SmartKem Limited Articles
Contract will lead to full commercialisation of OTFT tech
UK chemical company and designer and developer of semiconductors for electronic displays, SmartKem, has signed a landmark deal which will lead to full commercialisation of its organic thin film transistor (OTFT) technology.
Duo develop low power and lightweight electronic displays
A second major commercialisation partnership has been announced by SmartKem to develop and mass produce commercial low power, lightweight and unbreakable electronic displays using its organic thin film transistor (OTFT) technology. The company has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a display maker in Taiwan, just weeks after announcing a similar agreement with one of China’s leading OLED manufacturers.
The OLED revolution is coming
With its new iPhone X, Apple has invited customers to ‘Say hello to the future’. From the tech specs, it’s clear that next-gen devices are going to be reliant on OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays. According to Steve Kelly (pictured), CEO of SmartKem, the shift to OLED for the iPhone X is symbolic of a much wider change in displays across the portable and wearable device industry.
Commercialisation partnership with a leading OLED manufacturer
SmartKem has announced that it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with one of China’s leading OLED manufacturers. The partnership will enable the development and industrialisation of OTFT Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) leading to the development of OTFT based LCD and OLED display manufacture on plastic.
CPI selected to support FLEXTRANS project success
Through a new EU-funded project called FLEXTRANS, the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has been selected as a support partner to SmartKem for the accelerated pre-production of a new generation of low power, flexible display-based products. FLEXTRANS is a two-year programme, led by SmartKem, that has been developed to support the transition to market of the company's truFLEXthin film transistor (TFT) platform for the manufacture of high pe...
Transistor platform reduces display power consumption by 50%
A new whitepaper from SmartKem has shown that display power consumption can be cut by at least 50% using their technology platform in mobile display-based devices, ending the inconvenience of daily recharging for smartwatch and mobile phone users across the world. The study shows how SmartKem's truFLEX transistor platform can deliver significant power consumption reductions for display-based devices. These power savings have the potenti...
European Patent Office grants new patent to semiconductor specialist
Semiconductors from SmartKem enable the creation of thin film transistors (TFTs) on plastic, allowing the manufacture of truly flexible displays: screens that can bend, fold and operate at low power to serve end markets including smartphones, wearables and embedded and large area displays.
European project to support flexible semiconductor adoption in Asia
A €1.8million grant has been secured by SmartKem, to support the industrialisation and technology transfer of its semiconductor platform to display makers in Asia.
Smartkem expands presence to support flexible display roll-out in Asia
The UK based developer of the truFLEX semiconductor platform for the manufacture of flexible displays and electronics, Smartkem, has made significant investments to support company expansion and the roll-out of its technology platform with display manufacturers in Asia.
Sights set on China after patent confirmation
UK based developer of the truFLEX semiconductor platform, for the manufacture of flexible displays and electronics, SmartKem, has had notification of patent allowance for semiconductor material in China, a key market for the roll-out of its technology platform with display manufacturers across Asia.
'All-plastic' logic devices operate at world record speeds
SmartKem has reported that it has set a new world record in digital circuit performance with its solution processed organic semiconductor, tru-FLEX. The company has fabricated a truFLEX based all-organic 5-stage Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFT) ring oscillator using solution coating that operates with an oscillation frequency above 500kHz and stage delay of less than 200ns.
SmartKem announce an extensive collaboration with CPI
SmartKem has announced an extensive collaboration programme with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), for the development of pre-production prototypes featuring the SmartKem unique range of semiconductor inks for the manufacture of ultra flexible TFTs.
University collaboration on materials awarded ‘outstanding'
SmartKem has announced that a recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Bangor University, UK, has been awarded a grade of ‘Outstanding’ by the Technology Strategy Board. Working with Bangor University’s School of Electronic Engineering, academics from the Organic Electronics Group characterised and validated SmartKem’s advanced semiconductor materials in transistor form as part of its material development prog...
SmartKem Launches Ink Evaluation Kit for ‘Flexible’ Thin Film Transistors
SmartKem Limited today announced the launch of a pioneering ink evaluation kit which utilises the company’s scientific expertise to significantly streamline the process of producing prototype flexible thin film transistors (TFTs). Forming part of SmartKem’s newly launched ‘p-FLEX’’ portfolio of high mobility, flexible semiconductor solutions, the development kit will allow companies to use SmartKem’s unique knowledge and intellectual ...
SmartKem Further Expands Team in Europe
SmartKem today announced the appointment of three new team members in Europe. Dr. Hugh Williamson will be welcomed as Chief Operating Officer, whilst Dr. Muhammad Raza and Dr. Keith Lumbard will join as scientists at SmartKem’s dedicated chemistry synthesis labs in Manchester. The last 12 months has seen SmartKem appoint staff in strategic locations across Asia and Europe to further strengthen its technical and commercial activities.
SmartKem Strengthens Asian Business Expansion with new Business Development Director
SmartKem today announced the appointment of Gary Tam as Business Development Director in Asia. Following the company’s recent expansion in the Asian market, based in Hong Kong, Gary will be charged with the planning and execution of business development strategies that will be essential for establishing SmartKem as a leading provider to the Asian chemical and electronics markets.
SmartKem Drives International Growth Strategy with Appointment of Bill Freer as Chairman
SmartKem Limited today announced the appointment of Bill Freer as company chairman. Bill holds extensive experience in the global display’s and semiconductor industries, having built up a successful track record in senior management positions for a variety of industry-leading organizations, worldwide.
SmartKem Expands International Presence with Appointment of Japanese Representative
SmartKem Limited today announced the appointment of a Japanese representative, Dr. Yutaka Hirai of Business Link Japan. This partnership, combining SmartKem's niche scientific expertise and the consultation services of Dr. Hirai, will support SmartKem's growth in the TFT and electronics display market.
SmartKem’s Novel Organic Semiconductor Materials Achieve ‘Better Than Amorphous-Silicon’ Performance
SmartKem, the developer of novel, printable organic semiconductor materials and ink formulations for flexible electronics announced that its advanced semiconductor materials have achieved performance “better than amorphous-silicon” in recent testing, achieving an impressive TFT mobility rating, higher than other traditional organic equivalents.
SmartKem Receives Investment Funding To Continue Innovative Development
SmartKem Limited, the developer of novel, printable organic semiconductor materials and ink formulations for flexible electronics, today announced it has received investment funding from the Porton Capital Group and Finance Wales Investments Limited. The investment allows SmartKem to further develop its flexible printed electronics solutions.