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Thinfilm demos temperature-tracking label for perishable goods

18 Oct 2013

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Thin Film Electronics presented its Smart Sensor temperature-tracking label for perishable goods made from printed and organic electronics. The battery-powered label, which may be ready for mass production by the end of 2014, can be beneficial to distributors of products ranging from produce to pharmaceuticals.

In the system demonstrated recently, organic logic detects that a critical temperature threshold has been exceeded and signals the display driver to turn on a segmented display. Prior important technical milestones include low-voltage display driver based on complementary organic logic (June 2013); memory write based on detection of temperature thresholds (December 2012); full addressing logic for multi-bit read-write of printed memory (October 2011).

Davor Sutija, Thinfilm CEO, explains why temperature monitoring is just the beginning. "The integration of memory and logic creates an extensible platform, on which we will be able to create a wide variety of low-cost electronics in a label format. Printing provides scale and cost advantages that cannot be matched by any other electronic technology. With our customers, we are delivering the ubiquitous intelligence necessary to turn the Internet of Things into the Internet of Everything."

The temperature monitoring market is predicted to reach over $3.2 billion by 2020. Growing at 9 per cent annually, the market is driven by a global need to reduce waste and improve safety of perishable goods.

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