SmartKem's industrial Gen 2.5 organic TFT process ready for Asia

June 19, 2017 // By Julien Happich
A supplier of organic thin film transistor (OTFT) technology, SmartKem announced it has now finalised an industrial grade process for the mass production of OTFT backplanes on large area glass or plastic.

This has been achieved using its bespoke pilot line, based at the UK’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and its synthesis and formulation Technology Centre based at Hexagon Tower in Manchester.

SmartKem’s industrialised Gen 2.5 POR is now undergoing transfer to customer production lines for the manufacture of product prototypes and scaled display production in Asia. It is anticipated that the first display products manufactured through this collaboration will hit the Asian market within 12-18 months.

“This is an important stage gate for SmartKem and for the adoption of our truFLEX semiconductor platform. By proving the industrialisation process, at Gen 2.5 scale (400x500mm) we are now firmly positioned to enter mass production and scale up to larger plate sizes for the production of an exciting range of new and improved LC and OLED display-based products" said SmartKem CEO, Steve Kelly.

“We now have routes to the end product brands with what we believe is the world’s thinnest and most robust TFT platform on the market. When you add this to the benefits of the significant display power saving that truFLEX offers, it’s attracting a lot of interest from smartwatch, wearable and smartphone brands for real value added display based products.

The new range of products will be sleek, conformal and cut the device power consumption by at least a half, according to Kelly, strengthening SmartKem's position in the market to meet the demand from LC and OLED display makers in Asia.
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