Stretchable Electronics Flexes Muscles
Flexible electronics use polymer substrates for almost any application using printed circuit boards (PCBs) today. Thin Film Electronics, for instance, recently demonstrated printed ferroelectric non-volatile memories on polymer substrates in collaboration with Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
By using complementary p- and n-type organic circuits,Thin Film has created the equivalent of CMOS circuitry on polymer substrates which it hopes to commercialize as flexible RFID tags. Next year Reebok International Ltd. will be the introduce the first flexible electronic device that improves athletic performance using wearable electronics from MC10 Inc. (Cambridge, Mass.)
And by 2023, flexible electronics devices will be omnipresent among conventional PCB applications--from flexible displays to printed batteries--as well as in new application areas such as implantable medical sensors that conform to living organs, such as a cardiac sensor that can be attached to the heart for in vivo monitoring.
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Source: Thin Film Electronics