Emerging Technology Flexible Printed Electronics Gaining Recognition
The common theme of flexible printed electronics is that it enables the production of electronic devices that can be readily integrated into all aspects of life in a seamless manner, at low cost, on large scales, using inherently green processes and materials.
The Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University seeks to “advance full-color, video rate, flexible display technology and catalyze development of a vibrant flexible display and flexible electronics industry to produce integrated electronic systems with advanced functionality.”
The US Display Consortium recently expanded its mission to include emerging flexible, printed electronics. Applications include Smart credit cards with embedded displays, e-packaging with printed RFID chips, and mobile devices with roll able, e-paper screens.
Plextronics recently won a military contract to provide flexible printed electronics for flexible solar panels for tent tops, solar-powered foldable blankets and helmet-mounted panels, printed lighting, flexible displays and printed circuitry.