Thinfilm Unlocks Encrypted Market With New Printed Memory
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Thinfilm Unlocks Encrypted Market With New Printed Memory
Thinfilm launches printed memory for secure documents and high-volume consumer
LOPE-C, Frankfurt - 28 June 2011: Thin Film Electronics ASA ("Thinfilm") today
launched the Thinfilm Passive Array Memory[TM], a fully printed non-volatile
rewriteable memory suitable for secure documents. The capacity is doubled
compared to Thinfilm's standard memory. "With higher storage capacity,
information can be encoded. This unlocks markets and opens up for new
applications, such as secure documents, for our roll-to-roll printed memories,"
says Dr. Davor Sutija, Thinfilm CEO.
World's first printed passive array memory
The passive array architecture separates the memory from the read/write
electronics and dispenses with the need for active circuitry within the memory
array and memory cell. "This is the world's first printed memory array for high-
volume manufacturing and consumer applications", Sutija continues.
Thinfilm's roadmap is expanded from stand-alone memories to also include printed
electronic system products.
"This is a major milestone," he says. "The passive array memory is an important
stepping stone both towards developing low-cost ubiquitous consumer electronics
and in creating higher density printed memories suited for high-volume
2011 and 2012 roadmap for Thinfilm memory products:
* Thinfilm Memory[TM]: 20-bit single-line memories are commercially available.
Suitable for consumer applications, such as toys and games and info-kiosks.
* Thinfilm Passive Array Memory[TM]: 40-bit memories are in test production,
and engineering samples will be available later this year. Higher density
memories are under development, with planned production in 2012 (up to 121
bits per memory array). Meets the needs of secure archiving, ticketing, and
other applications that demand encryption or user-programmed stored IDs.
* Thinfilm Addressable Memory[TM]: Prototypes will be ready during 2011.
Transfer to production is expected in 2012 (up to 128 bits). Enables printed
systems, such as ID tags, sensor tags, disposable price labels, and other
Allows higher density memories
Efficient writing and reading of data to memory cells in an array is an
essential part of Thinfilm's unique patent portfolio for ferroelectric polymer-
based memories. "Our patented array architecture makes high density printed
memories possible," says Christer Karlsson, Thinfilm CTO. "Storage capacity for
passive array memories depends on how fine you print. High-volume roll-to-roll
printing techniques are rapidly evolving and will soon enable compact memories
with higher densities than today's roll-to-roll printed memory." The new
Thinfilm Passive Array Memory uses the same design rules and can be produced
using the same roll-to-roll equipment and processes as the current 20 bit single
line Thinfilm Memory in production today.
Milestone towards printed systems
Together withPARC, a Xerox Company, Thinfilm is prototyping addressable array
memories that include printed transistors, the Thinfilm Addressable Memory,
where the transistors drive logic for reading and writing data to the memory
The addressable memory uses similar array architecture as the Thinfilm Passive
Array Memory. "Thinfilm Addressable Memory is pivotal for creating printed
systems because it enables integration of other printed components," says
Sutija. Sensors, displays, and antennas are examples of components that can be
integrated with the addressable memory to create fully printed systems. "This
opens for ID tags, sensor tags, disposable price labels, and other smart tags
produced at only a fraction of the cost of conventional silicon based
electronics," Sutija continues.
Thin Film Electronics ASA ("Thinfilm") is a publicly-listed Norwegian technology
company with its head office in Oslo, product development in Linköping, Sweden,
and sales offices in San Francisco, USA, and Tokyo, Japan. Thinfilm is a pioneer
in the field ofPrinted Electronics, and provides fully-printed non-volatile,
rewritable memory for applications in toys & games, logistics, sensor, and ID
Recent Thinfilm news:
* Partnership with PARC, a Xerox company: PARC invests in Thinfilm and PARC
and Thinfilm extends commercialization engagement (April 2011)
* Commercial momentum: Thinfilm receives engineering orders for prototypes
from leading toy manufacturers and Thinfilm opens Japan office (May and June
* More Thinfilm news: http://www.thinfilm.se/news.
About Printed Electronics
The Printed Electronics market is expected to grow to more than USD 50 billion
in annual market value over the next ten years, according to industry analyst
groupIDTechEx. IDTechEx predicts that logic, including addressable memory, will
be one of the largest segments in this market.
Using printing to manufacture electronic memory makes it possible to reduce the
number of process steps, resulting in dramatically lower manufacturing costs,
and also reduced environmental impact as compared to traditional semiconductor
processes. Commercial applications of printed electronics include e-paper,
electronic readers, and organic light emitting (OLED) displays. Sensors,
batteries, and photovoltaic energy sources are also in development, and together
with Thinfilm's memory technology they will open the door to new products and
applications, for example, in the field of RFID systems.
Memory is an essential part of most electronics. Memory is required for
identification, tracking status, and history, and is used whenever information
is stored. Thinfilm's non-volatile ferroelectric polymer memory technology is
well suited for application with other printed electronics devices because power
consumption during read and write is negligible, and as the memory is permanent,
no connection to external power is required for data detainment. Also, the
electric current required to write information is so small that operation would
be limited by the battery's lifetime and not its capacity.
For further information, please contact:
Geir Harald Aase, VP Communications: +47 480 37 571/geir.aase(a)thinfilm.no
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