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Black magic has a new meaning. It is the sub-optimal way most supercapacitors rely on soot from burnt coconut shells and some homespun trickery. The soot is deposited on something akin to cooking foil and that often has the 40 micron thickness of lithium-ion battery electrodes ten years ago, before they were optimised. Contrary to teaching based on yesterday's understanding, supercapacitors are competitors of lithium-ion batteries.
3D printing has come of age, surpassing $1B in revenues during 2012 and with growth expected to continue across all target markets to 2025. Across the board printer manufacturers are reporting a surge in sales, some cannot meet demand, as awareness of the technologies and what they offer grows.
Next week, Printed Electronics Europe will open in Berlin, Germany on April 17-18. About 1,400 people are pre-registered - with final numbers expected to be considerably more. The conference and tradeshow covers the broad range of emerging materials and devices, including OLEDs, touch surfaces, TFTs, stretchable and textile electronics, the Internet of Things, energy generation and much more - with presentations, exhibitors and attendees covering the full supply chain.
As more and more companies are gearing up and demonstrating flexible display prototypes (LG, Nokia and earlier this year at CES 2013, Samsung's Youm display are just a few of the latest examples), the need for protection of these new devices that are freed from the constraints of conventional rigid form factors is highlighted once more.
The annual printed electronics award winners were announced at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics event this week in Santa Clara, California - the World's largest event on the topic. The awards recognize outstanding progress in the development and commercialization of printed electronics, an industry that produces a huge amount of technical innovation which will be used in many products, and is now being widely adopted.
Graphene promises to offer excellent material properties in almost all applications. Its extraordinary performance has led many to call it the 'superlative' or 'wonder' material. However, the reality is different. A new report by IDTechEx provides detailed analysis and discussion of the material, technologies, markets and players. The article below summarises the rise of graphene and whether this so-called 'wonder material' truly deserves the name.
IDTechEx's Printed Electronics Asia conference and exhibition returns to Tokyo, Japan next week. The event runs from 2-3 October and is part of the IDTechEx global series of events on the topic. Attendees from around the world will gather to hear latest technology breakthroughs and global trends and forecasts.
The new electronics and electrics span from nano-sized to very large devices. No one term covers all this, though organic electronics, beyond the silicon chip, wide area electrics and flexible electronics and electrics cover large parts of it. For example, one of the key enabling technologies - printed electronics - gives us viable electronic billboard sheets and huge areas of photovoltaics (solar cells) printed reel to reel.
Graphene is one of the most exciting new materials currently being developed. It brings superlative performance to supercapacitors, batteries, touch screens, logic, sensors, displays, composites and much more thanks to its electrical, thermal and mechanical properties. There are multiple manufacturing techniques that are being used to make graphene - each with its own strengths and weaknesses including different scaling, different cost structure and different graphene quality.
IDTechEx have today announced that Technology Analyst, Khasha Ghaffarzadeh will discuss Printed Thin Film Transistors at a session dedicated to Printed Logic in their Printed Electronics Asia event, www.PrintedElectronicsAsia.com, which takes place October 2-3, 2012 in Tokyo.
We are witnessing a rapid multiplication of available conductive materials for printed and large area electronics on the market. The different materials distinguish themselves by their conductivity, particle size, curing conditions, availability and cost. New material breakthroughs for the printed and large area electronics industry will be one of the main topics at IDTechEx's Printed Electronics Asia event, which will take place on October 2-3 in Tokyo, Japan.
At end of November, IDTechEx held the world's largest printed electronics and photovoltaics conference and tradeshow in Silicon Valley at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This show brought together more than 1300 attendees from 28 countries. Players active across the entire value chain were present; covering the full range from research organisations to end-users, and from small start-ups to multi-billion internationals.
IDTechEx's Printed Electronics/Photovoltaics Europe 2012 event will be the largest gathering of end users discussing their needs and experiences with the technology. The show will feature end user applications broken down into different verticals to provide vital end user pull-through. Confirmed speakers include: Americhip (American Greetings), Applied Materials, Braun, Mars, Metro Stores, NREL, Panasonic, Schneider Electric, ST Microelectronics, Sony, Samsung, Thorn Lighting and many more.
Most of the well-known objectives of printed electronics remain elusive because they are glamorous, Olympian dreams based on some very exciting demonstrations in laboratories. For example, we plan stretchable, invisible solar cells to go over the whole of a car or building and tightly rollable colour screens and keyboards that unfurl from inside a tiny mobile telephone. That does not mean that there is no progress with printed electronics but most of it is of the nature of, In a gold rush, get there first and sell shovels.
The full agenda is now available for the upcoming Energy Harvesting & Storage and Wireless Sensor Networks & RTLS USA 2011 events - hear from speakers covering everything from technical developments to end user applications. This event gives you both broad scope and strong detail, whether you're looking for a glimpse at the whole market or details on your specific industry, we cover it all! Register to Attend by September 30 using 25% Early Bird Discount. 15-16 November 2011.
There are about 3,000 organizations worldwide actively involved in the development of printed electronics. By number of organizations, Europe has the edge over the U.S., then comes Asia. However, this disguises the fact that those involved in Asia tend to be large conglomerates that can invest much more than those in the West. Territories that are most active in these topics are Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.