HP develops flexible screen

Unbreakable screen uses 90 per cent fewer materials than traditional displays
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HP has announced that it is developing prototypes for a new ‘paper-like’ display, which uses only ten per cent of the volume of materials used for standard screens.

The new device utilises SAIL (self aligned imprint lithography) technology that was invented at the HP Labs, which enables the fabrication of thin film transistor arrays on a flexible plastic material in a low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing process. This allows for more cost-effective continuous production, rather than batch production.

The low cost and relatively few materials used in construction means that this display is likely to be used for notebooks, smartphones and other small devices as the display is traditionally one of the more costly components.

“The display HP has created with the FDC proves the technology and demonstrates the remarkable innovation we’re bringing to the rapidly growing display market,” said HP Labs’ director of Information Surfaces, Carl Taussig.

“In addition to providing a lower-cost process, SAIL technology represents a more sustainable, environmentally sensitive approach to producing electronic displays.”

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