Partnering opportunity

Flexible plastic displays for consumer electronics, car interiors, digital signage and other applications

Summary

A UK company has developed flexible plastic displays for full colour and video. Early adopters come from the automotive, digital signage and consumer electronics segments but the technology is suited to a variety of product applications across different industries. Electronic products developers are sought for technical cooperation agreements.

Partner sought

- Type of partner sought: industry. - Specific area of activity of the partner: developers of electronic products for both consumer and industrial applications. - Task to be performed by the partner sought: to send a non-confidential description of their new product idea, and initial questions so as to get a conversation going.

Description

A UK company has been building on its revolutionary plastic transistor technology. It is being used to develop flexible organic LCDs on plastic that remove the constraints of glass and enable new product form factors. In this industry, there has been a promise for larger format curved displays for quite a while. Latest mobile phones have displays with curved edges but it is extremely difficult technically to go larger than that. The UK company’s technology is scalable to large area displays (see the Picture). Importantly, the processes are compatible with the existing display manufacturing lines and the technology has already been industrialised for e-paper displays. Early adopters are developing curved displays for car dashboards, wearables and signage for example. The thin, light and robust displays can be conformed to surfaces, bent and shaped. Flexible touch function can be laid on top. The company is keen to meet product developers in key areas, including but not limited to consumer electronics, wearables, digital signage and automotive. Another application of the plastic transistor technology is flexible sensors. High resolution fingerprint sensors on small and large areas have been developed targeted at biometric applications. The technology also enables curved X-ray image sensors for medical applications and non-destructive testing. The UK company seeks product developers for technical cooperation. The partners will know their markets and customers. The UK company can both deliver prototypes and also bring the relations in the manufacturing and supply chain side.

Advantages and innovations

The ability to conform the displays to curved and non-rectangular surfaces brings new design freedom. It allows designers to create revolutionary product that will stand out from the competition and add value to customers.

Development stage

Available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Granted patent or patent application essential


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