Bendable, Stretchable Electronics and Printed Electronics Research Highlights

FARMINGTON, Conn., Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The future of electronics is bendable and stretchable. Moving beyond traditional consumer electronics such as mobile devices, laptops and tablets, stretchable electronics are also poised to change the biomedical, wearable, portable and implantable device application fields.


Global Information Inc (GII) has selected three significant reports from our premium market research partner IDTechEx Ltd. covering the stretchable electronics and printed electronics technology markets. These reports will interest those developing, manufacturing and selling printed electronics and those that seek to do so. Additionally, organizations moving towards product integration involving printed electronics; investors and potential investors; materials scientists, electronics and electrical industry professionals will also find these reports fascinating and useful. GII shares highlights from the reports below.

Stretchable Electronics Comes to Market

Research and development spending on stretchable electronics has surpassed over $1 billion dollars in the last 35 years. Stretchable electronics concerns electrical and electronic circuits and combinations of these that are elastically or in-elastically stretchable by more than a few percent while retaining function. The applications targeted by stretchable electronics are primarily in healthcare, including health-related monitoring and management for military purposes and sport. This report examines who is bringing what to market and why and it analyses where the most promising opportunities lie. It scopes the emerging stretchable technologies, many of which promise huge improvements, opening yet more potential markets.

This report examines how stretchable technology fits into the printed electronics and allied scenes, the materials and applications that look most promising and the lessons of success and failure. Included in the report are profiles of 55 organizations that have made significant advances, such as ACREA Sweden, Air Force Laboratory USA, Avery Dennison, the University of Heidelberg, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Princeton University, Stanford University, Palo Alto Research Center, Fraunhofer IZM, and more.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

Introduction to Printed Electronics

Stretchable electronics are considered to be a part of printed electronics because the cost, space and weight reduction sought in most cases is best achieved by printing and printing-like technologies. The term printed electronics encompasses thin film transistor circuits (TFTCs), displays, interconnects, power, sensors and even actuators.

This report is vital reading to understand the opportunity of the technology, players, needs and timelines, giving global coverage. IDTechEx describes the technical and market development and the many new applications, new suppliers and new users being created as a result of the printed electronics field. The report supplies comparison tables and new and dramatic illustrations from the smart airport to the next smart military aircraft, the car interior of the next Jaguar car and even examples of electronics as art.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

Inorganic and Composite Printed Electronics 2012-2022

The global market for printed electronics is forecast to reach $45 billion by 2022. This report reveals the rapidly increasing opportunities for inorganic and composite chemicals in the new printed electronics, given that so much of the limelight is on organics. Inorganics encompass various metals, metal oxides as transparent conductors (such as fluorine tin oxide or indium tin oxide, extensively used in displays and photovoltaic technologies) or transistor materials as well as nano-silicon or copper and silver inks, whether in particle or flake form. Inorganic quantum dots include carbon structures such as graphene, nanotubes and the various buckyballs etc.

Over the next ten years, improvements in inorganic conductors such as the use of nanotechnology and the lack of improvement of the very poorly conductive and expensive organic alternatives means that inorganics will be preferred for most conductors whether for electrodes, antennas, touch buttons, interconnects or for other purposes. This report considers inorganic printed and thin film electronics for displays, lighting, semiconductors, sensors, conductors, photovoltaics, batteries and memory giving detailed company profiles not available elsewhere.

An Executive Summary for this report and free sample pages from the full document are available at

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