage, wearables, medical and security. FlexEnable’s customers include OEMs, component manufacturers and materials suppliers. The company offers a comprehensive range of services-based packages for its technology platform including: ProductEnable™, MaterialsEnable™ and FabEnable™. www.flexenable.com
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