Plastic Logic is a leading developer of plastic electronics technology.

The technology has the potential to revolutionize new applications by printing electronics on thin and flexible plastic substrates using a process scaleable for large area, high volume and low cost. Plastic Logic is developing and exploiting worldclass technology for manufacturing printed plastic electronic circuits. These circuits are constructed using solution processing and directwrite techniques and consist of transistors and other components that are produced from polymers and a variety of other materials. The technology is characterized by:
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New solution-based air-stable materials. Direct-write manufacturing techniques to achieve high resolution patterning on distorting substrates. Low processing temperatures allowing the use of flexible and low-cost plastic substrates. Eventual migration from sheet-based to roll-to-roll processing.

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. This is achieved without the complexity and capital expense of: • • • Multiple mask steps requiring precision alignment High temperature processing Vacuum deposition

Flexible Displays 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. This is the first step towards flexible and plastic backplanes for a range of display applications and front-plane technologies including LCD and OLED.

Flexible e-Reader Features
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High resolution: up to 150ppi (pixels per inch) Large area: scaleable to A4 (210mm by 297mm) and above Greyscale: 4 levels Very high aperture ratio / fill factor Bend radius: < 2cm radius of curvature Thin, robust and lightweight Bi-stable e-paper enables high contrast reflective display (sunlight readable) and ultra-low power consumption.

Flexible Active Matrix Displays 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-ofscreen 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.

Tech Products Plastic Logic, a developer of plastic electronics, says it has developed the world's largest flexible active matrix display. The display consists of a flexible, highresolution, printed active-matrix backplane driving an electronic paper front-plane from U.S.-based E Ink. The displays are 10" diagonal SVGA (600 X 800) with 100ppi resolution and 4 levels of grayscale. The thickness of the display when laminated with E Ink Imaging Film is less than 0.4mm.

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