March 31, 2012

LG's New Flexible E-Paper

LG has announced that they will start their mass production on EPD (Electronic Paper Display) that is planned to be launch in Europe next month.

The paper is a 6 -inch, 1024 x 768 e-ink plastic screen. e-ink acts like ink on paper so it can only be black and white but does not need back lighting and you can still see it on a very bright day. It is only 0.7mm think and weighs 14 grams. LG claims that it is resistant to scratches and can withstand drops from a 1.5 meter height. LG has also stated that it is very flexible being able to create a bending range of 40 degrees from its centre.

"With the world's first plastic EPD, LG Display has once again proven its reputation for leadership and innovation with a product we believe will help greatly popularize the E-Book market," said Mr. Sang Duck Yeo, Head of Operations for LG Display's Mobile/OLED division. "Based on our success in mass-producing plastic EPD, we are excited as we look toward applying concepts from this experience to future developments like plastic OLED and flexible displays."

This screen will utilize the high TFT process, typically used for general LCD displays and with temperatures exceeding 350 degrees. LG had to overcome many obstacles to create this EPD. The display is planned to be supplied to ODM companies in China and then the completed products are expected to release in Europe in early April.

Martin Tam is an editor and the Director of Video Production at [blank]’s Universe. He is also a technology enthusiast that particularly enjoys computers and photography. He enjoys breaking things and sleeping in his spare time.