Thinfilm forms printed display and battery partnerships

BUSINESS WIRE — Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm) announced technology partnerships with printed display and printed battery companies. Thinfilm signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement with Acreo, which develops printed displays. The company also entered into a technology assessment agreement with Imprint Energy, which is developing printed battery technology.

Thinfilm provides roll-to-roll printed, rewritable non-volatile memory products that can be integrated with other printed components from its partners for fully printed systems. The company recently demonstrated the first working prototype of a printed non-volatile memory device addressed with complementary organic circuits, the organic equivalent of CMOS circuitry.

The partnerships are a "key part" of Thinfilm’s roadmap to support the Internet of Things. "Building an ecosystem of complementary vendors will accelerate our delivery of integrated printed systems," said Davor Sutija, CEO, Thinfilm.

Other partnerships have been formed with PARC, a Xerox company, as well as Polyera.

"Acreo’s printed electronic chromic displays are ideal for our display requirements in segmented displays, such as alphanumeric characters and battery meters. The display’s low price — a few cents per display – and low power makes Acreo’s display technology an excellent addition to our technology portfolio," added Sutija. Acreo is one of Europe’s top research institutes providing cutting edge results within the field of printed electronics, optics and communication technologies.

The Imprint Energy collaboration will develop and test samples for low-power, ultra-high volume applications like temperature tags and small-scale displays. Imprint’s technology requires very little packaging, making it cost effective to scale the battery to the requirements of a given application. Imprint Energy, Inc. is commercializing a breakthrough low cost, flexible, rechargeable battery technology developed by its founders from the University of California, Berkeley. Imprint Energy’s exclusive high conductivity polymer electrolyte technology enables scalable print-based manufacturing of energy dense and ultra-thin batteries based on non-Lithium earth-abundant materials.

Thin Film Electronics ASA (Thinfilm) develops printed electronics, and provides fully printed non-volatile, rewritable memory for applications in toys and games, logistics, sensor, and ID systems. Learn more at http://www.thinfilm.no.

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