Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics

Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics

Printed Electronics, being thin film silicon or inorganic or organic semiconductors, can be used to form Thin Film Transistor Circuits (TFTCs), such as replacing the functionality of simple silicon chips. TFTCs also employ thin film conductors and dielectrics and the ultimate objective is to make many different components at the same time - such as displays, batteries, sensors, microphones etc using the same materials or at least the same deposition techniques thus saving cost and improving reliability. Some TFTCs will be capable of covering large areas to affordably form electronic billboards, smart shelves and so on. They will be lightweight, rugged and mechanically flexible. Often they will be made by rapid, high-volume reel-to-reel processing even forming a part of regular printing processes for graphics. These circuits will be cheap enough to permit electronics where envisaged silicon chips are always or almost always too expensive, where multiple components and needed, and where silicon is impracticle (e.g. not flexible, brittle, thick etc).
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27 Jan 2022

New Efficiency Record for Solar Cells

Researchers have set a new record in the power conversion efficiency of solar cells made using perovskite and organic materials. This technological breakthrough paves the way for flexible, light-weight, low cost and ultra-thin photovoltaic cells which are ideal for powering vehicles, boats, blinds and other applications.
26 Jan 2022

Battery Ink Cells Generate Electricity from Interaction with Moisture

In a significant achievement prototype battery ink cells were screen printed onto flexible plastic and successfully generated over 250mAh (milliamp hours) of electrical charge solely from moisture. In addition, over 5mA (milliamps) of electrical current was achieved under load over a 3-day testing period. The results detail a 150% increase in electrical charge compared to previous reporting.
25 Jan 2022

Join the Upcoming Webinar: Future of Hydrogels Beyond Medical

Thursday 10 February 2022 - This webinar looks at hydrogels beyond the medical applications that currently dominate the publicity, patents and research. Come away aware that someone will make a new billion-dollar business out of this and greatly benefit society, from smart cities to ample food, water, and electricity with zero emissions and so much more.
25 Jan 2022

Sensor Grids Record Human Brain Signals in Record-Breaking Resolution

High-resolution recordings of electrical signals from the surface of the brain could improve neurosurgeons' ability to remove brain tumors and treat epilepsy, and could open up new possibilities for medium- and longer- term brain-computer interfaces.
25 Jan 2022

A Soft, Stretchable Thermometer

The next generation of soft robotics, smart clothing and biocompatible medical devices are going to need integrated soft sensors that can stretch and twist with the device or wearer. The challenge: most of the components used in traditional sensing are rigid.
24 Jan 2022

Amcor Announces Strategic Investment in PragmatIC Semiconductor

The companies will work together to explore ways to integrate FlexICs into Amcor's portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions
24 Jan 2022

Emberion Raisess €6 Million for its Infrared Imaging Business

Graphene Flagship partner Emberion has raised €6 million in funding to further develop their infrared imaging business. Currently, Emberion is one of the leaders in the development of these technologies, enabled by graphene and other layered materials.
24 Jan 2022

Optomec 60% Growth in Additive Electronics and Metal System Orders

Optomec Inc announced a sharp increase in bookings during fiscal year 2021, including nearly 60% growth in new orders for its proprietary Aerosol Jet and LENS industrial printers. The steep rise in recent sales puts business activity well ahead of pre-pandemic levels, where Optomec had already experienced 50% growth in 2019, and takes the total installed base to nearly 600 machines across more than 250 customers.
20 Jan 2022

InnovationLab: A novel way to understand your battery

Presentation from InnovationLab on The Battery Monitoring Solution
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19 Jan 2022

Smart Devices Require Smarts

Medicine has relied on mechanical devices to help treat patients for decades. These devices have ranged in complexity from stents and shunts to dialysis machines and ventilators. As we settle into this age of data, the pressure to connect, control, instrument and analyze the operation of such devices and their impact on health has grown exponentially. After all, at a time when my watch can share heart rate and oxygen saturation, surely any physician-prescribed monitoring device should be able to provide relevant medical insight too?
19 Jan 2022

World's Smallest Nano-Based Capacitive Sensor

Somalytics Inc introduce two remarkable products that "feel" human presence through Somalytics' unique, miniature carbon-nanotube paper composite capacitive sensors: the SomaControl gesture monitor and the SomaSense 3D floor mat.
18 Jan 2022

In-Mold Electronics: Multiple Players, Diverging Strategies

How do we communicate with our electronic devices? There are many different 'human-machine interfaces (HMI)' options, ranging from the well-established (keyboard/mouse/mechanical switches) to somewhat more recent developments such as the capacitive touch screens found on smartphones. As greater numbers of devices around us gain 'smart' functionality, the ability to incorporate HMI components elegantly and cost-effectively is increasingly important.
18 Jan 2022

Wiliot Launches Its "Open Release" Starter Kit

Wiliot's self-powered, stamp-sized computers - and corresponding SaaS services - are available to revolutionize the supply chains of every brand, retailer, and solution provider.
18 Jan 2022

Hydrogel Markets in Agriculture, Industry, Energy, Electronics, Electrical, Consumer 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Matthew Dyson and Dr Xiaoxi He
14 Jan 2022

Honor Announces its First Foldable Phone

Honor has launched Magic V, its first 5G foldable flagship smartphone. Designed using an advanced waterdrop hinge technology.
14 Jan 2022

Optomec's $2 Million Order for 6 Production 3D Electronics Printer

Optomec Inc announced that one of its existing production customers recently purchased another six Aerosol Jet 3D Electronics Printers, bringing its total count to 20 systems. The $2+ million in orders is part of a production ramp plan that will grow to more than 30 systems over the next 12 months.
13 Jan 2022

Event summary: Printed/flexible electronics at CES 2022

Multiple IDTechEx analysts recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show 2021 (CES 2021), this year held in 'hybrid mode' to COVID-19. IDTechEx attended virtually due to travel restrictions.
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13 Jan 2022

Somalytics

Somalytics is an early stage company aiming to spin-out a CNT-based capacitive sensor technology. This is highly sensitive and non-contact, enabling applications ranging from HMI switches to eye-tracking for AR/VR. IDTechEx caught up with CEO Barbara Barclay following the company's presentation at CES 2022.
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13 Jan 2022

SoftPV

SoftPV is an early stage Korean firm that has developed a novel photovoltaic technology based on silicon-spheres on a flexible substrate.
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13 Jan 2022

The BMW iX Flow Featuring E Ink

The fluid colour changes are made possible by a specially developed body wrap that is tailored precisely to the contours of the all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW. When stimulated by electrical signals, the electrophoretic technology brings different colour pigments to the surface, causing the body skin to take on the desired colouration.