9 Sep 2013
Printed Electronics in Japan (part I)
From July through September 2013 we have visited 35 companies and interviewed many delegates at our Printed Electronics Asia event in Tokyo as well as reviewing the lectures and talking to the lecturers. This article shares some of the trends in Japanese printed electronics and allied subjects that have emerged. It is only a taster from the huge database of information acquired and interpreted by IDTechEx analysts. Over the years, the task has been made difficult by the Japanese predilection for changing company names and this cannot help their business activity.
16 Jul 2013
Gold conductive inks- where are the markets?
This article discusses opportunities for printable nano-gold inks. The conductivity of nano gold inks are similar or lower than most existing printable pastes and inks including the silver based ones. The lower conductivity translates into a larger volume for reaching the same conductivity level. Gold is also more expensive per kilogram than most other metals. This means that gold inks are both over-priced and underperforming, suggesting that they will locked out of most volume applications. The question will therefore be what attributes do gold inks offer that can create niche market segments, what these niche markets are likely to be and how large they will become. The article exactly addresses these questions.
19 Jan 2011
Smart Skin for Land, Sea and Air Vehicles
Cars that glow in the dark and have far more passenger space, aircraft and submarines that monitor their complete outer surface, military vehicles that destroy missiles that hit them. The common factor here is smart skin.