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USPTO seeks nominees for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

The USPTO is looking to increase the diversity of honorees for its annual National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI), honoring "this nation's creative geniuses."


Gold wires go brittle at nanoscale

Mon, 8 Aug 2011

Gold wires are used in electronic devices due to the material's flexiblity and conductive quality. At the nanoscale, however, gold wires (<20nm wide) become "brittle-like" under stress, according to a new study at Rice University.


Henkel brings adhesives into Holst Centre research network on flexible electronics

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Adhesives with electrical conductivity, moisture barriers, etc. are needed for heterogeneous integration of silicon and plastic electronics, lamination and interconnection of functional foils to form working devices such as flexible solar cells, OLED lighting, or flexible displays, and other technologies. Henkel will work in various research areas at Holst.


Flexible-Display-Center-AUO-AMOLED-development

Wed, 11 Nov 2010

The Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University announced that AU Optronics has become an industry partner. The companies will collaborate on the development of mixed oxide thin film transistors to accelerate the commercial availability of active-matrix organic light-emitting diode flexible displays.


Moisture Barrier Bags

Tue, 2 Feb 2000
Statshield EMI/RFI High Moisture Barrier Bags provide a dry ESD-protected package for ESDS devices. The moisture transmission rate is < 0.005 gr, and the 6.5 mil thickness offers over 30 pounds of puncture resistance. Static dissipative properties comply with EIA-583-1 and available sizes range from 4 x 6≤ to 18 x 24≤. Desiccant and humidity indicator cards are available.

Soaring indium costs drive hunt for alternative in transparent electrodes

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

As electronic devices with ITO-based displays proliferate, as is the case with smartphones and media tablets, indium market prices are soaring, Displaybank reports. ITO electrodes are also prone to cracking, which presents a problem for flexible displays.


Pervasive Displays partners with Energy Micro for electronic paper dev kit

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

Pervasive Displays partnered with Energy Micro, provider of low-power, ARM-Cortex-processor-based microcontrollers, to develop and prototype a range of electronic paper displays with low power consumption the main focus.


2012 Flexible Electronics & Displays: The future is flexible

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

Printed flexible electronics represent the future of sensors, displays, power electronics, and lighting, according to experts at the FlexTech Alliance 2012 Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.


Reel-to-reel coater eliminates waste of roller-in-bath tools

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Rainbow Technology Systems introduced the Panda Coater for high-performance coating of sheet and reel-to-reel materials. It offers an alternative to coventional roller-in-bath systems.


UniPixel names manufacturing partner for display cover films

Tue, 3 Mar 2012

UniPixel Inc. (NASDAQ:UNXL) tapped Carestream Tollcoating to manufacture and distribute its Diamond Guard protective cover films for displays.


Conference report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 2

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the second day: OLED TFT displays, single transistor DRAMs, silicon photonic wires, CNTs, 3D optical interconnects, graphene for RF and sensing, transparent ZnO, epidermal electronic systems, stretchable electronics, ultra-low-k dielectrics, patterning of electroceramics, PRAM (an alternative to NRAM), and inkjet printing of superconducting films.


Commercialization of stretchable electronics: The mc10 example

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

Commercialization of stretchable electronics: The mc10 example

Tue, 4 Apr 2012

Polyera readies flexible semiconductors for launch with $24.5M funding round

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

Polyera pulled in $24.5 million in Series C funding, with all existing investors joining co-leaders Chengwei Capital and Tsing Capital, both in China. A good portion of the funding will be invested in Polyera's Asia-Pacific operations.


Oxide TFT comes to the fore with FPD growth

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

The FPD market's growth is pushing next-generation display technologies forward, as profitability worsens for a-Si TFTs. New core technologies are needed to improve the performance of TFTs, such as oxide TFTs.


imec launches flexible OLED display manufacturing research with Holst Centre

Thu, 1 Jan 2012

imec and Holst Centre, with associated industry partners, are developing flexible active-matrix OLED display technology, the associated drivers and circuits, and new manufacturing equipment to build the displays, all with an eye on low-cost and high-volume production.


SEMI award honors quantum dot research at QD Vision

Wed, 1 Jan 2012

SEMI presented its annual SEMI Award for North America to QD Vision. QD Vision team members made significant progress on the integration and manufacturing processes essential to the commercialization of quantum dot (QD) technology.


Georgia Institute of Technology, PARC + Thin Film Electronics, Western Michigan University win FLEXIs for flexible electronics advances

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

FlexTech Alliance awarded its 2012 FLEXI Awards for flexible, printed electronics and displays industry to PARC and Thin Film Electronics, Western Michigan University, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Organic printed electronics roadmap recognizes market entry

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

The Organic Electronics Association released its "OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics," covering application clusters such as flexible displays and smart systems, as well as the outlook on materials, substrates, and patterning processes.


Thin Film Electronics, Lockheed Martin execs join FlexTech Alliance

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

Jennifer Ernst of Thin Film Electronics and Michael C. Dudzik of Lockheed Martin have joined the Governing Board of FlexTech Alliance, a group focused on developing the electronic display and flexible printed electronics industry supply chains.


ROI potential for OLED, emerging display technologies

Mon, 1 Jan 2012

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics enable next-gen displays and other applications; however, technical hurdles and dev cycles impede ROI. The key is partnerships sharing materials, equipment, and device development expertise, shows Jonathan Melnick, Lux Research.


OLED trends: Materials, color patterning advances and the display race

Fri, 1 Jan 2012

OLED manufacturing advanced rapidly in 2011, making gains in organic materials, color patterning, electronic driving methods, and encapsulation, shows NPD DisplaySearch.


Progress in Printed Electronics: An Interview with PARC’s Janos Veres

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

Solid State Technology editor Pete Singer caught up with Janos Veres, area manager for printed electronics in the electronic materials and devices laboratory at PARC.


Thinfilm forms printed display and battery partnerships

Tue, 1 Jan 2012

Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm) announced technology partnerships with printed display and printed battery companies, part of its roadmap for integrating fully printed electronic systems.


OLEDs erode LCD dominance, starting in small displays

Fri, 4 Apr 2012

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) will be a nearly $11 billion market in 2017, and will take some display market share from the $100-billion LCD sector, according to a Lux Research report.


Conference Report: MRS Spring 2012, Day 3

Thu, 4 Apr 2012

Blogger Mike Fury reports from the MRS Spring 2012 meeting in San Francisco. Highlights from the third day: leakage and TDDB in low- κ dielectrics, flexible energy storage and conversion, Mn capping layers and diffusion barriers, hard masks for Cu interconnects, nanogenerators, Cu in RF, flexible temperature sensors, NEMS and MEMS in HDD, ZnO nanostructures, and various aspects of CMP.


FLEXcon supports flexible electronics with new R&D center in MA

Thu, 5 May 2012

Adhesive coating/laminating company FLEXcon opened its newly constructed, 20,000sq.ft. Technology and Innovation Center for R&D at its headquarters in Spencer, MA.


