What are the killer applications for printed electronics? Which technologies are soon to be available in the marketplace and which are distant dreams? Is organic electronics the ultimate technology or does it now look as if inorganic and organic printed devices have a place? Are the traditional horizontal transistors the way forward or are the minority working on vertical transistors onto something? What are the crucial manufacturing technologies?
The wealth of opportunity
Concerning applications, Walt Bonneau of Cubic Corporation will talk at the world’s largest conference on the subject “Printed Electronics USA” in San Francisco, expressing his view that, “Printed Electronics offers a host of opportunities for the transit industry, providing cost effective replacements of conventional ticketing.” As an investor, speaker Subra Narayan of Kodak Venture Capital, says, “I believe that the opportunity for investment in the technologies to enable printed electronics for applications including display backplanes is very attractive and look forward to providing some insight in this area during my talk.” By contrast, speaker Thomas Jensen of Paksense, says, “We believe there are tremendous opportunities to apply printed electronics technologies in smart packaging and labelling.” Indeed, The Compliers Group will describe their success in deploying smart blister packs to monitor which pill was taken when, thus improving the integrity of drug trials.
Phil Sage of Hasbro will cover the intriguing topic of “The Future of Toys: The Need For Change”. He explains, “Hasbro continues to develop new products through innovation. Printed electronics opens up exciting new possibilities for us.” We shall also hear the latest conquests of virtuosos elumin8 and T-ink applying printed displays, interconnects, heaters, actuators and more to military, merchandising, automotive and many other applications including electronics as art. Even silicon chip giant ST Microelectronics will reveal the great future it sees “post silicon” and displays giants Samsung and LG Philips LCD will show how printed versions are in sight.