The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics Is a Partner in the Development and Production of the World’s First Flexible Display with Full-color Electronic Paper
The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics (part of the TechnoSpark Group of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs) has become a key partner in the mass production of thin-film TFT-matrices for the world’s first flexible display with full-color electronic paper based on plastic electronics, which was presented on December 3, 2020, by E Ink, the world’s leading producer of “electronic paper”.
The new color display is flexible, lightweight, and durable thanks to the plastic TFT-matrix, and transmits a full palette of colors. Like other electronic ink displays, it doesn’t glare in the sun and has ultra-low power consumption. Thin and light displays are ideal for wearable device applications, the market for which is growing steadily. IdTechEX predicts it will reach more than $150 bln per year by 2026.
The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics is a production partner of the project to create the first flexible color screen with a plastic TFT-matrix. The screen uses thin-film organic TFT-matrices and reflective electronic paper that reproduces the full color in every pixel. The development work was carried out by E Ink and Plastic Logic. Samples of flexible full-color e-paper displays will be available to electronics developers as early as this year.
“Flexible electronics allows creating new in-demand products with a display on full-color electronic paper—for example, bright energy-efficient signs, bracelets with individual design, clothing with durable comfortable screens, decor elements—and we are ready to produce key components for them,” said Alexey Gostomelsky, Director General of the Russian Center for Flexible Electronics.
The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics (international brand—TEN flecs) is the only company in Russia that has translated the advanced technology of flexible electronics into industrial production. The plant prototypes and manufactures key display and sensor components based on organic and metal-oxide thin-film flexible electronics technology. The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics is part of the TechnoSpark Group of Companies of the Investment Network of the RUSNANO’S Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs. The production was launched in March 2020, the plant is located in New Moscow (Troitsk).
Currently, displays with full-color electronic paper are produced on a rigid base and are used in advertising media that do not require flexible form factors. Flexible electronics technology makes it possible to add new applications where thinner and lighter displays are needed.
RUSNANO Joint-Stock Company was founded in March 2011 through reorganization of state corporation Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies. JSC RUSNANO contributes to implementation of the state policy on the development of the nanotechnology industry by investing directly and through investment funds of nanotechnology in financially effective high-technology projects providing the development of new production facilities in the Russian Federation. Its primary investment focus is in electronics, optoelectronics and telecommunications, healthcare and biotechnology, metallurgy and metalwork, energy, mechanical engineering and instrument making, construction and industrial materials, chemicals and petrochemicals. 100 percent of RUSNANO’s shares are state owned. Thanks to RUSNANO’s investments, there are currently 138 factories and R&D Centers opened in 37 regions in Russia.
Management of assets of RUSNANO JSC is carried out by Limited Liability Company established in December 2013, RUSNANO Management Company.
Work to establish nanotechnology infrastructure and carry out educational programs is fulfilled by RUSNANO’s Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, which was also established during the reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.
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The Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs was established in 2010 in accordance with Federal Law No. 211-FZ “On reorganization of the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies.” The Fund aims to develop the innovative infrastructure in the sphere of nanotechnology and implement the educational and infrastructure programs already started by RUSNANO.
The supreme collegial management body of the Fund is the Supervisory Board. Under the Fund’s Charter, the competence of the Supervisory Council, in particular, includes the issues of determining the priority directions of the Fund’s activity, as well as its strategy and budget. The Chairman of the Fund’s Executive Board, the collegial management body, is the Chairman of the Board of Management Company RUSNANO LLC Sergey Kulikov.
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The TechnoSpark Group of Companies, a part of the investment network of the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, is involved in all aspects of venture creation: from establishing a start-up to its sale. The TechnoSpark Group of Companies is in the hardware industry, working in areas, such as robotics in logistics, energy storage systems, hi-tech medical equipment, diamond optics, braided composites, optical and industrial surfaces, genomics, industrial microbiology, thin-film integrated photovoltaics, additive technologies and flexible electronics. The Group of Companies is in first place according to the National rating of Russia’s most effective technology parks and was included in the National Rating of Russian Fast-growing Technology Companies, TechUp 2019. It is also a part of the community of startup studios, the Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN).
For more information about the company, visit technospark.ru
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The Russian Center for Flexible Electronics (international brand—TEN Flecs) produces key components for a wide range of devices—TFT matrix (thin-film transistor matrix) for screens (e-paper, LCD screens, OLED screens), sensors (biometric sensors, X-ray detectors, etc.), as well as integrated chips for radio frequency tags and sensors on an industrial scale. Russia’s first industrial production of flexible electronics was opened in March 2020, and the plant is located on the TechnoSpark campus in New Moscow (Troitsk).