Pylux

Unleashing a new generation of plastic-based electronics

Pylux™ removes the technological barriers to large area manufacturing of truly flexible, rugged and lightweight electronics.

PYLUX™ IS IN A CLASS BY ITSELF

To create truly flexible electronics devices and sensors there are only two existing substrate options: very thin glass and flexible material such as Polyimide. Glass is very stable for the processing of thin film transistors on the substrate but the resulting product is simply not flexible. Manufacturers have attempted to address this with ultra-thin glass but its fragility makes the manufacturing yield notoriously poor.

The flexible alternative, Polyimide, doesn’t have the stability to accommodate thin film transistor processing at high temperatures except in extremely small surface areas. In addition, it has poor transparency and its surface roughness requires expensive additional planarization processes by manufacturers.

Pylux™ is the first substrate material that achieves the high manufacturing qualities associated with glass and the flexibility inherent in polymer.

KEY ATTRIBUTES OF SUBSTRATE MATERIALS

  • Substrate Attribute
  • Large Area Panels
  • Surface Roughness
  • Transparency
  • Color
  • True Flexibility
  • Lightweight
  • Ruggedness
  • Planarization layer required
  • Glass
  • YES
  • 0.3 nm
  • 93%
  • CLEAR
  • NO
  • NO
  • LIMITED
  • NO
  • Polyimides
  • NO
  • 10 nm
  • 60%
  • ORANGE
  • YES
  • YES
  • YES
  • YES
  • Pylux™
  • YES
  • 0.3 nm
  • 90%
  • CLEAR
  • YES
  • YES
  • YES
  • NO

Welcome to the Pylux™ revolution.


IT’S ALL ABOUT SCALABILITY

Prototypes of flexible displays have been very limited in size due to challenges in the flexible backplanes. The core problem is the low manufacturing yield and restrictive size limits on the manufacturing area of semiconductors on existing flexible substrates. These materials simply cannot not meet the requirements for commercial microfabrication of thin-film semiconductors in large areas.

Pylux™ offers unprecedented dimensional stability. This stability allows microfabrication of semiconductors in panels of over 50” diagonal with less than 1 micrometer misalignment. Pylux™ substrate technology also provides thermomechanical stability.

LIMIT OF FLEXIBLE SCREEN SIZE

With Polyimides

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With  Pylux

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LET THE REVOLUTION BEGIN!

The potential market for electronics technology that can be folded, rolled, and wrapped around surfaces is $41 billion according to IHS. This includes:

  • Foldable tablets and gaming devices
  • Smart clothing for athletics and military
  • Wearable health monitoring and medical devices
  • Large area displays and televisions
  • Conformable applications including smart surfaces
  • Internet of Things

Display manufacturers have been thwarted by the poor yield and reliability when thin-film transistors (TFTs) are built on current flexible substrates. The dimensional stability, superior surface quality, and high thermal budget of Pylux™ changes the game.

Pylux™ enables reliable large area microfabrication of high density semiconductors.

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Major electronics manufacturers are currently using Pylux™ for product prototyping and industrial scale validation.

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