With many applications such as smart packaging and healthcare requiring a display, for example to guarantee authenticity, or to provide a read-out of critical data, more traditional displays are proving too expensive, rigid and relatively bulky, which means that they are not suitable for packaging or printed media, or for embedding into mass market devices.
Ynvisible has developed a printed electrochromic technology for these types of applications, enabling sustainable ultra-low-power displays in novel thin and flexible form factors.
However, a driver circuit is also required to determine the behaviour of the display and that has required a separate silicon integrated circuit, which is not only cumbersome and expensive but also detracts from the form factor benefits of a thin and flexible display.
This agreement will enable Ynvisible to now employ a thin and flexible integrated circuit (FlexIC) from PragmatIC Semiconductor, which can be embedded within the printed display to deliver a complete module.
Under the agreement, PragmatIC will develop and supply a range of FlexICs that Ynvisible will then integrate into both standard and customer-bespoke display modules, with an initial focus on segmented displays for alphanumeric data.
“By integrating flexible integrated circuits we can now dramatically enhance the interactive solutions we offer our customers,” said Michael Robinson, CEO of Ynvisible. “We look forward to working with PragmatIC to deliver a range of flexible display modules for the Internet of Things.”
“Ynvisible’s electrochromic display technology is a great match for our thin, flexible chips,” said Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC Semiconductor. “Alongside our FlexIC Foundry, this accelerates our vision of opening up exciting new opportunities beyond RFID, such as smart medical devices and visually interactive packaging.”