Samsung may begin producing flexible AMOLED displays this quarter

By Rick · 5 replies
Jul 20, 2012
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  1. According to The Verge, Korean news site DDaily says Samsung is set to begin manufacturing its long-rumored "Youm" displays -- a new type of ultra-thin AMOLED panel which is bendable, stretchable, rollable and possibly even foldable. This jibes with rumors we heard……

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  2. So now they need to make flexible pcbs with flexible silicon ICs on them. Not likely. Or is there another use for this ?
  3. Flexible PCBs already exist (and have so for a long time).

    Flexible ICs don't, but as long as they are small enough they will permit bending of flexible PCB they are mounted on to a large degree.

    Here's a picture I googled for you that displays rolled-up flexible PCB with components mounted:\Flexible-PCB-4656.jpg
  4. Those pcbs only have some transistors/regulators mounted and nothing larger than tsot by the looks of it. Has anyone developed flexible pcbs with flexible ICs like cpus etc ? How does that affect the longevity of the solder joint ? What about flexible power packs ? The only application I can think of is having the screen roll up around a central tube that contains the cpu, battery, etc.. Maybe a limited flexibility device to fit in a back pocket ? Or a moderately pre-curved device with no flexibility ? Other than that, I can only think of curved message boards/screens around building pillars - maybe for advertising in subway stations ?
  5. ive been waiting years for a minority report news paper. not long just a few more now......... finally gettin stuff that looks like its from the future.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +454

    Anyone ever see that Gene Roddenberry TV show called Earth: Final Conflict? I remember watching it as a kid occasionally and they had this mobile video chat type device with a roll out display.

    I'm sure there could be some practicality to this type of setup. You could have a full 5 inch widescreen display roll out from a cylindrical shaped device about an inch in diameter. How cool would that be?

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