Plastic Logic, a developer of plastic electronics technology, today announced the opening today of its new multi-million dollar prototyping facility alongside the company's existing R&D and office facilities in Cambridge, UK. Plastic Logic will use the prototype line to work with customers to demonstrate advanced product prototypes, and to work with licensees on process qualification and technology transfer.
The prototype line is initially targeted at producing active matrix backplanes for flexible e-reader displays. According to the company, when combined with an electronic paper imaging film, Plastic Logic's backplanes enable highly portable, readable and power efficient displays.
Plastic Logic's process technology is available for licensing to display and printing companies. It comes with a complete package of technology transfer and support.
Stuart Evans, CEO of Plastic Logic, commented that "with the opening of our prototype line, the plastic electronics industry is making an important transition from research & invention to customers & products. We look forward to working with the growing number of customers who want to use flexible displays to establish a first mover advantage in their markets."
Prototype Line Features
- Equipment commercially available, with a clear path to large scale manufacturing
- Separate cleanrooms & equipment for process qualification & research
- Key steps automated; cassette handling of substrates
- SPC and metrology equipment to measure and manage yield
- Up to 100 A4 Panels per week at up to 150ppi. Capacity limited by materials/WIP storage and chemical bulk handling and not by manufacturing equipment
- Flexible Display Backplane Specification
- High resolution: initially 100ppi; increasing to 150ppi
- Large area: initially 10" diagonal (A5); increasing to 14" diagonal (A4)
- High aperture ratio: multi level pixel structure
- Bend radius: <2cm radius of curvature; rollable with thin media & substrates
- Greyscale capability
- Substrate: 350mm by 350mm (14" by 14") low temperature PET
- Compatible with all major e-paper frontplane media.
- Colour: ready for up to 100ppi in 2006
Source: Plastic Logic