An image of Samsung Display Co.’s 9.1-inch stretchable OLED panel that will be unveiled at the Society for Information Display conference from May 23 to 25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. [Photo by Samsung Display Co.]
The world’s leading organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display maker Samsung Display Co. will unveil next-generation flexible panel technology that will allow a display to be stretched for the first time in the world, the company said on Monday.
Global tech giant Samsung Electronics Co.’s display-making subsidiary Samsung Display said Monday it will showcase the so-called stretchable display during the four-day Society for Information Display (SID) conference kicking off on Tuesday (local time) at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California, the U.S. The company claimed its latest display technology is the world’s first of its kind.
The company will demonstrate how its 9.1-inch stretchable display recovers to its original shape without breaks or dents after its surface is transformed - whether curved, bended, or rolled - in both sides, above and below. This technology is considered the most advanced flexible OLED display technology as current flexible OLED display can be transformed in only one side.
Once the cutting-edge display technology is commercialized, it will be best used in displays for wearable devices and automotive screens. Industry sources expect that demand for stretchable displays will grow significantly, especially in the wearable sector where display can be worn on the body or clothes.
Unlike the display industry’s expectation that it would take long to develop stretchable displays, Samsung Display could move its development forward by applying elastic materials in between OLED pixels, according to the company. But it will take time before stretchable displays are commercialized and applied to personal mobile devices as the technology is still in the early stages of its development.
By Lee Dong-in
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