Plastic display collaboration

DuPont and Sarnoff Corporation are to work together to develop new organic thin film transistor technology on plastic substrates, leading to the rapid commercialisation of flexible display devices.

DuPont and Sarnoff Corporation are to work together to develop new organic thin film transistor (organic-TFT) technology on plastic substrates, leading to the rapid commercialisation of flexible display devices.

The technical collaboration combines DuPont’s expertise in OLED display panels, flexible substrates, printing and organic-TFT technologies, and Sarnoff’s expertise in active matrix TFT designs and video display systems. Lucent Technologies’ Bell Labs will be subcontracted to develop a new class of organic-TFT materials and design processes.

The research initiative has been sponsored by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Dupont already has a mass production line on-line in Hsinchu, Taiwan that is producing passive matrix, polymer-based OLED displays on glass for use in handheld mobile communication devices such as cell phones and PDAs.

To accommodate the fabrication of flexible polymer-based OLED displays on plastic by end of 2004, the company plans to upgrade its pilot line facility in Santa Barbara, CA.