Flexible plastic computers may soon become a reality. Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science announced that improvements in the manufacturing of transistors used in flexible, paper-thin computer screens can be expected soon.

Scientists have reviewed the latest developments in research on photoactive organic field-effect transistors. These are devices that incorporate organic semiconductors, amplify weak electronic signals and both emit and receive light.

Researchers report progress in the development of light-emitting organic field-effect transistors (LE-OFETs). The organic field effect transistors were originally developed to produce low-cost, large area electronics, like printable or flexible electronic devices.

LE-OFETs are also expected to become more compatible with better established electronic technologies. This will allow further development of optical communication systems and optoelectronic systems such as those using laser technologies.

Light emission efficiency and brightness of these transistors are also expected to improve soon, according to researchers.

LE-OFETs are being applied in the development of transparent and flexible computer screens. The screens aim to provide better efficiency, have lower energy needs, provide faster response times and eliminate the need for backlighting.

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