Flexible OLED On November 19, 2009 Universal Display Corporation (UDC) announced that the company and the Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University (ASU) will be supplying flexible active matrix phosphorescent OLED (PHOLED) display prototypes to the US Army. The US Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Enhancement Program awarded US$650,000 to Universal Display to support the demonstration of enhanced-performance AMOLEDs on plastic substrates. Earlier in 2009 the FDC and UDC demonstrated a 4.1-inch monochrome QVGA amorphous-silicon (a-Si) PHOLED displays on DuPont Teijin’s polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) substrate.
a-Si OLED The flexible plastic AM-PHOLED prototype displays are manufactured at FDC with plans to demonstrate a flexible OLED prototype display using a-Si TFT on plastic substrates, low-temperature backplane and proprietary bond-debond manufacturing technologies. UDC will then use its UniversalPHOLED materials to manufacturer full-color AMOLED displays using proprietary encapsulation film technology to create permeation barriers on the substrate and on the OLED to prevent moisture and oxygen that can degrade the display’s lifetime. UDC’s goals is to manufacturer rugged, thin, lightweight, flexible OLED display prototypes that can last a long time. The OLED advantage over LCD is better front-screen performance in terms of contrast, response time, color saturation, thinner profile and lower power consumption.
Suit Integration What could the US Army use this type of technology for? Flexibility is key, I think. In most applications like a smartphone, PDA, notebook PC, GPS, etc. a flexible display would be nice but is not necessary. It is necessary when you want to integrate a contoured display on your forearm in a soldier’s battle suit. Just a guess.