SmartKem discusses the route to low cost TFT at Emerging Technologies Conference, Shanghai, China

Leader in the design and development of organic semiconductors for electronic displays, SmartKem’s Gary Tam, Asia business development director, will be speaking at a prominent industry conference later this month.

Emerging Technologies 2018 will be held at the Crown Plaza in Shanghai, China, between January 24 and 26. The event focusses on global technological development and trends in a wide range of disciplines, including printed and flexible electronics and display technology.

SmartKem has announced a number of deals with leading Asian display makers to commercialise its TruFLEX technology – a groundbreaking step in the development of OLED and LCD based on plastic rather than glass.

Enabling the development of low power, lightweight, robust and flexible displays, SmartKem’s technology has attracted significant interest in recent months and the company has made significant strides forward in OTFT manufacture. Gary Tam will be sharing the team’s experience of the road to commercialisation at the conference.

Mr Tam commented: “We’re delighted to be sharing our experience in the development of truFLEX. Global brands are crying out for next generation differentiated devices and we believe that organic semiconductor integration will create truly innovative design opportunities. The Holy Grail for many companies is flexible and foldable display, as well as reducing the power consumption of displays to reduce the frequency of charging for consumers; truFLEX delivers on both fronts.

“We’re also going to be talking to the fact that this isn’t a technology scenario that creates significant investment for manufacturers either. SmartKem has created a platform that has a process of record on existing a-Si solution coating display-manufacturing lines. There is therefore limited relative investment required to convert across to truFlex from traditional techniques. It’s a drop-in technology with significant advantages for the entire supply chain.”

Talking to key technology trends and needs in the electronic display market, as well as an insight to the intellectual property portfolio of the company, Mr Tam will explain the results achieved to date on the Gen 2.5 OTFT plate and talk to the innovation roadmap of the company in the coming months.

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