Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors





Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > The "Tipping Point"

The LG G Flex curved smart phone
The LG G Flex curved smart phone

Abstract:
Dr Harry Zervos, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx

2014 has only just began and already discussions abound on how a "tipping point" has been reached in the field of printed and flexible electronics, a statement mostly backed by the significant interest and accompanying investment by LG and Samsung into the commercialisation of flexible displays. Fully flexible displays are still a few years away, but recently demonstrated devices on plastic substrates (but still encapsulated in rigid glass) by both Korean giants are the precursors of conformable ultra-thin OLEDs, which will be characterised by true flexibility and unsurpassed robustness.

The "Tipping Point"

Cambridge, UK | Posted on February 12th, 2014

In the same vein, Plastic Logic recently demonstrated a truly flexible, plastic, fully organic AMOLED display, developed in co-operation with Novaled. This was the first of a series of technology demonstrators during 2014, which will be part of each company's development of partnerships to enable the market for truly flexible, unbreakable AMOLED displays.

Unfortunately, encapsulation solutions are not quite there yet, which explains why the first displays on plastic substrates are still encapsulated in rigid glass. It also showcases the fact that "tipping points" do not happen simultaneously across the board for all technologies incorporated in a device. This is why there will be several generations of products in the next few years, until we see fully flexible form factors in consumer electronics. Taking the G Flex as an example of a first generation of a whole new type of device, other than the plastic display, it also carries a lot of other innovation that makes it stand out; a self-healing back cover, a curved battery that conforms to the shape of the platform, features that are already garnering praise.

Large form factors on their way

Larger form factor for electronics is on its way too, and manufacturing technologies will be changing further in order to accommodate it. Lithographic processes are ideal for smaller size displays (e.g. smartphone displays) with small pixel sizes but scaling up in order to accommodate larger displays is a challenge and will remain costly. In the case of larger panels, roll to roll processes have an advantage, given the fact that resolutions do not have to be so high and feature sizes do not need to be as small as in high-end smart phones.

Whether it's sheet to sheet or roll-to-roll when it comes to manufacturing technique for consumer electronics, the following graph from Applied Materials makes it all very clear: the balance between pixel density and panel size is really the deciding factor.

Image: www.printedelectronicsworld.com/images/v5/pagesections/420wim/main25390.jpg
Sheet-2-Sheet or Roll-2-R0ll? Source: Applied Materials

To understand tipping points as well as what's shaping the future of consumer electronics, IDTechEx is staging the 11th Printed Electronics Europe conference on the 1st and 2nd of April 2014, in Berlin, Germany, with presentations from companies such as Novaled, Applied Materials, Philips, OSRAM and many others. Innovation in materials, manufacturing and integration technology for electronics will take centre stage and as always, a major focus will be in the technology pull as expressed by adopters who make up an important part of the event.

For more information, please contact IDTechEx Event Director Mrs Chris Clare at or visit www.PrintedElectronicsEurope.com

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Cara Harrington

Copyright © IDTechEx

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Characterizing inkjet inks: Malvern Instruments presents new rheological research April 23rd, 2014

NanoSafe, Inc. announces the addition of the Labconco Protector® Glove Box to its NanoSafe Tested™ registry April 23rd, 2014

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Flexible Electronics

Transparent Conductive Films and Sensors Are Hot Segments in Printed Electronics: Start-ups in these fields show above-average momentum, while companies working on emissive displays such as OLED are fading, Lux Research says April 17th, 2014

Printed Electronics Europe - Plastic Logic shows a flexible OLED display for wearable devices April 11th, 2014

IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2014 Award Winners April 1st, 2014

World's first flexible multi-functional timer to be distributed at Printed Electronics Europe March 24th, 2014

Possible Futures

Virus structure inspires novel understanding of onion-like carbon nanoparticles April 10th, 2014

Local girl does good March 22nd, 2014

Surface Characteristics Influence Cellular Growth on Semiconductor Material March 12th, 2014

UCF Researcher Bringing 3-D TV Back From The Dead February 12th, 2014

Announcements

Characterizing inkjet inks: Malvern Instruments presents new rheological research April 23rd, 2014

NanoSafe, Inc. announces the addition of the Labconco Protector® Glove Box to its NanoSafe Tested™ registry April 23rd, 2014

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals

Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain April 23rd, 2014

High-Performance, Low-Cost Ultracapacitors Built with Graphene and Carbon Nanotubes: Future devices based on technology could bridge gap between batteries and conventional capacitors in portable electronics and hybrid electric vehicles April 23rd, 2014

Guo Lab Shows Potential of RNA as Heat-resistant Polymer Material for Nanoarchitectures April 23rd, 2014

Berkeley Lab Researchers Demonstrate First Size-based Chromatography Technique for the Study of Living Cells April 22nd, 2014

Printing/Lithography/Inkjet

Characterizing inkjet inks: Malvern Instruments presents new rheological research April 23rd, 2014

Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024 April 17th, 2014

Transparent Conductive Films and Sensors Are Hot Segments in Printed Electronics: Start-ups in these fields show above-average momentum, while companies working on emissive displays such as OLED are fading, Lux Research says April 17th, 2014

Obducat has launched a new generation of SINDRE® Nano Imprint production system April 11th, 2014

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE







  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE