Plastic Logic wins award for innovative colour flexible displays
18 March 2013

Plastic Logic has announced that the company has been awarded the Elektronik Optoelectronic Product of the Year 2013 Award for its full colour flexible plastic displays.

The Elektronik Product of the Year Awards are chosen by the readers of the Elektronik magazine, Germany’s leading names in German media for the developers and industrial users of electronic products. The ten most innovative and future-oriented products are nominated by the magazine’s editorial team in ten categories and presented to the readers, who then vote for their favourite products online or via post or fax. The winners are announced during the annual Elektronik Products of the Year Awards dinner. This year’s event marked the 15th anniversary of the awards and was held in Munich, Germany.

Plastic Logic flexible colour display

Figure: Plastic Logic flexible colour display

EU project develops organic semiconductor based ADC
04 March 2013

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, Universit· di Catania, CEA-Liten and STMicroelectronics have developed an organic semiconductor (plastic) based analogue-digital converter (ADC). The development brings organic sensor circuits costing less than one euro cent within reach. The invention was recently presented at ISSCC in San Francisco. The ISSCC rated the papers on these inventions as one of the highlights of the conference.

Organic analogue-to-digital converter

Figure: Organic analogue-to-digital converter (ADC)

Toppan Printing and Plastic Logic announce world’s first large area flexible EPD 42” prototype using OTFT backplanes
04 March 2013

Toppan Printing and Plastic Logic have announced they will jointly showcase the first large-area, flexible digital signage prototype, based on Plastic Logic’s flexible plastic display technology at RetailTech Japan in Tokyo. According to the announcement this is the first time in the world that a flexible, reflective digital signage module over 40” in size, using organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs), has been publicly shown.

Toppan Printing / Plastic Logic - Large area 42-inch flexible EPD

Figure: Toppan Printing / Plastic Logic - Large area 42-inch flexible EPD

The large-area flexible electrophoretic display (EPD) module consists of :-

  • Configuration: 16 x 10.7” monochrome flexible plastic displays
  • Diagonal : 42” diagonal display with an effective pixel pitch of 0.7 mm
  • Resolution: approximately six times higher than existing EPD signage
  • Thickness: < 3mm

Large-area flexible electrophorectic displays enable a wide range of new and improved applications, such as informational signage in public facilities, which can be quickly updated to provide disaster-related information in an emergency situation where battery-operation is required, due to its ultra-low power consumption.

Building on their respective strengthes both companies will work on market opportunities for modular, large-area flexible EPD signage, their product offering will include a range of different display sizes

  • Toppan Printing has been developing large-area EPD signage since 2004 and has extensive expertise in various applications.
  • Plastic Logic has been leading the development of flexible plastic EPD based on OTFTs since 2007 and operates the world’s first and currently only volume manufacturing facility for organic electronics, where it manufactures flexible plastic displays (colour and monochrome) of various sizes.

Indro Mukerjee, CEO Plastic Logic, said, "We are extremely pleased to be presenting another world-first enabled by Plastic Logic’s large-area plastic displays together with Toppan Printing at RetailTech Japan. This 42” daylight-readable digital signage module is just one of the many exciting and varied applications of our plastic flexible displays, which not only enable particularly light and thin end applications, but also revolutionary form factors, such as wearable and mobile devices."

Jin Endo, Head of Business Development Center, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. said, "We are delighted to cooperate with Plastic Logic to open new frontiers with regard to large-area flexible EPD. This new signage solution offers all the benefits of current EPD signage, including ultra-low power consumption, which is crucial for disaster-ready applications in the post-earthquake society of Japan, but with the additional advantage of a much higher resolution and a considerably lower module weight."   

Evonik and Holst Centre partner to extend thin-film electronics
11 February 2013

The Holst Centre and Evonik Industries have announced a partnership to extend the range and performance of thin-film electronics applications. Evonik has joined Holst Centre’s shared research program on Organic and Oxide Transistors, bringing with it world-class expertise in soluble oxide semiconductor materials.

The agreement between Holst Centre and Evonik aims to speed up the development of thin-film circuits. Holst Centre and its ecosystem have extensive experience in solution-based CMOS processes, and Evonik is a world leader in soluble oxide semiconductors. The partners will now work together to optimise Evonik’s n-type semiconductors and use them in CMOS processes to create circuits targeting the performance requirements of RFID, display driver and wireless sensor applications.

CMOS circuit on a thin, flexible substrate created in a collaboration between Evonik and Holst Centre

Figure: CMOS circuit on a thin, flexible substrate created in a collaboration between Evonik and Holst Centre

SmartKem launches ink evaluation and development kit for OTFT
04 February 2013

SmartKem has announced the launch of a ink evaluation and development kit which utilises the company’s organic semicodncutor technology, to significantly streamline the process of producing prototype flexible organic thin film transistors (OTFT). The kit forms part of SmartKem’s newly launched ‘p-FLEX’ portfolio of high mobility, flexible organic semiconductor solutions.

Smartkem - Ink evaluation kit (pictures by Smartkem)

Figure: Smartkem - Ink evaluation kit

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