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Universal Display, a provider of OLED technology for flat panel displays, lighting and other opto-electronics with its proprietary phosphorescent OLED (PHOLED) technology, announced it has been awarded a two-year, $730,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract by the U.S. Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center (CERDEC).
Under the terms of the contract, Universal Display will develop and demonstrate an active-matrix, flexible PHOLED display containing infrared (IR)-emitting PHOLED pixels in addition to visible spectrum PHOLED pixels. The company's infrared (IR)-emission OLED technology is being designed to be seen only through night vision goggles so to avoid visual detection in darkness. By combining IR-emitting and visible PHOLED pixels into one display, the company is creating a novel display architecture to meet the Army's requirement for a single, high-information-content display that works in high, low and no light conditions.
The active-matrix PHOLED display, also enabled by Universal Display's proprietary OLED (FOLED) and top-emission OLED (TOLED) technologies, will be built on metal foil using poly-silicon backplane technology from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) to provide flexibility, light weight and ruggedness. As a continuation from the Phase I program, University of Southern California will develop novel PHOLED materials for evaluation in the prototype.
"This contract continues a long standing commitment we've had with the U.S. Army to develop applications that can benefit from our proprietary OLED technologies," said Steven V. Abramson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Universal Display Corporation. "Early on, the Army recognized that our proprietary PHOLED technology provides a number of compelling advantages for its application needs, including superior power efficiency and clarity, longer lifetimes, lighter weight and flexibility. The development of a phosphorescent IR-emission display for this portable Military application is indicative of the wide-ranging possibilities for our proprietary phosphorescent OLED technology."
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