The ASIC developed by IMMS will enable organic LEDs to run efficiently in energy terms over a long life cycle. Photograph: IMMS.
The ASIC developed by IMMS will enable organic LEDs to run efficiently in energy terms over a long life cycle. Photograph: IMMS.

Voices from industry and academia

Dr.-Ing. Gotthard Weißflog, OLAB

”Organic light-emitting diodes, OLEDs in short, open the door to lighting with many advantages: it is independent of inflexible luminaires, is capable of colour and brightness control, heats up very little, needs only shallow depths for installation and is robust. OLEDs represent only a niche market at present because they are costly and their energy efficiency has yet more scope for optimisation.

IMMS is involved in the OLAB network, an association of thirteen Thüringen companies, which aims to open up OLED technology to the mass market. During their work on new OLED applications in the industry, the thirteen are focussing in particular on image processing, microscopy, medical technology and illumination. Other fields where the prospects are bright for OLEDS are the automotive industry, architecture and furniture design.

IMMS was a moving force in the launch of the EROLEDT project, which sees the Institute cooperating with three close partners in the network on a unified energy-efficient and cost-efficient OLED system. IMMS' role is significantly to advance the OLED technology, not least by contributing its genuine expertise and its long experience in the development of opto-electronic ASICs. The microelectronic driver developed by IMMS ensures that the OLEDs are supplied with electricity in an efficient manner but without the use of an external mains adapter. The driver also enables brightness control and permits networking with a central control unit.

IMMS is a vital partner in the OLAB network, bringing Thüringen closer to the goal of setting up an early factory to meet the coming needs of this growth market.“

Dr.-Ing. Gotthard Weißflog, project manager of the OLAB network, Jena. Photograph: Lutz Prager.

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