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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2021
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

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

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

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

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

DuPont Microcircuit Materials Introduces New Silver Sinter Paste

Advanced formulation designed to improve reliability and productivity for power semiconductor die attach
23 Jul 2021

Joanneum Research (PyzoFlex)

Joanneum Research is an Austrian research center. This profile focuses on the Pyzoflex piezoelectric sensing technology that it has developed, which has applications for measuring pressure and especially high frequency signals. IDTechEx caught up with Business Development Manager Gregor Scheipl to determine the latest developments.
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22 Jul 2021

Molex

Molex is a major contact manufacturer of electronics for a wide variety of applications. IDTechEx caught up with marketing analyst Kylie Pessetti of the printed circuit solutions business unit (PCSBU) to find out about its capabilities in the manufacture of printed and flexible electronics.
21 Jul 2021

Liquid Metal Sensors and AI Could Help Prosthetic Hands to Feel

Each fingertip has more than 3,000 touch receptors, which largely respond to pressure. Humans rely heavily on sensation in their fingertips when manipulating an object. The lack of this sensation presents a unique challenge for individuals with upper limb amputations.
20 Jul 2021

Thermoelectric Cooling, Heating, Harvesting: 90 Companies Appraised, Market, Roadmap 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr James Edmondson
19 Jul 2021

Pandemic Accelerates Adoption of Electronic Skin Patches

Electronic skin patches represent one wearable technology product type that is well suited for physiological monitoring. Over the last 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has driven a worldwide concerted effort to explore and revise our approaches to patient monitoring and infectious disease management. As with other wearable devices, electronic skin patch products have evolved significantly over this period of time.
19 Jul 2021

3D Printed Soft Robotic Hand Can Play Nintendo

This research demonstrates a promising innovation in the field of soft robotics, which centers on creating new types of flexible, inflatable robots that are powered using water or air rather than electricity. The inherent safety and adaptability of soft robots has sparked interest in their use for applications like prosthetics and biomedical devices. Unfortunately, controlling the fluids that make these soft robots bend and move has been especially difficult - until now.
15 Jul 2021

Micro-LED Displays From 2021 Onward

From mobile phones, TVs, to cars and public screens, displays have become an important component in daily life to convey information. The importance of displays becomes more significant during COVID-19, as the demand to have a display for remote communication is higher. There is an emerging display type— Micro-LED display, which has the potential to become the next-generation mainstream, with its ability to be fabricated from tiny to huge sizes. The challenges and opportunities are discussed in the IDTechEx report "Micro-LED Displays 2021-2031: Technology, Commercialization, Opportunity, Market and Players".
15 Jul 2021

Wearable Powers Electronics While You Sleep

A new wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors. Engineers developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person's finger sweats or presses on it.
15 Jul 2021

Printing Stretchable, Bendable Circuits on Artificial Skin

Researchers have spent nearly two decades trying to develop skin-like integrated circuits that can be stretched, folded, bent and twisted - working all the while - and then snap back without fail, every time. Such circuits presage a day of wearable and implantable products, but one hurdle has always stood in the way.
15 Jul 2021

Backscatter Breakthrough Runs Near-Zero-Power IoT Comms at 5G Speeds

The promise of 5G Internet of Thingsnetworks requires more scalable and robust communication systems — ones that deliver drastically higher data rates and lower power consumption per device.