Enthusiasm for New Printed Electronics Conference in Tokyo
By Raghu Das, CEO
IDTechEx conferences on Printed Electronics in the USA and Europe are highly regarded. By popular request, the company is now staging a Printed Electronics Asia conference and exhibition in Tokyo, Sept. 10-11. The title is carefully chosen because both organic and inorganic electronics have a great future. It is therefore best to explore all the possibilities and achievements.
Speaker Yasuyuki Watanabe, from the Center for Frontier Science at Chiba University, says, “We believe that printed electronics is the key technology for advanced flexible electronic devices employing organic materials.” He will talk on the topic of vertical transistors which can have better current handling and higher frequency performance. For example, ORFID in the U.S. is printing vertical transistors.
Speaker Zie Zhang from the printed electronics department of Motorola in the U.S. says, “I am looking forward to this exciting event too. I believe that printed electronics offers a unique solution for applications that require low cost and conformal form factor. These are realized by high throughput printing manufacturing technologies and lower cost flexible material systems. Organic and inorganic inks are coexisting and complimenting each other. Skillful integration between organic and inorganic material systems by those creative engineers and scientists will result in creation of a large application portfolio. Printed electronics is capturing and creating markets where traditional silicon microelectronics is too rigid and expensive to apply.”
Speaker Takashi Kobayashi, RFID manager in Marubeni Corporation, says, “IDTechEx Conferences are fantastic and I learned a lot. I believe Printed Electronics Asia will become a great event and I am really excited to join. We can get more about new technology at the event.”
For example, whereas use of carbon nanotubes, quantum dots or antimony indium oxide to replace ITO are speculative and unproven at present, speaker Ron Lubianez of H.C. Starck Inc in the U.S. says, “We believe that the impending indium shortage is serious and our high conductivity BAYTRON coating as an ITO replacement is a viable alternative.” Recently, it has been used successfully in OLED displays in the USA and in OLED lighting in Europe to replace ITO, and Fujitsu America has recently announced an organic ITO replacement in its new touch screens, available in volume in Q3 of 2007. The transparency/ conductivity compromise is not the same as ITO and this will be discussed at the conference.