Research Articles

by Dr Matthew Dyson

17 Jun 2021

Image Sensor Tech: Machine Vision Expansion Accelerates Adoption

Image sensing is an essential capability, utilized across multiple applications that range from webcams and smartphone cameras to autonomous vehicles and industrial inspection.
07 Jun 2021

Automotive Interior Differentiation is the New Battleground

Automotive OEMs are increasingly using interior features to distinguish between models and from other brands. There are, therefore, extensive opportunities for printed/flexible electronics to add additional functionality to the cockpit while facilitating efficient manufacturing.
04 May 2021

Printed Electronics Automotive Market $12.7 bn by 2031 Says IDTechEx

IDTechEx has released a new technical market research report, "Printed and Flexible Electronics for Automotive Applications 2021-2031: Technologies and Markets", which reveals a shift to Electric Vehicles and Autonomy will drive the Printed Electronics automotive market to $12.7 bn by 2031.
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.
12 Mar 2021

Opportunities for Additively Manufactured Electronics

Additively manufactured electronics is an emerging approach that takes printed electronics into the third dimension. IDTechEx divides the sector into two aspects: 'fully additive' and 'printing onto 3D surfaces'. Both have multiple application opportunities that IDTechEx believes will develop over the next decade.
10 Mar 2021

Particle-Free Conductive Inks: An Advantageous Alternative?

Conductive inks are a long-established technology, however, technology rarely stands still, and there is extensive innovation within the conductive ink space. Particle-free inks are an especially promising example with multiple advantages and applications.
18 Feb 2021

Top Five Innovative Printed/Flexible Sensor Technologies

Printed/flexible sensors offer multiple benefits relative to their more established rigid counterparts, including lower weight, flexibility/conformality, and potentially lower manufacturing costs since printing facilitates high-throughput continuous production methods. In this article IDTechEx identifies top five innovative printed/flexible sensor technologies along with their associated applications.
03 Feb 2021

Silver Price Volatility Could Affect Conductive Ink Composition

The remarkable price increases in particular US stocks, most notably GameStop, made the news last week as the power of retail investors to move markets became clear. On Monday 1st Feb, the BBC reported that silver prices increased by around 10 % as retail investors turned their attention to commodities, reaching a 5-month high of almost $950/kg.
29 Jan 2021

A Second Chance for Organic Photovoltaics?

Printing solar panels like newsprint using organic semiconductors is the longstanding aspiration, given the obvious benefits of renewable energy and the potential for low-cost, large-area, energy-efficient production.
07 Jan 2021

Smart Building Opportunities for Printed Sensors

The building of the future may have printed sensors built into the walls, floor, and ceiling to detect water leaks, air quality, usage patterns, and more.
14 Dec 2020

Printed/Flexible Sensors Required for Wearable Skin Patches

Printed/flexible electronics is extremely well suited to wearable skin patches due to its low weight, flexibility/conformality, and potential for high-throughput, low-cost manufacturing of these disposable items.
11 Dec 2020

Flexible Hybrid Electronics Requires New Component Attachment Material

Despite the promise of and the commercial interest in FHE, some technological challenges remain. One of the most important is developing the ability to robustly attach mounted components to flexible substrates, given the substantial difference in mechanical and thermal properties.