PragmatIC's imprinted planar nano-devices included in focus of Holst Centre programme


PragmatIC Printing Ltd, the pioneer in imprinted logic circuits, and Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by imec (Belgium) and TNO (Netherlands), have announced an extension of their collaboration in the research, development and exploitation of flexible electronics.

Work package to explore potential of PragmatIC’s unique device architecture

Originally announced in July 2011, PragmatIC and Holst Centre have been working closely together on a research programme relating to oxide semiconductors, transistors and circuits. This programme has now been expanded with a dedicated work package on PragmatIC’s planar nano-devices.

PragmatIC’s unique, patented planar nano-device technology allows the fabrication of electronic circuits in a single layer of thin-film semiconductor, using a single-step imprint patterning (embossing). Avoiding the multi-layer structures required for conventional thin-film transistors dramatically simplifies manufacturing as well as eliminating the need to register successive material or process steps on a flexible plastic substrate.

This enables devices that are several orders of magnitude smaller than other approaches to printed electronics, resulting in extremely compact circuit footprint, improved operating performance, and ultra-low cost.

Under the new work package, PragmatIC and Holst Centre will jointly develop qualified processes and materials, making the technology readily accessible to Holst Centre programme partners and other PragmatIC licensees.

The collaboration will also extend existing joint research activities in materials, processes and circuit design, which have already provided invaluable support for PragmatIC’s rapid technology commercialisation.

Gerwin Gelinck, Program Manager at Holst Centre stated: “This broadening of our technical programme allows us to apply our significant expertise in printed electronics materials and processes to a unique and game-changing technology approach.”

Scott White, Chief Executive Officer of PragmatIC Printing Ltd added: “We expect our continued collaboration with Holst Centre to further enhance the strong technical knowledge base supporting high volume commercial manufacture of our imprinted logic circuits.”


About PragmatIC Printing Ltd:

PragmatIC Printing enables printed electronic logic circuits that introduce intelligence and interactivity into a wide range of products and applications, in form factors that are not possible using silicon chips. PragmatIC’s intellectual property covers unique device architectures, process techniques, and circuit designs that enable flexible imprinted logic circuits with compact footprint, high performance and low cost.

PragmatIC Printing operates a pilot line at the UK’s National Centre for Printable Electronics, part of the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). The pilot line supports customer prototyping activities as well as commercial production for new product rollouts. PragmatIC also licenses its technology for higher volume production.

Contact: Scott White, Chief Executive Officer

Phone:   +44 7808 056 894



About Holst Centre:

Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Sensor Technologies and for Flexible Electronics. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs. Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research. Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 180 employees from around 28 nationalities and a commitment from over 40 industrial partners.

Contact: Koen Snoeckx

Phone:   +31 40 40 20 561

Mobile: +31 612 71 98 43




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PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics. Our flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) are thinner than a human hair and can be invisibly embedded in objects, enabling innovators to create novel solutions to everyday problems that are not practical with conventional electronics.

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