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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23 Mar 2023

GE Healthcare (Printed Electronics)

GE Healthcare presented the current status of its development work on printed electronics for health monitoring at InnoLAE 2023. This included prototype wearable sensors and discussion of the challenges facing commercial adoption.
20 Mar 2023

Transforming Everyday Life With Electronic Skin Patches

Electronic skin patches have made remarkable progress in the field of healthcare. These wearable electronic devices feature adhesive pads designed to be worn directly on the skin, enabling convenient and non-invasive monitoring of vital signs and biomarkers.
16 Mar 2023

RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2023-2033

IDTechEx Report: Dr Yu-Han Chang, Raghu Das and Dr Matthew Dyson
13 Mar 2023

Event Summary: InnoLAE 2023

IDTechEx recently attended the InnoLAE 2023 conference on February 23rd-24th 2023, which focuses on 'Innovations in Large Area Electronics'. This premium article reviews the most interesting/commercially relevant presentations and is divided into three sections: manufacturing, sensing, and applications.
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10 Mar 2023

Embedding Electronic Functionality: Is It Worthwhile?

Integrating multiple functionalities within a single entity promises simpler, more efficient devices without compromising capability. Smartphones are a great example, with maps, diaries, phones, cameras, games consoles, and more integrated into a single, compact device.
2 Mar 2023

Active Surfaces

IDTechEx attended the launch of a new accelerator called ACCEL (Advancing Climatetech and Clean Energy Leaders) in February 2023. This is organized by Greentown Labs and Browning the Green Space (BGS). They reported over 120 applicants and ended up with six participating start-ups. All of the start-ups are BIPOC-led. These start-ups are mostly operating around technology readiness level (TRL) 4. The six start-ups are Active Surfaces, DrinKicks, EarthBond, Florrent, Frakktal, and SpadXTech.
1 Mar 2023

Miniaturized Spectral Sensing: Making Lab Capabilities Affordable

Are you unsatisfied with the color reproduction of your smartphone camera? Would you like your phone or other household appliance to detect different materials or even assess the freshness of food? The emerging technology of miniaturized spectrometers and multispectral cameras holds the solution.
28 Feb 2023


CLAP is a Korean firm that produces polarizing optical films based on liquid crystals for OLED displays and organic TFT materials, utilizing IP originally developed by BASF. At CES 2023, CLAP introduced its OTFT-based sensors.
27 Feb 2023


ASCA produces flexible thin film organic photovoltaic modules, largely targeting building integrated/applied applications (BIPV/BAPV). At InnoLAE 2023, it outlined how using BIPV/BAPV to meet regulatory/planning requirements on new buildings substantially changes the business model compared to conventional PV. A wide range of ASCA's projects were also presented.
24 Feb 2023

New Way Air Bearings

New Way Air Bearings is an established company that produces air bearings that enable non-contact support and direction of both rigid and flexible substrates, along with other applications. IDTechEx caught up with founder and CTO Drew Devitt.
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24 Feb 2023

Opportunities for Thin Film and Flexible Photovoltaics

This presentation was given by IDTechEx Principal Technology Analyst Dr Matthew Dyson at innoLAE 2023.
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24 Feb 2023

Next Generation Sustainable Light-powered Electronic Shelf Labels

Today's fast-paced retail environment requires innovative digital solutions without compromising sustainability. Pricer, a leading supplier of shelf edge automation and communication solutions, will explore the possibilities of a new generation of advanced electronic shelf labels (ESL) making them self-powered through light in partnership with Swedish Epishine.
22 Feb 2023

In-Mold Electronics: The Future of Smart Surfaces?

Surfaces, be they in kitchen appliances, automotive interiors, medical devices, or even furniture, are becoming increasingly smart. Embedded lighting, touch sensitivity, heating, and even haptic feedback enables inanimate and often neglected surfaces into a design feature with seamlessly integrated user controls. But what is the best way to manufacture these smart surfaces?
22 Feb 2023

What Does 2023 Hold for Printed/Flexible Electronics?

With applications ranging from energy harvesting to sensing, and applicability to sectors being as varied as healthcare and automotive, printed/flexible electronics are set to change our expectations of what electronics can provide and where they can be utilized.
16 Feb 2023

Light-up Displays for Electronic Smart Packaging

Smart packaging for retail items is packaging which goes beyond the basic function of passively containing and protecting the product by adding useful functionality with real benefits for the consumer. Displays are a tool in the marketing toolkit to improve merchandising and sales. There is value in displays when the payback in sales justifies the cost and additional manufacturing steps, although this is seldom the case. Due to prohibitive costs of displays, usually it is only used on luxury goods or in limited edition campaigns. On the other hand, great value has been demonstrated for the electronic shelf labels that use e-paper, a market that is expected to continue to grow. In this premium article, IDTechEx explores the technologies, case studies, and players involved with light-up displays for electronic smart packaging.
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15 Feb 2023

Flexible Integrated Circuits

This premium article discusses flexible integrated circuits, including fully printed electronic circuits, polymer-embedded thinned silicon, and evaporated metal oxide on flexible substrate.
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15 Feb 2023

Mitsui Chemicals

At CES 2023, Mitsui Chemicals showcased a novel fiber-based movement sensor that offers an alternative to IMUs and is well-suited to e-textiles.
14 Feb 2023

The Future of Sustainable Electronics Manufacturing

A new wave of electronics manufacturing is on the horizon, aiming to satisfy the increasing demand for sustainability and mitigate the impact of volatile energy prices. With the electronics industry accounting for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it requires substantial innovation to reduce its environmental footprint. Fortunately, this area has a lot of movement, with several potentially revolutionary technologies entering the scene.
14 Feb 2023

Printed Electronics for Additive Digital Manufacturing

Can electronics manufacturing be reconfigured for our digital, environmentally-conscious age? Dr Matthew Dyson, shares some insights on the topic in this complimentary whitepaper.
13 Feb 2023

AI Silk

AI Silk is an early-stage Korean firm that has developed a novel method to manufacture conductive e-textiles. In partnership with Heraeus it exhibited a haptic glove utilizing its conductive e-textile technology at CES 2023.
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