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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24 Jun 2022

Heliatek

Heliatek is a Germany company founded in 2006. It is developing thin flexible organic photovoltaic films for building integration. Its first commercial product, HeliaSol, was produced in 2021.
24 Jun 2022

New Ultrathin Capacitor Could enable Energy Efficient Microchips

The silicon-based computer chips that power our modern devices require vast amounts of energy to operate. Despite ever-improving computing efficiency, information technology is projected to consume around 25% of all primary energy produced by 2030. Researchers in the microelectronics and materials sciences communities are seeking ways to sustainably manage the global need for computing power.
23 Jun 2022

Biomensio

Biomensio is an early stage Finnish company that has developed an innovative mobile biosensing technology, based on an array of quartz-crystal microbalances functionalized with bio-receptors. IDTechEx caught up with Biomensio at the PRINSE'22 conference.
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22 Jun 2022

DP Patterning

DP Patterning is an early-stage Swedish company that has developed an innovative method of patterning the copper on flexible PCBs. Its 'dry phase' method aims to disrupt the established etching approach, offering substantial cost savings and sustainability benefits.
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22 Jun 2022

Electrically Conductive Paints and Polymer Alloys Now Produced Easily

Medical devices, cars, and many advanced technologies contain innumerable delicate components that are held together by electrically conductive polymers, such as polyaniline. For several decades, synthesis of polyaniline for industrial electronics applications has faced a major limitation: what solvent best facilitates synthesis?
21 Jun 2022

Smart Jumpsuit Tracks Infants' Motor Development

A Finnish research group has developed a novel wearable for infants for the reliable assessment of motor abilities during early development. The smart jumpsuit is a wearable medical device equipped with multiple movement sensors, which assist in assessing and predicting children's neurological development.
21 Jun 2022

Event Summary: PRINSE'22 Printed Electronics Conference

This premium article explores the PRINSE'22 event. It will look into the most interesting and commercially relevant presentations from the event, with a focus on integrated electronics, manufacturing, wearable technology, and biological sensing.
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21 Jun 2022

Tiny EX-Certified Sensors Help Save Millions

Disruptive Technologies, the creator of the world's smallest wireless sensors, together with Norwegian partner Ex-Tech Group, have deployed an Internet of Things sensor solution that is delivering significant cost and maintenance savings for COSL, one of the most innovative oil production rig companies in Europe.
20 Jun 2022

30-Year Pervovskite Solar Cells, New Approach to Testing

Researchers have developed the first perovskite solar cell with a commercially viable lifetime, marking a major milestone for an emerging class of renewable energy technology. The team projects their device can perform above industry standards for around 30 years, far more than the 20 years used as a threshold for viability for solar cells.
20 Jun 2022

Flexible, Highly Sensitive Motion Device Created by Extrusion Printing

The creation of high-resolution extrusion printing—think 3D printing but with ink that conducts electricity—has enabled researchers to explore the potential of wearable human motion devices.
17 Jun 2022

Single-Step, All-In-One 3D Printing Method to Make Robotic Materials

A team of engineers and their colleagues have developed a new design strategy and 3D printing technique to build robots in one single step. The breakthrough enabled the entire mechanical and electronic systems needed to operate a robot to be manufactured all at once by a new type of 3D printing process for engineered active materials with multiple functions (also known as metamaterials). Once 3D printed, a "meta-bot" will be capable of propulsion, movement, sensing and decision-making.
17 Jun 2022

Screentec

Screentec is a contract development and manufacturing company (CDMO) for printed electronics, with a primary focus on medical/wellness devices. IDTechEx visited Screentec in person in June 2022.
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17 Jun 2022

Ynvisible Distribution Agreement with Computer Controls AG

Ynvisible Interactive Inc has signed a distribution agreement with Switzerland headquartered Computer Controls AG to distribute Ynvisible's products and solutions for battery-driven or battery-less IoT devices.
16 Jun 2022

Unlocking the Power of Perovskite Photovoltaics

IDTechEx's new report, "Perovskite Photovoltaics 2023-2033", explores the diverse range of opportunities presented by perovskite PV, including gaps in demand, supply chain innovation, and emerging applications.
15 Jun 2022

Rubber Camouflage Skin Exhibits Smart and Stretchy Behaviours

The skin of cephalopods, such as octopuses, squids and cuttlefish, is stretchy and smart, contributing to these creatures' ability to sense and respond to their surroundings. A Penn State-led collaboration has harnessed these properties to create an artificial skin that mimics both the elasticity and the neurologic functions of cephalopod skin, with potential applications for neurorobotics, skin prosthetics, artificial organs and more.  
15 Jun 2022

The Warming Surfaces Company

The Warming Surfaces Company is an early-stage spin-out from Finnish research institute VTT. It produces flexible substrates with die cut copper traces to provide integrated heating for floors, walls, and furniture. IDTechEx spoke to representatives from the company and interacted with some prototypes at the PRINSE'22 conference.
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14 Jun 2022

Engineers Build LEGO-Like Artificial Intelligence Chip

Imagine a more sustainable future, where cellphones, smartwatches, and other wearable devices don't have to be shelved or discarded for a newer model. Instead, they could be upgraded with the latest sensors and processors that would snap onto a device's internal chip — like LEGO bricks incorporated into an existing build. Such reconfigurable chipware could keep devices up to date while reducing our electronic waste.
14 Jun 2022

Perovskite Photovoltaics 2023-2033

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13 Jun 2022

New Cable Corporation

New Cable Corporation has developed flat cables based on etched copper on flexible substrates, produced via continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing. IDTechEx caught up with CDO Antti Backman at the PRINSE'22 conference.
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13 Jun 2022

Nano-Sensor Detects Pesticides on Fruit in Minutes

Researchers have developed a tiny sensor for detecting pesticides on fruit in just a few minutes. The technique uses flame-sprayed nanoparticles made from silver to increase the signal of chemicals. While still at an early stage, the researchers hope these nano-sensors could help uncover food pesticides before consumption.