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Posted on April 12, 2010 by  & 

All set for high-volume production of printed memories

Thinfilm will share new breakthroughs at the Printed Electronics Europe conference and exhibition on April 13 and 14 in Dresden.

Last year Thin Film Electronics ASA ("Thinfilm") announced successful high-volume pilot production of roll-to-roll printed memories. Now, Thinfilm is moving from pilot to regular production. "We have made great progress together with our partners. Deployment of products in the field will start soon," says Rolf Åberg CEO Thinfilm.
The high-volume roll-to-roll printing process ensures unprecedented low unit costs. Thinfilm is also designing a new low-cost hand-held memory read/write device. "This inexpensive device will further increase the cost advantage of our printed memory compared to alternative technologies. Furthermore it opens new markets," continues Åberg.
Thinfilm's re-writable polymer memory meets the low voltage requirements for consumer products, such as in toys and games, which is where Thinfilm sees its near-term commercial opportunities.
Printed Electronics is still in its early stages, and according to industry analyst group IdTechEx, is expected to grow to more than USD 50 billion in market value over the next ten years. IdTechEx predicts that logic (i.e., memory and transistors) will be the largest segment in this market, representing more than 30 per cent of the total.
Memory is an essential part of most electronics. Memory is required for identification, tracking status and history, and is used whenever information is stored.
Thinfilm's non-volatile ferroelectric polymer memory technology is well suited for application with other printed electronics devices as power consumption during read and write is negligible, and during stand-by, no connection to external power is required. Data is retained without power consumption and the current required to write information is so small that operation using a standard battery would last years and likely be limited by the battery's own lifetime.
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