AUO's flexible e-paper to take on Stretch Armstrong in battle of the bendiest

There's nothing better than unplugging on a Sunday afternoon with a newspaper and a cup of Joe, which is exactly what AU Optronics hopes to facilitate with its 6-inch Rollable Organic TFT E-paper. We've heard rumblings about the foldable photovoltaic device before, but the company has finally delivered a working prototype that is completely solar powered and elastic enough to make even Gumby jealous. Made of organic TFTs, the SVGA e-paper has an amorphous silicon PV battery, which turns natural or indoor light into solar energy without requiring a power plug. The only downside? Unlike the dead tree variety, wrapping presents in this stuff is a no-go. Check out the extended PR after the break.

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AUO Showcases Diverse Applications and Innovative Display Technologies at Japan's FPD International 2011 (2011.10.24)

AU Optronics Corp. (AUO) (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) announced today that it will present its latest display technologies at FPD International 2011 in Japan during October 26-28. AUO will showcase its achievements in various display technologies based on the theme of "innovative applications", including its 65" Extreme-PR 3D Gesture display panel, 46" Scanning Retarder 3D display panel, 65" Transparent display panel, 46" Super Narrow Bezel panel, 6" Flexible displays, its smartphone display panels with high resolution and low energy consumption, and the popular AMOLED line of display technologies and applications. The choices are sure to satisfy customers' diverse needs in multi-function, high value-added and integrated display technologies.

AUO continues to integrate and extend its leading 3D display technology to offer more complete 3D total solutions. AUO is presenting its 65" Extreme-PR 3D Gesture Display with its One Glass Solution, which integrates cover glass with a pattern retarder to make panels slimmer. AUO's 65" Extreme-PR 3D Gesture Display utilizes a proprietary motion-detection technology with dual-camera system to detect a player's position and motion, so that users can manipulate the 3D TV's control interface by means of gestures only. In addition, with light and comfortable polarized 3D glasses, AUO's new 46" 3D Scanning Retarder 3D TV panel allows audiences to experience Full HD, high-resolution 3D images and enter a lifelike 3D stereoscopic world.

In terms of public information displays, AUO has integrated resources and implemented different innovative technologies to create various applications. AUO's 65" transparent display panel boasts three times higher transparency than conventional designs. AUO's 65" transparent display panels offer vivid and clear images and can be applied to buildings, car windows, function displays of consumers home appliances, shop windows, or vending machines. In addition, AUO is presenting its 138" LED Display Wall assembled using AUO's 46" Super Narrow Bezel LED display panels with the distance between each bezel of the 46" panels only being 5mm. AUO's 46" Super Narrow Bezel LED panel is a leading specification against all similar mass produced products, and utilizes LED backlight to make panels lighter, slimmer and more power efficient, thus offering full HD high-definition images suitable for shopping malls or public information walls.

Regarding touch panel technologies, AUO will also exhibit its 27" FHD One-Glass-Solution Touch panel and 10.1" AHVA (Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle) One Glass Solution Tablet. AUO utilizes its One-Glass-Solution to make products slimmer and transparency higher through integrating touch sensors and cover glass. AUO's 27" FHD One-Glass-Solution Touch panel is the world's largest OGS touch panel. It offers Full HD, high-resolution images and supports ten touch points, thus allowing users to move their fingers freely about the surface of the panels. In order to enhance the personal portable flat panel as a high-definition multimedia entertainment center, AUO's 10.1" AHVA One Glass Solution Tablet has been fitted with AHVA technology. Through the total solution, the weight of the product has dropped 33%, making it easy to carry, while still offering WUXGA (1920 x 1200) high-resolution images.

AUO is not only showcasing innovative applications trends, but is also presenting various new display technologies. For example, AUO will present its 32" Full HD AMOLED TV for the first time; the TV set with Metal Oxide TFT as backplane driver and is only 3mm thick, has quick response time, high contrast ratio, and offers full HD high- resolution images. For flexible display technologies, AUO's 6" Rollable Organic TFT E-paper is made pliable with high efficiency parts and plastic materials (PEN). Users can place the E-paper in their briefcases or purses without worry of damage. In addition, with its optimized charging circuit design, AUO's 6" Unplugged Flexible E-paper offers considerable power-savings, and its eco-friendly design allows it to be charged through solar power or indoor lighting with no plug in necessary. AUO also presents 4" Flexible AMOLED with Low Temperature Processed Metal Oxide TFT as backplane driver. It is only 0.3mm thick, and is trendy, ultra slim, and resistant. The panel can be applied to diverse personal portable display products in the future.

The exhibition area is divided into seven sections in which various innovative technologies and product applications will be demonstrated: 1) 3D Display Technologies and Applications; 2) Public Information Display Technologies; 3) Integrated Touch Display Technologies; 4) Innovative Display Technologies; 5) Flexible Display Technologies; 6) Smartphone Display Technologies and 7) AMOLED . Meanwhile, Dr. Frank Ko, AUO's Vice President of Executive Strategic Planning Division, will deliver a speech on the afternoon of October 26 (Wednesday) at a special seminar.

*Based on available market research information as of Oct. 24, 2011.