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FLEXIDIS

Project ID: 004354
Finanziato nell'ambito di

Flexible Displays

Dal 2004-10-01 al 2008-03-31, progetto concluso | FLEXIDIS Sito web

Dettagli del progetto

Costo totale:

EUR 25 712 261

Contributo UE:

EUR 14 320 000

Coordinato in:

Netherlands

Invito a presentare proposte:

FP6-2003-IST-2See other projects for this call

Meccanismo di finanziamento:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Rolling out market-ready flexible displays

Flexible displays that can be bent, rolled up or even attached to clothing have long captured the imaginations of film-makers. Now they are making the leap from science fiction to science – and consumer – reality.

Displays akin to the newspapers with moving images seen in films such as Minority Report and the Harry Potter series could soon become everyday items thanks to the work of a consortium of European companies and research institutes.

Working in the FlexiDis project, researchers have created the world’s first production-ready method of manufacturing flexible displays. The research has also triggered several spin-off initiatives that should result in commercial products on the market in the near future.

The goal, say the researchers, is not to compete directly with the rigid flat panel displays that have become a common addition to consumer electronics devices, but to start introducing products in novel market areas and even create new markets that could not exist without the technology.

From supermarket displays to e-paper

Flexible displays could, for example, be used to display prices on supermarket shelves, wrapped around vehicles for advertising or attached to the arms of jackets to provide people with location information.

Or they could be incorporated into mobile phones or laptop computers and rolled out when the user wants a bigger, higher resolution screen for watching a movie or looking at architectural drawings.

One of their first uses will be as e-paper, which can be used as rollout displays for reading a book, viewing a digital map or catching up on e-mails on the fly.

E-reader applications are already being developed by two companies spun-off during the FlexiDis project. One is Polymer Vision, set up by project partner Philips. The other is Plastic Logic, established by the University of Cambridge.

Breakthrough manufacturing method

Meanwhile, another partner, Thales Avionics LCD, is using the technology to develop new displays for the avionics industry.

At the heart of the success of the FlexiDis project is a breakthrough in the method used to manufacture flexible displays, allowing them to be produced cost-effectively in existing factories built to make flat panel displays.

Called EPLaR (Electronics on Plastic by Laser Release), the technology works by depositing thin-film transistors (TFTs) – the components that control the state of each pixel in a display – in a plastic layer coated onto a glass plate.

The plastic is a special kind of polymer called polyimide that can resist the high temperatures needed to make the TFTs. It is then pealed from the glass plate using a laser process to create an ultra-thin, light and robust display that can be bent or rolled up like a magazine.

Developing the technology

The partners also experimented with using organic TFTs, which can be deposited at lower temperatures to allow more types of plastics to be used. They tested organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), which emit their own light from each pixel rather than using liquid- crystal pixels that filter light from a background source.

Currently three out of four factories in the world producing flexible displays are in Europe. All four use technologies developed by the FlexiDis project.

Obiettivo

Integrated Project "Flexible Displays", or FlexiDis, has the realization of flexible active-matrix displays as its primary goal. The aim of this project is to coordinate a balance of experimental, numerical and demonstrator vehicle development for identifying and researching the main issues for flexible displays. This will include the materials and processing technology, physical studies of the mechanical properties and materials behavior of multilayer structures during processing, under flexing, and during service-life, novel fabrication tools, and substrate handling procedures to make and introduce reliable, flexible active-matrix displays to the market. The demonstrator vehicles will work with two different display technologies, namely full-color organic light-emitting displays (OLED) on bendable metal and/or plastic foils with inorganic thin-film driving transistors, and monochrome electrophoretic (EP) displays on rollable plastic substrates with organic thin-film driving transistors. In this way, use for automotive, mobile telecommunications, and toys can be examined. FlexiDis will strengthen ties between leading European research efforts in different disciplines and build a common standard for flexible display reliability, testing methodologies, and substrate handling in Europe and lead to implementation of these novel displays in applications.

Contatto coordinatore

Eliav I. HASKAL, (Coordinator)
Tel.: +31 40 27 47888
Fax: +31 40 27 46330
E-mail

Coordinatore

PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands

Contributo UE: EUR 4 105 105


Professor Holstlaan 4 (WY5-38)
5656 AA Eindhoven
Netherlands
Activity type:
Contatto amministrativo: Eliav Haskal
Tel.: +31 40 2744453
Fax: +31 40 2743365
E-mail

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INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
Belgium

Contributo UE: EUR 355 468


KAPELDREEF 75
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo: Jan Vanfleteren
Tel.: +32 9 2643382
Fax: +32 9 2643594
E-mail
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland

Contributo UE: EUR 771 479


ECUBLENS
1015 LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contatto amministrativo: Yves Leterrier
Tel.: +41 21 693 4848
Fax: +41 21 693 5880
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DEUTSCHE THOMSON-BRANDT GMBH
Partecipazione terminata
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 258 900


