Local Tech Startup Continues Breakthrough Success in Global Display Industry (UF News)

Local Tech Startup Continues Breakthrough Success in Global Display Industry

The latest generation of top-of-the-line smartphones from Apple and Samsung feature vibrant, high-contrast, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays that put the older LCD technology to shame.  While these beautiful displays are becoming more commonplace in small mobile devices, high costs have prevented the technology from being widely adopted for larger screens found in laptops, monitors, and TVs. Now Mattrix Technologies has found a way to use technology invented at UF to reduce OLED manufacturing costs for large screens and bring these incredible displays to a wider market.

First developed in Dr. Andrew Rinzler’s lab in the UF Department of Physics, the core technology behind Mattrix’s solution is an organic light-emitting transistor (OLET) that simplifies the pixel structure of OLED displays. OLED screens generate brighter, higher-quality images than the more-common LCD screens, but their use has been limited to smaller products, such as newer smart phones, because they are extremely difficult and expensive to manufacture.

“[OLET] technology would change that and allow more of these incredible displays to be accessible to the wider market,” says Max Lemaitre, CEO and founder of UF startup and UF Innovate | The Hub resident Mattrix, which has woven itself into the UF Innovate ecosystem since its inception in 2018.

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