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FlexEnable Partners with Flex to Unveil Conformed LCD for Automotive ApplicationsSeptember 18, 2015 | PRNewswire
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FlexEnable is showcasing the first conformed LCD in an integrated automotive application—developed in collaboration with Flex—at IAA 2015. The demonstration shows how LCD, the world's most established and proven display technology, can be applied to glass-free, ergonomically shaped displays in cars without incurring the cost and stability issues of flexible OLED.
The FlexEnable demonstration will be part of a display integrating several new automotive technologies, coordinated by its partner Flex.
FlexEnable, a partner in Flex's Collective Innovation Platform (CIP), teamed up with Flex to design a flexible display that is incorporated into the A-pillar and paired with a camera attached to the wing mirror. This innovation will offer drivers an enhanced view of the side and rear of the vehicle, eliminating blind spots and increasing road safety.
The ability to activate the surface of the A-Pillars is enabled by the unique flexible transistor technology created by FlexEnable, combined with Flex's expertise in connecting and integrating breakthrough technologies in the Age of Intelligence.
FlexEnable's lightweight display adds minimal incremental thickness and weight to the frame, minimizing visibility impedance, while its conformal nature provides comprehensive coverage of the A-pillar. The smart and connected technology provided by Flex gives the display and the camera the ability to interact with the environment, allowing the driver to respond in real-time.
"We are excited to be working with Flex, a worldwide leader in automotive electronics systems, to demonstrate our unique capability in Organic Liquid Crystal Displays (OLCDs) at this important event," said Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable. "Conformable, high-quality OLCDs bring a new degree of design freedom to automotive designers and will significantly enhance driver experience and safety. Today's car interiors are stylish, functional and comfortable and have curved surfaces everywhere except where constrained by rectangular, glass display panels. FlexEnable technology removes this constraint while providing the same display quality and reliability customers have come to expect from LCD displays."
"Flex is always seeking to identify and develop technologies that create real value for our customers and end users," added Kent Helfrich, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Flex Automotive. "We are excited to demonstrate one of the new capabilities we are helping bring to the automotive market, with partners such as FlexEnable."
This week’s must-reads cover a little bit of everything: advanced packaging substrates, rigid-flex design, the potential loss of tribal knowledge, ultra HDI processing, and the need for fabricators to begin utilizing Smart systems. In a few weeks, we’ll be attending SMTA International in Minneapolis, and then productronica in Munich. We hope to see you on the road!
Rigid-flex circuits are unique structures; part rigid board and part flex, they’re increasingly working their way into many of the electronic devices we use every day. There have been many advances in rigid-flex lately as more companies find themselves exploring this technology. So, before I started writing this article about rigid-flex design, I double-checked a few things. Fortunately, there is plenty of rigid-flex information available on a variety of great websites that we all know and trust.
The latest “Automotive Display Market Analysis” from TrendForce indicates that the overall demand for automotive display panels (automotive panels) is gradually stabilizing and shows an upward trend as the automotive market as a whole slowly recovers, and promotional activities related to smart cockpits continue to expand.
Zhen Ding Technology Holding Ltd, a Taiwan-based company engaged in the design, development, and manufacturing of printed circuit board (PCBs) including rigid PCBs, flex PCBs, HDIs, substrate-like PCBs (SLP), and rigid-flex PCBs, has posted sales of NT$13.78 billion ($429.15 million at $1:NT$32.12) for August 2023, up by 33.7% from the previous month. Year-on-year, the company’s August revenue was down by just 16.65%.
Despite what some seem to believe, rigid-flex circuits are not a new technology. In fact, they are more than a half-century old. At the time of the invention, my friend Thomas Sterns was working at Sanders Associates, the pioneering flex circuit manufacturer. Like many products in the first decades of printed circuit technology, they were working on a military application. The objective was to provide a reliable method for reducing the size, bulk, weight, and questionable reliability of wire harness assemblies while simultaneously reducing cost and assuring that human error might be minimized. These were all vitally important concerns for military and aerospace products.