Entries with tag flexible displays.

Samsung Display Creates Flexible, Foldable Smartphone Display

Samsung Display is launching a flexible display for smartphones capable of folding in half. The company expects to produce 30,000 to 40,000 flexible displays each month by the end of 2015, according to Lee Chang-hoon, vice president of Samsung Display’s business strategic team. Samsung Display is also expanding production of its A3 display line based on the popularity of the Galaxy Note Edge, which uses the curved wrap-around display. The company announced that it will also be lowering its AMOLED display production costs, said Chang-hoon. This will enable Samsung to compete with LCD products and attract more customers. (ZDNet)(Digitimes)

Curved Displays: Latest Smartphone Innovation

Curved displays are the newest hardware feature planned for next-generation smartphones. LG Electronics has announced that it is ramping up mass production of its six-inch curved smartphone displays to launch in November, although devices with the screens may not be commercially available until 2014. Samsung Electronics, the global leader in smartphone sales, says its curved displays will be available this month. Users could bend or fold curved displays, which might eventually result in innovative, new designs for mobile and wearable devices that observers say could potentially transform the market for high-end smartphones. The challenge in making curved displays is manufacturing the screens in volume so that they are affordable, thin, and heat resistant. Curved displays are already commercially available on large-screen televisions, which both Samsung and LG Electronics began selling this year. Global shipments of devices with flexible displays will reach nearly 800 million by 2020, predicted market research firm IHS earlier this year. (Reuters)(USA Today)

New Fabrication Method Creates Large, Affordable Flexible Displays

A new method for printing large areas of carbon nanotube thin-film transistors on plastic surfaces would enable the creation of flexible displays and sensor networks. Researchers, led by Ali Javey, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley, used a conventional printing technology known as gravure printing to make uniform arrays of high-performing transistors from carbon nanotubes on flexible plastic sheets. This is the first time fully printed carbon nanotubes that are also high performance have been demonstrated. They report that their method creates transistor arrays with higher mobility than other, prior carbon nanotube printing technologies. Electron mobility is critical in display technologies. It translates into needing less current for OLEDs, for example. Researchers say the process could lead to  manufacturing large-area, low-power sensor arrays and displays using roll-to-roll printing and are now working on refining their method in hopes of printing more complex circuits. They published their findings in NanoLetters. (Technology Review)(NanoLetters)

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