Printed electronics enable very thin electric structures yet maintaining or exceeding electrical properties of traditional materials. The impact on nature can be reduced significantly when compared to conventional electronics. It is commonly known that it is wise to produce in kilometres but sale in centimetres. Printed electronics can outperform traditional electronics in mass volume consumer products.
Our wireless world still needs galvanic connections. Electricity can be delivered by induction or jumped with high voltage. Galvanic connection provides still the superior efficiency when electricity has to be carried. Data transfer is also more robust and efficient with galvanic connection.
Universal Serial Bus, industry standard, defines properties of cables and connectors, communication protocols and power supply between computers and electronic devices. The USB cable can be printed. The new cable meets the USB standard, not only the 2.0 but also the 3.0 with very highest data transfer speeds up to 10 Gbit/s. Mechanically the cable is more robust than normal cable, thanks to materials and methods that can be used in roll-to-roll production.
Materials can be saved by using printed electronics. This means reduced waste when product is at end-of-life but also transportation cost per unit is reduced. Printed electronics can be produced cheap as commonly available materials can be used.
It is possible to brand the cable in many ways. Graphics are easy to produce as common printing techniques can be used. Very cost efficient sales packages can be harnessed as product itself is almost thinner than any package. And the cable can be manufactured virtually to any shape. Outer layer materials are limited only by roll-to-roll capabilities.
By adding mobile phone readable QR-code or NFC tag on the cable, it can lead the user to brand owners services or to a event site where fun stuff begins. Other electrical features can be added too. Cable is produced in roll-to-roll and therefore can be run through SMD machinery that can apply discrete components on the cable structure. Printed components, resistors, transistors and diodes, reduces the need of discrete components yet increasing the roll-to-roll possibilities.
One can meet over the web, but meeting in person is like galvanic connection in the real life.
Speaker Biography (Tommi Rintala)
Tommi Rintala has M.Sc Econ and B.Sc(Eng). He has 20 years of entrepreneurship experience, and has worked as CEO, Technical Manager, and most of the all roles in software project management, design, development and telecommunication industry. He is keen Open Source Software contributor and has focused on distributed monitoring data systems, automation technology, telecommunication industry, wood chip energy production industry and 3D graphics. He is also active diving guide. Mr. Rintala understands how large things are formed from the tiniest details and he knows what and how has to be done if something has to be created.
Company Profile (New Cable Corporation)
Wireless communication is increasing while, as contradictory as it seems, better quality cables demand is growing in order to implement networks. No more savings can be expected from traditional cabling which are heavy and subjected to EMI interference while the reliability of cabling is an absolute necessity since human lives and cargo have value. At New Cable Corporation we solve these problems by offering high quality reliable flat cables, lighter and more eco-firendly. Our cables have a reduced carbon footprint as less material is necessary for their production and their transportation is facilitated given their flat shape. There is also a possibility to embed antennas, LEDs, IC's and other functionality.