Thin Film Electronics ASA

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Thin Film Electronics ASA
Type

Allmennaksjeselskap ((OSE :

THIN))
Industry Printed electronics
Founded 2005
Headquarters Oslo, Norway
Key people Davor Sutija (CEO), Morten Opstad (Chairman)
Products Printed rewriteable non-volatile memories
Website www.thinfilm.no

Thin Film Electronics ASA (Oslo Stock Exchange : THIN) is a Norwegian printed electronics company, headquartered in Oslo with its main R&D offices in Linköping, Sweden. Thin Film Electronics ASA ("Thinfilm") produces rewriteable non-volatile memories based on ferroelectric polymers using roll-to-roll printing.

Thinfilm has been developing memories based on polymer materials since 1994; first as part of Opticom ASA and then as an independent company. For the first ten years, the focus was on hybrid memory devices with polymer-based memory and silicon-based control circuitry, as developed jointly with Intel.[1] From 2006, Thinfilm has concentrated its efforts on printed electronics.

Thinfilm successfully demonstrated roll-to-roll printed organic memory in 2009, and was awarded IDTechEx Technical Development Manufacturing Award the same year.[2][3][4][5]

In September 2012, Thinfilm was selected by web 2.0 blog GigaOM as one of its Top 15 Mobile companies that are changing or could potentially change the mobile landscape in a significant way.[6]

Technology[edit]

The ferroelectric polymer is sandwiched between two sets of electrodes in a passive matrix. Each crossing of metal lines is a ferroelectric capacitor and defines a memory cell. This gives a non-volatile memory comparable to ferroelectric RAM technologies and offer the same functionality as flash memory.[7]

Thinfilm's patented passive matrix dispenses with the need of active circuitry within the memory cell. It allows the memory to be separate from the read/write electronics enabling stand alone application without integration with printed logic. The passive array memory architecture also enables high density memories as well as the possibility to stack memory layers on top of each other.

In October 2013, Thinfilm produced the first ever electronically printed stand-alone sensor system. The sensor was built in the form of a temperature tracking label and is expected to go into production in 2014.

Partnerships[edit]

Thinfilm is working with PARC, a subsidiary of Xerox, to combine its memory technology with PARC's printed transistor technology to enable fully printed memory systems.[8][9] In October 2011, Thinfilm together with PARC announced a working prototype of the world's first printed non-volatile memory device addressed with complementary organic circuits, the organic equivalent of CMOS circuitry.[10] [11] [12]

Thinfilm and PARC announced in June 2012 that they will jointly manufacture a printed temperature sensor tag using Thinfilm's Addressable Memory technology. Both parties are also working together to develop electronic displays that would combine printed sensors, memory modules and batteries.[13][14]

Other printed systems currently in development with Thinfilm and its partners will be used in food manufacturing to monitor temperature of temperature-sensitive fresh produce.[15] The first temperature sensor packaging project to be announced by Thinfilm is a partnership with U.S. packaging giant Bemis Company, the agreement will lead to the development of a flexible sensing platform for the packaging market.[16]

In December 2012, Thinfilm announced that it has entered into a commercial agreement with the American toy and board game company Hasbro, to supply printed electronic components for their range of products.[17]

Awards[edit]

Thinfilm Electronics has won a number of awards for innovation and technical development since first demonstrating roll-to-roll printing of electronics in 2009. In 2010 Frost & Sullivan awarded the New Product Innovation Prize in Printed Electronic Memories to Thinfilm for its unique non-volatile, printable, polymer-based memory products.[18]

In 2012 Thinfilm Electronics was awarded both the IDTechEx Product Development Award and the FlexTech Alliance Innovation Award for its Addressable Memory technology built in association with PARC.[19][20] Also in late 2012, Thinfilm was named as a runner-up in the Wall Street Journal Technology's Innovation Award.[21]

In October 2012 it was announced that the company had won the 2012 World Technology Award for Visionary Contribution to Materials Science and Technology in the development of printed smart tags for the Internet of Things.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doubles its stake in 'Flash killer' Polymer RAM producer The Inquirer, 27th June 2001
  2. ^ Thinfilm and InkTec awarded IDTechEx' Technical Development Manufacturing Award IDTechEx, April 15th 2009
  3. ^ PolyIC, ThinFilm announce pilot of volume printed plastic memories EETimes, September 22nd 2009
  4. ^ All set for high-volume production of printed memories Printed Electronics World, April 12th 2010
  5. ^ Thin Film Electronics Plans to Provide ‘Memory Everywhere’ Printed Electronics Now, May 2010
  6. ^ "The Mobile 15: Our picks for the most innovative companies". GigaOM. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Printed non-volatile rewritable ferro-electric memories EETimes, July 2011
  8. ^ Thinfilm Works with PARC to Develop Next-Generation Printed Memory Solutions Printed Electronics Now, October 13th 2010
  9. ^ Thinfilm, PARC team on polymer memory EETimes, October 13th 2010
  10. ^ New printed chip could spark cheaper sensor networks GigaOm, October 20th 2011
  11. ^ Printable transistors usher in 'internet of things' The Register, October 20th 2011
  12. ^ Researchers Couple Printed Logic with Printed Memory Technology Review, October 26th 2011
  13. ^ Printed revolution coming to electronics technology Mercury News, March 20th 2012
  14. ^ Why Use Silicon? Forbes, July 6th 2012
  15. ^ One giant leap for electronics in printed form FoodManufacture, June 11th 2012
  16. ^ Thinfilm Pairs Up With Packaging Giant Bemis To Create Labels That Know Things Forbes.com, July 10th 2012
  17. ^ "Hasbro and Thinfilm enter into commercial agreement". Printed Electronics World. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Frost & Sullivan Award Commends Thin Film for New Product Innovation". Frost & Sullivan. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Printed Electronics Europe 2012 Awards IDTechEx, April 3rd 2012
  20. ^ FlexTech Alliance Announces 2012 FLEXI Award Winners FlexTech, February 8th 2012
  21. ^ "Thinfilm Named Runner-up for Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award". Reuters.com. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Thinfilm Wins 2012 World Technology Award". Reuters. 

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