CDT to start licensing LEP

CDT to start licensing LEP
Richard Ball Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) is to begin licensing its flexible light emitting polymer (LEP) display technology. “Now that the technology has been proven, it’s in our interest to very shortly start selling licences,” said Danny Chapchal, chief executive of CDT. Two deals are due to be announced in the next three months, Chapchal said, one of which will be with a materials supplier. Last week CDT announced a two-year development deal with materials expert DuPont. The development will result in plastic substrates coated with the LEP used in CDT’s displays. “The DuPont deal is rather more than just licensing – it’s a joint development, leading to much improved materials,” said Chapchal. The company’s other development deal, with Japan’s Seiko-Epson, has focused on the market applications, and has resulted in screens that can show video and TV pictures. Colour screens are expected to follow this year. Along with its development deals, CDT has four licensees – Hoechst, Innovative Display Technology, Philips and Uniax. The first LEP product will be launched later this year from Philips. It is expected to be a mobile phone display. Compared with existing flat panel technologies, light emitting polymers are lighter and use less power. They are also flexible, opening up new applications. “These include electronic labelling on goods and flexible electronic newspapers,” said Chapchal.


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