Plastic Logic is developing and exploiting world- class technology for manufacturing printed plastic electronic circuits. These circuits are constructed using solution processing and direct- write techniques and consist of transistors and other components that are produced from polymers and a variety of other materials.
Direct-write manufacturing techniques to achieve high resolution patterning on distorting substrates.
This approach enables active electronic circuits to be produced on large flexible plastic substrates with high yield. In addition, direct-write techniques provide the potential for rapid design cycles and customization, shorter run-lengths and faster turn-around.
Plastic Logic is developing licensable manufacturing solutions for printing thin and flexible active-matrix displays. When combined with an electronic-paper imaging film, Plastic Logic's backplane technology enables highly portable, readable and power efficient displays. The initial application focus is e-readers (e.g. e-books, e-dictionaries, e-maps, e-newspapers). These displays will often be wirelessly connected to WAN devices such mobile phones and PDAs, allowing users to access content 'on-the-move' more comfortably and efficiently than is possible using a small integrated display.
Bi-stable e-paper enables high contrast reflective display (sun- light readable) and ultra-low power consumption.
High information content displays, such as those found in laptops, PDAs and high-end mobile phones, require an active matrix to achieve high resolution and superior front-of- screen performance. In an active matrix system, the appearance of each dot on the display is controlled with at least one transistor (TFT). In color displays, each picture element (pixel) is normally made up of three dots (or sub-pixels), one each for red, green and blue. An active matrix display therefore requires a very large array of transistors to be fabricated (a color VGA display consists of about 1 million sub-pixels). Today, these TFTs are fabricated in amorphous silicon using a complex and capital intensive process. The array of TFTs which drive the display is referred to as the backplane and the display effect which it switches is referred to as the front-plane (e.g. Liquid Crystal, Electronic Imaging Film (e-paper), OLED).
A flexible backplane has long been the missing component in producing high information content flexible displays. Using its unique plastic electronics technology, Plastic Logic is developing the first manufacturable cost-effective solution to this problem.
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