FlexEnable signs with Truly Semiconductors to produce flexible displays in China

July 31, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Cambridge-based FlexEnable has signed a technology transfer and license agreement with leading Chinese display makers Truly Semiconductors to bring FlexEnable’s flexible organic liquid crystal display (OLCD) technology into mass production on Truly’s lines over the course of next year.

Due to its high performance and low cost manufacturing process, OLCD is the only display technology today that can deliver flexible displays with large area, low cost and high brightness with long lifetime, claims FlexEnable.

OLCD is based upon FlexEnable’s flexible low temperature organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) backplane technology, which can be manufactured on existing TFT LCD production lines using low cost plastic substrates such as TAC and PET. The OTFT backplane has better electrical performance than amorphous silicon, giving plastic LCDs the same display quality and reliability as glass-based LCDs, while making it thinner, lighter, shatterproof and conformable to surfaces. OLCD also boasts a bend radius under 20 millimetres.

With the technology transfer and license agreement Truly is the first display manufacturer to adopt OLCD and plans to implement the process into its existing production lines in Shanwei, China.

First product samples are expected to ship to commercial partners early 2018, with volume production expected in late 2018.

 

“Truly is a leader in displays manufacturing and a top-level supplier of displays to key market segments to which FlexEnable’s technology can bring great commercial advantages. We are already working with brands who use OLCD in their product concepts and who now need access to a volume supply chain to realize some very exciting new product offerings with designs that simply aren’t possible with other types of display. We are excited that Truly has become the first display manufacturer to implement FlexEnable’s game-changing OLCD platform and meet market demand for flexible displays”, said Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable in a joint company statement.

Commenting on the agreement, KK Ho, General Manager, R&D center, Truly Semiconductors Ltd, added: ”FlexEnable's OLCD technology is a breakthrough in the TFT-LCD industry and with its characteristics of thinness, lightweight, and more durability it is going to create lots of possibilities for innovative product design. We have been receiving many enquiries for flexible display from the market, specifically,