Organic complementary logic aim of 2 European research projects

Fri, 5 May 2012

The Heterogeneous Technology Alliance in Europe is focusing on high-performance organic electronic circuits through 2 projects: COSMIC to develop p- and n-type OTFTs for complementary logic, and POLARIC for shrinking critical dimensions of OTFTs.


Top 10 innovative technology firms in Q1

Fri, 5 May 2012

Lux Research profiled 328 companies across 15 different emerging technology domains in Q1 2012. Of these, Lux Research selected its top 10, including a gallium-nitride (GaN) power device maker, printed electronics supplier, and others.


Metrology project launches in Europe for thin films

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

The National Physical Laboratory in the UK is leading a new EMRP project on thin film manufacturing metrology for industries such as opto electronics, plastic and printed electronics, displays and lighting, memories and solar cells.


Attend FPD China for next-gen display technologies and China's displays industry role

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Dynamic changes in the FPD industry range from new LCD, AMOLED, touch, and flexible technologies to the emergence of China as the leading consumer and manufacturer of display products. FPD China covers the entire industry supply chain.


Kent Displays triples flexible LCD production capacity with second R2R line

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

Kent Displays is installing its second roll-to-roll (R2R) production line at its Kent, OH headquarters, manufacturing flexible Reflex No Power LCDs.


Samsung's LCD spin-out brings AMOLED to the display forefront, more efficiency

Wed, 2 Feb 2012

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. recently spun off its LCD operations, which IHS analysts say will boost the short-term competitiveness of the business, and may herald the long-term dominance of AMOLED in display technology.


Asian Research Network develops CNT touch sensors, electronic ink

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

Several Asian universities and research institutes launched the Asian Research Network to strengthen research and educational cooperation across Asia. ARN members have produced transparent touch sensors using CNT, and electronics inks.


European collaboration to develop organic and large-area electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2012

Europe’s leading organic and large-area electronics (OLAE) organizations have joined forces in the Framework 7 project COLAE, which aims to speed up the commercialization and adoption of organic and large area electronics by promoting collaboration between industry clusters throughout Europe.


3M flexible barrier films for displays come to market

Tue, 5 May 2012

M’s Optical Systems Division made its flexible, optically clear 3M FTB3-50 and FTB3-125 films available commercially, to protect sensitive electronics displays from water vapor and oxygen. The films previously were sold under limited R&D agreements.


SEMICON Europa 2012 seeks presenters

Fri, 3 Mar 2012

SEMI is seeking papers for technical sessions and presentations at the upcoming SEMICON Europa 2012, October 9-11 in Dresden, Germany. Technical presentation abstracts are due April 30.


Arkema enters microelectronics manufacturing research area with CEA

Tue, 5 May 2012

CEA will extend its collaboration with Arkema beyond photovoltaics into microelectronics and organic electronics, setting up two joint public-private research projects in CEA-Leti and CEA-Liten.


Dupont Teijin Films exec joins FlexTech Alliance leadership

Thu, 3 Mar 2012

FlexTech Alliance, focused on developing the flexible, printed electronics industry supply chain, appointed its 2012 Governing Board members.


SEMI acquires Plastic Electronics Conference and Exhibition

Mon, 3 Mar 2012
SEMI has acquired the Plastics Electronics Conference and Exhibition, a move which will help advance the successful commercialization of new products in the field of organic and inorganic large area electronics (OLAE).

SMC 2012: Supply chain opportunities in OLEDs, energy storage, and power semiconductors

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

Materials experts from across the supply chain gathered at the 2012 Strategic Materials Conference 2012 in San Jose in October, discussing key materials needs for micromanufacturing outside the CMOS mainstream: OLEDs and GaN-on-silicon power semiconductors, graphene, CNTs, and self-assembling polymers.


OLED TV panels' breakout year delayed, but it's coming

Mon, 11 Nov 2012

Despite continued delays from its two big proponents, OLED TV technology will finally start ramping over the next year, reaching one million unit shipments in 2014 and a 3% market penetration by 2016, says NPD DisplaySearch.


OLED lighting sales could reach $1.7B by 2020 -- if panel makers commit now

Fri, 11 Nov 2012

There's a new battleground slowly emerging for OLEDs in lighting applications where the technology could offer some advantages in design and efficiency -- if panel makers are willing to make some sacrifices.


After worst-ever 2012, FPD equipment to see a brighter 2013

Tue, 10 Oct 2012

This year is shaping up to be a historically lousy year for makers of flat-panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment, but expectations are looking up that demand will catch up to supply in 2013 and balance the market, according to NPD DisplaySearch projections.


Why bigger is better for FPD recovery and growth

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

DisplaySearch explains why larger panel sizes are a big reason the flat-panel display industry is back on the road to recovery, despite excess capacity and eroding prices (and profits): larger panel sizes. Plus: a Black Friday deal tip-off.


Roll-to-roll plasma etch equipment project completed

Wed, 10 Oct 2012

FlexTech Alliance announced the completion of a development project with Etched in Time, Inc. (EITI), for a plasma etch system that is compatible with a wide array of roll-to-roll equipment.


Process Watch: Cycle time’s paradoxical relationship to inspection

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

In the seventh installment in a series called Process Watch, the authors discuss cycle time and the impact of inspection. Authored by experts at KLA-Tencor, Process Watch articles focus on novel process control solutions.


Breakthrough in contact lens displays unveiled

Wed, 12 Dec 2012

A new breakthrough in contact lens displays can turn your eyes in to dollar signs, but they aren’t an alternative to Google glasses.


EV Group completes cleanroom expansion, opens new R&D labs

Wed, 11 Nov 2012

EV Group has completed its expanded cleanroom IV facility at its corporate headquarters in Austria, which doubled its cleanroom space for process development and pilot production services.


FlexTech Alliance, 4D Technology developing R2R surface metrology system

Fri, 12 Dec 2012

The FlexTech Alliance has awarded 4D Technology (Tucson, AZ) a contract to develop an optical system that addresses a shortcoming in roll-to-roll (R2R) electronics manufacturing: in situ, high-resolution mapping of surface topography and defects on a moving, flexible web.


Tablet PCs are shifting supply chain strategies...can you say 100M iPads?

Wed, 12 Dec 2012

Increased tablet adoption, with Apple's continued dominance and emergence by new players (see Google, Microsoft) are changing the mobile PC competitive landscape -- and supply-chain partners are having to rethink their strategies to stay atop the game.


E Ink plans SiPix acquistion to bolster electronic paper displays offering

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

E Ink Holdings, electronic paper and LCD technology company, signed a definitive agreement to buy shares of SiPix Technology Inc., the maker of electronic paper displays.


Thin glass or polymers for display substrates?

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

Charles Annis, DisplaySearch, reports on new thin glass products for lighter, thinner, and flexible displays, and shares the pros and cons of thinned glass and polymer substrates.


Panasonic reorgs R&D along medium-, long-term roadmaps

Fri, 8 Aug 2012

Panasonic Corporation (NYSE:PC, TOKYO:6752) will reform its head office and governance as of October 1, aiming to reduce internally focused work and focus on customer needs.


