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Organic and Printed Electronics in East Asia

Organic and Printed Electronics in East Asia
Category: Electronics Published: Jan 2008 Pages: 283 View Contents
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This is a major new 283 page report analysing activity in printed electronics in Asia, where much is happening but relatively little has been reported openly. It covers 196 organisations in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Singapore with addresses and contact details, organisational structure, appropriate technology, device objectives, recent and planned announcements, and plans for commercialisation. Much of the information and analysis of trends in this essential reference book is not available elsewhere.

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This is a 283 page report analysing activity in organic and printed electronics in East Asia, where much is happening but relatively little has been reported openly. For the first time, it gives the contact details, background and activities of the 196 organisations doing the most significant work in the region. This includes 352 projects. It covers Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Singapore and the report is totally up to date, having been researched entirely in 2007 and updated in 2008 with new profiles and company updates. Companies, universities and other institutions are covered. There are over 85 figures and ten tables, including much information that has not been published before. Graphs and tables show the prevalence of effort, by organisation and country, in OLED, electroluminescent and electrophoretic displays, RFID, transistors, organic photovoltaics, inorganic photovoltaics, battery and other development. Each profiled organisation has contact details, background and other information and there are many slides from recent and planned conference presentations and analysis of latest printed and potentially printed products and their chemistry and physics.

Who is working on the hot topic of printing inorganic transistors? Which organisations are launching new forms of e-book? Where are the big innovations, including the breakthroughs in materials? Who has the most patents and what are the topics? Where is there a recent surge in patents and other activity? It is all here.

The bulk of the investment in printed electronics has been taking place in the West, including many factories coming on stream in 2008. This is well reported. However, there is now a surge of investment in printed electronics in East Asia and many giant companies have entered the field for the first time. East Asian activity is poorly reported in the main but nonetheless very significant, because in East Asia they have much at stake. East Asia already dominates in OLED production, with huge production and investment. The next generation of OLEDs will be flexible and printed and East Asia must hold on to that too. China is now the world's largest user of RFID and it will shortly be the largest supplier and these tags are increasingly printed. Indeed, even the silicon chip in them will be replaced with printed logic at one hundredth of the cost, so trillions can be sold every year.

This report details a remarkable 48 organisations working on printed transistors and their active materials in East Asia, with breakthroughs such as printable amorphous GaInZnO invented in Japan, one organisation driving OLEDs with polymer transistors and another commercialising light emitting transistors. The plastic film scanner with no moving parts, e-skins, power sheets, various forms of electronics in biodegradable paper, a flexible organic battery that charges in only one minute, plastic film that acts as an ultrasonic transducer and plastic "e-paper" flexible displays are among the many new inventions being commercialised in the region. Many research programs involve other startling innovations. Much of this is rooted in low profile work from a long time ago and involves companies not usually associated with the subject. For example, Matsushita has patents on organic electronics going back to 1991.

World first - over 196 companies profiled