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Taiwan unveils first flexible electronics lab

Posted: 19 Mar 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Industrial Technology Research Institute? ITRI? flexible electronics lab? solar cells? displays?

Taiwan's government-backed R&D organizationthe Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)inaugurated on March 15 is the island's first flexible electronics lab. About $9.1 million will be invested in the effort.

ITRI's Flexible Electronics Pilot Lab will be devoted to the R&D of flexible electronics. It will be open for international cooperation, according to ITRI.

In the future, the lab will serve as a platform for cooperation between the international industrial and academic circles. It will also hasten the development of the flexible electronics industry in Taiwan. Flexible electronics is a new technology, which differs from traditional ''rigid'' electronics of the past.

The lab will provide a range of functions, from synthesizing materials and developing production processes, to product design and pilot production. The lab will initially focus on production process R&D for flexible electronic circuits, flexible solar cells, flexible reactors and flexible displays.

ITRI's pilot lab has already established a production process for 25cm wide photolithography, as well as three processes for ink-jet printing and screen printing.

ITRI President Johnsee Lee stated that the lab will be a locomotive for the industry and help industry participants in carrying out pilot production. The lab will also help to reduce defect ratios. In addition to significantly reducing the period needed to get a product from the drawing board into production, the lab will help reduce risks associated with developing new products.

-Mark Lapedus
EE Times

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