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USDC, Applied team on TFTs for next-gen displays

Posted: 04 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TFT? metal-oxide film? OLED?

The U.S. Display Consortium (USDC) and has awarded Applied Materials Inc. a cost-shared contract to develop metal-oxide films for next-generation TFTs.

Oregon State University (OSU) will work with Applied's display business groupAKTbringing together the U.S. government, private industry and university research to enable critical innovations for future display technology.

The USDC-sponsored R&D program will address two main challenges for future displaysto significantly improve device performance and reduce display cost per area. New metal-oxide films are one of the promising disruptive technologies for next-generation panels since they have higher electron mobility and the potential to reduce costs through lower temperature processing. Metal oxide films are also expected to be used for fabricating flexible displays and backplanes for OLED applications.

"The exponential growth of the display industry has been driven by continuous improvements in performance and cost," stated Gilad Almogy, group VP and general manager of Applied's display and thin film solar products group. "I am happy to launch this new development program expanding our technology portfolio, which is expected to further contribute to the growing applications for digital information displays."

"USDC is pleased to have the team of Applied Materials and OSU working together to resolve fundamental issues in the manufacturing of displays," commented Mark Hartney, USDC's chief technology officer. "This is a very strong partnership, bringing together OSU's leading-edge R&D in transparent electronics and AKT/Applied Materials' world-class technology development capability."

The USDC program is expected to take a year to complete. Additional support will be provided by the U.S. Army's Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University.

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