Universal Display wins U.S. Army SBIR contract extension for flexible OLED displays on metal foil

EWING, N.J., 21 Oct. 2009. Universal Display Corp., developer of UniversalPHOLED phosphorescent OLED technology, won a $333,593 extension to a United States Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center (CERDEC) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract. Under the extension, Universal Display will continue work on its flexible OLED display technology and will deliver prototype flexible displays built on metal foil to the U.S. Army.

Oct 21st, 2009

EWING, N.J., 21 Oct. 2009. Universal Display Corp., developer of UniversalPHOLED phosphorescent OLED technology, won a $333,593 extension to a United States Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center (CERDEC) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract. Under the extension, Universal Display will continue work on its flexible OLED display technology and will deliver prototype flexible displays built on metal foil to the U.S. Army.

Universal Display, working with partners LG Display and L-3 Display Systems, will focus on improving the design and performance of flexible active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) display prototypes built on metal foil substrates. This technology is being evaluated by the U.S. Department of Defense for military applications, including a wrist-mounted, lightweight display for use by soldiers in the field.

Work under the extension includes the design and fabrication of new prototypes using amorphous-silicon backplanes that are designed and built on metal foil substrates by LG Display. The new prototypes will also employ a phosphorescent OLED frontplane designed and built by Universal Display.

The OLED display will be encased in thin housing, designed and fabricated by L-3 Display Systems. The new housing is less bulky and more rugged than earlier prototypes, which should improve wearability and portability of the device for prospective use by soldiers.

"The U.S. Army's continued support in this area is essential for flexible OLED display technology to reach its full potential for military and commercial applications," says Steven V. Abramson, president and CEO of Universal Display. "The work under this program, through our longstanding collaborations with LG Display and L-3 Display Systems, will continue to demonstrate performance enhancements over previous prototypes, moving us closer to lighter, less bulky, commercial flexible OLED products for use by soldiers and consumers alike."

More in Home