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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3 Aug 2021

Highly promising early-stage companies in printed/flexible electronics

What makes a promising early-stage company? What are the attributes of those that are most likely to succeed? Answering these million-dollar (or even more!) questions is of course extremely challenging, and there are never any guarantees. However, by following the fortunes of hundreds of high-tech early-stage companies over many years, including interviews with management, IDTechEx are arguably well-placed to identify the most promising companies. In this premium article, we identify a selection of early-stage companies within the printed/flexible electronics space that we regard as especially promising. All the companies have been interviewed, and links to detailed company profiles are provided.
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2 Aug 2021

Functional Automotive Exteriors With Printed/Flexible Electronics

While vehicle interiors might be an obvious target for emerging technologies based on printed/flexible electronics, there are also plenty of opportunities for vehicle exteriors. These range from transparent heaters to solar panels, and benefit from attributes as varied as transparency, conformality, low weight, and tunable absorption spectra.
2 Aug 2021

Flexible Ultraviolet Sensors for Use in Wearables

To enable the development of wearable devices that possess advanced ultraviolet detection functions, scientists have created a new type of light sensor that is both flexible and highly sensitive.
2 Aug 2021

Ynvisible Interactive Inc Agreement with Display Logic

Ynvisible Interactive Inc has signed an exclusive North American distribution agreement with Display Logic to offer its electrochromic displays, drivers, driving protocols, and kits to customers in the United States and Canada.
30 Jul 2021

New SecQuAL Consortium Launches

A group of eleven UK companies has been awarded funding by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for a project designed to bring technology to the fore in the farm-to-fork ecosystem. The award is part of 'Made Smarter Innovation delivered by UK Research and Innovation'
29 Jul 2021

Thermoelectrics Enters the Fast Track

Thermoelectric cooling, heating, and harvesting is partly a great success now, partly to be a success later. First to analyze this big picture is the new IDTechEx report, "Thermoelectric Cooling, Heating, Harvesting: 90 Companies' Achievements and Strategies Appraised with Roadmap 2022-2042".
28 Jul 2021

Chasm Advanced Materials

Chasm Advanced Materials is produces carbon nanotubes that are used in both transparent conductive films and as additives to enhance electrical and/or thermal properties. IDTechEx caught up with marketing director Ken Klapproth to find out more about the latest developments, especially a new film targeted at transparent antennas.
28 Jul 2021

OMRON B5L Time-of-Flight Sensor Module for Real-Time 3D Vision in AMR

Innovative technology continues to improve and advance the possibilities for autonomous mobile robots (AMR). To view the environment around them, AMRs often require multiple, high-accuracy sensors that can offer stable and reliable detection along with a long life and high durability in a range of environments.
28 Jul 2021

The Most Complex Flexible Microprocessor Yet

The low-cost chip carries over 12 times as many transistors as previous flexible microprocessors, and is ultra-thin and flexible with good performance. The team made the chip from metal-oxide transistors using conventional manufacturing equipment.
28 Jul 2021

Innovative Logistics System Based on Printed Sensors

InnovationLab announced that it has been working with Trelleborg Sealing Solutions to integrate its printed sensors into an innovative logistics application.
28 Jul 2021

Wiliot Secures $200 Million Investment Round Led by SoftBank Vision

For decades, there has remained a massive gap as trillions of products travel billions of miles without any data being available as to their status, whereabouts, or situation. Lacking this information, global supply chains have been profoundly, and vulnerably, in the dark. Recognizing this, many leaders in consumer-packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, furniture, and apparel have been working with Wiliot to add their sensing capabilities, intelligence and connectivity.
27 Jul 2021


DIFT is the Deutsche Institute für Textil und Faserforschung (German Institute for Textiles and Fabrics). IDTechEx caught up with staff scientist Dr Reinhold Schneider regarding their work on e-textiles.
27 Jul 2021


ISORG is an early stage company that is developing organic photodetectors for both biometric security and healthcare monitoring. This update briefly discusses the latest developments and target markets.
27 Jul 2021


Wiliot is developing low-cost, energy-harvesting sensors that enable items to be tracked throughout the supply chain. On July 27 2021 it announced that it had received an investment of $200m from Softbank.
27 Jul 2021


E2ip is a Canadian company developing in-mold electronics utilizing a proprietary particle-free ink. This update outlines the areas that E2ip is working on and how it sees the future prospects for its technology.
27 Jul 2021


IEE is a major manufacturer of printed pressure sensors, with vehicle seat occupancy sensor being a major market. It has now developed smart insole sensors for shows based on printed electronics.
27 Jul 2021

Event-Based Vision Approaches Commercialization

The increasing adoption of computational image analysis is creating opportunities for many new types of image sensors. One of the most innovative and commercially promising technologies is event-based vision, which is a bio-inspired method of acquiring visual data that promises multiple advantages.
27 Jul 2021


Technology company and automotive supplier Continental has invested around €2.5 million in a functional printing center based in Freiberg, Germany.
27 Jul 2021

Soft Skin Patch Could Provide Early Warning for Strokes, Heart Attacks

Engineers have developed a soft and stretchy ultrasound patch that can be worn on the skin to monitor blood flow through major arteries and veins deep inside a person's body.
26 Jul 2021

Clayens NP

Clayens NP is a large French company that describes itself as a 'specialist in metalloplastic and electronic transformation' - essentially shaping plastic/metal and integrating additional functionality. This profile focuses on Clayens NP's activities in the in-mold electronics space. The company was formerly known as Sintex NP, but changed its name in 2020.
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