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The Flexible Display Center produces largest flexible colour OLED display using mixed oxide TFT backplane

Flexible display achieves key U.S. Army milestone; delivers vibrant colours and high switching speeds for video

28 Jun 2012 | editor

The Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University recently announced that it has successfully manufactured the world's largest flexible colour organic light emitting display (OLED) prototype using advanced mixed oxide thin film transistors (TFTs).

Measuring 7.4 diagonal inches, the device was developed at the FDC in conjunction with Army Research Labs scientists. It also meets a critical target set by the U.S. Department of Defense to advance the development of full-colour, full-motion video flexible OLED displays for use in thin, lightweight, bendable and highly rugged devices.

Flexible AM-OLED using mixed oxided TFT backplane


Mixed oxide TFTs offer a highly cost-effective approach for manufacturing displays that deliver high performance, including vibrant colors, high switching speeds for video and reduced power consumption. Furthermore, mixed oxide TFTs can be manufactured on existing amorphous silicon production lines, eliminating the need for specialised equipment and processing, thereby reducing costs compared to competitive approaches. [Editor’s note: At the Flexible Display Center (FDC), Arizona State University, Tempe we understand they have developed a low temperature indium-zinc-oxide (IZO) TFT process suitable for flexible substrates such as polyethylene naphthalate (PEN)]

Nick Colaneri, director of the FDC, “This is a significant manufacturing breakthrough for flexible display technology.” Nick added, “It provides a realistic path forward for the production of high performance, flexible, full color OLED displays, accelerating commercialization of the technology in the process.”

Nick continued, “One of the primary directives of the FDC has been to pursue approaches to flexible technologies that take advantage of existing manufacturing processes. This focus drove us to pursue a flexible, color display based on mixed-oxide TFTs, which are widely regarded as a strong, cost-effective alternative to low-temperature polysilicon. This display showcases the Center's successful scale up to GEN II, and our ability to produce displays using mixed-oxide TFTs in standard process flows with our proprietary bond/de-bond technology.”



About Flexible Display Centreat at the Arizona State University

The FDC is a government - industry - academia partnership that's advancing full-color flexible display technology and fostering development of a manufacturing ecosystem to support the rapidly growing market for flexible electronic devices. FDC partners include many of the world's leading providers of advanced display technology, materials and process equipment. The FDC is unique among the U.S. Army's University centers, having been formed through a 10-year cooperative agreement with Arizona State University in 2004. This adaptable agreement has enabled the FDC to create and implement a proven collaborative partnership model with over 26 active industry members, and to successfully deploy world class wafer-scale R&D and GEN-II display-scale pilot production lines for rapid flexible technology development and manufacturing supply chain commercialisation.

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