At the IDTechEx conference Printed Electronics Asia, held last week, Kiyoshi Yase of the Photonics Research Institute at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan gave a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of flexible and printable organic electronics. He backs printed organic transistors as the drive circuits for flexible displays, predicting that electrophoretic displays as in e-books will be a big business long before alternatives such as flexible OLEDs are ready for mass production. His slides below share some of this information.
Dip pen nanolithography is also studied. Possible applications that are envisaged include:
An AMETI-NEDO project on "Super Flexible Displays" for financial years 2006-2009 has commenced with $5 million investment in 2006 and $6 million in 2007. It involves 22 Companies plus AIST.
For more on flexible and printable organic electronics read Organic & Printed Electronics Forecasts, Players & Opportunities 2007-2027 also attend Printed Electronics USA.