The commercialization of smartphones provided a big boost to
The next big thing: Would you believe a flexible flat-screen TV?
The idea is still developing, but
"We are going to create some new applications that are - to coin an old term - disruptive," said
The company believes OLED displays can make inroads in the flat-panel television business currently dominated by LCD - or liquid crystal display - technology.
OLED flat-panel TVs are already on the market. Samsung and LG have unveiled curved, 55-inch OLED screens, though they sell for around
"Long term, OLEDs should cost less than LCDs, which is one of the key paSeeOLEDon page 12 rameters" Mahon said.
"The goal eventually is something you can roll up, something you can bend, fold together," Mahon said. "There's a lot of visions out there and a lot of investments being made right now."
Samsung and LG plan to introduce prototypes of flexible OLED TVs next month at the
"It's the first major breakthrough in many years in display technology," Taylor said. "It has an ultra-thin display with a nearly unlimited contrast ratio, making the most realistic and lifelike picture you can see on a TV"
Several barriers still prevent flexible displays from entering the mainstream.
"Once you can solve some of those problems, that opens up doors for flexible display," Mitra said. "The technology is promising."
The company has patents on phosphorescent OLED technology that enables chemicals to emit light without the aid of a backlight commonly used in fluorescent displays.
Phosphorescent OLED technology is about 25 percent more efficient than LCD,
Regardless, the company expects LCD to remain the dominant technology in flat-panel displays for some time as LCD manufacturers continue to make improvements. In the meantime,
Big picture, the outlook calls for growth.
"I personally think that when the whole technology is in place, there are going to be new applications no one has yet thought of," Mahon said.
The biz in brief
NICHE: Supplier of OLED technology, used in smartphones, tablets, televisions and general lighting products.
EMPLOYEES: 125 globally, about 115 in
NOTABLE CLIENTS: Samsung, LG and
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