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Rollable SVGA screen, anyone?

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UK-based Cambridge University spin-off Plastic Logic has pledged to demo a 150dpi bendy active-matrix display system today. Fold it, roll it - crucially, you can still read it.

The technology's based on E Ink's non-volatile display system, but also brings in Plastic Logic's own techniques for 'printing' electronic components onto flexible circuit boards. Put the two together and you get a freely moveable SVGA (800 x 600) panel with 50 per cent more resolution than past such displays.

plastic logic's 100dpi e ink display
Plastic Logic's 100dpi display...
plastic logic's 150dpi e ink display
... and its 150dpi panel

In December 2005, Plastic Logic produced what claimed was the world's largest flexible display, again based on E Ink technology. The 0.4mm wobbly panel had a diagonal dimension of 10in but a resolution of just 100dpi. It was also limited to four greyscales.

plastic logic's 150dpi e ink display

Plastic Logic said today's demo, which will take place at the 2nd Plastic Electronics Conference in Frankfurt, is a step toward achieving the company's goal of mass-producing 10in, 150dpi panels in 2008. ®

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