SMTA International Conference Proceedings


Authors: David Baron, Frank Bruening, Ph.D., Robin Taylor
Company: Atotech Deutschland GmbH
Date Published: 10/24/2010   Conference: SMTA International

Abstract: For almost ten years, the growing Organic and Printed Electronics (O&PE) community has been advocating the use of Digital Direct Deposition of conductive, semi-conductive and dielectric materials. The focus of this effort has been to replace specific process steps in the existing electronics component manufacturing infrastructure, for example legend Inks in the printed circuit board (PCB) industry, or to provide completely new process sequences for the manufacture of desirable new electronic devices, for example displays based on Organic Light Emitting Diodes. (OLED's)

Many applications have been identified for O&PE technology including:

  • Radio Frequency Identification tags (RFID)
  • OLED displays or lighting
  • Photo Voltaic modules
  • Sensors
  • Batteries and novel energy sources
  • Smart Textiles

    The O&PE market has been described by IDTechEx, as the meeting of two, trillion-dollar industries with huge potential business synergies for the future. Consequently significant amounts of capital have been invested in the research and development of materials, equipment and processes. Despite this high level of investment by many companies large and small, including many Universities and government sponsored institutions, to date there is no real large scale adoption of O&PE production technology - at least not to rival the established methodologies.

    This paper will attempt to identify why the O&PE business has not achieved the rapid growth predicted and what needs to be done for large-scale replacement of traditional practices in the short to medium term (next 2 to 5 years).

    Issues to be covered are:

  • Cost - Equal to or lower than existing
  • Performance - Equal to or better than existing
  • Conservatism in the established infrastructure
  • Scale-up difficulties from development to first production to mass production
  • Paradigm shift in design criteria

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