Integrated circuits based on conductive and semi-conductive organic molecules have been a subject in R&D for several years now. The status quo of the development is applications like transponder for radio frequency identification (RFID). PolyIC offers first printed RFID products in its product line PolyID®. The advantage compared to conventional silicon is that the organic materials are soluble. Thus, conductive, semi-conductive and insulating organic materials can be combined layer by layer in a high-speed roll-to-roll printing process (gravure, offset printing and so forth) into low-cost and mile-long organic circuitry.
The aim of this funded project “Development of CMOS-like organic circuitry – CosMOS”, which started three years ago and now concluded successfully, was the advancement of existent processes and materials for printing of integrated organic circuits that are based on two different transistor types. Furthermore, another aim of the project was the development of prototypes that demonstrate the suitability of such circuits for simple RFID applications.
The project was carried out together with the Chair for Computer-Aided Circuit Design (Prof. Glauert) of the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. After three years of intensive research and development, the results were presented at the final meeting. The most outstanding result is an organic ring oscillator circuit in which two different organic transistors were used. The organic layers of these transistors were produced in a fast roll-to-roll process. Another exceptional result is the production of an organic CMOS transponder with several bits memory capacity. The CMOS transponder was read out on a reader at the standard carrier frequency of 13.56 MHz with a reading distance of several centimetres.
The findings of the project can now flow into the work of the succeeding project “MaDriX”, which is about the development of a second generation of organic circuitry. Within this new project, PolyIC works together with four companies and several universities as well as research institutes.