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Low Voltage, Printed, Flexible Circuits for Display and Memory

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Printed organic electronics have received increasing interest in connection with large area, flexible macroelectronics applications. In this poster, we demonstrate the printed, flexible circuits can be used for display applications, such as driving the electrochromic display or organic light emitting diode (OLED) at a low supply voltage (< 2 V). We also report a printed DRAM matrix (8×8 array) with a long retention time (> 60 s), which can be potentially combined with the display pixel array to achieve large area applications. The circuit was fabricated by aerosol jet printing of semiconducting, metallic and insulating inks. To achieve the low voltage operation, the printed dielectric consists of a gel electrolyte based on a high capacitance ionic liquid and block copolymer composite. Because of the very high capacitance (>10 μF/cm2) of the ion gel, the operation voltage of the printed circuit with a coarse channel dimension (20 μm) can be as low as 1 V. A fast digital circuit is also demonstrated by using printed high mobility (> 20 cm2/Vs) semiconducting carbon nanotubes (CNTs). A 5-stage ring oscillator achieves frequencies > 2 kHz (stage delay time ∼ 50 μs) at supply voltages of 2.5 V. This performance represents a substantial improvement for printed circuitry.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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