ITO alternatives for transparent conductors: From nanotubes to ZnO, adoption varies

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Most firms offering alternatives to ITO focus on the touch-screen sensor market; however, this sector is too small for many of these firms to generate significant revenues. NanoMarkets outlines the various ITO alternatives, and their possible application spaces.


SEMICON West preview: OLED displays and lighting adopt printing processes, flexible substrates

Tue, 7 Jul 2012

Technology for making circuits with organic materials, non-vacuum processes, and flexible substrates has made striking progress, but it’s been a challenge to find applications where the new technologies offer must-have advantages. Paula Doe, SEMI, reports on flexible and large-area OLED displays and lighting.


OLED thin-film encapsulation technology key to new applications

Fri, 6 Jun 2012

OLED thin film encapsulation technology is the one of technologies emerging as the core technology of flexible OLED, and technology development and patent securing competition between world’s leading OLED companies will increase accordingly, shows Displaybank.


Polyera prints n-type organic semiconductors for flexible displays

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

Historically, only p-type organic semiconductors have been viable when deposited on flexible substrates. With Polyera’s advances in n-type organic semiconductors, CMOS devices from displays to RFID tags can be printed.


CNTs produced with >95% semiconducting content now available from SWeNT

Thu, 5 May 2012

SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) released SG65i, a single-wall carbon nanotube product with >95% semiconducting concentration, before secondary processing to remove metallic SWCNT content.


AGC carrier glass enables ultra-thin display fab in existing production lines

Wed, 5 May 2012

AGC has developed 0.5mm carrier glass for handling and transport of its 0.1mm-thick ultra-thin glass during product manufacturing processes.


Largest flexible OLED display fabbed with mixed-oxide TFT

Wed, 5 May 2012

The Flexible Display Center at ASU, in conjunction with Army Research Labs scientists, manufactured what it is reporting as the world's largest flexible, full-color OLED display prototype. FDC used advanced mixed-oxide TFTs to build the 7.4” device.


Exciting display products take awards at Display Week

Tue, 6 Jun 2012

The Society for Information Display (SID), a global organization dedicated to the advancement of electronic display technology, announced the winners of its 17th annual Display Industry Awards.


ITF: Reconfigurable radios and scaled CMOS for a true mobile life

Fri, 5 May 2012

The next big thing according to Charlotte Soens, manager mm-wave communication program at imec, is that people will start using these mobile devices to watch high-quality photos and videos, stored in the cloud. Soens presented details at imec's International Technology Forum.


ITF: Entering the booming market of mobile displays

Fri, 5 May 2012

USHIO UV irradiance meter offers thin form factor for optical film process control

Mon, 7 Jul 2012

Ushio launched its thinnest UV irradiance meter 'UIT-q365." The meter is 4.9mm thick, used to keep major UV processes within spec. It can be used during optical film manufacturing for flexible electronics, as well as during adhesion of precision optical parts.


ITO alternatives infiltrating transparent conductive films market

Thu, 7 Jul 2012

ITO is the basis of more than 90% of TCFs, used in displays, flexible photovoltaics, and other devices, reports Cathleen Thiele, IDTechEx. With indium prices rising, and technical challenges related to indium’s brittle nature, manufacturers are looking to new technologies, such as finely printed conductive meshes, layers of silver or copper that are highly transparent, organic transparent conductors and variations such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.


PANL hits white OLED performance record

Mon, 6 Jun 2012

Universal Display Corporation (NASDAQ: PANL) announced record-breaking performance of its white organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting technology.


Printed electronics researchers in Europe install Optomec jet deposition tools

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

Optomec’s Aerosol Jet deposition tools are being used for printed sensor, display, solar cell, CMOS and passive devices, and other development areas, with new installations at CEA Liten (France), Innovation Lab (Germany) and the University of Sheffield (UK).


UniPixel offers glass-alternative coating to displays industry

Wed, 7 Jul 2012

UniPixel completed the production-level qualification of its Diamond Guard Hard Coat film with its manufacturing and distribution partner, Carestream Tollcoating.


Printed electronics standards initiative starts with substrate materials

Fri, 7 Jul 2012

IPC and JPCA released their first operational-level standard for the printed electronics industry, defining terms and establishes basic requirements for substrate materials used in printed electronics: ceramic, organic, metal, glass and other.


Conference report: TechConnect, Day 2

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

Day 2 of the 2012 TechConnect World Summit, Expo & Showcase opened with fifteen parallel sessions ranging from printed and flexible electronics to device modeling to green chemistry and water to nanotechnology for cancer diagnostics. The unifying theme for this conference is promising technology in search of funding and the opportunity for market validation.


Panasonic re-ups imec research partnership on CMOS, flexible electronics, more

Thu, 6 Jun 2012

imec and Panasonic Inc. have entered into the next phase of a comprehensive and broadened collaboration agreement for joint R&D on healthcare, wireless communication, flexible electronics and advanced CMOS process technologies.


Intel lowers 3Q outlook: What's the real driving factor?

Fri, 9 Sep 2012

Analysts weigh the reasons behind Intel's downwardly-revised 3Q12 results, from macroeconomic sluggishness to tablet-PC cannibalization -- and whether its pullback in 2012 capex plans spells trouble for the market overall.


Call for Papers: Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

The FlexTech Alliance announced the Call for Papers is open for the 12th annual Flexible Electronics & Displays Conference & Exhibition.


AIXTRON tool supports OTFT, OLED, other organic electronics manufacturing

Thu, 8 Aug 2012

AIXTRON launched the PRODOS-200 PVPD system for deposition of organic thin film materials, used to make OTFT displays and OLEDs, and in other manufacturing applications.


Spincast solution-based ITO could enable cheaper display manufacturing

Wed, 8 Aug 2012

Brown University developed a simpler, cheaper, solution-based manufacturing process for indium tin oxide (ITO) conductive films used in displays and solar cell manufacturing.


Aixtron ships Prodos polymer PVD tool to Asian flexible electronics maker

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

An unnamed "major Asian customer" will use Aixtron's Prodos polymer PVD tool to deposit organic polymer thin films for production of flexible electronic devices.


Printing methodologies for various electronic devices

Tue, 8 Aug 2012

Printing is emerging as a technology that can replace traditional photolithography processes for electronics manufacturing, reducing costly material use, very complex processes, and expensive equipment.


imec advances electronics that flex and stretch

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

imec announced that it has integrated an ultra-thin, flexible chip with bendable and stretchable interconnects into a package that adapts dynamically to curving and bending surfaces.


IBM demos high-performance CMOS on flexible plastic substrates

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

At IEDM, IBM researchers will demonstrate high-performance state-of-the-art CMOS circuits —including SRAM memory and ring oscillators—on a flexible plastic substrate.


Tablet display shipments booming in 2012, big panel makers joining the fray

Mon, 9 Sep 2012

Shipments of tablets are booming, and that means demand for tablet displays is set to spike as well -- and some new panel makers are getting in on the action, reports IHS iSuppli.


