10-01 :: January 2010
? Who and what do you think will be making head- ! Andreas Meyer, Director, Ravensburger:That’s
lines in 2010? a difficult question: If there is learning, straight out
from the crisis - the industry itself and the govern-
ments - should start in an active, pro-active way
! Devin McKenzie, CTO, Add-Vision: For OLED with solutions (and products), which are sustainable,
Lighting, headlines will feature the introduction of which eliminate the throw-away and fast buck men-
OLED in the eagerly anticipated Apple tablet, and tality in a authentic, convincing and creative way.
also the developments in OLED at Samsung.
! Martin Jackson, VP, Plastic Logic: Plastic/organic
! Martin Jackson, VP, Plastic Logic: There’s a new electronics face many challenges:
generation of connected mobile devices coming, in- i) Understanding basic performance. There is still
cluding e-Readers, our QUE™ proReader, tablets and much to do to understand the basic performance of
more. transistors, etc and to be able to provide accurate
models. With accurate models we will be able to de-
! Dr Andreas Rueckemann, CEO, Heliatek: I think sign products with more certainty. A key difference
we’ll see some improvements in OPV cell/modu- between silicon and organic electronics is that in si-
le performance, along with progress in production licon there aren’t many materials or ways to design a
preparation. transistor – with organic electronics there is an almost
infinite variety of semiconductor materials.
? What are the main challenges still remaining for ii) Being able to analyse organic electronics. Metrolo-
the industry? gy is key to being able to manufacture on a large sca-
le and with its nanometre thick films but very large
areas organic electronics poses significant challenges
! Devin McKenzie, CTO, Add-Vision: Finding an to the measurement equipment suppliers.
application outside of OLED that truly needs a prin-
ted electronics solution that can’t be met with Si (IC iii) Standardisation: One of the reasons that silicon
or amorphous) cost effectively. Current efforts in TFT prospered was that key aspects were standardised
for displays and RF have failed to do this. In terms of and the industry worked together (Sematech) to defi-
batteries and voltage, printed electronics require high ne a roadmap. The plastic/organic electronics indus-
voltage and/or don’t have great power efficiency. At try is at an early stage and has yet to work out what
the same time, the most interesting products are sup- and how to standardise.
posed to be thin, flexible and light. Printed batteries
are not that good, that flexible, or in useful voltage/ ! Dr Andreas Rueckemann, CEO, Heliatek: The
power ranges for many products. PE voltages need biggest challenge for the industry today is the move
to drop and printed thin batteries need to get a lot from lab to fab for OPV.
better to match the application form factors.