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Old 03-05-2007, 03:01 PM   #1
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Printable Electronics Used for Products

Read this article from Nikkei BP's Tech-On site called Printable Electronics Used for Products for general information on printed organic emissive devices (paper-like). There are a number of good references and the facts seem straight. This is a field still early in its development but in twenty years notebook computers and e-books will probably merge and may not have glass-substrate LCDs anymore.
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Old 03-05-2007, 04:44 PM   #2
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Very interesting article, Anchoku, thanks to my time in the semiconductor industry, I think I actually understood a good bit of it.

They may never make it work for things like CPUs, but it could have a significant impact on a bunch of support and peripheral parts of devices.

One thing that occurred to me is that if that tech takes hold, a lot of electronics could suddenly become recyclable. That's not a bad thing.
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The I-V characteristics for printable organic semi-conductors has a long way to go before it's good enough for even active matrix display applications, much less computing. However, externally-addressed emissive fixed-format or dot matrix "displays" should be here well within the next decade.

That means posters or advertisements will add their own light to the night. Print shops offering your own electro-luminescent sign for a fraction of the power and cost of neon are coming.
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True, but I was also thinking in terms of (non-microchip-type) circuitry for things like keyboards, headphones, speakers, mice, maybe even mp3 players, etc. If they can lay out circuitry cheaply for less integrated applications, then they can drop the prices for such things, and still make a mint. I mean, a keyboard barely lasts 3 years as it is.
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Interesting article although I feel the timeline for a merger of ebooks and computers will be far less than 20 years.

As for the NatCh's comment about 3 years from a keyboard, I am still using the Northgate/Avant Stellar keyboard I picked up over 20 years ago. It weighs about 5 pounds and has Alps microswitches under each key. It is a pleasure to use. When you figure out the cost over that long of a period, it is very reasonable.
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Yeah, they don't make 'em like they used to.

Our primary criteria for keyboards is the quietness of the keys themselves -- my wife learned to type on a manual typewriter, and has never taught her hands the difference between that an a keyboard. That may have something to do with why our keyboards wear out so quickly.

How noisy are them there Avant Stellar keyboards?
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Both my wife and I started on office manuals and have adjusted over the years. If quiet is a criteria, they fail as the keyswitch does make a noise. Not the heavy twang of the original IBM PC keyboard but more than say a Keytronic.
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Ah, well, in the interest of my sanity, I guess I'll look elsewhere, then.

Thanks, though.
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