Glass-free OLCD technology enables bezel-less displays
FlexEnable has revealed an ultra-narrow border organic LCD (OLCD). By exploiting the truly flexible nature of the organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) on which OLCD is based, it is now possible to fold the borders behind the display for the first time. This breakthrough provides a completely new approach to bezel-less screens that cannot be achieved with glass displays.
OLCD, which offers the same quality and performance as traditional glass LCDs, can bring unique benefits to notebooks, tablets, TVs and monitors by responding to the increasing demand for larger displays with smaller to no borders.
The bezel size allowed by OLCD is independent of the display size or resolution, and the OLCD technology itself is cost-effectively scalable to large display sizes. Moreover, OLCD can make a notebook up to 100g lighter and 0.5mm thinner.
Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable, said: “By exploiting the unique properties of FlexEnable’s organic transistors platform, we have proven that it can also provide a route to borderless displays and thus further expand the applications of thin, light and conformable OLCDs.
“For example, removing the borders of the display allows a larger screen to fit into the same size notebook. This breakthrough enables us to address a multi-billion display market for notebooks, tablets, monitors and TVs as well as surface-integrated displays for automotive interiors.”
OLCD can be easily curved and shaped to enable new form factors in a wide range of products including consumer electronics, smart home devices, automotive displays and beyond. The technology is being implemented into existing manufacturing lines in Asia and is expected to be in production in 2020.