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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Plastic Electronics may Spell the End of the Silicon Era

According to the Financial Times, researchers at Cambridge University have developed a new form of plastic electronics that could revolutionize the way our electronic devices are made while dramatically cutting their cost for us, the consumers.

In 2000 Plastic Logic, a Cambridge-based start-up company, announced it was attempting to commercialise a form of plastic electronics that had developed from research at the laboratory.

By using a cheap and simple set of processing operations to build up layers of circuitry on plastic “substrates” – the material on which circuits are formed – rather than silicon wafers used in conventional microchips, the developments promised to slash the cost of making semiconductors.

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