Sumitomo Chemical joins Holst Center for OLED materials research

Wed, 9 Sep 2012

Sumitomo Chemical has joined the Holst Center's shared research program on printed organic lighting and signage, to contribute to research into multilayer solution processes for high-efficiency organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).


EU partners complete three-year OLED materials program

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

NEMO, a three-year European project to research solution-processable materials for OLEDs, has concluded with newly developed materials that can be integrated into large-surface OLED components and are suited for printing processes.


Linde adds China N2O plant, expands display gases reach in Asia

Tue, 9 Sep 2012

Linde Electronics has added a new high-purity nitrous oxide (N2O) plant in China's Jiangsu Province to support increased adoption of metal oxide transistors by display manufacturers.


ISORG and Plastic Logic co-develop the world’s first image sensor on plastic

Tue, 6 Jun 2013

ISORG and Plastic Logic have co-developed the first conformable organic image sensor on plastic, with the potential to revolutionize weight/power trade-offs and optical design parameters for any systems with a digital imaging element.


Flexible display market to reach nearly 800 million unit shipments by 2020

Thu, 6 Jun 2013

Demand for flexible displays is set to undergo massive growth during the next seven years, with a broad variety of applications—ranging from smartphones to giant screens mounted on buildings—driving a nearly 250 times expansion in shipments from 2013 through 2020.


Transparent electrode market to grow to $5.1 billion by 2020

Wed, 5 May 2013

Transparent electrodes refer to oxide degenerate semiconductor electrodes that possess a high level of light transmittance (more than 85 percent) in the visible light spectrum, and low resistivity (less than 1×10-3 Ω-㎝) at the same time.


Patent analysis: Flexible OLED structures

Tue, 5 May 2013

A new report from IHS Displaybank analyzes the scope of the flexible OLED patents issued.


Printed, flexible and organic electronics sees 15.2% CAGR over the next decade

Fri, 5 May 2013

The new report from IDTechEx titled "Printed, Organic & Flexible Electronics: Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2013-2023" finds that the total market for these technologies will grow from $16.04 billion in 2013 to $76.79 billion in 2023.


Smart glass shipments to rise to 10 million by 2016, thanks to Google Glass

Wed, 4 Apr 2013

Initiated by the arrival of Google Glass and magnified by Google’s efforts to promote application development for the product, the global market for smart glasses could amount to almost 10 million units from 2012 through 2016.


Atmel launches first single chip touch screen controller for 15 inch touchscreens

Wed, 5 May 2013

Atmel Corporation, a developer of microcontroller and touch technology solutions, this week announced the maXTouch T Series, its next-generation family supporting touchscreens up to 23 inches for applications such as handsets, tablets, Ultrabooks, notebooks and all-in-one computers.


Innovation could bring flexible solar cells, transistors, displays

Wed, 5 May 2013

Researchers have created a new type of transparent electrode that might find uses in solar cells, flexible displays for computers and consumer electronics and future "optoelectronic" circuits for sensors and information processing.


AMOLED displays to have major influence on innovation in the cloud computer era

Wed, 5 May 2013

During the keynote speech, Kim said that the future of displays will change considerably, with special attention to be given for the virtually infinite number of imaging possibilities in AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) display technology.


Flexible devices manufactured by roll-to-roll technologies to reach nearly $22.7 billion by 2017

Thu, 5 May 2013

The diffusion of roll-to-roll technologies is expected to have a marked effect in lowering the unit prices of flexible devices. Consequently, while consumption in terms of volume is forecast to rise very rapidly, revenues will increase somewhat more moderately.


FlexTech Alliance elects Keith Rollins Chairman of the Board

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

FlexTech Alliance, a developer of the flexible and printed electronics industry supply chain, announced today that Dr. Keith Rollins has been elected chairman of the Governing Board.


Small, medium-size AMOLED displays doubling by 2015

Thu, 1 Jan 2013

Active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays will continue to encroach upon LCD technology through small and medium-sized (9-in. and smaller) displays used in mobile phones, according to recent analysis by NPD DisplaySearch.


ISSCC 2013: Imagers, MEMS, medical and displays

Mon, 2 Feb 2013

Roland Thomas, subcommittee chair of ISSCC, writes of the substantial growth and future in key areas of technology.


ISSCC 2013: Large-area flexible electronics

Mon, 2 Feb 2013

Hoi-Jun Yoo, subcommittee chair of ISSCC 2013, writes on the focus of technology directions in the field of large-area and low-temperature electronics.


Patent analysis: Flexible roll-to-roll processing

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

A new report from IHS Displaybank examined a total of 483 patents on roll-to-roll processing technologies, focusing on 32 that were flexible, OLED-related.


CES: Phablets and table PCs break the PC mold

Fri, 1 Jan 2013

Among the usual confluences of useful and cool gadgets (not to mention bizarre) at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, two types of devices with new formfactors aimed to rethink the PC model.


Look for 4K LCDs, OLEDs at CES

Mon, 1 Jan 2013

As the annual Consumer Electronics Show and hordes of techie enthusiasts descends over Las Vegas this week, NPD DisplaySearch revisits the battle between two display technologies -- 4K × 2K vs. OLEDs.


Is Apple changing its mind on touch panel structures?

Tue, 1 Jan 2013

Reports are circling around Apple's supply chain of a potential shift in the company's display technology for its future iPhones and iPads -- moving back to LCDs and away from touch panels -- but a drastic realignment of its supply chain is probably not likely, observes DisplaySearch.


Fraunhofer IAP opens pilot line for organic electronics

Tue, 1 Jan 2013

The Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research (IAP) in Potsdam-Golm and fab/cleanroom developer MBRAUN have commissioned a new "near industrial-scale" pilot line for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic solar cells.


Report: "Glaring imbalances" in printed electronics venture funding

Thu, 1 Jan 2013

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics have garnered more than $7.5 billion in venture funding from 1996-2011, though it's declined sharply since 2007. A new Lux Research report looks at who's getting attention and who's not.


Production process doubles speed and efficiency of flexible electronics

Wed, 2 Feb 2013

Stretched-out clothing might not be a great practice for laundry day, but in the case of microprocessor manufacture, stretching out the atomic structure of the silicon in the critical components of a device can be a good way to increase a processor's performance.


Large-Area Flexible Electronics Trends

Tue, 12 Dec 2012

New Product: Engineered Material Systems introduces die attach for temperature-sensitive applications

Tue, 2 Feb 2013

Engineered Material Systems, a global supplier of electronic materials for circuit assembly applications, debuts its DB-1568-1 low-temperature cure die attach adhesive for attaching semiconductor die in temperature-sensitive devices.


Corning believes flexible displays with Willow glass are still three years out

Fri, 3 Mar 2013

CEO believes that the technology may be made available in simple products this year.


