The addition of the integrated circuits makes the roll-to-roll printed Thinfilm Memory addressable by printable logic. The demonstration of Thinfilm’s Addressable Memory is a significant step toward the vision of a world filled with the "Internet of things", where everything is connected via a smart tag.
The demonstrated prototype, rewritable memory with logic circuitry will be low cost and will support integration with sensors and other electronic components, to be produced using high volume, roll-to-roll printing.
"This milestone is an important step toward a new generation of electronics that will include the prospect of inexpensive memory everywhere," said Ross Bringans, Vice President, PARC Electronic Materials and Devices Laboratory. "We’re partnering with Thinfilm because they have shown that they can deliver a scalable, commercially viable version of this memory that will change the way people interact with the world."
The target markets for Thinfilm Addressable Memory system products include NFC (Near Field Communications) tags, now available in Android phones, which enable device to device communication and have been predicted to, one day, be on all new objects. Thinfilm also targets sensor tags and disposable price labels. The addressable memory can be integrated with other printed components, such as antennas and sensors, to create fully printed systems for interaction with everyday objects and the "Internet of things" where the temperature of food and drugs are monitored or retail items are tracked individually rather than by pallet, container or truckload with a simple tap of a NFC enabled phone.
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