Toshiba currently makes NAND flash memory chips with circuitry
widths of 32 and 43 nanometres.
The I3T50 allows developers to rapidly implement Smart Power solutions that combine digital, analog, and high-voltage circuitry
onto a single, compact Smart Power IC," said Marnix Tack, director of technology at AMI Semiconductor.
The wires may also prove useful in circuitry
incorporated into textiles, such as a shirt that monitors its wearer's vital signs, and in electronic systems such as instruments launched into space, which must remain reliable despite much vibration.
The AFE contains various circuitry
, including RF-amplifier, sample and hold module, and write digital to analog converter (DAC), analog peripheral controller DAC & 3:1 analog multiplexer.
CCD manufacturing technology, which is used to make image sensors today, requires special manufacturing facilities and is not suitable for the formation of additional circuitry
to perform the image processing functions.
The researchers patterned all the circuitry
, including the transistors, onto sheets of plastic 25 microns thick.
A moving laser beam is used to trace the paths of highdensity circuitry
on the molded part.
The new prototype circuits, which are slower than today's circuitry
, may be forerunners of the devices that will supersede conventional microelectronics.
Conventional methods for patterning circuitry
onto silicon wafers don't work well for creating complex circuits on flexible plastic.