InkTec Co., Ltd. ("InkTec") headquartered in Kyungki-do, Korea, a world-class research and manufacturing company of inkjet applications, and Thin Film Electronics ASA ("Thinfilm") of Oslo, Norway, announced this week that they have entered into a Joint Development Agreement to develop metal inks, processes and print conditions for volume production of printed memory devices.
The joint collaboration is focused on optimizing InkTec's silver inks for memory cell electrodes, to enhance the manufacture and performance of Thinfilm's memory technology.
Johan Carlsson, CEO of Thin Film Electronics stated, "InkTec, with more than 10 years of accumulated know-how on producing ink and their dedication to research and development is an ideal partner for Thinfilm, enabling us to speed up the commercialization of our technology. The collaboration with InkTec will result in metal ink electrode materials tailored for different printing technologies and suitable for the implementation of our memory technology in wide range of applications. As InkTec is a truly global company with market presence in more than 100 countries, we have with this agreement also secured a long term supply of conductive metal inks tailored for our needs, for large volumes around the world, as and when our customers are ramping up volume production."
Our motto is "Today's Technology is never good enough for us", as a result we have invested heavily in research and development. In this collaboration with Thinfilm we can take advantage of the expertise we have acquired over the years and will base the work on our conductive and transparent silver inks. Thinfilm's unique memory technology will also add yet another market segment for our products which will contribute to the continued growth of our company," commented David Kang, Manager Electronic Ink.
Printed Electronics is a new, emerging industry that takes advantage of printing technologies to manufacture electronics with a wider variety of form factors, including thin, flexible substrates. Through the use of proprietary printing techniques, these electronic circuits can be manufactured at high efficiency and very high volumes when compared to traditional electronics. This enables electronic functionality in a whole new family of products such as medical and consumer disposables, cards, labels, RFID tags, toys and games.
'Electronic Ink' is for industry based on printing process and applicable to various electronic parts such as RFID, PCB and display etc. The ink is classified as Metal Ink, Ceramic Ink and Molecular Ink. Among them, metal ink is generally used in electronics industry. InkTec ink exactly has properties of metal ink and its technology is much advanced and also improved defects of nano ink and paste ink. Differently from other prior electronic inks based on nano-technology, InkTec ink is purely transparent nano-silver ink which is not formulated by particle structure. The transparent ink is stable even in long-term storage and applicable to various substrates because it enables ink sintering in low temperature for conductive trace.
Since its establishment in 1992, InkTec has enjoyed exceptional growth with international sales and distribution network in more than 120 countries. As a world-class leading ink manufacturer, InkTec proudly developed innovative transparent silver conductive inks for printed electronics and started to produce various optical/electronic materials by state-of-the-art printing facilities. For more information on InkTec, visit www.inktec.com .
Thin Film Electronics
Thin Film Electronics, an Oslo, Norway-based Company with R&D facilities in Linkoping, Sweden, is the pioneer in the use of functional polymer materials for non-volatile memory applications. Dense functional memories have been demonstrated using both traditional processing for silicon-based chips and more recently printing. Thinfilm delivers printed memory today and, with partners like InkTec, will deliver integrated printed electronics tomorrow. For more information on Thinfilm, visit www.thinfilm.se
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