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2016 Recap & 2017 Outlook for Flexible Displays

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2016 Recap & 2017 Outlook for Flexible Displays
Published: March 9, 2017 Content info: 33 Pages

Flexible AMOLED (Active-matrix Organic Light-emitting Diode) displays have drawn market attention as Apple's next-generation iPhone is reportedly to feature a flexible AMOLED display. Flexible display technologies include flexible AMOLED, flexible LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), and flexible e-paper. Each flexible display technology has different limitations and thus the development of their key components has also varied, leading to variant outcomes in terms of the application and development of each flexible display technology. This report will analyze the flexible display technologies and their key components to outline the future of flexible displays.

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1. Commercialization of Flexible Displays

  • 1.1 Definition of Flexible Displays
    • 1.1.1 Diversity of Flexible Display Technologies
  • 1.2 Flexible LCD Commercialization Stagnates without Mass Production
    • 1.2.1 Low Interest in Flexible LCD Development due to Technological Challenges and Vendors' Withdrawal from Market
    • 1.2.2 Continued Engagement by Japanese Academic Institutes
  • 1.3 Mobile Phones and Wearables with Flexible AMOLED Displays
    • 1.3.1 SDI and LGD are Two Flexible AMOLED Display Suppliers
    • 1.3.2 Curved and Odd-shaped Panels as Major Selling Points
  • 1.4 Flexible PMOLED Displays to Enter Mass Production
  • 1.5 Flexible e-Paper Ready for Mass Production but More Applications Needed
    • 1.5.1 E Ink Leads in Commercialization of Flexible e-Paper Display
    • 1.5.2 Existing Applications in Advertising Billboards and e-Tag
    • 1.5.3 Wearable Market Gaining More Spotlight

2. Trends of Key Flexible Display Technologies

  • 2.1 Flexible Display Technology Development Indicators
  • 2.2 Flexible TFT
    • 2.2.1 Plastic OTFT and LTPS Already Enter Mass Production
    • 2.2.2 Plastic Oxide TFT Backplanes Still Best Choice for Flexible Displays
  • 2.3 Flexible Substrate
    • 2.3.1 Vendors' Attitude towards Stainless Steel and Ultra-thin Glass Displays Have been Passive
    • 2.3.2 PI Substrates as Temporary Mainstream with Improvement in Cost Reduction and Transparency Needed
    • 2.3.3 Enhanced PI Substrates and Composite Materials as Main Focuses of Flexible Substrate Development
  • 2.4 Process Technology
    • 2.4.1 Massive Engagement in S2S Process
    • 2.4.2 R2R Process, Important but not Urgent
  • 2.5 Others
    • 2.5.1 Laboratories Complete Research on Flexible Color Filters
    • 2.5.2 New Cell Gap Solution to Accelerate Curved LCD Development

3. Conclusions

  • 3.1 Lack of Market Potential Impedes Flexible LCD Commercialization
  • 3.2 Manufacturing Process and Material Optimization as Key Factors in Flexible AMOLED Development
  • 3.3 Trends towards Large-sized and Color E-paper
  • 3.4 Technology/Materials for Large Displays Have Higher Investment Value


Glossary of Terms

List of Companies

List of Topics

Overview of major flexible display technologies, including LCD, AMOLED, and EPD, and their comparison in terms of structure, cost, flexibility, weakeness and strength

Analysis of flexible display applications in LCD, AMOLED (for use in mobile phones and wearables), and PMOLED panels, and e-paper; their current developments and challenges currengly facing the vendors

Development of the trends of key flexible display technologies, including flexible TFT, flexible substrate, process technology, flexible color filters, and new cell gap solution for curved LCD

Development of major flexible display vendors such as SDI and LGD

List of Figures

  • Figure 1 Pilot Production of Flexible LCDs by Tohoku University in 2016
  • Figure 2 Devices with Flexible AMOLED Displays
  • Figure 3 Application of Curved and Odd-shaped Panels in Cars
  • Figure 4 Flexible PMOLED Displays by Pioneer and WiseChip
  • Figure 5 Flexible e-Paper Displays Demonstrated by E Ink and KDI
  • Figure 6 Flexible E-paper Displays for Advertising Billboards
  • Figure 7 Fundamental Requirements for Flexible Substrates
  • Figure 8 Transparency of PI Substrates Needs Improvement
  • Figure 9 S2S Process
  • Figure 10 Bonding and De-bonding of S2S Process
  • Figure 11 R2R Process for LCD Module
  • Figure 12 Flexible Color Filter Demonstrated by ITRI in 2016
  • Figure 13 Merck's Cell Gap Supporting Material for Flexible Displays

List of Tables

  • Table 1 Comparison of Flexible Display Technologies
  • Table 2 Structure and Key Development Trends of Flexible Displays
  • Table 3 Comparison of TFT Technologies
  • Table 4 Types of Flexible Substrates

Companies covered

Apple,BOE,DNP,EInk,Electronica,FlexEnable,Hitachi,I.S.T,ITRI,JDI,JOLED,JSPS,KDI,LG,Makuake,Merck,Nagaoka University,NHK,PI substrate,Pioneer,Porsche Mission-e,RiTdisplay,Samsung,SDI,Sharp,Sony,STMicroelectronics S.R.L,Sumitomo Chemical,Tohoku University,Toppan,Toray,Toshiba,USPTO,WiseChip

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