RFID Smart labels USA 2008

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MIT Enterprise Forum RFID Special Interest Group (SIG)


The MIT Enterprise Forum RFID Special Interest Group (SIG) provides an environment for education, networking and collaboration for the RFID community of the MIT Enterprise Forum.


Participation in this group is open only to MIT Enterprise Forum members, but this forum is also open to RFID Smart Labels USA attendees for FREE on a first-come first-serve basis. If you wish to attend this please note this as you register for the main conference.


Tuesday February 19, 6-8:00PM Stata Room, MIT
IDTechEx Preconference - Raghu Das, Moderator

Printed Electronics: the future of RFID


In 2007 the fully printed RFID tag working to existing ISO standards was demonstrated - here the conventional silicon chip was replaced by a printed equivalent, at the fraction of the cost of a silicon chip.

In the future RFID will become a small subset of the wider world of printed electronics - with printed sensors, power, displays, memory and logic on products along with the RFID functionality. When, how, who and why? - all discussed here.

Confirmed speakers include:


Vik Pavate, VP of Business Development, Kovio, USA


Kovio Inc., a privately held Silicon Valley company, is developing a new category of semiconductor products using printed silicon electronics and thin film technology. This new manufacturing technology combines the low cost of graphics printing with the power and functionality of silicon-based semiconductors. The company was founded in the MIT Media Laboratory by a team of scientists that recognized the significant impact that combining silicon and print technologies could have on the world.


Vikram Pavate joined Kovio in 2002 with extensive experience in business development, product management and strategic planning. As vice president of business development, he is responsible for Kovio's corporate strategy, business development, product management and marketing, OEM relationships and strategic joint development and technology alliances. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Pavate held increasingly responsible positions in global product management within various deposition product divisions of Applied Materials Inc., including Physical Vapor Deposition, Copper Barrier-Seed and Integrated Liner Barrier. He also worked as a summer intern in the business development group at Onetta Inc., an optical networking company funded by Sequoia and Matrix Partners.



Klaus Ludwig, Product Manager, PolyIC, Germany


PolyIC produces printed electronics in a high-speed printing process. Printed electronics means that in a printing process electrical conducting and semi conducting plastics, so called polymers, are applied in several layers on a polyester film. The printing process is conducted in an exactly defined design so that electronic devices can be created. These devices are integrated, for example, into a RFID (radio frequency identification) tag. PolyIC's product line for RFID is called PolyID. Printed electronics makes low-cost RFID tags possible that can be used for mass applications. Furthermore, this new technology is also used in displays and complex systems, called smart objects. PolyIC sells smart objects under the name of PolyLogo. PolyIC is a joint venture between Siemens AG and Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG and is located in Fuerth, Germany. PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2003.


Klaus Ludwig studied electronics at Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen. In 1997, he joined Siemens Corporate Technology and was responsible for research and development of applications for magnetic sensor systems. In March 2004, he joined PolyIC as project manager for smart objects and display technologies in the Department of Applications. Since 2007 he is responsible as Product Manager for the PolyLogo product category, including e.g. radio frequency driven displays and other printed electrical devices.


Dr Conor Madigan, Post-Doctoral Associate, MIT, and Co-Founder, Jet Technologies, USA


Dr. Conor Madigan received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, after completing his B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering at Princeton. He has been working in organic electronics since 1997, when he first began developing printing techniques for organic electronics processing. He recently co-founded TJet Technologies with other MIT scientists to commercialize the TJet, a revolutionary new printing technology. He has authored or co-authored more than 10 journal articles, filed more than five patent applications, and his inventions has been licensed by such companies as IBM, Microsoft, Intel, Universal Display Corp., and Nomadics. He is currently completing a post-doctoral appointment at MIT and looking forward to working full-time as the Chief Technology Officer of TJet Technologies.



Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx, UK


IDTechEx is a knowledge based company specialising in printed electronics, RFID and smart packaging. The company gives strictly independent marketing, technical and business advice and services on these subjects. Raghu Das MA (Cantab) is CEO/MD of IDTechEx. He has a BA Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge University, where he studied physics. He has been closely involved with the development of RFID and printed electronics for over 6 years, carrying out consultancy in Europe, USA, Asia and the Middle East. He has lectured on RFID, smart packaging and printed/organic electronics at over 200 events and conferences around the world and is author of several IDTechEx publications. r.das@idtechex.com



For more information about the MIT Enterprise Forum RFID Special Interest Group (SIG), please see http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/rfid/events/2008-02/index.html


To register to attend the MIT Enterprise Forum please visit http://www.mitforumcambridge.org/rfid/events/2008-02/register.html


Venue location:


Stata Center (Bldg. 32)
Room 124, 1st floor
32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139


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