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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21 Oct 2021

Life Cycle Energy and Environmental Impacts of an OLED

Case study by the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute for OLEDWorks
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21 Oct 2021

A Flexible, Seaweed Like Generator

Ocean waves can be powerful, containing enough energy to push around sand, pebbles and even boulders during storms. These waves, as well as smaller, more gentle ones, could be tapped as a source of renewable energy. Now, researchers have developed flexible power generators that mimic the way seaweed sways to efficiently convert surface and underwater waves into electricity to power marine-based devices.
20 Oct 2021

Will Huawei Survive? A Comprehensive Analysis from IDTechEx

Under US sanctions, Huawei's revenue in the first half of 2021 was RMB 320.4 billion, which despite COVID-19 is a 38% decrease from RMB 454 billion in the same period last year; Xu Zhijun, Huawei's rotating chairman, pointed out that Huawei's goal is to survive. IDTechEx has recently launched the new version of their market research report on 5G - "5G Technology, Market and Forecasts 2022-2032". Some of the findings from the new report are presented in this article.
19 Oct 2021

New Fibres Make Breath-Regulating Garments

"Robotic" textiles could help performers and athletes train their breathing, and potentially help patients recovering from postsurgery breathing changes.
19 Oct 2021

Creative Materials Temperature Sensing Ink, Coating And Adhesive

Creative Materials introduces 129-06 temperature sensing conductive ink, adhesive and coating in either one component or two component versions.
19 Oct 2021

PragmatIC Semiconductor Secures $80 Million Funding

PragmatIC Semiconductor has secured $80 million of Series C funding. This scale-up investment will be used to build a second FlexLogIC fab in the North East of England, to meet the growing demand for ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits for the Internet of Everything.
18 Oct 2021

NanoCnet

NanoCnet is an early-stage company making conductive inks and other products based on their proprietary "silver nanostrand" technology, high aspect ratio silver nanoparticles with an oblong cross section. They state that these are more stable and much cheaper to make than silver nanowires whilst fulfilling a similar function.
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18 Oct 2021

Ypsomed

Ypsomed outlined the drivers and tradeoffs for using printed/flexible electronics for drug delivery devices at the TechBlick virtual conference in October 2021.
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18 Oct 2021

Is it Finally Time for Printed Temperature Sensors?

Think of a temperature sensor - and a traditional glass thermometer, or perhaps a small thermistor would probably spring to mind. However, a new class of temperature sensors is rapidly emerging that offers spatial resolution together with a thin-film format.
18 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.
18 Oct 2021

Monitoring Glucose Levels, No Needles Required

Noninvasive glucose monitoring devices are not currently commercially available in the United States, so people with diabetes must collect blood samples or use sensors embedded under the skin to measure their blood sugar levels. Now, with a new wearable device, less intrusive glucose monitoring could become the norm.
18 Oct 2021

Panasonic Launches Novel Substrate Film for Soft Printed Electronics

Leveraging patented thermoset polymer technology, Panasonic researchers have developed BEYOLEX, a pliable, yet durable, stretchable substrate for printed electronics and other applications.
15 Oct 2021

Asada Mesh

I spoke to Pedro Pena, head of European marketing at Asada Mesh, at a TechBlick virtual event in Ocotber 2021. We discussed new uses for their stainless steel meshes and their growth during the pandemic.
15 Oct 2021

Metamaterial Technologies

I spoke to the Chief Marketing Officer of Meta at the October 2021 TechBlick Printed and Flexible Electronics online conference who detailed Meta's acquisiton of Nanotech Security, a firm making devices for banknote security, in early October 2021.
15 Oct 2021

Siemens Healthineers

Siemens Healthineers presented its progress on direct x-ray sensors using thick perovskite films at a TechBlick event in October 2021.
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15 Oct 2021

Panasonic

I interviewed Dr Andy Behr about Panasonic's new Beyolex printed electronics substrate at the TechBlick Printed and Flexible Electronics online conference.
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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

Ravensburger

Ravensburger is a well known German manufacturer of toys and games, especially board games. This profile, based on a presentation given at a TechBlick conference in October 2021, discusses the company's previous attempts at integrating printed electronics and the associated challenges.
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.