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This flexible organic light emitting display
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This flexible organic light emitting display

June 2, 2010
This flexible organic light emitting display (or "FOLED") was developed by Universal Display Corporation (UDC). The passive matrix display is fabricated on a sheet of plastic 0.175 mm thick. It has a resolution of 80 dpi (dots per inch) and 64 levels of gray scale and is able to show full motion video. The "FOLED" was invented by professor Stephen Forrest and his research team at Princeton University and is now under development at UDC. [One of 14 related images. See Next Image.]

More about this Image Once the target of solely experimental research, the electronic and photonic components that are crafted from organic chemicals now drive major markets. Uses for the scalable, light weight technologies range from the billion dollar photo-conductive film industry to the growing market for solid-state lighting, such as LEDs (light-emitting diodes).

Organic electronics and photonics applications that are still in development may have an even broader impact, serving as flexible electronics, biologically-compatible devices, solid-state lighting and chemical sensors, as well as devices yet to be conceived.

In January 2003, the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored a workshop where experts from industry and universities came together to discuss the future of the field. Some of the highlights discussed by participants were new developments, changing directions in research and the needs facing investigators as they train the next generation of engineers.