Universal Display Corporation today announced it has been awarded a two-year, $1.7 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III contract by the U.S. Department of Defense to continue its development of flexible OLED display technology for a next-generation military communications device.

In this Phase III contract, Universal Display is to develop and deliver functional prototypes of a “Portable Flexible Communication Display Device.” This futuristic communications device will be form-fitted to a soldier's wrist and communicate wirelessly to a nearby computer, thereby enabling soldiers to see crucial video and graphics information in real time.

The device will use a full-color, AMOLED display built on metal foil. The use of metal foil substrates can lead to a rollable, retractable and rugged display with a small and lightweight form factor for use in portable communication devices. Universal Display's FOLED® flexible OLED technology, combined with its TOLED® top-emission OLED technology, enables the use of flexible metal foil as a substrate material. With a 4-inch diagonal screen, the 320 x 240 pixel (QVGA format) AMOLED display will also use Universal Display's proprietary high-efficiency PHOLED™ phosphorescent OLED technology and materials.

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