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Updated – FlexEnable sets out to create 'truly flexible' electronics

In a move which sees the separation of Plastic Logic's technology and manufacturing interests, FlexEnable has been launched with a mission to focus on 'truly flexible' electronics.

The move has been led by Indro Mukerjee, previously CEO of Plastic Logic. Mukerjee, who will be FlexEnable's chairman, said: "It's the launch based on Plastic Logic's existing set of IP and people and has been planned as a disruptive move." Meanwhile, the facility in Dresden which manufactures and sells electrophoretic displays will now be called Plastic Logic Germany.

According to Mukerjee, the company has been focused over the last two years on taking technology to a level of maturity more appropriate to wearable electronics. "One particular breakthrough," he claimed, "is to make a transistor array work with OLEDs; the most current dense application. Through changing the channel length of the transistor, it can now be used in OLEDs."

FlexEnable has three IP modules. FabEnable is intended to allow fabs to be built or upgraded to make flexible electronics. ProductEnable is targeted at those looking to create flexible electronics, while MaterialsEnable will help developers to assess and qualify materials for flexible electronics.

"FabEnable is a technology kit that will allow anyone to make flexible electronics," Mukerjee asserted. FlexEnable has also used its MaterialsEnable package to develop a graphene based display.

Mukerjee also noted the packages will allow companies to develop systems on plastic. "Designers will be able to link displays, sensors, logic and other elements on one piece of plastic as thin as a credit card."

The technology will enable products to be made on substrates as thin as 25nm which can be bent to a radius of as little as 0.25mm. "It will allow the creation of flexible and rollable displays," he contended.

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Graham Pitcher

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