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InkTec Opens Dedicated Production Facility for Thinfilm Memory
Thinfilm's partner InkTec upgrades and expands their production capacity
Several leading toy manufacturers have purchased the Thinfilm Toy Development Kit and are evaluating specific toy concepts based on Thinfilm Memory. "We have established a supply chain, with InkTec as our main production partner, and are ready to meet the demand for low-cost high-volume consumer applications," says Davor Sutija, Thinfilm CEO.
Thinfilm is also seeing increased interest from other industries. "We are being approached by leading companies in several additional markets, for applications such as promotional cards, online monetization, and secure documents," Sutija continues.
In 2009, Thinfilm and InkTec were the first in the world to produce polymer memories at large scale using roll-to-roll printing. The new, upgraded facility has a production capacity of 10 million tags of Thinfilm Memory per month, and will support production of passive array memory. Thinfilm and InkTec will also work on the development of addressable memories, which combine memory and logic in an integrated device.
About Printed Electronics
The Printed Electronics market is expected to grow to more than USD 50 billion in annual market value over the next ten years, according to industry analyst group IDTechEx. IDTechEx predicts that logic, including addressable memory, will be one of the largest segments in this market.
Using printing to manufacture electronic memory makes it possible to reduce the number of process steps, resulting in dramatically lower manufacturing costs, and also reduced environmental impact as compared to traditional semiconductor processes. Commercial applications of printed electronics include e-paper, electronic readers, and organic light emitting (OLED) displays. Sensors, batteries, and photovoltaic energy sources are also in development, and together with Thinfilm's memory technology they will open the door to new products and applications, for example, in the field of RFID systems.
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 because power consumption during read and write is negligible, and as the memory is permanent, no connection to external power is required for data detainment. Also, the electric current required to write information is so small that operation would be limited by the battery's lifetime and not its capacity.
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