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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9 Apr 2021

E Ink Announces Next Generation Four-Color E Ink Spectra 3100

E Ink Holdings announced the launch of four-color E Ink Spectra 3100, a next generation ink platform to support Electronic Shelf Labels and retail signage.
8 Apr 2021

TactoTek

Design challenges need new solutions
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8 Apr 2021

Event Summary: LOPEC 2021

On 22 - 24th of March 2021 IDTechEx attended (virtually) the LOPEC conference, organised by the European Organic Electronics Association (OEA). This premium article reviews a selection of the most interesting and/or commercially relevant talks.
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7 Apr 2021

Mekoprint

Mekoprint is a Danish contract manufacturer. Here, we focus on its recent activities in printed electronics, specifically the manufacture of 'intelligent diapers' (based on a presentation at LOPEC 2021).
7 Apr 2021

New Approach Could be Key to Next-Generation Transparent Electronics

A new study, out this week, could pave the way to revolutionary, transparent electronics. Such see-through devices could potentially be integrated in glass, in flexible displays and in smart contact lenses, bringing to life futuristic devices that seem like the product of science fiction.
6 Apr 2021

Source Technology for the Use of Wearable Devices Without Recharging

Despite the continued development and commercialization of various wearable electronic devices, such as smart bands, progress with these devices has been curbed by one major limitation, as they regularly need to be recharged. However, a new technology has become a hot topic, as it shows significant potential to overcome this limitation for wearable electronic devices.
6 Apr 2021

Creative Materials Introduces Two-Component Silicone Compound

Creative Materials introduces 904-64A/B, a two-component silicone addition-cured potting compound. This high performance product is red in color, is thermally conductive, room-temperature curing, and low shrinkage.
5 Apr 2021

SolarWindow Sets New Record, Doubling Its Power Conversion Efficiency

SolarWindow Technologies Inc has more than doubled its prior certified performance, also achieving the highest independently-certified power conversion efficiency of previous organic photovoltaic devices fabricated at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
2 Apr 2021

Smart Clothes Measure your Movements

In recent years there have been exciting breakthroughs in wearable technologies, like smartwatches that can monitor your breathing and blood oxygen levels. But what about a wearable that can detect how you move as you do a physical activity or play a sport, and could potentially even offer feedback on how to improve your technique?
1 Apr 2021

Graphene Foam Doubles Longevity of Running Shoes

Sports footwear firm inov-8 has unveiled the world's first running shoe to use a graphene-enhanced foam in the sole, bucking the widespread trend for carbon-plate technology and doubling the industry standard for longevity.
31 Mar 2021

Leveraging the 5G Network to Wirelessly Power IoT Devices

Researchers have uncovered an innovative way to tap into the over-capacity of 5G networks, turning them into "a wireless power grid" for powering Internet of Things devices that today need batteries to operate.
31 Mar 2021

Event Summary: Flex2021

In late February 2021 IDTechEx attended the Flex2021 conference. Conference talks and attendees were a mix of primarily early-stage companies and academics. This premium article covers a selection of the most interesting and/or commercially relevant talks.
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30 Mar 2021

Harvesting Energy from Radio Waves to Power Wearable Devices

From microwave ovens to Wi-Fi connections, the radio waves that permeate the environment are not just signals of energy consumed but are also sources of energy themselves.
30 Mar 2021

INBRAIN Neuroelectronics Intelligent Graphene Based Neural Implants

Existing brain interfaces are based on metals such as platinum and iridium, which impose significant restrictions in terms of miniaturisation and signal resolution, and therefore cause considerable side effects. For this reason, there is a 50% rejection rate in candidate patients. Graphene Flagship spin-off INBRAIN Neuroelectronics uses a disruptive technology based on graphene which will overcome the current limitations of metal-based neural interfaces.
30 Mar 2021

Event Summary: CPES2021

On 17 - 19th of March 2021 IDTechEx attended (virtually) the Canadian Printed and Flexible Electronics Symposium), known as CPES2021. This premium article reviews a selection of the most interesting and/or commercially relevant talks
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29 Mar 2021

Low-cost Flexible Displays Poised for Growth

As increasing numbers of devices gain electronic functionality, many new applications will require some sort of display. This growth in functional, wirelessly connected devices is an exciting technological transition that could radically reshape how we interact with previously inanimate objects.
29 Mar 2021

More Than 14 Million Euros for Flexible Battery Research

For batteries to fit into narrow and crooked spaces and to store more energy for e.g. electric mobility, flexibly adaptable cells are required. So far, however, lithium-ion battery cells have been produced in standardized formats and rigid systems.
26 Mar 2021

Ynvisible & SpotSee Announce New Temperature Indication Solution

Ynvisible Interactive Inc announces its first commercial delivery of a new temperature indication solution to market with SpotSee.
24 Mar 2021

intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance Virtual CPES2021 a Big Success

This 6th international Symposium of Canada's premier conference and trade show exhibition for flexible and hybrid electronics (FHE) took place virtually this week. More than 180 colleagues from over 80 organizations in 15 countries around the World connected, contributed and learned.
24 Mar 2021

Technology Analyst Careers at IDTechEx: Positions Available

We are looking for entrepreneurial, enthusiastic people to join IDTechEx to apply their technical knowledge. You will be involved with technology scouting, market research and consultancy in a rapidly growing, exciting, global firm.