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ITRI announces revolutionary AMOLED display technologies at Touch Taiwan 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工業技術研究院) on Wednesday announced a large number of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display technologies, including Taiwan's first foldable touch AMOLED module.

With the rise of the wearable smart devices, the ITRI will showcase many futuristic, wearable devices with interactive touch control functions at Touch Taiwan 2014 with the theme of "Smart Living, Keep in Touch."

Such devices include a wearable and foldable AMOLED wristband with interactive touch control and display functions. Another highlight of the showcased product is a gesture-controllable Smart Glass which can be used as a smartphone and camera. In addition, 30 items in materials, display panels and manufacturing processes for display and touch control devices will be displayed, aiming to create smarter living supported by instinct-driven devices.

According to Janglin Chen (程章林), vice president and general director of ITRI's Display Technology Center (工研院影像顯示科技中心), because wearable devices require the characteristics of light weight, slimness, small size and flexibility, the ultra-slimness and flexibility of AMOLED are ideal properties for making wearable devices.

In order to build up the supply chain of AMOLED in Taiwan and enable Taiwan's manufacturers to cater to the international market, ITRI developed Foldable AMOLED with On-Cell Touch which can be folded 10,000 times over a curve formed with a 7.5-millimeter (mm) radius. The thickness of the module is less than 0.1 mm. The module is developed with the FlexUpTM technology which makes the display module flexible, difficult to break, water- and oxygen-resistant, super light and thin.

ITRI integrates touch control panels with display panels, and plans to apply "the active foldable organic light emitting display modules" for making innovative hand-held devices to realize the product concept — "when unfolded it is a tablet, and when folded it is a smartphone." The innovative product will create next-generation business opportunities for AMOLEDs.

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