Invisible Electronics for Packaging Applications
So what about bending light to make something transparent? Surely the James Bond vanishing car is a scientific impossibility? Well, the physicists are not so sure any more, since they have recently been able to bend microwaves around “metamaterials” making them invisible at that frequency. Relying on new microstructures, these materials may lead to new types of beam steerers, modulators, band-pass filters, lenses, microwave couplers, and antenna radomes and, yes, there is even now talk of making things invisible at the press of a button, because they have been coated with magic material.
Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman of analysts IDTechEx says, “We stage the sister event Printed Electronics USA in San Francisco on December 2-5 and expect at least 1000 delegates and a record exhibition with at least six visits to local universities and companies creating these fabulous breakthroughs. We shall certainly cover new materials and the way in which smart substrates can electrically change shape, sense, act as loudspeakers and so on. They can leverage the function of the printed electronics on top.
Meanwhile, in June, we have a conference on Photovoltaics beyond Conventional Silicon where that particular aspect is all happening - in Colorado USA. The number of organizations working in printed electronics is doubling every two years and its impact will reach all parts of society.”
If you missed this event, purchase the Printed Electronics Europe 2008 conference proceedings. Also read Clear future for transparent electronics.
By Raghu Das