Samsung Display Co., Ltd. (Yongin-si, KR)
Exemplary embodiments of the invention relate generally to a mask assembly device and an approach that is more specific to a mask assembly for a display, an apparatus for manufacturing displays, including the mask assembly as well as amethod of manufacturing the display device.
Discussion of the background
Mobile electronic equipment is widely utilized. Mobile electronic devices it is not just the tiny electronic gadgets like mobile phones but, more recently tablet personal computers (PC) have been frequently used.
In order to support different functions, a mobile electronic device includes a display to provide visual information like an image to a user. In recent times, since the components driving the display device have been miniaturized and a small portion of the electronicapparatus occupied by the display device has increased and a flexible structure that allows the display to have an established angle in a flat form is in the process of being developed. Display devices can be made by using mask assemblies that have fine patterns and are then bonded to the surface.
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