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Posted on November 09, 2018

PragmatIC and S&S smooth the way for ultra low cost printed RFID

PragmatIC, a world leader in ultra-low cost flexible electronics, and Smooth & Sharp Corporation (S&S), a major supplier of RFID inlays and manufacturing tools, are pleased to announce a strategic collaboration which will accelerate the adoption of PragmatIC's flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs). For more information see the IDTechEx report on RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2018-2028.
 
S&S has significant experience designing manufacturing equipment for traditional silicon inlays, which they have adapted to deliver a new flip-chip machine for PragmatIC's unique FlexICs. With a throughput of 4,200 UPH (parts per hour), the new machine offers the lowest up-front cost for assembly of FlexICs onto paper or plastic inlays.
 
The new machine has been demonstrated not only with conventional aluminium antennas, but also a range of antennas produced by S&S using flexographic, inkjet and screen printing. The availability of printed electronic solutions further lowers the cost barrier for RFID inlays.
 
This radical change in cost, coupled with the incredibly thin, flexible and robust nature of FlexICs, opens up the potential for consumer goods brands to rapidly adopt and scale new smart packaging solutions based on RFID and NFC functionality.
 
"We are very excited that Smooth & Sharp Corporation are delivering solutions that enable the integration of our unique technology for ultra-low cost flexible electronics" said Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC. "Our strong portfolio of partners, including our global RFID and NFC inlay manufacturers, ensures that the worlds' largest consumer brands can now add intelligence into everyday items."
 
"Smooth & Sharp Corporation is focused on delivering the best solutions for our customers" commented Alan Wu, CEO of S&S. "Combining PragmatIC's novel FlexICs with our printed antennas on low cost substrates will bring significant advantages for customers who want to add RFID and NFC to a more diverse range of inexpensive products."
 
 
Stand Q18, IDTechEx Show, Santa Clara Convention Center (14th-15th November 2018)
 
PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low cost flexible electronics, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments. Its unique technology platform delivers flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) that are thinner than a human hair and can be easily embedded in any surface.
 
PragmatIC's solutions provide the opportunity to add new functionality to items, as well as extending proven applications such as RFID and NFC into mass-market use cases that were previously prohibited by the cost of traditional silicon ICs. PragmatIC's novel, differentiated products are being adopted by a growing base of global companies across diverse markets, including consumer goods, games, retail, pharmaceutical and security sectors.
 
PragmatIC is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with a new billion-unit production facility in Sedgefield, UK. Shareholders include Cambridge Innovation Capital, ARM Holdings and Avery Dennison.
For more information please contact pr@pragmatic.tech
 
Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC, will be presenting 'To trillions of smart objects and beyond' at the IDTechEx Show on 15th November (09.00-09.20) in the Grand Ballroom G.
 
About Smooth & Sharp Corporation http://www.sns.com.tw/en/index.php
 
Stand C04, IDTechEx Show, Santa Clara Convention Center (14th-15th November 2018)
 
Founded in 1995, Smooth & Sharp Corporation (S&S) provides a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for smartcard and RFID production as well as the final products. Their extensive experience in the contactless card and smart label market includes delivering printed electronics, using flexographic, screen and inkjet printing on various low temperature substrates such as paper and PET. S&S also provides pick and place machines, which ensure fast and efficient assembly of traditional silicon ICs and the new flexible ICs (FlexICs) from PragmatIC.
 
For more information please contact sns_alan@sns.com.tw
 
Source: PragmatIC
Learn more at the next leading event on the topic: Printed Electronics Europe 2019 External Link on 10 - 11 Apr 2019 at Estrel Convention Center, Berlin, Germany hosted by IDTechEx.