European Companies Announce Development of 'Unbreakable' LCD

German chemical giant Merck and British electronics company FlexEnable have announced new technology they say will enable make LCD screens that are reportedly cheaper, 10 times thinner and more than 10 times lighter than conventional displays.

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German chemical giant Merck and British electronics company FlexEnable have announced new technology they say will enable the development of "unbreakable" LCD screens.

A joint project between the two companies has produced a liquid crystal display that links plastic using organic transistors — and without glass entirely. The display is reportedly cheaper, 10 times thinner and more than 10 times lighter than conventional displays, as well as shatterproof and able to maintain on-screen angles.

Merck officials said the technology shows that "plastic-based bendable or even flexible displays are not a dream, but a true possibility," while FlexEnable said the announcement stands to particularly benefit the volume consumer and industrial markets.

The companies also said the LCD development could also have dramatic impacts on e-readers, public signage and advertising.
 

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