Flexible plastic chips
open a whole new market
Conducting and semi-conducting plastics are paving the way for
all-polymer electronics, microelectronics and chips based entirely on plastics. While the
plastic chip cannot compete with the conventional silicon chip for speed and durability,
it has an important price advantage. Plastic chips can be produced in large quantities at
low cost, possibly resulting in many new applications.
Polymeric microelectronics is the heart of research in the FREQUENT project, which is
focusing on reproducibility and reliability and on increasing the operating frequency by
scaling down. The project also involves the development of the production process. Once
this development is complete, it is expected that a plastic chip could be produced at a
cost of a very small fraction of a euro.
The technology is ideal for low-end and high-volume applications. A plastic chip could
be incorporated into both products and packaging. The chip could then be interrogated
remotely. Low-cost radio operated anti-theft barcode stickers could become a reality by
incorporating each with a plastic chip.
Visitors to the FREQUENT stand can see product labelling and tagging in operation.