HP Enables New Field of Flexible Electronics with Reflective Display Technology

hp-eskinsHP today announced the launch of a new display technology for the personalization of consumer electronics products.

Electronic Skins, or eSkins, is a flexible reflective color film that can be applied to a variety of devices – including mobile phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, netbooks and notebooks. eSkins also can reflectively display icons and alpha-numeric characters.

HP eSkins technology offers brand manufacturers new ways to personalize their products with an electronically controlled color surface created using HP’s breakthrough roll-to-roll manufacturing platform. Designed to make fine-scale circuitry on plastic substrates, the platform processes flexible screens in rolls rather than individual sheets, offering the potential for more cost-effective manufacturing.

HP eSkins

“Consumer electronics manufacturers who integrate HP eSkins technology into future products can benefit from HP’s expertise and innovation in ink technology and deliver print-like color performance,” said Ken Abbott, director, Emerging Technology, Technology Development Organization, Inkjet and Web Solutions Business, HP. “HP’s eSkins technology allows our partners in the consumer electronics industry to further differentiate their products by introducing a dynamic, durable and reflective digital surface to enable new design freedom.”

This new device architecture is compatible with roll-to-roll plastic circuits that can be combined with proprietary, electrically controllable “inks” to achieve print-like color performance, as well as transparency. Using a technology similar to color printing, HP is developing the capability to produce specific “ink” colors within the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM® range. The vibrant, print-quality colors have excellent visibility in direct sunlight and can electronically shift into a transparent state, revealing the surface below the eSkins film.

HP at Display Week 2009

At Display Week 2009, Tim Koch, research and development manager for the Technology Development Organization at HP, will offer a technical presentation on the HP roll-to-roll manufacturing platform on which eSkins technology was developed. The presentation will take place at noon on Thursday, June 4, in Room 217A/B. The conference, hosted by the Society for Information Display, is being held May 31 to June 5 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Additionally, HP will present two technical papers on Multicomponent Oxide Transistors, which are enabling a new generation of display technology with higher refresh rates, increased speeds and better stability:

* “Zinc Indium Oxide TFTs for Active-Matrix-Display Backplane” (session 21), by Randy Hoffman, senior engineer, HP, on Wednesday, June 3, at 10 a.m. CT in Ballroom C21
* “Fabrication of Zinc Tin Oxide TFTs by Self-Aligned Imprint Lithography (SAIL) on Flexible Substrates” (session 58), by Warren Jackson, senior researcher, HP, on Friday, June 5, at 9:40 a.m. CT in Ballroom C1

Source: HP

Related posts

Acer 4.8-inch Android smartphone with 1024 x 480 resolution

Acer unveiled its newest smartphone which is enclosed in full metal casing, has a giant 4.8-inch touchscreen display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, powered by 1 GHz Snapdragon processor and has a 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. Acer says that the new smartphone combines the soul of of tablet...

Samsung presents two new curved monitors

Samsung presents two new curved monitors

Samsung Electronics has presented two new company products - the CF591 and CF390 monitors. They have something in common – both models come with curved displays and promise excellent image quality. The two new monitors feature 1800R curves, which translate to a curvature radius of 1800 mm...

Power Hover

Power Hover

Power Hover is a game that has been designed and created for both skateboard and action fans. The game can offer you some good skateboard action and then more! The game starts with a short tutorial where you will learn how to play it. It won’t take you long to grasp the game rules and you are...

Leave a comment