Japan Display announced it's moving ahead with its plans to introduce bendable LCD displays. Sometime next year, the company will kick off mass production of 5.5" panels with a Full HD resolution. The panels are intended for smartphones and have a 500 nits brightness, 401ppi resolution and 1500:1 contrast ratio.
By using a plastic substrate instead of glass, these screens should be less prone to cracking when the phone is dropped. Japan Display is also working on larger versions for laptops.
Japan Display Inc. (JDI) today announced the development of FULL ACTIVETM FLEX, which uses a plastic substrate for both sides of the liquid crystal layer, and its introduction into a 5.5-inch Full-HD LCD display for smartphone devices.
With FULL ACTIVETM FLEX it is easily possible to form curved shapes by utilizing its flexibility, and thus it will greatly help to expand the degrees of freedom in smartphone design. Also, by using plastic substrates instead of glass, it is possible to prevent cracking from occurring when the display is dropped.
Furthermore, by incorporating low-frequency driving technology, which JDI has developed in the past, this FULL ACTIVETM FLEX supports not only a normal 60Hz driving scheme but also supports a driving scheme as low as 15Hz. This contributes to a significant decrease of power consumption for mobile devices.
JDI is planning to start mass production of this display in 2018.
JDI will position this technology as one of its new platform technologies, and will consider adopting it not only in smartphone displays but also in notebook PCs, automotive applications and other various products as well.