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Applied Materials: Applied Materials Advances OLED Display Manufacturing for Flexible Mobile Products and Curved TVs

* New Applied AKT-20K(TM)and Applied AKT-40K(TM)TFE* systems help solve
challenges of high-productivity flexible OLED manufacturing

SANTA CLARA, Calif., October 12, 2015 - Applied Materials, Inc. today unveiled
two new systems that enable the volume production of high-resolution, thin
and lightweight flexible OLED displays for mobile products and TVs. The
Applied AKT-20K(TM)TFE PECVD* and Applied AKT-40K(TM)TFE PECVD tools deliver
breakthroughs in materials engineering to deposit thin-film encapsulation
barrier layers that are crucial for protecting extremely sensitive OLED
devices. These systems allow display makers to replace the rigid insulating
front glass on the devices and bring to market bendable and curved displays
for a new generation of consumer products.

The vibrant color and low power consumption of OLED displays have driven their
rapid adoption in smartphones, with flexible OLED now the fastest growing
display segment in the mobile industry. The new TFE systems (20K for 925 x
1500mm and 40K for 1250 x 2200mm) address different display market segments
to meet the growing demand for more versatile, thinner and lighter small- and
large-area flexible OLEDs.

"The advances in size, resolution, picture quality and form factor creates
considerable market opportunities for display makers to bring new flexible
products to market," said Dr. Brian Shieh, vice president and general manager
of Applied's Display Products Group. "Flexible OLEDs must be robust enough to
meet the real-life demands of consumers, and the Applied AKT-20K TFE system,
already in production, allows panel makers to accelerate the introduction of
flexible and curved mobile applications that will change the shape of the
screens we use every day."

Key to the Applied AKT TFE product line is the capability to extend the
lifetime of flexible OLEDs by offering diffusion barrier films with very low
water and oxygen penetration. These high-performance films, deposited at low
temperatures of<100°C, address the susceptibility of OLED material to degrade
when exposed to environmental elements. In addition, the systems' unique
vision alignment technology ensures accurate and precise mask positioning and
deposition, allowing display manufacturers to eliminate photolithography and
etch process steps and reduce production costs.

Applied Materials, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMAT) is the global leader in materials
engineering solutions for the semiconductor, flat panel display and solar
photovoltaic industries. Our technologies help make innovations like
smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible
to consumers and businesses around the world. Learn more

*TFE=thin-film encapsulation; *PECVD=plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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PHOTO: Applied Materials PECVD Chamber


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Source: Applied Materials via Globenewswire


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