SOURCE: Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University

Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University

June 28, 2011 08:00 ET

The Flexible Display Center Qualifies Color OLED GEN II Manufacturing Capability

TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2011) - The Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University today announced that it has installed and completed final acceptance of Sunic Systems' GEN-II OLED SUNICEL Plus 400 vacuum evaporation and encapsulation process tool. The new system gives the FDC the ability to manufacture full-color organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays in-house. Having passed all acceptance criteria, the tool is already being used to scale the FDC's recently announced full-color, full-motion video active matrix (AM) OLED prototype displays to larger sizes.

"Our collaboration with Sunic Systems has proceeded very smoothly and was key to manufacturing full-color, high-resolution GEN II OLED display prototypes here at the FDC," said Nicholas Colaneri, director of the FDC. "It also showcases the infrastructure we have put together to enable the advancement of flexible display technology and support the growing demand for full-color flexible electronics across a broad spectrum of applications including defense, military and consumer."

The new GEN II system will allow FDC partner companies to continue to advance the development of flexible OLED displays, solid-state lighting and plastic electronics by providing them access to larger scale manufacturing. Producing devices on plastic will enable them to be more rugged, thin and lightweight than their glass or rigid counterparts, while at the same time offering higher performance, vibrant color and video capabilities.

Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University
The FDC is a government - industry - academia partnership that's advancing full-color flexible display technology and fostering development of a manufacturing ecosystem to support the rapidly growing market for flexible electronic displays. FDC partners include many of the world's leading providers of advanced display technology, materials and process equipment. The FDC is unique among the U.S. Army's University centers, having been formed through a 10-year cooperative agreement with Arizona State University in 2004. This adaptable agreement has enabled the FDC to create and implement a proven collaborative partnership model with 29 active industry members, and to successfully deploy world class wafer-scale R&D and GEN-II display-scale pilot production lines for rapid flexible display technology development and manufacturing supply chain commercialization. More information on the FDC can be found at flexdisplay.asu.edu.