MANHASSET, NY UniPixel, Inc. has come up with an embossing technology for printing electronic devices without the need for photolithography or screen printing.
UniPixel is initially targeting the UniBoss process for the touch panel market.
UniPixel offers UniBoss as a robust, low-cost alternative to Indium Tin Oxide in display transparent touch screen applications. ITO is commonly used to make transparent conductive coatings for many display and other applications. Its high-cost and rigidity has researchers looking for a replacement technology.
DisplaySearch forecasts the touch panel market to grow from $3.6 billion in 2008 to $9 billion in 2015, with capacitive touch seeing a 27 percent CAGR over the same period and reaching $4.2 billion.
"We can increase the touch response speed and accuracy, as well as reduce the power requirements of current ITO-based systems," said Robert Petcavich, UniPixel’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President.
Besides touch panels, potential applications for UniBoss include fabrication of both flexible and rigid printed circuit boards, and RFID antennas.
UniPixel is scaling up the process for full scale production and plans pilot production quantities of available by the third quarter this year.
The company will showcase the UniBoss technology during next week's Society for Information Display event.
Petcavich will address "ITO-Less Touch Screen Electrodes" issues in a talk at the adjacent SID Market Focus Conference.
A separate UniPixel poster paper at SID will touch on multi-touch technologies, first deployed in the Apple iPhone device, and caused an explosion in interest by display manufacturers.