Arizona State and PARC produce world’s largest flexible X-ray detector

Wed, 3 Mar 2013

The Flexible Electronics and Display Center (FEDC) at Arizona State University and PARC, a Xerox company, today announced that they successfully manufactured the world's largest flexible X-ray detector prototype using advanced thin film transistors (TFTs).


Printed electronics sector takes hard look at the flexible future

Tue, 3 Mar 2013

The flexible and printed electronics community reports encouraging progress in the materials and process ecosystem needed for commercial production — and an increasingly realistic focus on applications that best capitalize on the technology’s strengths. Best near-term prospects now look to be sturdy light-weight displays, smart sensor systems, and flexible and large area biomedical sensors and imagers.


Polarizer market to grow to $14 billion by 2016

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

The polarizer market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6 percent until 2016 to $12 billion in 2013 and to $14 billion in 2016. In 2012, the market amounted to $11.2 billion, up 9 percent year on year, according to “Polarizer Market and Industry Trend Analysis” published by Displaybank, recently acquired by IHS Inc.


Flexible barrier films for electronics experience 39.8% CAGR over the next decade

Wed, 3 Mar 2013

As more and more companies are gearing up and demonstrating flexible display prototypes (LG, Nokia and earlier this year at CES 2013, Samsung’s Youm display are just a few of the latest examples), the need for protection of these new devices that are freed from the constraints of conventional rigid form factors is highlighted once more.


Organic Electronics Workshop, Day 3: OLEDs, OTFTs, OPV, and futile resistance

Thu, 7 Jul 2011

Wrapping up the Organic Microelectronics & Optoelectronics Workshop, Michael A. Fury reports on vertical structures for OLEDs, solution processing for OLEDs and organic TFTs, small-molecule organic semiconductors, and characterizing mobility and recombination in organic PV devices.


Organic Electronics Workshop: TFTs, FETs, and a seeing microphone

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

Techcet's Michael A. Fury reports from the Organic Microelectronics & Optoelectronics Workshop in San Francisco, where talks delved into flexible displays, organic molecular tunnel junctions, thin-film microprocessors, and a microphone that can "see" sound.


SEMICON West 2012: Submit an abstract today

Mon, 12 Dec 2011

SEMI is looking for presenters for technical sessions and other opportunities at SEMICON West 2012, July 10-12 in San Francisco, CA.


Large OLEDs top lists in China

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Small-sized OLEDs are mature, now that rapid adoption has occured in the mobile phone sector. With technical advances and mass production processes, larger-sized OLEDs will come to the fore, according to CCID Consulting. Advancements are needed in the areas of process equipment and driver IC technology for China to become an OLED leader. CCID and NanoMarkets summarize their OLED market assessments for China, Japan, and Korea.


MRS Day 3: Memory, hardmasks, low-k -- nothing's confidential

Thu, 4 Apr 2011

Michael A. Fury continues reporting from this year's MRS Spring meeting. Highlights from Day 3: PCM and other memory devices; damascene vs. amorphous carbon hardmasks, more on low-k and ULK materials, and studies of barrier materials and deposition processes.


SmartKem wins Welsh grant for flexible semiconductor materials

Wed, 1 Jan 2011

SmartKem Ltd, developer of novel printable semiconductor materials for flexible electronics, announced that the Welsh Assembly Government has awarded the company £335,000 in funding to further develop its flexible printed electronics solutions.


AMOLED and other new technologies drive displays

Thu, 9 Sep 2011

The Future of Mobile Display by ROA Holdings finds that larger panels are increasing mobile device usage, and AMOLED is replacing LCD as the mainstream display technology. Mobile device companies, rather than display makers, are leading the drive for new technologies.


DuPont AMOLED fab tech draws TV display maker's interest

Thu, 11 Nov 2011

DuPont has signed a technology licensing agreement allowing an Asian display maker to use DuPont process technology to make large AMOLED television displays at significantly lower cost than alternative technologies.


Printed electronics improve displays, lithium-ion batteries, c-Si solar cells

Fri, 10 Oct 2011

Printed electronics can improve existing electronics and energy applications, replacing non-printed layers in displays or increasing crystalline silicon photovoltaics efficiency, among other applications shared by IDTechEx.


Vitex touts flexible CIGS lifetime achievement

Thu, 6 Jun 2008
June 12, 2008 - Vitex Systems says it has achieved a "key breakthrough" in protecting flexible copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells with its "Flexible Glass," achieving 1100 hrs of testing in high-temperature and humidity conditions with stable efficiency.

IMEC touts optical links in flexible substrate

Thu, 10 Oct 2008
European R&D consortium IMEC says it has made first functional optical links embedded in a flexible substrate, paving the way toward optical sensing foils for use in monitoring irregular or moving surfaces.

Researchers pushing work on flexible thin-film transistors

Mon, 8 Aug 2006
August 7, 2006 - Arrowhead Research Corp. and the U. of Florida say they will collaborate on development of flexible thin-film transistors (TFT) using carbon nanotubes.

IMEC unveils bendable chip package

Tue, 4 Apr 2006
April 4, 2006 - IMEC and its associated laboratory at the U. of Ghent have developed a new process flow for ultrathin chip packages resulting in bendable packaged chips. The process has been demonstrated with silicon chips thinned down to 20-30µm, with total thickness of 50µm.

Korean firm promises tiny single-chip display driver chip

Fri, 6 Jun 2006
June 9, 2006 - Korean fabless chip firm Tomato LSI and IP licensing firm Clairvoyante say they have produced the world's smallest single-chip IC driver for amorphous silicon TFT VGA display panels, in response to demand for high-resolution panels used in handheld mobile devices.

AMAT invests in solar wafer maker Solaicx

Mon, 11 Nov 2006
November 20, 2006 - Furthering its newfound interests in the high-growth solar market, Applied Materials Inc. says it has invested $3.0 million in Solaicx, a privately held manufacturer of single-crystal silicon wafers for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. The firm plans to use the investment to open a second manufacturing site in the US by next year.

OLED films maker shifts to IP licensing

Thu, 2 Feb 2006
February 23, 2006 - Vitex Systems Inc., San Jose, CA, a developer of equipment and films used for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, says it is changing its business model to focus on licensing IP for its thin-film encapsulation technology.

PV silicon firm nails down $27M funding

Wed, 5 May 2007
May 9, 2007 - Solar PV silicon startup Solaicx says it has closed a Series C round of funding totaling $27.1 million, led by the D.E. Shaw group, with participation from several VC firms as well as an increased investment from Applied Materials' VC arm.

Taiwan's ITRI investing in flexible electronics R&D

Wed, 1 Jan 2007
January 3, 2007 - Taiwan's government-funded Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has set an aggressive budget over the next two years to support research and development of flexible electronic technologies and products, according to the Taiwan Economic News.

EV Group adds research facilities in AZ, NY

Wed, 9 Sep 2004
September 8, 2004 - EV Group, Scharding, Austria, is expanding its operations in North America in response to increased business and customer demand. EV Group Inc., the company's US subsidiary, will combine its headquarters, Technology Center, and Customer Support Division in the ASU Research Park in Tempe, AZ.

