Thin Film Electronics ASA together with PARC, a Xerox company, announced they have produced a working prototype of the world’s first printed non-volatile memory device addressed with complementary organic circuits, the organic equivalent of CMOS circuitry.
Thinfilm Addressable Memory™ consists of Thinfilm’s printed memory and PARC’s transistors. This demonstration aims to be a step toward mass production of low-cost, low-power ubiquitous devices that are a key component of the “Internet of things.” The prototype was publicly demonstrated at PARC on Monday, October 24, in conjunction with a visit from the Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry, His Excellency Trond Giske.
Thinfilm Addressable Memory combines Thinfilm’s polymer-based memory technology with PARC’s transistor technology using complementary pairs of n-type and p-type transistors to construct the circuits. The addition of the integrated circuits makes the roll-to-roll printed Thinfilm Memory addressable by printable logic.
The demonstration of Thinfilm’s Addressable Memory is a significant step toward the vision of a world filled with the “Internet of things” where everything is connected via a smart tag. These smart tags require the commercial availability of devices that:
• have rewritable memory,
• are low cost,
• support integration with sensors and other electronic components,
• are environmentally friendly,
• and can be produced using high volume, roll-to-roll printing.
Thinfilm notes that this demonstrated prototype, rewritable memory with logic circuitry, will meet all of these requirements.
The target markets for Thinfilm Addressable Memory system products include NFC (near field communications) tags, now available in Android phones, which enable device to device communication. Thinfilm also targets sensor tags and disposable price labels. The addressable memory can be integrated with other printed components, such as antennas and sensors, to create fully printed systems for interaction with everyday objects and the “Internet of things” where the temperature of food and drugs are monitored or retail items are tracked individually rather than by pallet, container or truckload with a simple tap of a NFC enabled phone.
Note: Addressable Memory was partially funded by an industrial development grant from Innovation Norway.