FlexEnable Announces Breakthrough in Manufacturability, Cost and Performance for Flexible Displays

FlexEnable, the leader in the development and industrialisation of flexible electronics, is announcing a technology breakthrough for the manufacture of full colour, organic liquid crystal displays (OLCD), making the manufacture of glass-free LCDs both practical and cost-effective for the first time.

FlexEnable has developed the only technology that enables the manufacture of a TFT array directly on ultra-low cost plastics such as TAC (tri-acetyl cellulose); the same films commonly used as a base for polarisers and compensation layers in everyday LCDs, resulting in the lowest cost process for flexible displays. This is made possible by the low temperature manufacturing process for the TFT array and will enable better front of screen performance than amorphous silicon.

The company will be showcasing a full colour, conformal IPS OLCD next week at SID in San Jose; a display which is not only light and thin but also extremely robust. This demonstration of OLCD follows earlier demonstrations of truly flexible OLED, EPD and image sensors. FlexEnable’s suite of capabilities provides display manufacturers with options to upgrade their existing fabs: the company has created FabEnable, a package of IP and services to transform the economics of existing fabs, for example by targeting under-utilised capacity. FlexEnable is already working with display makers to demonstrate the economic benefits of converting to this truly flexible array technology.

Indro Mukerjee, Chairman FlexEnable said: “By bundling our profound know-how and experience in the industrialisation of flexible electronics, FlexEnable has created FabEnable, delivering significant returns to display makers through the upgrade of conventional FPD lines. We enable FPD manufacturers to upgrade and diversify their existing lines with truly flexible electronics, bringing transformational economics to the manufacture of plastic displays in general.”

FlexEnable’s Strategy Director, Paul Cain, will be speaking in the Wearable-Flexible Market Focus conference on 4 June. Members of the press are also invited to meet with the team at SID and see our full colour OLCD and other prototypes enabled by FlexEnable’s revolutionary technology platform. For an appointment, please contact [email protected]

(We recently visited FlexEnable and met with Paul Cain to talk about the company’s technical developments FlexEnable Looking at New OLED & LCD Applications – paid for content.)