Seiko Epson develops bendable SRAM device

Tue, 10 Oct 2005
October 4, 2005 - Seiko Epson Corp. has made what it claims is the world's first bendable SRAM (static random access memory) device, using low-temperature polysilicon TFTs (thin film transistors), according to the Nikkei English News.

October 2005 Exclusive Feature: MATERIALS

Multilayer barrier coatings for flexible organic electronics

Fri, 9 Sep 2005
L.L. Moro, N.M. Rutherford, X. Chu, R.J. Visser, Vitex Systems, San Jose, California

All electronic and optoelectronic devices require protection from the influences of the environment. A thin-film, transparent, and flexible moisture and gas barrier called Barix can be applied at low temperatures (e.g., <80°C). Although this type of barrier layer can be used in many applications, its attributes make it a key enabling technology for creating plastic flexible substrates...

DuPont Displays, UDC form alliance to develop displays

Wed, 12 Dec 2002
Dec. 11, 2002 - Wilmington, DE, and Ewing, NJ - DuPont Displays, a business unit of DuPont and a developer and manufacturer of polymer OLED displays, together with Universal Display Corp. (UDC), an innovator of OLED technologies, have signed a joint development agreement to create a new generation of soluble OLED materials and technology.

From the Editor: Getting My Fix

Tue, 1 Jan 2008
I'm becoming an emerging technology junkie. One of the great things about my job is learning about new developments before everyone else in the world. Most of the time, I get to write about what I learned. Sometimes I don't. It's that word "embargoed" and the phrase "off-the-record" that hold me back. Eventually, I usually get to write about it — hopefully before anybody else does.

ZESTRON Asia/Pacific Relocates to Larger Facility

Thu, 1 Jan 2008
(January 24, 2008) MANASSAS, VA — ZESTRON Asia/Pacific has announced its recent relocation to a much larger facility in Shanghai, China. Located in the Zun Xuan Industrial Park, ZESTRON's new facility is reportedly home to the largest Asia/Pacific Application Technology Center.

Honeywell to Develop Flexible Electronics Materials with USDC

Thu, 1 Jan 2008
(January 24, 2008) SAN JOSE, CA — Honeywell Electronic Materials and the US Display Consortium (USDC), a public/private partnership chartered with developing the supply chain for the flat panel display industry, have announced a new agreement to develop materials for flexible electronics. Under this new $500,000 agreement, Honeywell will focus on developing materials to prevent short circuits in leading-edge flexible electronics for devices used by the US military.

Thin-film Batteries Attract Funding

Sun, 10 Oct 2006
GOLDEN, CO - To build high-volume manufacturing facilities for its proprietary thin-film batteries, Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) attracted funding from existing and new corporate investors.

Emerging High-Tech Industry at German Electronics Show

Fri, 10 Oct 2007
(October 26, 2007) FRANKFURT, Germany — Leaders in the emerging printed electronics sector will be showcasing technological advances at the 3rd Global Plastic Electronics Conference from October 29-30th in Frankfurt, Germany. Printed electronics technology enables new products or significant improvements, in applications such as handheld devices, flexible displays, or printed sensors and batteries.

Advance Made in Transparent Electronics

Wed, 12 Dec 2004
(December 29, 2004) Corvallis, Ore.—Researchers at Oregon State University and Hewlett Packard have reported their first example of an entirely new class of materials that could be used to make transparent transistors that are inexpensive, stable, and environmentally benign. This could lead to new industries and a broad range of new consumer products, scientists say.

Chip renaissance?

Thu, 3 Mar 2004
(March 11, 2004) El Segundo, Calif.—If 2001 and 2002 were the dark ages for the semiconductor industry (and they were!), last year represented the start of a chip renaissance, with sales rising at a healthy 14.2 percent rate, according to data from iSuppli Corp., a provider of market intelligence services for the EMS, OEMs and supplier communities.

Honeywell expands AclarR production for pharmaceutical industry

Thu, 3 Mar 2008
March 27, 2008 -- /PRNewswire/ -- PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announcesthat it will expand production of AclarR film to meet growing demand for the clear, moisture-barrier material, which is used extensively in pharmaceutical packaging.

Moisture barrier

Sat, 5 May 1999
The 3300 Moisture Barrier Bag offers long-term protection from moisture, high-frequency protection and static shielding to protect sensitive electronic components or parts. According to the manufacturer, the bag is constructed of a multi-layer 3.6 mil film that provides puncture and tear resistance, meets the requirements of EIA-583 Class I and contains no amines, amides or N-Octanoic acid. Bags are available in standard and custom sizes.

Packaging products

Mon, 6 Jun 1998
These cleanroom packaging products help control contamination as well as provide ESD and moisture barrier protection. The line includes clear barrier laminates; high barrier foil laminates; static protective moisture barrier; low, medium and high density polyethylene; static shielding bags. All items are manufactured in a Class 100 cleanroom certified to Federal Standard 209E.

Flexible e-paper's cholesteric liquid crystals avoid power consumption

Wed, 10 Oct 2011

ITRI, Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan, introduced i2R e-Paper, a re-writeable, re-usable, LCD-based electronic paper medium that can be manufactured in a variety of sizes.


Quantum-dot LED display made via transfer printing

Thu, 10 Oct 2011

Researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the University of Cambridge created a full-color high-resolution 4" quantum dot light emitting diode (QD-LED) display using transfer printing.


DuPont printed electronics material does more with less

Tue, 11 Nov 2011

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) introduced a screen-printable silver conductor material for the printed electronics market, DuPont 5064H. The silver conductor ink provides resistivity ≤6milliΩ per square per mil.


Printed electronics innovators awarded by IDTechEX

Fri, 12 Dec 2011

Printed electronics materials and equipment suppliers, as well as academics and industry, were honored with annual awards at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 in Santa Clara, CA.


Solvay puts up $15M for Plextronics' printed electronics tech

Wed, 7 Jul 2011

Silicon nano-ribbons = flexible, stretchable ICs, says ConFab presenter David Icke

Thu, 5 May 2011

Silicon nano-ribbons manufactured by mc10The holy grail of flexible electronics would combine the performance of ICs with a form factor that could be stretched, twisted, and conformed to unconventional shapes. David Icke, CEO, MC10 Inc. spoke about flexible electronics in his ConFab Emerging Technologies talk, "Electronics Anywhere: Conformal, Stretchable Electronics Technology & Applications."


Large organic semiconductors developed at Wake Forest

Tue, 8 Aug 2011

Wake Forest University and international partner researchers developed an extremely large organic semiconductor molecule that is stable and possesses excellent electrical properties at a low cost.


Plastic Logic changes CEO

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Plastic Logic, plastic electronics technology development company, named Indro Mukerjee as CEO, succeeding 4-year CEO Richard Archuleta. 


Quantum dots manufactured in continuous flow process

Wed, 9 Sep 2011

Using a microreactor and control software, Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC) and the Access2Flow Consortium of the Netherlands achieved a continuous flow process to mass produce quantum dots.


