Manufacturing flexible displays: The challenges of handling plastic

Nicholas Colaneri

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The first flexible high-resolution displays will be produced using materials handling techniques that have been developed to allow the use of existing thin transistor fabrication facilities. The principal substrate alternatives investigated over the last decade have been metal foils and polymer films. Recently, Corning and other glass manufacturers have also developed flexible glasses that are suitable use in displays. In the last year, many companies have established the capability to produce these materials in rolls resembling polymer film, but this is a recent development. In order to process polymer films through conventional thin film transistor lines, it is necessary to develop methods for handling them. It is also necessary to modify certain process steps to avoid exceeding their temperature limits. Thus far, two different approaches have been developed for handling the films.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSolid State Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry


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