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PowerFilm demos roll to roll flexible electronics

Posted: 06 Jul 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flexible display? roll to roll? backplane array?

PowerFilm Inc. has presented a live demonstration of its roll to roll flexible electronics technology. PowerFilm is a developer and manufacturer of thin flexible solar panels and flexible electronics. The demonstration featured a backplane array technology for a flexible display made using a full roll to roll process integrated with a front plane driver to create a full working display.

The demonstration was attended by U.S. Congressman Tom Latham, Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham, and Kevin Condon from the office of Senator Tom Harkin.

The backplane driver of the technology is thin, lightweight, durable (plastic not glass), conformable, and is made using a low-cost manufacturing process at scale. This sets the technology apart from other current display technology and other technologies in development, said PowerFilm.

PowerFilm's core roll to roll manufacturing expertise for semiconductors, developed for its PV products, has been expanded to develop flexible electronics. The technology has been developed by PowerFilm's majority owned subsidiary Phicot, in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). PowerFilm has licensed in HP's self aligning imprint lithography (SAIL) technology.

Additional potential applications for the technology include items such as a ruggedized deployable briefing board for the military and other display screens, eBooks, other consumer electronics devices, and billboards.

The technology has been developed in the United States, where the working prototypes have also been made.

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