December 16, 2009

Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics

The Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics (78 pages, register for free download)

Organic Solar for the start of grid impact will not be reasonable ready until 2016 at the earliest


(Small Displays) Electrophoretic price label display, segmented, driver electronics printed on backplane (2013)

Color e-reader, A4, 10 frames/sec, flex for robustness - Quad eXtended Graphics Array (QXGA) and WRGB, 8 bit (2016, lower quality but rollable 2014)

Large Displays:

Advertising poster, reflective, 4 bit color, A2, 50 (75) ppi (2015)

"Napkin PC": A4 touch screen writable note pad for meetings, interface to computer
via bluetooth, WLAN or cable, >100 ppi, B/W, no grey scale (2017)

Centrally updated wallpaper, 1.2x2.4 m2, color,4 bit,>150 ppi (2021)

Two caveats are important in looking at these product generations. First, no one can really predict what products will penetrate the market; for example will the trend be to one big multifunctional screen that connects with everything or will there be a stronger trend to lightweight portable “personal displays”? (One should recall that several years ago many people thought the idea of a camera in a mobile phone was preposterous.) Thus whether these will be the specific products in the future is hard to predict, however be believe that these products show the kind of technology development (to color, high resolution, low cost etc.) that will be necessary in the coming years.

Second, display media can change over time.

OLED Lighting

Flexible thin lighting elements, <<1mm thickness, plastic, metal substrate (2015)

> 100 lm/W, > 10 k-hr, << €10 /klm (2017-2019)


The vision for printed RFID is the substitute of the optical barcode on consumer goods like milk bottles or yoghurt cups in the supermarket.

Generation Product description Market General Availability
1 1-4 bit ROM Brand Protection 2011
2 4-8 bit ROM Ticketing 2012
3 16-32 bit ROM Automation 2013
4 32-64 bit ROM Internal Logistics 2014
5 96 bit WORM General Logistics 2016
6 printed EPC HF Retail Item Level 2018
7 printed EPC UHF Retail Logistics 2023

* write once read many (WORM)
* UHF - rectifiers for ultrahigh frequencies (Giga Hertz range) demand for new
materials, designs and processes:

Printed Memory

* Large NV-RAM Marketing with sound and video (2013)
* Large WORM Marketing with sound and video (2013)
* Large NV-RAM Consumer electronics (2015)

Organic Sensors

* Optical sensor (OLED/Organic photodiode) (2009)
* Physical sensors for pressure, temperature, strain and arrays (2010)
* Single use, potentiometric yes/no chemical sensor (2010)
* Single use, amperometric biosensor, with multiple test levels (2014)
* Continuous analog chemical monitoring (2016)
* Sensitive single use analog biosensor (2018)

Flexible Batteries, Smart Objects and Smart Textiles

Single use sensor (sensor, logic, battery, display), Water quality tester (2012)
DinA4 game board with several sensors and displays Gaming (2014)
Smart card with printed display,organic circuit, battery, organic sensor (2020)
Monitoring sensors Medical, health care, sport (2011)
Organic solar cells on textile (2014)

The roadmap also discusses the technology and how they plan to achieve the advances in capability.

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