Xerox has developed a new material that allows for the creation of 'printed' plastic transistors.
The company told the New York Times that the technology would make it possible to produce inexpensive, lightweight and flexible displays for mobile phones, laptops and televisions.
Xerox presented the breakthrough at the Materials Research Conference in Boston.
A spokesman said that an experimental polymer can be used to make organic transistors on a plastic substrate.
Polymers are easier and cheaper to manufacture, and a near-term commercial application could be for transistors that serve as the drivers for liquid crystal displays.
The development would mean that a laptop or mobile phone display could be dropped without being damaged.
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