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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27 Sep 2023


ISORG are a French company that manufacture screen printed organic photodetectors (OPDs), with a target market of large area fingerprint sensors for mobile and security applications. They are the only company capable of mass producing OPDs.
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26 Sep 2023

How EMI Shielding is Enabling Compact Electronics

It is no secret that electronic devices are becoming increasingly compact, with greater functionality contained in smaller volumes. As such, increasing efforts are being made to mount integrated circuits (ICs) and other components such as antennas closer together, sometimes within the same semiconductor package.
22 Sep 2023

Fraunhofer FEP

Fraunhofer FEP are one of many Fraunhofer institutes across Germany. This profile examines their recent work on image sensors that combine a silicon backplane with an organic light absorbing layer to extend the wavelength detection range into the SWIR region.
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11 Sep 2023

Where Flexible Hybrid Electronics Add the Most Value

Can digital and/or high throughput manufacturing be applied to circuit boards? Can stretchable electronics be produced without sacrificing processing capabilities? Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) is an emerging manufacturing methodology that aims to resolve both of these questions.
11 Sep 2023

Liqxtal Technology Inc

Founded in 2011 by Yi-Hsin Lin in Taiwan, Liqxtal Technology Inc specializes in developing electrically tuneable liquid crystal (LC) based spectacles as a means of improving human vision. Liqxtal is a subsidiary of Himax Technologies and was acquired to strengthen the company's competitiveness in the head-mounted displays (HMDs) space.
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6 Sep 2023

EMI Shielding for Electronics 2024-2034: Forecasts, Technologies, Applications

IDTechEx Report: Dr Yu-Han Chang and Yulin Wang
4 Sep 2023


Next2U is an academic spin-off in Italy specializing in thermal cameras. The potential target applications include driver monitoring systems (DMS), pilot detection, and service robots. Despite an early stage of commercialization, IDTechEx believes that thermal cameras have potential in DMS.
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25 Aug 2023

E-Textiles: Textile Heating

This premium article explores heated textiles, including applications, technological progression, product types, market players, and more.
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18 Aug 2023

TH Nurnberg (Printed Electronics)

The 'PrInterfaces' project aims to investigate the efficacy and reliability of competing methods of connecting printed/flexible electronics to conventional circuits/wiring. Based on a webinar delivered to the 3DMID Research Association, this profile outlines an evaluation of crimped interconnects by TU Nurnberg.
18 Aug 2023

Rhaeos Inc

Rhaeos Inc is developing a skin-patch for non-invasive fluid sensing, offering hydrocephalus patients an alternative to shunts. Tess Skyrme, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, met with its CTO Dr Webb at Sensors Converge 2023.
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16 Aug 2023

Jabil (Flexible Hybrid Electronics)

Jabil is a global manufacturing solutions provider that has developed flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) solutions for a broad category of products. IDTechEx corresponded with Senior Engineering Services Manager Girish Wable to learn more about the latest developments, particularly those around prototypes targeting the healthcare market. Girish wanted to acknowledge the contributions of Jabil's global team members and its ecosystem partners that provide materials (inks, substrates, adhesives) and equipment suppliers that help enable these capabilities.
7 Aug 2023

Heraeus (EMI Shielding)

Heraeus has developed a new solution for electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding that utilizes inkjet printing of conductive inks for selective deposition. IDTechEx caught up with Business Development Manager Muriel Thomas to find out more.
7 Aug 2023

Opportunities Enabled by Flexible Hybrid Electronics

This premium article discusses opportunities enabled by flexible hybrid electronics.
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4 Aug 2023


LinkZill is an early stage Chinese company that produces TFT arrays for sensing and bio-chip applications. IDTechEx caught up with CEO Linrun Feng to find out more.
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1 Aug 2023

Webinar - Flexible Hybrid Electronics: The Best of Both Worlds?

Thursday 17 August 2023 - An introduction to FHE, including motivating factors; Discussion of recent innovations and commercial developments within FHE; Identification of technological gaps and potential solutions; A roadmap for how the industry will develop, spanning both technologies and applications.
1 Aug 2023


Tapecon is an established contract manufacturer leveraging its screen printing expertise to produce fully printed and flexible hybrid electronics circuits. IDTechEx caught up with Technical Program Leader Rafael Tudela at the FLEX 2023 conference.
31 Jul 2023

Flexible Hybrid Electronics Offers the Best of Both Approaches

Can electronics be additively manufactured and flexible without compromising on the capabilities of conventionally produced integrated circuits (ICs)? Often described as 'print what you can, place what you can't', flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) offers an enticing blend of capabilities, enabling rapid prototyping, flexibility/stretchability, and roll-to-roll manufacturing of circuits with conventional ICs.
28 Jul 2023

ESTAT Actuation

ESTAT Actuation is an early-stage company producing thin film electro-static clutches. It presented at the 'Future Flex Disruptors' session at the FLEX 2023 Conference.
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27 Jul 2023

Printed Electronics Progresses Towards Greater Commercial Adoption

How far is printed/flexible electronics along the road to widespread adoption? The emerging manufacturing methodology, which replaces etched copper laminate with printed conductive inks on flexible substrates, offers multiple benefits, including flexibility/stretchability, the potential for low-cost roll-to-roll production, digital manufacturing/rapid prototyping, and improved sustainability.
27 Jul 2023

Flexible Hybrid Electronics Application Requirements

Technology gaps and potential solutions for flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) to meet application requirements.