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Awardee:AMORPHYX, INCORPORATED
Doing Business As Name:Amorphyx Incorporated
PD/PI:
  • Sean W Muir
  • (541) 250-0702
  • smuir@amorphyx.com
Award Date:06/11/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 256,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 256,000
  • FY 2021=$256,000
Start Date:06/15/2021
End Date:04/30/2022
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:SBIR Phase I: Light Emitting Diode Pixel Circuit Incorporating Thin Film Electronics Based on Amorphous Metals
Federal Award ID Number:2041782
DUNS ID:065772889
Program:SBIR Phase I
Program Officer:
  • Benaiah Schrag
  • (703) 292-8323
  • bschrag@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:508 SW Jefferson Ave
City:Corvallis
State:OR
ZIP:97333-4657
County:Corvallis
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:04

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Amorphyx Incorporated
Street:508 SW Jefferson Ave. Suite 12
City:Corvallis
State:OR
ZIP:97333-4657
County:Corvallis
Country:US
Cong. District:04

Abstract at Time of Award

This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will develop a new circuit for controlling micro light emitting diode (LED) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) flat panel displays with variable refresh rate. Variable refresh rate OLED displays are a rapidly growing area for the flat panel display industry and they currently sell for a 79% premium over standard OLED displays. The 2021 market for variable refresh rate OLED displays is currently estimated to be 191 million units with an average selling price of $125, for a total served market of roughly $22 billion. This innovation has the potential for broad societal impact because flat panel displays are now ubiquitous, and variable refresh rate technology enables them to reduce significantly power consumption while improving performance. The intellectual merit of this project stems from the novel pixel control circuit being developed to enable variable refresh rate operation of flat panel displays. This circuit uses amorphous metal non-linear resistor and amorphous metal thin-film transistor devices to reduce leakage current and simultaneously increase speed. The research objectives outlined in the project are focused on the development of a proof-of-concept prototype to demonstrate circuit performance. They include development of a prototype layout, process flow, simulations, as well as fabrication and testing of display prototypes. The anticipated technical result is a simple small-area low-resolution display that demonstrates the feasibility of the technology. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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