Printed Electronics Europe, which took place in Berlin last month, gave rise to a tide of interesting papers and lectures, all concerned with the adoption of new manufacturing or printing methods able to pattern electronic circuits on various substrates, multiplying use-cases and pushing the envelope of the current printed electronics market.
According to the exhibition organizer IDTechEx, printed and potentially printed electronics will reach $9.4 billion in 2012, of which 30 percent will be manufactured predominantly through printing techniques, 6 percent of them on a non-rigid substrate. OLED displays take the bulk of the share, seconded by photovoltaic applications. The research firm expects the overall printed electronics market to grow beyond $60 billion within a decade, with an increasing share of the components obtained through printing processes.
Despite the "stretching" title (which I assumed was a pun leading up to a discussion of graphene), the EE Times Europe article didn't discuss the recently discovered ability of graphene based circuits to be very flexible. We certainly have carbon to spare so that would seem to be another material to add into the mix.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.