March 15, 2007

Inkjets make microchips

Inkjets can make organic semiconductors. The plants costs $10 million instead of $1.3 billion for a silicon semiconductor plant. The inkjet organic semiconductor plants needs 50 people instead of 5000. The organic chip feature sizes are 10-100 microns instead of 65 nanomaters. The devices can come in a variety of sizes. Nanoident has built some that measure 160 centimeters a side, or more than 1.5 meters wide. These large devices are used as sensors.

They can go smaller than 10 microns but want applications that need the extra speed that would result to justify costs. Current applications are lot of one use testing devices and sensors.