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Publication Date: 08/1/2009
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Printed Electronics Asia to Break New Ground
Cambridge, UK — IDTechEx Printed Electronics Asia is scheduled for Tokyo on Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 and will feature 40 speakers from 13 countries. It will be held at the Sheraton Miyako Hotel in Tokyo.
Covering the recent surge in activity in zinc oxide transistors, Dr. Flora Li from the University of Cambridge, UK, presents on the fabrication and stability of Indium Zinc Oxide deposited at low temperature. Zinc Oxide is transparent and offers higher mobility compared to that of aSi or organic TFTs, and is therefore important to display companies as a backplane technology, particularly for OLEDs. In contrast, Professor Elvira Fortunato talks about transistors on paper, where the paper substrate also doubles as the transistor dielectric. The Tokyo Institute of Technology will also present on inorganic transistor developments.
Japan's largest printing and packaging companies, Dai Nippon Printing and Toppan Printing, with revenues of approximately $16 billion each, will be presenting on their latest printed transistor work, as will the $80 billion consumer electronics giant Sony.
While a shakeout in organic TFT developers continues, there is increased interest in the higher performance organic carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Earlier this year Fujitsu, Japan, demonstrated carbon nanotube and graphene transistors, the latter with a mobility of 2000cm
/Vs. NEC, Japan, has successfully printed CNTs onto plastic film at low temperature (below 200°C). US-based Vorbeck Materials is developing printable graphene to be used as a viable alternative to expensive silver flake conductors. All these companies will be presenting their latest work at the event. In addition, the new IDTechEx report "Carbon Nanotubes & Graphene" covers the latest progress from 78 organizations around the world.
Best Barrier Layer
Exhibitors include companies from US, Europe and Asia comparing the latest and best in transparent, flexible barrier layers. Prof. Beng Ong of A*STAR Singapore will reveal the closely held details of the company's impressive specifications, while Alcan packaging and Vitex will present the latest developments to come from the West.
E-readers are now high on the list, in the wake of successful marketing by Sony, Amazon and many others. Now the next target is the color e-reader; e-reader technology from Liquavista and Bridgestone will be on display. Progress with displays from Samsung and Kodak will also be covered, as will stretchable displays from the University of Tokyo. The $100+ billion Marubeni Corporation will discuss RFID developments in Japan; Sunchon University, Korea is presenting its progress with roll-to-roll RFID printing.
End Use Applications
As usual, the end use applications event also focuses on printed electronics applications and products. US based T-ink will cover new applications involving printed conductors where they create new products and markets. In healthcare, Dr. Tina Ng of PARC USA covers flexible printed sensor tape for diagnostics of mild traumatic brain injury; Imperial College UK looks at using printed lighting and photo detectors for medical diagnostics, and Power Paper Israel covers the success of printed batteries in the skin patch market, delivering cosmetics and ultimately drugs by iontophoresis.
Japan is one of the leaders in photovoltaic production, and after Germany, it has the largest PV installed base in the World. Included at IDTechEx will be global photovoltaic developments including the new world record in OPV efficiency from US-based Solarmer, at 6.77 percent, as well as the latest developments in CIGS (copper/indium/gallium/selenide).
Dr. Harry Zervos analyzes all the latest PV trends and technologies, giving 10-year forecasts and the market reach of each technology. Printed Electronics Asia, unlike other events, is not just "more of the same". It presents an international lineup of leading academics and companies together with Asia's leading printed electronics exhibition, including many world-first presentations. The event sessions are simultaneously translated into Japanese and English.
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