PragmatIC re-invents electronics manufacturing for the mass market


22-05-2018

PragmatIC, a world leader in ultra-low cost flexible electronics, is proud to announce that the first FlexLogIC™ “fab-in-a-box” has now been installed and commissioned in its facility at Sedgefield, UK.

FlexLogIC is a self-contained, fully automated system delivering high throughput manufacturing of ultra-low cost, thin and flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs). In contrast to the traditional silicon industry, FlexLogIC provides a radically different approach to IC fabrication which is aligned to the mass market volumes and low-cost requirements of embedding electronics in everyday objects. With its modular construction and capital investment several orders of magnitude smaller than a new silicon IC fab, FlexLogIC opens up the potential for a distributed and highly scalable manufacturing model.

The FlexLogIC system also delivers bespoke products with accelerated time-to-market, benefiting from its production cycle time of less than one a day compared with over a month for a silicon IC. This ensures that new flexible electronic solutions can be developed, tested, and rolled out in radically shortened timescales and with dramatically reduced risk.

Key features of the FlexLogIC system include: automation of all material handling to ensure optimal throughput and complete process repeatability; intelligent software control of all process flows, in-line monitoring and detailed material recipes to ensure reliable production with minimal operator intervention; and a self-contained clean environment to ensure high production yield even at sub-micron feature sizes.

“We are delighted to have our first FlexLogIC system commissioned”, said Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC. “We have already delivered FlexICs for assembly process qualification and are now focused on ramping our production to fulfil demand for applications with some of the worlds’ largest consumer brands.”

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PragmatIC is a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics. Our unique technology platform enables innovators to create novel solutions to everyday problems that are beyond the scope of conventional electronics. Our ConnectIC® family of flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs) are thinner than a human hair and extend proven applications such as RFID and NFC into mass market use cases, enabling the potential for trillions of smart objects that can engage with consumers and their environments. Our novel, differentiated products are being adopted by a growing base of global companies across diverse markets, including consumer goods, games, retail, pharmaceutical and security. Alternatively, designers can create their own application-specific flexible devices using our FlexIC Foundry™ offering at a fraction of the cost and time required for traditional silicon circuits, opening up multiple new markets beyond RFID. These FlexICs are manufactured on our revolutionary FlexLogIC® production system, a highly scalable manufacturing model for cost-effective high-volume production, achieved with orders of magnitude less capital investment and operating cost compared to a traditional silicon IC fab. PragmatIC is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with our first billion-unit production facility in Sedgefield. Shareholders include Cambridge Innovation Capital, Arm and Avery Dennison.

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