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Industry confab sheds light on future of organic electronics

Posted: 25 Jul 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Organic Semiconductor Conference? organic electronics? organic transistor fab?

The Organic Semiconductor Conference this year (OSC-08) will bring together over 500 engineers, researchers, business leaders and investors worldwide to report progress and discuss future directions in the organic electronics and organic semiconductor industries. The event, with the theme 'From Lab to Fab' will be held in Frankfurt, Germany from Sept 29 to Oct. 1.

Over the past eight years, the United States and European VCs and governments have invested more than $1,500 million in this technology. In some areas of the technology, Europe is outspending the U.S. by a factor of 3:1. The investment started several European companies such as Polymer Vision, Plastic Logic, Konarka and Nanoident, which are in the process of launching their first products based on organic electronics. Historically, this funding has been directed towards technology development but an increasing proportion is being used to establish large-scale manufacturing capability. Last year, Plastic Logic received over $100 million in investment to build the first the organic transistor fab.

Event highlights will include eight new pre-conference seminars covering topics on organic semiconductor technology, printing processes, manufacturing issues, and a review of IP activities in organic photovoltaics and organic lighting. Conference presentations will cover organic electronics, printed electronics and flexible electronics among others. Applications to be discussed will include OLEDs, organic lighting, organic photovoltaics, organic RFID, organic memory, organic sensors, organic integrated circuits and smart packaging.

"OSC-08 is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in the industry, from all geographic regions, to meet and exchange ideas in a stimulating and productive environment. Each year our delegates comment on how successful the event has been for information gathering and networking," said Craig Cruickshank, CEO of cintelliq. The company will do hosting for the conference.

Keynote speakers include Gildas Sorin, CEO of Novaled, Jeremy Burroughes, CTO of Cambridge Display Technology, Edzer Huitema, CTO of Polymer Vision, and Christoph Brabec, CTO of Konarka Technologies, each of whom will present technical and commercial progress. Robin Saxby, founder and chairman of ARM will also present how ARM made the successful transition from startup to global standard.

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