Next generation electronics: prelonic presents world novelties at LOPE-C 2009

Newest prototype: Translator Module shows terms in French and English. Equipped with a printed battery, the translator card can translate either in French or in English - according to the pressed push button
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Produced via conventional printing processes, paper thin, flexible and at a cost level far below all known electronics: Printed electronics are expected to create a new hype in electronics.

prelonic presented new prototypes at LOPE-C. These outstanding stand alone application demonstrators show how prelonic will use printed electronics to launch first products end of the year.

Printed elements like batteries and displays are under development for years now. But the area of printed electronics is still waiting for the commercial success of the technology. New developments seem to shift the technology to a new application level.

"Full functional application demonstrators, which could work stand alone - yes, that is a novelty. The printed electronics producers should not longer wait for the market - we have to do the next step and offer product-like prototypes. Otherwise we will never take off. prelonic did this step, and the response was incredible." Friedrich Eibensteiner, CEO of prelonic, was commenting on prelonics LOPE-C engagement in Frankfurt.

The LOPE-C is the yearly fair of the OEA (Organic Electronics Association; part of VDMA) which was joined by companies around the whole world.

Besides the very well-attended prelonic booth, the CEO of prelonic gave a speech at the LOPE-C conference. This presentation was dedicated to the necessary measures to enable the ramp up of printed electronic business: an single element is not a product and integration via printing will bring all the advantages of printed electronics. For high performance classical silicon has to be employed and printed electronics has to develop as professional tools as classical electronics.

"To try to sell single elements, like displays or batteries, will not bring us closer to the market. There is a lack of integrators, which are able to build products out of all the elements." Friedrich Eibensteiner tries to explain the main hurdle.

To proof this theory, prelonic prepared some different prototypes and showed them at the LOPE-C: Some display/battery modules, 7-Segment modules and also LED modules.

These prototypes are fully printed (except LEDs) and produced integrated. That means no assembly and contacting work after producing the elements - the connectivity is achieved via the printing process.
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