Fransworth provided one of several keynote presentations at last month’s 2017FLEX trade show and conference in Monterey, CA. Along with a day of short courses and three days of technical conference sessions, the event featured a comprehensive exhibition with dozens of suppliers.
As part of the www.OE-A.org (Organic and Printed Electronics Assn. in Frankfurt, Germany), Farnsworth offered a roadmap for short-, medium- and long-term applications of five product categories. Here are the Converting Curmudgeon bullet-points of interest:
Today: Rigid white OLED modules and rigid red OLEDs for automotive apps are moving from expensive
design options into more mainstream architecture. The 2017 Audi TT features OLED taillights (above).
2018-20: Flexible OLEDs in white and colors
2021-23: Transparent OLEDs and flexible red OLEDs for automotive apps
2024 and beyond: Dynamic OLED signage and OLEDs in general lighting
Today: Portable OPV chargers for personal electronics power supply are seeing technical innovation and market growth with significant breakthroughs in efficiency.
2018-20: Large-area OPV films and opaque OPVs for building integration
2021-23: OPVs integrated into building projects
2024 and beyond: OPV use in packaging, and energy harvesting combined with storage
Flexible and OLED Displays
Today: Curved OLED displays and wearable displays are the biggest success stories in printed electronics
with apps in TVs, smartphones and watches.
2018-20: Conformable OLCDs, and enhanced display integration in wearables
2021-23: Curved displays for automotive interiors, and integration into clothing
2024 and beyond: Wallpaper displays, displays in everyday objects, foldable displays
Electronics and Components:
Today: Printed devices and memory; primary batteries; active backplanes; glucose, touch, temperature, humidity sensors are components used in other supplier apps.
2018-20: Printed mobile communication devices, light sensors, stretchable conductors
2021-23: Printed lithium-ion batteries, printed supercapacitors, touch and gesture sensors
2024 and beyond: Printed complex logic, and 3D and large-area flexible electronics
Integrated Smart Systems
Today: Glucose in-body sensors, pressure sensor arrays, NFC labels, hybrid RFIDs show the increasing importance of IoT, wearables for healthcare and well-being apps.
2018-20: Discrete smart labels and HMIs
2021-23: Human monitoring patches, disposable and quantitative sensors for food safety, biomedical sensors
2024 and beyond: Fully printed RFID and NFC labels, security sensors for explosives