Toshiba throws a curve with flexible LCD

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Toshiba throws a curve with flexible LCD

Toshiba America's demonstration of a flexible LCD at this week's Society for Information Display show in Boston generated a blaze of interest from visitors.

The display, which measures 21.33cm diagonally and offers an active matrix TFT SVGA (Super Video Graphics Array) screen, can be flexed and bent, even into a curve with a radius of curvature of as much as 18cm, Toshiba said.

The display is also thin, a few millimetres thick and light, weighing less than 20 grams.

Toshiba created the display by attaching an extremely thin layer of glass to a flexible plastic sheet. The flexible display is another step on the company's path towards a foldable display.

The demonstration of the new display at the conference has "sparked a lot of interest", said Steven Vrablik, business development director for the LCDs, display devices and components business unit with Toshiba America. Attendees have mentioned 360-degree displays, instrument panels for cars and other applications of the technology.

Vrablik and the rest of Toshiba will have plenty time to think of other applications, though, as the company does not expect the display to become commercially available until sometime after 2004.

The Society for Information Display show finishes tomorrow (Friday).

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