Thursday, January 22, 2009

Semiconducting Ink: Flexible, Printable Chip Technology

Semiconducting ink is not new, but a new designer molecule that lacks electrons at its core is the key to a potential technological revolution in semiconducting ink. At the very least we could soon see bendable LCD screens. Antonio Facchetti, chief technology officer for Polyera, says that the soluble molecule which could be printed onto paper or plastic with a modified ink-jet printer, was created using techniques more often associated with drug research. The great leap forward is that this ink can carry a negative charge, previous semiconducting inks were only positive. The combination allows for greater energy efficiency and complexity. It will be marketed as ActivInk. No word yet on how this will affect cyber-punk tattoos.