Flexible Electronics

Flexible Electronics

In early October, a video leaked with a 30 second clip of a bent phone from the Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen bendable phones. LG and Samsung have both released phones with curved displays but with limited flexibility. It has been about three years since we’ve seen a flexible display prototype, but we have yet to see a consumer product released to the market.

Apparently, the internal components are the reason for the limited flexibility in the phones on the market with curved displays. However, mass market bendable devices may be a step closer, as Panasonic unveiled a flexible lithium-ion battery at Japanese technology fair Ceatec.

This battery can be bent and twisted by an inch in any direction and still retain more than 99 percent of its capacity after 1,000 bends. It is 0.0022 inches thin and made with small stacked electrodes, which makes it about half the thickness of the average fingernail. This flexible lithium-ion battery could be used in wearables such as watches, fitness bands and smart clothing for now.

Unfortunately, its capacity is small, meaning it would not be suitable for power-intensive smartphones at this stage. The battery has a 60 mAh capacity, tiny in comparison to the iPhone 7′s 1,960 mAh battery. This is still a very important step towards more flexible and possibly more durable electronic devices.

With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, Advanced MP Technology supports and adapts to any and all trends in the market. As a full service global distributor of electronic components and provider of supply chain services, we are able to provide support to an array of customer needs.