LONDON – Konica Minolta IJ Technologies Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) has announced that is has developed a silicon MEMS-based inkjet printhead for printed electronics applications. It is due to begin sampling in the second quarter of 2012.
The KM128SNG-MB delivers droplets of 1 picoliter through a network of 128 nozzles with an optimization for the low viscosity inks that are demanded in industrial applications. It provides uniform thin film print thickness of about 100-nm and includes a proprietary drive-per-nozzle control board.
The unit is intended for applications such as OLED display patterning, OLED lighting thin film layer coating, and high-resolution displays for smartphones and similar devices.
Konica Minolta claims to have developed the first MEMS inkjet printhead intended for printed electronics.
Konica Minolta estimates that the printed electronics market, including next-generation flexible displays, should reach 2 trillion yen (about $25 billion) by 2020. Konica Minolta IJ Technologies, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Holdings Inc.
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I wonder if Konica will now focus on this subsidiary and instead of producing digital cameras and other electronics, will focus on its inkjet printhead for printed electronics. It seems to be the innovative lead in such technologies and it would be wise to put more funds into that research and development of the MEMS inkjet.
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