PragmatIC and Smooth & Sharp Corporation (S&S) have entered into a strategic collaboration with the aim of accelerating adoption of PragmatIC’s flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs).
PragmatIC is a supplier of RFID inlays and manufacturing tools, while S&S specializes in ultra-low cost flexible electronics. S&S has significant experience designing manufacturing equipment for traditional silicon inlays, which has been adapted to deliver a new flip-chip machine for PragmatIC’s unique FlexICs. With a throughput of 4,200 UPH, the new machine is claimed to offer the lowest up-front cost for assembly of FlexICs onto paper or plastic inlays.
The new machine has been demonstrated not only with conventional aluminum antennas, but also a range of antennas produced by S&S using flexographic, inkjet and screen printing. The availability of printed electronic products further lowers the cost barrier for RFID inlays, noted PragmatIC.
‘This radical change in cost, coupled with the incredibly thin, flexible and robust nature of FlexICs, opens up the potential for consumer goods brands to rapidly adopt and scale new smart packaging solutions based on RFID and NFC functionality,’ PragmatIC stated.
PragmatIC CEO Scott White commented: ‘We are very excited that Smooth & Sharp Corporation is delivering solutions that enable the integration of our unique technology for ultra-low cost flexible electronics. Our strong portfolio of partners, including our global RFID and NFC inlay manufacturers, ensures that the worlds’ largest consumer brands can now add intelligence into everyday items.’
S&S CEO Alan Wu continued: ‘Smooth & Sharp Corporation is focused on delivering the best solutions for our customers. Combining PragmatIC’s novel FlexICs with our printed antennas on low cost substrates will bring significant advantages for customers who want to add RFID and NFC to a more diverse range of inexpensive products.’