Nanocomposites in nature fuel OPV flex electronics

Thu, 1 Jan 2011

Chiton teeth. Source: Northwestern UniversityResearchers at Northwestern University are using an atomic-scale imaging tool to study organic/inorganic interfaces. Understanding how composites like the Eastern beaded chiton's teeth are designed can help scientists intelligently construct new materials.


Carbon nanotubes printed on paper

Thu, 8 Aug 2006
U.S. scientists using an off-the-shelf inkjet printer have developed a technique for printing patterns of carbon nanotubes on paper and plastic surfaces.

NANOIDENT claims world's largest printed semiconductor photodetector array

Tue, 5 May 2007
NANOIDENT Technologies AG says it has delivered the world's largest printed semiconductor-based photodetector array on a flexible PET foil substrate. The company says the array eliminates the need for costly optical filters.

Nantero, HP join to explore flex-electronics apps

Tue, 7 Jul 2007
Nantero, Inc. says it is working with HP to explore the use of HP inkjet technology and Nantero's carbon nanotube formulation to create flexible electronics products and develop low-cost printable memory applications.

Advance Nanotech subsidiary lists on London exchange

Fri, 1 Jan 2007
Advance Nanotech Inc., a New York-based provider of financing and support services to drive the commercialization of nanotechnology related products for homeland security and display technologies, announced that its subsidiary, Advance Display Technologies plc (ADT), commenced trading on the PLUS-quoted market in London.

Xerox seeks to push print for plastic circuits

Mon, 4 Apr 2004

E-books: A new chapter or same old story?

Thu, 6 Jun 2004
You'll have to try this as a thought experiment if you're not in Japan: Imagine you're reading this on a handheld device the size of a paperback book. The device looks like an over-sized Palm handheld, except the screen doesn't glow. Instead, it reflects the light around you, like paper. Would you switch to a handheld electronic device? Sony Corp. is betting you will say yes.

A gadget geek’s dream come true: Punch ‘print’ for anything you want

Fri, 7 Jul 2003
Imagine your kitchen blender conks out the day you’re hosting a large cocktail party. You search an online catalog, decide on a model, and click the “buy” button. But instead of waiting for the appliance to be shipped to your door, a new kind of printer on your desk springs into action, literally building the blender for you from the bottom up in a matter of hours. Call it desktop manufacturing. And thanks to small tech, it’s becoming a reality.

Nanosys raises blockbuster $30M despite skeptical VC community

Thu, 4 Apr 2003

One man's solution to micromachines' power problem looks good on paper

Fri, 6 Jun 2003
If Baruch Levanon of Israel’s Power Paper Ltd. has his way, billions of batteries may soon be rolling off the printing presses just like your morning newspaper. Levanon believes it is just a matter of time before his slender, flexible batteries are used to power applications ranging from smarter smart cards to MEMS-driven health-care devices.

Second-quarter report card shows how small tech is maturing

Thu, 8 Aug 2003
If the second quarter is any guide, some small tech companies are "growing up." Late stage investments accounted for more small tech venture dollars than in previous quarters and experts say small tech startups – especially in nanotech – are defining themselves more by the markets in which they operate than by the technologies they use.

Nanotubes pass acid test: Rice U research method untangles long tubes, clears hurdle toward armchair quantum wire

Wed, 7 Jul 2010

Rice University scientists have found the ultimate solvent for all kinds of carbon nanotubes (CNTs), a breakthrough that brings the creation of a highly conductive quantum nanowire closer.


Nobel_Laureate_graphene_researcher_Kostya_Novoselov plans SEMICON Europa talk

Mon, 10 Oct 2010

Dr. Kostya Novoselov will present, "Graphene: Materials in the Flatland." His talk will be given within the Plastic Electronics Conference on Thursday, October 21 in the plenary hall of Messe Dresden.


Flextech Alliance, Western MI U develop materials registry

Thu, 7 Jul 2010

The registry targets more timely, efficient, and accurate selection of the most appropriate material sets for flexible, printed electronics industry product developments, and serve all manufacturing platforms. The project is being funded in response to an identified critical industry need for more reliable performance and applications data on the variety of materials used in flexible, printed and organic (FPO) electronics applications.


Find more online!

Sat, 3 Mar 2008
Besides the obvious bonus in this issue—inclusion of the annual Small Tech Business Directory—this issue features another one: For the first time, Small Times is supplementing its standard print features with “Web exclusive feature articles” available only online.

NanoTech-developing-high-speed-ALD-system-under-FlexTech-grant

Tue, 11 Nov 2010

The FlexTech Alliance has awarded a contract to Cambridge NanoTech to develop a high-speed atomic layer deposition (ALD) system. When completed, the system will enable the manufacture of large-area and flexible substrates for use in organic electronics, solar cells, biomedical devices, and displays.


Northwestern, Baxter Healthcare form innovation alliance

Fri, 1 Jan 2009
January 9, 2009: Northwestern Univesity and Baxter Healthcare Corp. will create a multidisciplinary research and innovation alliance, building on their existing collaboration on topics ranging from stem cell and nanotechnology research to student recruitment.

New England nanotech center renews funding

Wed, 8 Aug 2009
August 25, 2009: The Nanoscale Science and Engineering Research Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, a joint venture pooling efforts from Northeastern, U. of Massachusetts/Lowell, and U. of New Hampshire, has received a five-year, $12.25M renewal grant from the National Science Foundation to continue its work with commercializing nanoscale scientific process.

EV Group sells flexible-display production tool

Wed, 1 Jan 2008
EV Group, a supplier of manufacturing equipment for the advanced packaging/3D interconnect, MEMS, SOI (silicon-on-insulator), nanotechnology, compound semiconductor and silicon-based power devices markets, says it has received a multi-million-Euro order from a leading European plastic electronics manufacturer for the high-volume production of flexible displays.

Researchers bend nanowires to create new class of electronic components

Thu, 3 Mar 2007
Georgia Tech researchers have used the semiconducting and piezoelectric properties of zinc oxide nanowires to create a new class of electronic components and devices that could provide the foundation for a broad range of new applications.

Army funding will help Universal Display develop 'Dick Tracy' wristphone

Thu, 10 Oct 2007
Before "Star Trek" devices became near-prototypes for futuristic real-life gadgets, the "Dick Tracy" wristwatch phone inspired generations of engineers. Universal Display's PHOLED technology is helping to make the tiny-display portion of that dream a reality.

Flexible electronics reach consumers, but manufacturing remains a challenge

Thu, 2 Feb 2007
As the first commercial flexible electronics reach consumers, significant manufacturing and technological obstacles remain for the potential multibillion-dollar market. This was one of the key themes at last week's Flexible Display & Microelectronics Conference.

USDC Expands ANNUAL FlexIBLE ELECTRONICS & DISPLAYS Conference

Wed, 6 Jun 2008
June 18, 2008 -- The U.S. Display Consortium (USDC), a public/private partnership chartered with developing the flat panel display (FPD) and flexible electronics industry infrastructure, today announced a significant expansion to its 8th annual Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference, which returns February 2-5, 2009.

