Most display panels are sandwiched between layers of glass making them rigid and also pretty breakable. Samsung Display has just filed a patent application for a new flexible AMOLED display technology, called “Youm”, that does away with the glass layers, replacing them with a special plastic film. The result is a flexible display, which can even be rolled up or folded, that according to Samsung is unbreakable and lighter than conventional displays.
You can see a comparison between the Samsung YOUM AMOLED panel technology and standard LCD and OLED panels below.
This isn’t the first flexible display technology we’ve seen and Samsung has been toying with flexible panels for a while, but the company is said to now be ready to mass produce the panels with a probable 2012 release.
Now as far as applications go you can put your imagination at work as the possibilities are endless. The screens can wrap around curvy gadgets and take all kinds of different shapes. We are also imagining foldable tablets or even ‘tube-form’ tablets where you pull the display out of the enclosure. The key is that now manufacturers could pretty much integrate a display into anything.
Here’s a couple of videos showing off the tech and its possibilities:
- Display shootout: HTC One X vs. Galaxy Nexus (vs. iPad 3) screen comparison
- Sharp expanding production of first IGZO LCD panels, too late for the iPad 3 but in time for a 7-inch iPad?
- Samsung is ready to mass produce flexible, unbreakable and lighter AMOLED displays called YOUM
- Corning takes glass into the future with 'A Day Made of Glass' video
- Sony starts selling its 'magical' OLED panels, coming to a camera EVF or head-mounted display near you -- hopefully
- Galaxy Nexus AMOLED HD display uses PenTile Matrix technology, no biggie