LONDON Motorola Inc. is preparing to discuss a large-volume printed electronics manufacturing program that is in the works there.
Although Motorola (Schaumberg Ill.) has divested itself of its semiconductor division through the creation of Freescale Semiconductor Inc., its focus on mobile phones makes printed electronics a topic of continued interest. The technology could be used to print circuitry on cases to help with ultrathin mobile phone form factors and also for such applications as RFID tracking and smart point-of-sale packaging.
Paul Brazis, a senior staff engineer working on printed electronic technologies at Motorola is due to present an overview paper on Motorola's printed electronics programs at the Organic Electronics Conference due to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, September 25 to 27. And Jad Rasul is due to present a technical paper on an organic nanocomposite gate insulator for use with printed electronics at Printed Electronics USA in December 2006.
Motorola has been conducting R&D on printed electronics for many years and was the sponsor of an Advanced Technology Program at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology called "Printed organic ASICs: a disruptive technology". In that program, which ran from November 2000 to October 2005, the brief was to develop the organic materials and processing technologies to allow the low-cost production of ASICs and large-area electronic devices such as displays.
Motorola teamed with Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Mich.) and PARC Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.), a subsidiary of Xerox Corp. on that $15 million project, according to NIST.
In addition, Motorola is developing the world’s first all-printed semiconductor circuit made using graphic arts technologies, according to the "physical realization" section of the Motorola Labs website. That technology is about to result in commercial, all-printed electronics products, including promotional materials such as emissive-light posters and printed RFID tags, according to Motorola Labs.
At OEC Brazis is scheduled to provide delegates with an introduction to recent progress in Motorola's large-volume print manufacturing program and provide an overview of the remaining materials and equipment challenges for printed electronics.
Polymer light emitting diode developer, Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. (Cambridge, England), is also due to present at OEC. CDT has announced that is has begun collaborative work on a metal deposition project which is expected to be useful in the field of flexible displays.