LONDON Ė PragmatIC Printing
Ltd. (Cambridge, England), a developer of imprinted digital electronic
technology, has commenced
production at its pilot line at the government-backed Centre
for Process Innovation (CPI) in Redcar, Northern England.News articles:
PragmatIC has previously
announced projects with Tigerprint, a subsidiary of Hallmark in greetings cards,
and with banknote printer De La Rue in security labels. Imprinted logic projects
are now moving into pilot-scale commercial production, and will be announced
early next year, PragmatIC said.
PragmatIC uses organic
semiconductor materials on a plastic substrate. These materials are formed into
shape using imprint lithography. Typically, for printed electronics geometries
and performance can be far behind that of silicon-based integrated circuits, but
production costs are also considerably lower. PragmatIC claims to be able to
print device and circuit architectures in transparent, flexible semiconductors
at micron and sub-micron scale.
The Redcar pilot line is now producing
more than 10,000 flexible logic circuits per month, and is expected to scale to
over 10 million per annum during 2013, PragmatIC said.
In addition to commercial
production, the pilot line serves as a test-bed for device design, process
optimization and circuit functionality.
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