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Printed RFID Labels Based on Polymer Electronics

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Printed low cost radio frequency ident (RFID) labels based on polymer circuits will enable electronic intelligence in nearly everyday product. This will be realized by a new technology, where soluble polymers with appropriate electrical conducting, semiconducting and insulating properties are applied via high volume web printing processes. It is more likely that new markets will be generated, than standard electronics based on silicon will be replaced, because of the fact that future polymer applications will be found on products within supply chains or on consumer goods.

By using this technology, PolyIC combines soluble electronic polymer materials with high volume printing processes to achieve low cost, high volume printed electronics. We present results based on our expertise of processing the polymers into microelectronic circuits and devices. Structured layer compositions of the functional polymers set up thin film polymer field-effect transistors. These constitute the basic building blocks of integrated polymer circuits (IPCs). The particular functionality of an integrated circuit is achieved by an appropriate circuit design. Fast, high life time integrated polymer circuits and results of a 125 kHz demonstrator RFID tag are presented.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2005

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