HERMANN-SCHWER-STRASSE 3
78048 VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN
Germany
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Contatto amministrativo: Rainer Schweer
Tel.: +49 7721 852284
Fax: +49 7721 852243
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UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 1 056 310


KEPLERSTRASSE 7
70174 STUTTGART
Germany
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Contatto amministrativo: Norbert Fruehauf
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Fax: +49711-6856924
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BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 111 247


PETUELRING 130
80788 MUENCHEN
Germany
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Tel.: 089-382-21836
Fax: 089-382-42237
PROTEC PROCESS SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 95 000


BIRLENBACHER STRASSE 19
57078 SIEGEN
Germany
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Tel.: +49271890410
Fax: +49 271 8904119
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NOVALED GMBH
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 188 281


Zellescher Weg 17
01069 Dresden
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo: Jan Birnstock
Tel.: +49 351 4277618
Fax: +49 351 4277629
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DEUTSCHE THOMSON OHG
Germany

Contributo UE: EUR 270 136


KARL-WIECHERT-ALLEE 74
30625 HANNOVER
Germany
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Tel.: 49 7721 852367
Fax: 49 7721 852243
LEGO SYSTEM A/S
Partecipazione terminata
Denmark

Contributo UE: EUR 8 176


AASTVEJ 1
7190 BILLUND
Denmark
Activity type:
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Tel.: +45 7950 6733
Fax: +45 7535 4309
E-mail
NOKIA OYJ
Finland

Contributo UE: EUR 400 688


KEILALAHDENTIE 4
02150 ESPOO
Finland
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Tel.: +358 7180 35823
Fax: +358 7180 35322
STMICROELECTRONICS SA
France

Contributo UE: EUR 248 750


Boulevard Romain Rolland 29
92120 MONTROUGE
France
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Tel.: 33 4 76 58 5639
Fax: 33 4 76 585610
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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France

Contributo UE: EUR 469 603


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75794 PARIS
France
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Contatto amministrativo: Bernard Drevillon
Tel.: +33 01693332
Fax: +33 0169333006
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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France

Contributo UE: EUR 1 440 310


31-33 RUE DE LA FEDERATION
75752 PARIS
France
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Contatto amministrativo: Anthony De Luca
Tel.: +33 438782325
Fax: +33 438785157
E-mail
UNAXIS FRANCE SAS
Partecipazione terminata
France

Contributo UE: EUR 166 317


5 Rue Leon Blum
91120 Palaiseau
France
Activity type:
Contatto amministrativo: Valerick Cassagne
Tel.: +33 1 69192092
Fax: +33 1 69320660
E-mail
PJDO SAS
France

Contributo UE: EUR 126 578


IMPASSE DES MAGNIOLIAS, LE PARC DU GUILLON
38500 Coublevie
France
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Contatto amministrativo: Pascal Joubert des Ouches
THOMSON R & D FRANCE SNC
Partecipazione terminata
France

Contributo UE: EUR 663 572


QUAI ALPHONSE LE GALLO 46
92100 BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT
France
Activity type:
Contatto amministrativo: Gunther Haas
Tel.: +33 2 9927 7192
Fax: +33 2 9927 3013
E-mail
THALES AVIONICS LCD SA
France

Contributo UE: EUR 522 000


BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN 173
75008 PARIS
France
Activity type:
Contatto amministrativo: Alain PARFUS
Tel.: +3347689104
Fax: +3347686101
E-mail
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy

Contributo UE: EUR 319 247


PIAZZALE ALDO MORO 7
00185 ROMA
Italy
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo: Guglielmo Fortunato
Tel.: +39 06 41522228
Fax: +39 06 41522220
E-mail
LATVIJAS UNIVERSITATES POLIMERU MEHANIKAS INSTITUTS
Latvia

Contributo UE: EUR 144 480


AIZKRAUKLES IELA 23
1006 RIGA
Latvia
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Tel.: +371 7543327
Fax: +371 7820467
ASML NETHERLANDS B.V.
Partecipazione terminata
Netherlands

Contributo UE: EUR 130 112


DE RUN 6501
5504DR VELDHOVEN
Netherlands
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Fax: +31 40 2686650
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IREX TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
Netherlands

Contributo UE: EUR 111 719


HIGH TECH CAMPUS, GEBOUW 46
5656AE EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
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Fax: +31402743365
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PLASTIC LOGIC LIMITED
Partecipazione terminata
United Kingdom

Contributo UE: EUR 734 587


34-35 CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE PARK, MILTON ROAD
CB4 OFX Cambridge
United Kingdom
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POLYMER VISION LIMITED
United Kingdom

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WC2B 6UN LONDON
United Kingdom
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THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom

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The Old Schools, Trinity Lane
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PHILIPS ELECTRONICS UK LIMITED
United Kingdom

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420-430 LONDON ROAD
CR9 3QR CROYDON
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Fax: +44 1293 815500
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AVECIA LIMITED
Partecipazione terminata
United Kingdom

Contributo UE: EUR 53 276


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United Kingdom
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Partecipazione terminata
United Kingdom

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