Flat and bendy

Toshiba has developed what it claims is the world’s first large flexible liquid crystal display, a development that could open the way to the display of images on curved screens.

The new display is a full colour, 8.4 inch low-temperature polysilicon active-matrix TFT LCD that supports SVGA resolution.

The flexible LCD has a slim profile-less than 0.4mm and a weight under 20g – a quarter to a fifth that of present low temperature polysilicon TFT LCDs.

The display can be flexed in all directions and bent to form a curve with a radius of curvature as high as 20 cm.

Toshiba is now developing mass production technology for the display and Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Corporation expects to launch commercial products after fiscal year 2004.

The display will be presented at the Society for Information Display 2002 in Boston, MA from May 21 to 23.

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