ITRI FlexUPD

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has won the Overall Gold 2010 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for its FlexUPD. The paper-thin, low-cost and flexible flat display allows for two-sided surface visibility and can be manufactured inexpensively. The FlexUPD is technologically compatible with current LCD production lines. Only the de-bonding equipment needs to be added to LCD manufacturing facilities for FlexUPD.

The photo above is a 6-inch color flexible AMOLED e-paper made with FlexUPD technology. The OLED display is just 0.1mm thick with a folding radius of 5cm or less. Brightness is 150 cd/m2. The flexible e-paper can be scrolled up to 15,000 times.

What FlexUPD enables is the removal of the flexible portion of the panel after all of the typical processing has been completed on a glass substrate. A foldable Bluetooth OLED keyboard would be something that would fill a need right now!