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Advanced poly-LED displays
Author(s): Mark Childs; Giovanni Nisato; D. Fish; Andrea Giraldo; A. J. Jenkins; Mark T. Johnson
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Paper Abstract

Philips have been actively developing polymer OLED (poly-LED) displays as a future display technology. Their emissive nature leads to a very attractive visual appearance, with wide viewing angle, high brightness and fast response speed. Whilst the first generation of poly-LED displays are likely to be passive-matrix driven, power reduction and resolution increase will lead to the use of active-matrix poly-LED displays. Philips Research have designed, fabricated and characterized five different designs of active-matrix polymer-LED display. Each of the five displays makes use of a distinct pixel programming- or pixel drive-technique, including current programming, threshold voltage measurement and photodiode feedback. It will be shown that hte simplest voltage-programmed current-source pixel suffers from potentially unacceptable brightness non-uniformity, and that advanced pixel circuits can provide a solution to this. Optical-feedback pixel circuits will be discussed, showing that they can be used to improve uniformity and compensate for image burn-in due to polymer-LED material degradation, improving display lifetime. Philips research has also been active in developing technologies required to implement poly-LED displays on flexible substrates, including materials, processing and testing methods. The fabrication of flexible passive-matrix poly-LED displays will be presented, as well as the ongoing work to assess the suitability of processing flexible next-generation poly-LED displays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2003
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 5004, Poly-Silicon Thin Film Transistor Technology and Applications in Displays and Other Novel Technology Areas, (16 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.479597
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Childs, Philips Research Labs. (United Kingdom)
Giovanni Nisato, Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. (Netherlands)
D. Fish, Philips Research Labs. (United Kingdom)
Andrea Giraldo, Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. (Netherlands)
A. J. Jenkins, Philips Research Labs. (United Kingdom)
Mark T. Johnson, Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. (Netherlands)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5004:
Poly-Silicon Thin Film Transistor Technology and Applications in Displays and Other Novel Technology Areas
Apostolos T. Voutsas, Editor(s)

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