An advanced project funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (http://rbi.ims.ca/3844-536) aims to create ASICs using printers and organic substrates. If the work being done by Motorola, Dow, and Xerox, pays off, large area devices will be printed onto polymers, making it possible to create an active matrix LCD. The $15 million research project is targeting cost goals of $20 to $500 per square meter.
The series now can interface with a wider array of EtherNet/IP-compliant hardware across many industrial sectors, including factory automation systems, plastic injection molding apparatus, and materials-handling equipment.
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