Flexible, printed electronics sector grows, but challenges remain

Mon, 2 Feb 2008
Smart credit cards with embedded displays, e-packaging with printed RFID chips, and mobile devices with rollable, e-paper screens are among the flexible, printed, and organic electronics (FPOE)-enabled gizmos that have reached or are about to reach commercialization. But significant manufacturing and infrastructure challenges remain for this to become a multibillion-dollar market, as Small Times Senior Contributing Editor Tom Cheyney explains

Inside the NIST gold/Si "sandwich" molecular switch

Fri, 9 Sep 2009

NIST materials scientist Mariona Coll Bau gives Small Times more insight into recent work with molecular switches and organic-silicon/metal "sandwiches," utilizing a flip-chip lamination process.


Konica Minolta moves to MEMS for OLED-printing inkjet head

Tue, 2 Feb 2012

In the company's first use of MEMS technology, Konica Minolta developed the KM128SNG-MB high-precision inkjet printhead for manufacturing printed electronics.


Binghamton University opens microelectronics manufacturing center

Thu, 4 Apr 2008
Binghamton University inaugurated its Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing (CAMM) facility this week. A collaborative effort by Binghamton University, Endicott Interconnect Technologies and Cornell University, the CAMM plans to pioneer microelectronics manufacturing research and development in a roll-to-roll (R2R) format.

Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing's "revolutionary" technology for nanoscale assembly

Fri, 5 May 2008
May 16, 2008 -- Researchers at the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) at Northeastern University say they have discovered "an innovative technology that will have a tremendous impact on the nanotechnology industry." And they plan to demonstrate a prototype next month.

Solterra plucks new science chief from AZU display center

Mon, 11 Nov 2008
November 24, 2008: Hague Corp., a solar technology and quantum dot manufacturing company, has appointed Ghassen E. Jabbour to the position of chief science officer, to lead development and characterization of thin-film quantum dot solar cell products at recently acquired Solterra Renewable Technologies.

Stanford scientists publish theory, formula to improve 'plastic' semiconductors

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
A better understanding of the conductive properties of flexible semiconductors will aid in the development of bendable electronics.

A new photoresist technology for organic semiconductors enabling submicron patterns

Thu, 9 Sep 2013
Fujifilm and imec have developed a new photoresist technology for organic semiconductors that enables the realization of submicron patterns.

The flexible OLED sector grows slower than expected

Tue, 8 Aug 2013

After experiencing runaway growth in recent years, the OLED display market is gearing up to make another big leap.


Flexible substrate market to top $500 million in 2020

Wed, 8 Aug 2013

Whereas the current display industry has developed its technology and products centered on scaling-up to large sizes and realizing high-resolution images, the future industry development direction is expected to focus on flexible displays.


University of Pennsylvania develops computer model that will help design flexible touchscreens

Tue, 9 Sep 2013
Electronic devices with touchscreens are ubiquitous, and one key piece of technology makes them possible: transparent conductors. However, the cost and the physical limitations of the material these conductors are usually made of are hampering progress toward flexible touchscreen devices.

Flexible OLED market to rise to $100 million in 2014

Wed, 9 Sep 2013
Following Samsung’s introduction of the first flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products this year, demand for these elastic displays is expected to grow by more than a factor of four next year, with sales reaching nearly $100 million in 2014.
 


Flexible display market to reach $67.7 billion by 2023

Thu, 11 Nov 2013
The display industry has developed towards in realizing large-screen and high quality image so far. But in the future, the development directions would go toward the reasonably priced flexible displays.

Nanotubes can solder themselves, markedly improving device performance

Tue, 11 Nov 2013
University of Illinois researchers have developed a way to heal gaps in wires too small for even the world’s tiniest soldering iron.

Flat panel displays get flexible

Tue, 3 Mar 2014
Flexible displays is a technological field that has been in R&D and pre-commercial development for several years, but what needs to happen to make volume production a reality, in areas including substrates, materials and production processes?

Samsung Display recognized for flexible display technology at Display Week 2014

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Samsung Display announced today that it won the Gold Display of the Year Award with the world's first 5.68-inch curved super AMOLED display panel at the Society for Information Display’s (SID) Display Week 2014 being held in the San Diego Convention Center June 3-5.

SID announces winners of 2014 Display Industry Awards

Wed, 6 Jun 2014
Yesterday, the Society for Information Display (SID) unveiled the winners of its prestigious 19th annual Display Industry Awards.

Flexible glass firms branch into new applications

Sun, 6 Jun 2014
Ultrathin glass is well suited for use as interposers in semiconductor packaging applications.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics: A growing opportunity

Tue, 7 Jul 2014
In wearable gadgets, flexible electronics may have met its dream application. And that’s no stretch of the imagination.

A cool approach to flexible electronics

Thu, 7 Jul 2014
A nanoparticle ink that can be used for printing electronics without high-temperature annealing presents a possible profitable approach for manufacturing flexible electronics.

FlexTech Alliance announces 2015FLEX conference theme, Call for Papers and advisory committee

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
FlexTech Alliance announced the conference theme, Call for Papers, and the industry chairs for the 14th Annual Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference & Exhibition -- 2015FLEX -- set for February 23 – 26, 2015 at the Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

In rapidly changing display industry, metal oxide TFT backplanes are promising

Tue, 8 Aug 2014
MarketResearchReports.Biz released a new market research report this week entitled "Metal Oxide TFT Backplanes For Displays 2014-2024: Technologies, Forecasts, Players."

Copper shines as flexible conductor

Fri, 8 Aug 2014
Bend them, stretch them, twist them, fold them: modern materials that are light, flexible and highly conductive have extraordinary technological potential, whether as artificial skin or electronic paper.

Toward optical chips

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
A promising light source for optoelectronic chips can be tuned to different frequencies.

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers

Flexible LEDs

Wed, 9 Sep 2014
Flexible light-emitting diode (LED) displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea.

Printed, flexible, and organic electronics will account for 18% of wearable athletics sensors in 2024

Fri, 9 Sep 2014
Printed, flexible and organic electronic (PFOE) sensors can offer flexible form factors, larger area, lower cost, lower power, and better disposability compared to conventional sensors, key attributes for wearable applications.

Smartwatches storm wearables market; Flexible displays are critical

Fri, 10 Oct 2014
Wearable electronics are going from geek to chic, as new smartwatches from the likes of Apple and Samsung have set a new standard for technological bling.

Printing in the hobby room: Paper-thin and touch-sensitive displays on various materials

Mon, 10 Oct 2014
What if you could integrate paper-thin displays into the cards, which could be printed at home and which would be able to depict self-created symbols or even react to touch? Those only some of the options computer scientists in Saarbrücken can offer.

New 3D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

Thu, 10 Oct 2014
LCD technology developed in Hong Kong maintains the 3D images it displays without drawing power.