PragmatIC, a specialist in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics, has reported orders for over 20 million flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs).
This follows the introduction of the first products in its ConnectIC family, PR1101 and PR1102.
PragmatIC CEPO Scott White said: ‘These initial volume orders highlight the attractiveness and uniqueness of our ConnectIC product line. Global companies, eager to enhance their digital presence, have quickly identified a variety of exciting use-cases for connectivity in everyday items.’
Orders have come from customers in Europe, North America and Asia. PragmatIC will continue to ramp production in the UK through 2019, while working with its partners to enable even more companies to leverage the benefits of FlexICs in their high-volume applications.
The PR1100 ConnectIC series is designed for use in closed HF RFID systems, and enables rapid detection of objects by low-cost custom readers. They are identified as being suitable for applications such as hierarchical inventory management, item identification and tracking, supply chain assurance and brand authentication. Other products in the ConnectIC family are already in development, addressing a range of use scenarios from open standards-based environments to customer-bespoke options.
ConnectICs are targeted at market segments such as food and beverage, personal and home care, pharmaceutical and healthcare. They also support the introduction of digital interactivity into physical toys and games, bringing the dynamic nature of online gameplay into the real world.
Raghu Das, CEO at market research firm IDTechEx, explained: ‘The RFID market is already worth $11 billion USD in 2018, rising to $13.4 billion USD by 2022. The rapid adoption of PragmatIC’s ultra-low-cost technology has the potential to increase the addressable market by an order of magnitude or more.’
To further adoption, Mühlbauer has qualified its TAL15000 system for high speed bonding of PragmatIC flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs).