Starting to build an ecosystem: Printed Electronics

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In this invited keynote talk at Europe's largest event on printed electronics, PARC Vice President and Director of the Electronic Materials and Devices Laboratory Dr. Ross Bringans highlights the …

In this invited keynote talk at Europe's largest event on printed electronics, PARC Vice President and Director of the Electronic Materials and Devices Laboratory Dr. Ross Bringans highlights the opportunity in flexible and printed electronics applications, shares examples from printed transistors and circuits, and discusses what the industry needs for growth.

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  • 1. Printed Electronics: Starting to Build an Ecosystem Ross Bringans Invited keynote talk Printed Electronics Europe, Dusseldorf, April 2011
  • 2. About PARC
    • Research as a business
    • Research with client companies and governments
    • Partnerships with new ventures
    • New business creation
    • Licensing and technology transfer
    Palo Alto Research Center – incorporated in 2002 (formerly Xerox PARC )
  • 3. The vision for Printed and Flexible Electronics
    • There will be new applications that need flexibility
    • And new applications that benefit from flexibility
    • A destabilizing technology will be created
      • There are likely to be new winners
  • 4. Our Perspective
    • Flexible Electronics is an exciting opportunity
      • New technology capabilities
      • New business opportunities
      • And: it is happening
    • Applications will drive the technology
      • People want solutions – not technology
      • And they want convergence of functions
    • Challenges
      • Commercial: How can we launch the industry?
      • Government: Where is the best leverage?
  • 5. PARC’s Approach
    • Make “standard” technologies flexible
      • Amorphous and poly-crystalline Si
    • Exploit printing technology
      • Inkjet
      • Gravure
    • Develop organic electronics
    • Demonstrate with applications
      • Displays
      • Sensors
      • Systems
    • Explore hybrid approaches
  • 6. Example: All-Additive Printed Arrays Demonstration of all-printed TFT backplanes for displays J. Soc. Info. Display 2007, 7, 485-490 Gate line Data line Semiconductor Pixel pad 340 um 680 um
  • 7. Example: Printed Sensor Tape
    • Monitor pressure, acceleration, sound, light
    • Signals recognized, processed, sent to memory
    • Non-volatile memory holds data for one week
    • Off-board readout system
    Monitoring environment to prevent traumatic brain injury. (DARPA) source: MicroVision
  • 8. Ring oscillator Shift Register Amplifier APL, 94, 233307 2009 JAP, 106, 094504 2009 Memory Sensor Tape: Printed Circuits
  • 9. Sensor Tape - Next step: integration MEMS sensors V DD V out V in bias Printed organic amplifiers Pressure signal after amplifier Pressure signal without amplifier Printed memory cells switch Memory initial written
  • 10. OK – We Have Lab Prototypes…Now What?
    • Use them as test vehicles
      • We have done this for:
        • Substrate manufacturers
        • Materials suppliers
    • Combine them with other technologies
    • & make Demonstrators
    • Develop more components
    Is that enough?
  • 11. Mature Manufacturing Ecosystem Research Establish feasibility
    • Opportunity discovery
    • Product concept
    Development Lab scale prototypes Product Realization Manufacturing prototypes
      • Materials
      • Process
      • Equipment
    Evolving product design Production Ramp
  • 12. Printed Electronics Ecosystem: Immature with Major Gaps Research Establish feasibility
    • Opportunity discovery
    • Product concept
    Development Lab scale prototypes
      • Materials
      • Process
      • Equipment
    Product Realization Manufacturing prototypes
    • Product concept
    • Opportunity discovery
      • Materials
      • Process
      • Equipment
    Production Ramp Gap Gap
  • 13. Printed Electronics Ecosystem: Bridging Some of the Gaps Research Establish feasibility
    • Opportunity discovery
    • Product concept
    Development Lab scale prototypes
      • Materials
      • Process
      • Equipment
    Product Realization Manufacturing prototypes
    • Product concept
    • Opportunity discovery
      • Materials
      • Process
      • Equipment
    Test Vehicles Production Ramp
  • 14. Printed Electronics Ecosystem: Bridging Some of the Gaps Research Establish feasibility
    • Opportunity discovery
    • Product concept
    Development Lab scale prototypes
      • Materials
      • Process
      • Equipment
    Product Realization Manufacturing prototypes
    • Product concept
    • Opportunity discovery
      • Materials
      • Process
      • Equipment
    Partner Production Ramp
  • 15. A couple of our examples
  • 16.
    • Example: Printed Thermistor
    1. PARC and Soligie: Infrastructure partnership Device Fab and Printing Infrastructure partnership Your idea Your success
  • 17.
    • Current Product: Thinfilm Memory TM
    • 20 bit Non-Volatile Rewritable Memory (NVRAM)
      • Printed
      • One pad connects to one ’bit’
      • 20 bits represent a table with over 1M entries
    • Available now
    2. Thinfilm and PARC: Technology partnership
  • 18.
    • Thinfilm memory technology
      • Plus printed electronics and organic transistors technology
    • Printed transistors enable:
      • Fully-printed 128-bit compact memory
    Thinfilm Working with PARC on Next Gen 128 bits Printed memory Printed TFTs Printed Rewritable Addressable Memory
  • 19. Technology Partnership 128 bits Printed memory Market Printed Rewritable Addressable Memory Technology Partnership Printed TFTs
  • 20. Summary
    • The Printed Electronics industry has a huge future
      • But we need to accelerate the uptake
    • Taking Printed Electronics to the next level is challenging
      • Applications need volume
      • Volume needs applications
      • Does the industry wait for a few companies with enough money
      • and demand to drive the development of a particular device,
      • AND the industry itself?
    • Partnerships are going to be *key*
      • The ecosystem is starting to shake out
  • 21. Thank You