I just came back from the 2014 FLEX conference and the SID LA Symposium. There are many highlights in these 2 conferences. One of the exciting news is about the Organic TFT (OTFT) backplane AMOLED.
On Feb 6th, 2014, Plastic Logic’s director of research and partnerships, Mr. Mike Banach gave a presentation titled “A New Frontier for Flexible Displays”. At the same day, both Plastic Logic and Novaled announced their partnership and their demo of OTFT backplane AMOLED.
Their demo is a monochrome flexible AMOLED, targeting for wearable applications. Plastic Logic’s CEO, Indro Mukerjee, said, “2014 will be the year that wearable technology starts to go mainstream.”
I’m in beautiful Vancouver, BC this week to attend and give a speech at the SID 2013 Displayweek conference.
At E Ink’s exhibition booth, their director of product management Giovanni showed me several flexible electrophoretic display products and color displays. As I blogged in January, flexible and color displays were the main focus of E Ink at the Flextech Alliance’s Flexible Display 2013 conference, but at this SID is one big leap ahead. The flexible display jumped from a 4.3” active matrix announced in January, to 13.3” flexible active matrix in this May demonstration. The color display added the three color pigment, which they called “Spectra.”
Figure: E Ink booth at SID 2013 Displayweek conference
Source: Jennifer Colegrove
How does E Ink’s “Spectra” work, and how fast does it switch? When will E Ink’s flexible active matrix display be on the market? What’s the technology used in the 13.3” flexible active matrix display? What’s the flexible active matrix display roadmap through 2015? A detailed analysis will be in the upcoming “Touch and Emerging Display Monthly Report”, May 2013 issue.
At FlexTech’s 2013 Flexible and Printed Electronics conference, Plastic Logic demonstrated several flexible electrophoretic display products, including a flexible active matrix display for watches. Here are two video clips I produced about Plastic Logic demos. The first features Daniel Baum, Application Engineer at Plastic Logic, who introduced to me the large-sized flexible products and a 12 fps animated video. The second is Rachel Lichten, Head of Marketing Communications at Plastic Logic who introduces the flexible display watch.
Video: Plastic Logic large displays at 2013 FlexTech Conference. Produced by Jennifer Colegrove.
Video: Plastic Logic flexible display watch at 2013 FlexTech Conference. Produced by Jennifer Colegrove
What’s the comparison between flexible display watches on the market or coming in the future? What’s Plastic Logic’s manufacturing status? What’s the flexible active matrix display roadmap till 2014? Detailed analysis can be found in the Touch and Emerging Display Monthly Report, February 2013 issue.
At FlexTech’s 2013 Flexible and Printed Electronics conference, Nth Degree Technology demonstrated several types of printed LED lighting. Here is a video I took with their creative director, Andrew Dennis.
Source: Jennifer Colegrove
The flexible blue LED lighting is built on a plastic substrate, then a phosphor layer is added on top of the blue LED lighting to achieve a white light.
What kind of application will this flexible LED lighting be used for? When will this lighting be in the market? What’s the comparison of printed LED lighting vs. OLED lighting vs. EL lighting? A detailed analysis will be in the upcoming issue of Touch and Emerging Display Monthly Report, February 2013.
Today is the second day of FlexTech’s 2013 Flexible and Printed Electronics Conference. It’s very popular with about five hundred attendees and sixty exhibition booths (flexconference.org).
At Nth Degree Technology’s booth they demonstrated several types of printed LED lighting. One is a transparent blue LED light, two are flexible white LEDs (see image below), another is used as a signage.
Source: Nth Degree Technology, photo by Jennifer Colegrove
The construction process for the printed LED lighting:
First, tiny blue LEDs were built using traditional wafer fabrication technologies.
Then the tiny LEDs were mixed into a special ink.
The ink was applied using a high-speed printing method onto conductive substrates (plastic or glass).
If there is a need to change colors, a phosphor layer is added on top of the blue LED lighting.
What kind of application will this flexible LED lighting be used for? What is the time-frame for this this lighting to come to market? What’s the comparison of printed LED lighting vs. OLED lighting vs. EL lighting? A detailed analysis will be in the upcoming Touch and Emerging Display Monthly Report, Feb 2013 issue.