Our relatively short history belies the amount of innovation Plastic Logic Germany has spawned over the past years. The results have been manifold and include: over one hundred patents (applied and granted); industry awards for achievements in both technology and manufacturing; and becoming the driving force in the field of flexible, glass-free displays, as well as a leading display manufacturer.
Diversification and optimization
We are continuing the drive in our identified new markets and delivering displays in commercial volumes. A rigorous program of process optimization has been implemented. Furthermore, we are diversifying to supply backplanes for non-display applications; an example is our work in the LORIX Horizon 2020 project.
Building new markets
Our displays are gaining market traction and are already being integrated in a wide range of products around the globe. Examples include the popSLATE and the Tago Arc.
Display size diversification
We are now developing and manufacturing more than just one display size. Thus opening up the markets and applications for which our flexible, glass-free EPD can be used. We are already noting great interest from companies developing applications for mobile devices and labels.
Higher resolution displays
Further process and technology developments mean we are now able to manufacture even smaller transistors (pixels in the case of a display), resulting in an even higher resolution of 225 ppi.
Color and video-rate
Over the past months, our team has been working hard on developing solutions for color and video-rate displays. The close work with one of our key-suppliers leads to the first color displays on show in Q2; for which we are recognized by the industry with two awards. We also unveil another world first: EPD driven at 12 fps by organic transistors.
New display design
Transistor and display design improvements mean we can now use less components to drive the display; thus improving efficiency and saving cost.
Displays for eReaders
Our team is busy developing a display incorporating a capacitive touchscreen for a large-scale eReader. This work will stand us in very good stead for future customer projects requiring specific support for device integration.
First manufacturing quality displays
Our team has been working hard on the process and early on in the new year, the first displays for end product integration roll off the line.
First displays roll off the line
Soon after the factory is inaugurated, our team successfully produce the first displays. Naturally, they are not yet defect-free, but that won’t take much more time!
The world’s first, commercial, plastic electronics manufacturing facility is opened in September by Wolfgang Tiefensee (Federal Minister for Transport, Building and Urban Development), Stanislaw Tillich (Minister-President of Saxony) and Helma Orosz (Lord Mayor of Dresden).
Over one million transistors
The display technology and process is further developed and we are now able to produce 10.7″ 150 ppi displays.
Industrializing the technology
The Board makes the decision to build its own display factory in Dresden, Germany. Here you can see Thomas Jurk (Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs and Labour) laying the cornerstone accompanied by Mayor Dirk Hilbert (Dresden’s Councillor for Economic Affairs) and Dr Engelbert Lütke Daldrup (State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Urban Development).
First 10” 100 ppi display
We produce the world’s largest resolution organic semiconductor plastic display (at the time); a 10″ grayscale display at a high resolution with good yield.
Pushing the boundaries
Our technology is marked by continuous improvements throughout the year. Some of the highlights include: technology over a large area; from b/w to grayscale (better quality picture); smaller transistors.
Transfer to a flexible substrate
We begin working with a renowned EPD manufacturer and are able to produce several new, flexible demonstrators. The example shown is a 2″ 50ppi 80×60 display.
Finding the right frontplane
A dedicated R&D drive leads to a further improvement in transistor stability. We also begin the search for a new frontplane.
100+ organic transistors
Continued R&D work leads to a new proof of concept; a 50 ppi 80×60 pixel display (still using PDLC on glass) is created.
Originally using polymer-dispersed liquid crystals (PDLC) on glass, the team works on further developing the process; we are now able to produce 10+ functioning organic transistors. The first 1″ demonstrator (4×4 pixels) is created.
At the Cavendish Laboratory, Professor Henning Sirringhaus and his team develop a process for printing transistors. Together with Sir Richard Friend and Richard Evans, he founds a company; Plastic Logic is spun out of Cambridge University.