Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Flexible Electronic Devices Built from Centralized LIbrary

In the future, all the stiff, heavy-with-metal electronic devices we carry today will instead be lightweight polymers manufactured on roll-to-roll printing presses using materials listed in a new flexible electronics online database. Look for everything from bracelet smartphones to spray-on displays to be made from lightweight metal-free flexible electronics by the end of the decade. R.C.J.

Here's what the database developers say about their own efforts: The FlexTech Alliance, focused on developing the electronic display and the flexible, printed electronics industry supply chain, today announced a contract award to the Western Michigan University (WMU) to create a user-friendly database for accessing technical information on functional materials. The registry will enable 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 electronics applications. FlexTech's quarterly workshops provided the forum to bring together industry experts to formulate and outline the initial needs behind this project. Benefits to new materials developers and suppliers for contributing to the registry include increased access to technical product information, greater visibility within the flexible electronics supply chain, a broadened customer base, and the listing of company products along with emerging competitor products in the industry. Open access to this information will enable industrial and university communities to propagate the use of printed electronic technology. The Center for the Advancement of Printed Electronics (CAPE) at WMU is ideally suited to create this registry because of its dedication to developing printing as a low cost means for manufacturing electronic devices...
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