Monday, 6 April 2009
Printing electronics potential
Innovation in future devices and electronics will be enabled by many advances. The advent of surface mount components enabled huge advances in miniaturisation of devices for example, which we now take for granted. Another advance is the ability to 'print' electronic components on to surfaces. The surfaces may be plastic or textiles for example. This brings mass market wearable computing closer and is applicable in lots of other contexts such as flexible displays.
I was pleased to read recently that a new research centre (PTEC) has opened in the UK in County Durham, specialising in printable electronics. They are hoping to accelerate the commercialisation of printable electronics research and an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) lighting firm is already building their first production line facility within the PTEC clean room environment. In the display area alone, the printable electronics industry could see massive growth over the next decade as more and more devices demand these new innovative displays.