High-resolution flexible electronic paper developed by LG.Philips LCD
/ Courtesy of LG.Philips LCD
By Kim Yoo-chul
LG.Philips LCD (LPL), the world’s second-largest LCD panel manufacturer, has taken a meaningful step toward next-generation displays by developing a flexible electronic paper with advanced resolution.
LPL said the latest flexible electronic paper measures 14.3 inches diagonally and can display over 16 million colors, noting that it will replace books of all sorts.
``The display, the size of an A4 paper, easily recovers its original shape after being bent because the product uses a substrate, which arranges thin-film transistors on metal foil than glass,’’ said Chung In-jae, LPL’s chip technology officer.
``Furthermore, it can also be viewed from 180 degrees, so the images always appear crisp, even when the display is bent,’’ he added.
LPL will showcase the display at the Consumer Electronics Show to be held in Las Vegas this month.
Flexible displays have been regarded as a next-generation growth engine by display makers as the device can store hundreds of books or newspapers via a USB drive and even run for 7,000 hours before needing to be recharged.
As South Korea is one of the world’s most wired countries, the penetration speed of the new technology is expected to be fast.
Market analysts say the displays will eventually replace paper, noting that the market will amount to over $12 billion in 2017 from this year’s estimated $80 million.