LG Display, a leading manufacturer of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display, announced
that it has started mass production of the world’s first plastic e-paper display (EPD) for use in E-Books. The 6″ XGA (1024×768), e-ink, plastic e-paper display is expected to revolutionize the E-Book market with its advancements in functionality and design. The world’s first plastic EPD from LG Display offers users a paper-like reading experience with a plastic substrate that is as slim as cell phone protection film, and a flexible design that allows bending at a range of 40 degrees from the center of the screen. Compared to glass e-paper display of the same size and resolution, LG Display’s plastic EPD realizes a super slim thickness of 0.7mm which is 1/3 slimmer than existing glass e-paper display, as well as a weight of 14g which is more than 1/2 lighter. LG also claims that the display is super durable, as evidenced by a series of successful drop tests from a height of 1.5 meters. LG Display developed a unique technique to utilize the high TFT process, typically employed in general LCD manufacturing and with temperatures exceeding 350 degrees, in the production of its plastic e-paper display. By overcoming the obstacles associated with applying the existing production process to heat susceptible plastic, LG Display achieved a breakthrough with the successful mass production of plastic e-paper display able to maintain strong durability in high temperatures. The world’s first mass-produced plastic e-paper display from LG Display will first be supplied to ODM companies in China, followed by completed products to be released in Europe at the beginning of next month.