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CPT, imec and the Holst Centre show 1250 ppi multicolour OLED - FMM-free photolightography

The collaboration with CPT aims to improve the manufacturability readiness level of the OLED photolithography patterning method to produce ultra-high resolution OLED displays for next-generation user interfaces

CPT/Holst Centre/imec - FMM-free passive display with 1400x1400 pixels (1.96 megapixel) of side-by-side, orange and green OLED

20 Sep 2017 | Editor

CPT, imec and the Holst Centre show 1250 ppi multicolour OLED - FMM-free photolightography

Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) together with partners imec and Holst Centre have showcase an ultra-high resolution display realised by photolithography patterning of organic light emitting diode (OLED) arrays. The results moves closer to cost-effective manufacturing of fine - side-by-side pixels in OLEDs - and will be presented at the annual International Smart Display and Touch Panel Exhibition, Touch Taiwan, in Taipei, Taiwan ROC, Sep 20 – Sep 22.

imec together with its program partners are researching a cost-effective manufacturing method for OLED arrays featuring fine pixels. Pushing the pixel density beyond 1000 ppi is a necessary step for implementation of next-generation displays, especially for virtual and augmented reality.

The proof-of-concept is a passive display with 1400 x 1400 pixels of side-by-side, orange and green OLEDs. The sub-pixel pitch of 20 μm results in the equivalent resolution of 1250 ppi. Uniform electroluminescence is demonstrated with the possibility to light up each colour separately. Preliminary lifetime investigation shows operation of each colour after patterning for a few hundred hours at more than 50% of the original brightness.

CPT and imec have verified that a novel photolithography process can allow for ultrafine OLED patterns. The proposed technique does not require using fine-metal masks to structure thermally evaporated OLED stacks ("FMM-free").

One of the main challenges when applying standard photolithography is the fragility of the organic materials for the photolithography chemicals. To circumvent this issue, imec and CPT have used an i-line, chemically amplified photoresist system in a process flow dedicated to OLED stacks.

Apart from ultra-high resolution, other benefits of photolithography include high aperture ratio, large substrate size compatibility and good yield control.

"Our goal is to identify and explore technology bottlenecks in the extremely competitive and fast-paced display industry. With research activities spanning from material and device science, through design, fabrication and integration all the way to tech transfer, we make use of our semiconductor and thin-film background."


"The collaboration with CPT enables us to improve the manufacturability readiness level of the OLED photolithography patterning method. This will enable production of ultra-high resolution OLED displays for next-generation user interfaces. We are very happy to have the possibility to explore this exciting technology route with our innovative partners."


Paul Heremans, Program director of thin-film electronics at Holst Centre/imec

High quality displays are at the core of modern, connected society, with mobile screens enabling and enhancing an ever-increasing number of daily appliances. Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) displays, with discrete light emitting pixels, are steadily growing, not only in market share, but also in achievable resolution, brightness, size and lifetime.

To continue the advancement of this technology, imec together with its program partners are researching a cost-effective manufacturing method for OLED arrays featuring fine pixels. Pushing the pixel density beyond 1000 ppi is a necessary step for implementation of next-generation displays, especially for virtual and augmented reality.

Source: CPT/Holst Centre/imec

www.holstcentre.com    www.imec.be    www.cptt.com.tw   


About imec

Imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, energy and education.

As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 3,500 brilliant minds from over 75 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. In 2016, imec's revenue (P&L) totaled 496 million euro.

Source: imec

About Holst Centre

Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and for flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.

Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) and is supported by local, regional and national governments.

Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 200 employees from some 28 nations and a commitment from over 50 industrial partners.

Source: Holst Centre

About CPT

Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), based in Taoyuan, Taiwan, was established in 1971 and began its TFT LCD business in 1997. Now CPT is a professional TFT LCD maker, focusing on panels in applications of mobile phones, tablets, and cars. Based on strong and concrete core foundation in display technologies, CPT offers advanced display solutions, including ultra slim, narrow border, transparent displays, and on-cell, in-cell touch solutions. Positioning as an innovator for optronic technology, CPT is dedicated to developing the next generation technologies, covering flexible displays, to provide its customers with high value-added products.

Source: CPT


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