Advancements in Printed Electronics and Micro Displays

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Published: 19 Jan 2018

This Microelectronics TOE profiles developments in printed electronics and micro displays. Innovations include printed organic solar cells for energy production, a printed electronics-based fabric for developing smart wearables, high-tech polyester films for printed electronic applications, gallium nitride-on-silicon epiwafer technology for microLED fabrication, and directional microphone technology for improved speech recognition. The Microelectronics TechVision Opportunity Engine (TOE) captures global electronics-related innovations and developments on a weekly basis. Developments are centred on electronics attributed by low power and cost, smaller size, better viewing, display and interface facilities, wireless connectivity, higher memory capacity, flexibility and wearables. Research focus themes include small footprint lightweight devices (CNTs, graphene), smart monitoring and control (touch and haptics), energy efficiency (LEDs, OLEDs, power and thermal management, energy harvesting), and high speed and improved conductivity devices (SiC, GaN, GaAs). Miniaturization, a move toward lower power consumption, and the need for enhanced features are driving innovations in the electronics sector. Technology focus areas include semiconductor manufacturing and design, flexible electronics, 3D integration/IC, MEMS and NEMS, solid state lighting, advanced displays, nanoelectronics, wearable electronics, brain computer interface, advanced displays, near field communication, and next generation data storage or memory. Keywords: Semiconductor, GaN, gallium nitride-on-silicon, microLED, micro display, wearables, organic solar cell, speech recognition, microphone


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