IDTechEx Announce the Winners of the Printed Electronics 2007 Awards
SAN FRANCISCO—557 delegates from 18 countries were present at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA event in San Francisco - the industry’s largest conference and exposition on the topic.
The show featured the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Awards in recognition of outstanding achievement. The awards were presented by Dr Peter Harrop CEO of IDTechEx at a gala dinner held at The Bank of America Building in downtown San Francisco on November 13.
Categories and winners:
1. Technical Development Materials Award Winner: Kovio
2. Technical Development Manufacturing Award Winner: Optomec
3. Technical Development Device Award Winner: Add-vision
4. Best New Product Development Award Winner: HelioVolt
5. Best Commercialization Award Winner: Elumin8
6. Printed Electronics USA champion: Andy Hannah, CEO, Plextronics
Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of IDTechEx and one of the judges, commented, “Compared to the last IDTechEx awards, the entries this year highlight how quickly the industry is developing, with more entries covering commercial products and significant technical developments. The entries have been outstanding.”
Kovio was awarded with the Technical Development Materials Award after achieving outstanding material mobility from an ink-jet printed thin-film transistor (TFT). The company has invented a printed electronics material and printed semiconductor process combining of printable silicon, dielectric, doped silicon, metal and insulator inks - that enables the world’s first all-printed silicon high performance TFT. Kovio has demonstrated low cost ink-jet printed silicon TFTs with mobility of 80 cm2/Vs - significantly exceeding the performance of previously demonstrated all-printed TFT devices using organic and other inorganic semiconductors. The breakthrough provides a new axis for innovation and applications that will transform the silicon-based semiconductor industry.
Optomec has won the Technical Development Manufacturing Award for their M3D Aerosol jet deposition system that will be used for high volume printing of collector lines on solar cells. The M3D system is a fine feature, non-contact printed electronics solution for solar cell manufacturers that can print narrower lines with higher yields. Recently, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) demonstrated that M3D Aerosol Jet can produce more efficient solar cells using versions of commercial screen printing pastes. On average, the M3D printed cells were 0.7% more efficient than screen printed cells - reaching a maximum efficiency of 18.3% when combined with Light Induced Plating and Annealing. For this volume production application, Optomec has developed a high throughput 40-nozzle Aerosol Jet deposition head that prints a solar cell every 2.5 to 3 seconds. The non-contact nature of the M3D Aerosol Jet system enables high yield printing on thinner photovoltaic wafers.