Kovio, Inc., a developer of printed silicon electronics, and Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd., (NCI) a Japanese chemical company supplying products in fields including electronic materials, have announced a joint collaboration and development agreement.
NCI will commercially produce Kovio's proprietary silicon ink technology and will supply Kovio with silicon ink products for its RF products and other strategic applications. In addition, NCI intends to commercialize silicon ink products based on Kovio's technology in the Asian display industry.
"Securing an industry-leading chemical supplier such as NCI to commercially produce and supply silicon ink to Kovio ensures that Kovio can meet its customer demands for silicon ink-based RF barcodes going forward," said Amir Mashkoori, chairman and CEO, Kovio. "The availability of silicon ink in commercial quantities also allows for the commercialization of Kovio's silicon ink in new and expanded applications across a variety of industries."
NCI will be the exclusive supplier of Kovio's silicon ink products to the display industry in Asia, enabling the introduction of printed silicon electronics as a next-generation low-cost process technology for the manufacturing of thin-film transistor (TFT) backplanes in LCD, OLED and eBook displays.
Kovo reports, "Combining the high performance and environmental stability of industry standard silicon with the low cost and green aspects of advanced printing techniques, Kovio's printed silicon technology enables the fabrication of amorphous and polycrystalline silicon TFTs over large areas and on flexible substrates, at a fraction of the cost of conventional process technologies."
"We are excited about the opportunity to be the exclusive supplier of Kovio's silicon ink in the Asian display industry and to supply Kovio with such silicon ink for its RF products and other applications. We believe that Kovio's printed silicon electronics platform presents a great value proposition and strategic opportunity for NCI in the display market," said Yutaka Niitsu, senior managing director, Electronics Materials Division, NCI.
NCI develops various cutting-edge products for LCDs and OELDs. The company is a top supplier of LCD alignment coatings named "SUNEVER" and has close relationships with global flat-panel display manufacturers.
This is the first announcment from Kovio that they are working in areas beyond RFID tags. Kovio and NCI are currently working with leading display manufacturers to explore the use of high-performance and low-cost printed silicon electronics to manufacture TFT backplanes for displays.
Top Picture: Amir Mashkoori, CEO of Kovio