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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15 Oct 2021

PCB Chat 85: Matt Dyson on Electrically Conductive Adhesives

Electrically conductive adhesives (ECAs) have been touted for decades as a potential replacement for solder. Technology roadmaps by organizations ranging from IPC to the Surface Mount Council often listed ECAs as a "coming" technology, and scores of papers have been presented highlighting possible uses and likely end-products. The international research firm IDTechEx released in early October a new study called "Electrically Conductive Adhesives 2022-2032: Technologies, Markets, and Forecasts." Matthew Dyson, Ph.D., a senior technology analyst at IDTechEx specializing in printed, organic and flexible electronics, spoke with Mike Buetow about the study's findings and the future of ECAs, including in-mold and flexible electronics and their potential applications.
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15 Oct 2021

Pilot Project for Innovative PV Solutions From Heliatek

Avoiding CO2 emissions wherever possible - GREEN also pursues this goal for managed portfolio properties of GARBE. The system can extend the lifespan and utilisation cycles of the properties and enhance the attractiveness of the locations long-term. Moreover, it can help avoid demolition, which is a waste of energy. If the installation of a conventional roof-mounted photovoltaic system is not possible on roofs due to insufficient static or structural stability, older buildings may be retrofitted in the future by mounting organic photovoltaic films laterally on their façades.
15 Oct 2021

Wearable Head Scanner for Comfort, Mobility During Brain Scans

To collect accurate images of a patient's brain, the patient must be still and confined in a tube-like MRI scanner for a long period of time. To better assess their brain function and behavioral health, however, they should move naturally and freely during a scan. Researchers have proposed a solution to both clearly visualize and accurately assess the brain via photoacoustic imaging with a stretchable, flexible material.
14 Oct 2021

Emerging Short-Wavelength Infra-red (SWIR) Sensing Technologies

Presentation by IDTechEx Senior Analyst Dr Matthew Dyson including some of his recent research on new SWIR image sensing technologies.
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13 Oct 2021

Bare Conductive / Laiier

Bare Conductive is an early-stage company based in London UK, that has developed a cost-effective technology for large-area capacitive sensing. In 2021 it launched a spin-out brand 'LAIIER' to target industrial smart surface applications more effectively. IDTechEx interviewed CEO Matt Johnson to find out more about the latest developments.
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13 Oct 2021

Researchers Breathe New Life into Paper Books with the Magic Bookmark

Researchers have developed a new, cost-effective, ecological solution for augmenting the printed page with rich, up-to-date digital content. The development overcomes one of the most significant advantages e-books have over paper books, helping paper maintain its strong position in its competition with electronic media.
13 Oct 2021

Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on 5G

Thursday 14 October 2021 - What is the deployment outlook in 5 key regions including China, the U.S., Europe, South Korea, and Japan? Who are the key players? How will this technology disrupt 5G industry dynamics? - and much more.
12 Oct 2021

Altana (Heliosonic)

Altana have developed a laser induced forward transfer (LIFT) printing technology termed 'Heliosonic', which is applicable to both conventional graphics printing and printed electronics. This profile is based on a presentation given at the Elantas Printed Electronics Day in October 2021.
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12 Oct 2021

Adphos Digital Printing

Adphos offers NIR drying and curing for printed electronics, with the aim of accelerating manufacturing throughput. This profile is based on Adphos' presentation at the Elantas Printed Electronics Day in October 2021.
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12 Oct 2021

ASCA Solar Tree Supplies E-Bikes with Environmentally Friendly Energy

ASCA solar films can be used in a wide range of applications - from individual small projects to facades in commercial housing construction. In the community of Löchgau in Germany the company has designed, conceived and implemented a solar tree for the construction company STRENGER Bauen und Wohnen.
11 Oct 2021

3D Printed, Personalised, Wireless Wearables That Never Need a Charge

Engineers have developed a type of wearable they call a "biosymbiotic device," which has several unprecedented benefits. Not only are the devices custom 3D-printed and based on body scans of wearers, but they can operate continuously using a combination of wireless power transfer and compact energy storage.
11 Oct 2021

Innovation Lab: High-Volume Production of Printed Electronics

Presentation provided by InnovationLab, originally given by Dr. Florian Ullrich at Printed Electronic Days.
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8 Oct 2021

PolyIC

PolyIC produce capacitive touch sensors based on transparent conductive films, which can be integrated within 3D plastic parts. This update profile is based on a presentation given at the 'Elantas Printed Electronics Day' in October 2021.
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8 Oct 2021

Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on In-Mold Electronics

Thursday 21 October 2021 - IME offers multiple advantages relative to conventional mechanical switches, including reduction in weight and material consumption of up to 70% along with a much simpler assembly. Given these benefits, and increasing interest from OEMs/manufacturers/material suppliers, IDTechEx forecasts IME to be a $1.5bn market by 2032.
8 Oct 2021

The Hidden Potential of High Efficiency Solar Cells

One of the greatest challenges of solar cells is the Shockley-Queisser limit, the assumption that there is a fundamental limit to the amount of energy a solar cell can absorb and convert into usable energy.
7 Oct 2021

Competing Short-Wavelength Infra-Red Sensing Technologies

The widespread adoption of machine vision makes image sensors that can detect light outside the visible spectrum increasingly useful, since the aim is to augment human sight rather than duplicate it. For example, imaging in the short-wave infra-red (SWIR) spectral region, which spans from 1000 to 2000 nm, offers multiple benefits that can supplement conventional cameras.
7 Oct 2021

Printed Sensor Deployment Enabled by Flexible Hybrid Electronics

Presentation given by Dr Matthew Dyson, Senior Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, at the International Conference on Flexible and Printed Electronics (ICFPE)
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6 Oct 2021

Solder Alternatives for Flexible and Integrated Electronics

Attaching electronic components such as integrated circuits and LEDs to substrates is an essential aspect of electronics manufacturing. While conventional lead-free solder excels at the task for conventional rigid PCBs, it is not so well suited for emerging applications that require components to be attached to flexible substrates or conformal surfaces.
5 Oct 2021

J.A.M.E.S.

J.A.M.E.S., standing for Jetted Additively Manufactured Electronics Sources, is a joint venture between Nano Dimension and Hensoldt. It aims to establish an electronic designers community for 3D printed electronics. IDTechEx heard from JAMES at the Nano Dimension AME Academy in September 2021.
5 Oct 2021

New Class of Human-Powered Bioelectronics

A team of bioengineers has invented a novel soft and flexible self-powered bioelectronic device. The technology converts human body motions — from bending an elbow to subtle movements such as a pulse on one's wrist — into electricity that could be used to power wearable and implantable diagnostic sensors.