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Five Key Indicators for Assessing the Mass Production Readiness of Flexible Displays: MIC
March 21, 2017

Flexible display technologies include flexible AMOLED, flexible LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), and flexible e-paper. Each flexible display technology has different limitations and thus the development of their key components has also varied, leading to variant outcomes in terms of the application and development of each flexible display technology, says Chung-yu Yang, an industry analyst with Taipei-based IT research institute MIC (Market Intelligence & Consulting Institute).

"Several key technologies must be assessed when determining the mass production readiness of flexible displays. These development indicators include flexible substrates, transparent conducting electrodes, display films, TFT backplanes, and manufacturing processes."

Structure and Key Development Trends of Flexible Displays

Structure

Category

Technological Requirements

Feature Requirements

Display film

LCD

Flexible CF and BL, Cell Gap control1

Prevent cell gap from changing during bending

OLED

Packaging technology

Impermeability to water and air

EPD

   

TFT backplane

a-Si TFT

‧Low-temperature TFT processes (to maintain original properties)

‧Can be tuned using existing equipment in the short term

High electron mobility (especially for OLED)

LTPS

OTFT

Oxide TFT

Flexible substrate

Metal foil

 

Flat surface

Plastic film

 

Heat resistance, stability, reliable manufacturing processes, and optical properties

Thin glass

 

Surface evenness and flatness

Manufacturing process

‧ Roll-to-Roll / Sheet-to-Sheet Processes

‧ Printing Processes

       

Note: CF stands for Color Filter, BL stands for Back Light
Source: MIC, March 2017

To see more about this report, please visit: 2016 Recap & 2017 Outlook for Flexible Displays

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