Plastic Logic, a developer of plastic electronics for flexible display backplanes and sensors, announced today that it has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with NTT DoCoMo, a mobile communications operator in Japan, to develop flexible active-matrix displays for future mobile device applications.
Such a thin, flexible, and ultra-light user interface may ultimately change handset design. Simon Jones, Vice President of Business Development at Plastic Logic said, "We are delighted to be working with DoCoMo to develop next generation user interface concepts using flexible displays. This is another exciting milestone in the transformation of plastic electronics from research and innovation to customers and products."
The Plastic Logic approach solves the critical issues in manufacturing low cost, large area, high resolution transistor arrays on flexible plastic substrates by using a low temperature process without mask alignment.
This enables radical new product concepts in a wide range of applications including flexible displays and sensors. Independent experts from IDTechEx forecast plastic electronics will be a $30Bn industry by 2015, and could reach as much as $250Bn by 2025.
Plastic Logic operates from the world's first plastic electronics min-fab and prototype line on the Cambridge Science Park. It was spun out of Cambridge University in 2000 to build on 10 years research and now has a team of 48 employees. The company has secured $30Mn from financial
and industrial investors.