LG Display and Universal Display show flexible OLED display at 2008 SID

LG Display, Universal Display logos Tuesday saw LG Display and Universal Display lifting the veils from an updated prototype of a flexible AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) display at the 2008 SID Conference. The prototype features brighter colors with better saturation and gamut, along with a one-sided electrical connection that enables more flexibility in the four-inch display. LG Display and Universal Display boast that the display that they have developed is the most enhanced flexible OLED display produced until now.

Both the companies have come together to develop this path-breaking four-inch diagonal, QVGA full-color AMOLED display prototype. Featuring LG Display’s amorphous-Silicon backplane technology together with Universal Display’s OLED frontplane tech, the 320×240 resolution prototype bundles a plethora of enhancements. It includes LGD’s high-efficiency Universal PHOLED and transparent compound-cathode TOLED technologies. Advancements have been made in the area of color reproduction since the prototype that was demonstrated at SID 2007.

Part of the prototype’s growth has been backed by the U.S. Department of Defense, as military applications of the technology, including wrist-mounted PDAs and roll-out displays in small communications devices are anticipated. Non-military applications such as digital newspapers, Head-Up Displays, automotive instrument panels and office partitions, windows or walls that double as displays can be looked forward to by others.

“Continuous collaborative efforts by UDC and LGD have resulted in another big step forward in flexible AMOLED,” noted In Jae Chung, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Display. “Great teamwork between two companies has yielded consistent quality upgrades of flexible AMOLED in a short period and we expect more technological achievements in the future for realizing its full potential in real world applications.”

“LG Display has been an excellent partner in advancing flexible AMOLEDs toward commercial practicability, and our success has been driven by strong, collaborative team work,” maintained Steven V. Abramson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Display. “In just over a year, our collaboration with LGD has yielded significant gains in the design and functionality of flexible OLED displays. As we continue to work with LGD, we anticipate that our joint development will drive continued progress in flexible OLED technologies for military and commercial applications.”

The innovative flexible OLED displays could reach the market in the next few years, foresee analysts.