Universal Display wins U.S. Department of Defense SBIR contract

EWING, N.J. – Universal Display Corp. won a $1,089,600 extension to a U.S. Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract.

Feb 1st, 2009
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By Courtney E. Howard

EWING, N.J. –Universal Display Corp. won a $1,089,600 extension to a U.S. Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract. Under the extension, Universal Display will continue to develop flexible OLED display technology for use in military applications.

The 15-February program extension will focus on the continued development and delivery of a wrist-mounted communications device prototype that contains a flexible, active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) display built on metallic foil.

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The AMOLED display will use an amorphous-Silicon (a-Si) TFT backplane developed and fabricated by LG Display, a leading manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) and active-matrix OLEDs. It will also incorporate advances in Universal Display’s high-efficiency UniversalPHOLED technology, as well as the company’s transparent cathode technology for top emission.

The flexible AMOLED display will be shaped to fit into a housing that can be worn on the wrist, enabling the wearer to see real-time video and graphics information. Designed and built by L-3 Display Systems, a leading supplier of ruggedized display systems for military uses and a long-standing partner of Universal Display under this program, the housing for this prototype device will contain a number of advanced communications components. Intended for use by soldiers in the field, this wrist-mounted product concept also has potential consumer applications.

The team will focus on demonstrating advances in performance, including higher display brightness and enhanced reliability, as well as improved product design. Prototypes will be delivered for evaluation by military personnel for use in the field.

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