Lots of startup companies have big ambitions, but Amorphyx's are bigger than most.
The four-employee company wants to change the economics of manufacturing liquid-crystal displays. Amorphyx team members hope the process they are developing in an Oregon State University lab will be adopted by the world's largest display manufacturers, who are eager to cut production costs for the screens used in televisions, signage and mobile devices.
But it's a big job for a young entrant in a market full of Goliaths.
"We're the flea in David's pelt," acknowledged co-founder and chief technology officer Bill Cowell, a 17-year Intel veteran. "We're not even in the ballpark of David."
Cowell and Amorphyx co-founder and chief executive John Brewer Jr. are preparing for a whirlwind, four-day trip to Taipei, Japan and South Korea, where they will meet with executives of major display manufacturing companies including Samsung and Sony. They hope to make progress toward an agreement to cooperate in testing and refining a process that would replace silicon-based transistors with amorphous metals-based resistors. Amorphyx has been doing this on a small scale in the lab, where it sprays two layers of metal compounds and an insulator onto wafers, then tests them for conductivity. Now it hopes to kick the process to a higher production volume.
For the layperson, what this means is that displays built with Amorphyx's non-silicon process would consist of fewer layers than prevailing liquid-crystal manufacturing technologies, cost less and could be used on flexible surfaces.
That's if Amorphyx is right. And if it can get some traction with the industry's major players.
Check out the full article by Mike Francis at Oregon Live!