PragmatIC unveils billion unit baby
Flexible electronics trailblazer PragmatIC, headquartered in Cambridge, is establishing a billion-unit production capacity centre by 2018 for its world-leading integrated circuits.
Its first FlexLogIC™ fab-in-a-box system is being commissioned to enable mass market roll-out of intelligence for everyday items.
Founder and CEO Scott White says the business has secured agreements for installation of its first FlexLogIC system capable of producing billions of flexible integrated circuits.
With the concept announced a year ago, PragmatIC has now completed design and engineering work and the final specification delivers both higher capacity and lower production cost than the original concept.
The first system will be collocated with PragmatIC’s existing pilot production in Sedgefield, County Durham, in facilities leased from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) at the UK’s National Printable Electronics Centre.
All equipment orders have been placed, and initial deliveries are already on site. The system will be commissioned through 2017 ready for volume production in early 2018.
The FlexLogIC system will enable PragmatIC to deliver on the commercial promise of its unique technology platform, producing flexible integrated circuits in the volumes needed for mass-market roll-out across initial target markets including labels, packaging, fast moving consumer goods, toys and games.
Founder and CEO Scott White said: “Flexible electronic devices have opened up new applications that were previously not possible with conventional silicon chips, but the benefits can only be realised if they achieve the right cost point and scalable capacity needed for billions of circuits and beyond. “These agreements mark a major milestone in PragmatIC’s ambition to make smart objects truly viable in consumer markets.
“We are excited to have all the pieces in place for scaling up our production capacity and delivering flexible integrated circuits to our customers in mass-market quantities.”
PragmatIC’s unique technology platform enables integrated circuits thinner than a human hair that can be easily embedded in any surface, introducing interactivity into a wide range of everyday items.
At a fraction of the price of conventional silicon chips, PragmatIC’s products are being adopted by a growing base of multi-national customers across diverse sectors including consumer goods, packaging, security printing, and mainstream electronics.
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: PragmatIC CEO, Scott White