Logic circuits and computer memory are printed together on a sheet of plastic

Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 in Development by DP

Thinfilm Electronics and PARC developed a technology for printing semiconductors onto a plastic film.

Last month, a small Norwegian company called Thinfilm Electronics and PARC, the storied Silicon Valley research lab, jointly showed off a technological first—a plastic film that combined both printed transistors and printed digital memory.

Such flexible electronics could be an important component of future products, such as food packaging that senses and record temperatures, shock-sensing helmets, as well as smart toys. But the story of how PARC’s technology—the printed transistors—wound up paired with memory technology from an obscure Norwegian company also provides a window onto a 10-year struggle by Xerox to transform the way it commercializes R&D ideas.

Via Adafruit

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 3:00 pm and is filed under Development. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

Recent Comments

  • Stephen Tinius: Thank you.
  • KH: Ah, the site sells boards, that's the reason. At least it's a XC6SL9 board that does not cost an arm and a leg, though it...
  • Max: While I understand this is more educational than practical in nature, I prefer my edutainment a lot more firmly grounded in economic reality. Sure, you...
  • KH: Using an alkaline coin cell down to 1.0V or under is a very bad idea anyway, unless you as the designer or manufacturer don't care...
  • KH: Farnell says TS1001 is no longer stocked. Not on RS. Digikey says it's obsolete. That said, there are a lot of nanoamp-class parts on sale...