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Posted: Apr 06, 2011
Cambrios ClearOhm Film Used in Smart Phone
(Nanowerk News) Cambrios Technologies Corporation announced today that its ClearOhm™ transparent conductive film has been incorporated into the touch sensor of a leading smart phone. The touch sensor and touch module solution were developed by Nissha Printing Co., Ltd. of Japan and Synaptics Incorporated, respectively, and mark the first commercial implementation of Cambrios ClearOhm in place of indium tin oxide (ITO).
"For decades, the only transparent electrode material used for high quality display-related applications was the ceramic material ITO," said Michael Knapp, Cambrios president and CEO. "ClearOhm material is based on metal nano-wires, not a ceramic like ITO. It makes use of a completely different, highly manufacturable material for creating transparent, conductive films. ClearOhm material's deployment as part of this phone marks the first step towards its adoption as a higher performance and lower cost alternative material for consumer electronic devices."
"Cambrios first attracted my attention in 2008, and I have enjoyed working with them to align their development efforts with our advanced touch systems design and engineering activities," said Bob Mackey, senior scientist with Synaptics. "Cambrios' development efforts embody world class research and development methodologies, and ClearOhm material was heavily studied and characterized with real world conditions and manufacturing methodologies in mind."
Cambrios is an electronic materials company that develops proprietary, competitive products using nanotechnology. Cambrios implements its novel technology to simplify electronics manufacturing processes, improve end-product performance and identify ways to satisfy unmet industry needs. The company's first product is ClearOhm coating material that produces a transparent, conductive film by wet processing. ClearOhm films have improved properties by comparison to currently used materials such as indium tin oxide and other transparent conductive oxides. Applications of ClearOhm coating material include transparent electrodes for touch screens, liquid crystal displays, e-paper, OLED devices, and thin film photovoltaics.
Synaptics is a leading developer of human interface solutions for the mobile computing, communications, and entertainment industries. The company creates interface solutions for a variety of devices including notebook PCs, PC peripherals, digital music players, and mobile phones. The TouchPad™, Synaptics' flagship product, is integrated into a majority of today's notebook computers. Consumer electronics and computing manufacturers use Synaptics' solutions to enrich the interaction between humans and intelligent devices through improved usability, functionality, and industrial design. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. www.synaptics.com.
Nissha is providing valuable products and services to its customers and society at large through proprietary technologies developed based on printing as its core area of business. Nissha was founded in Kyoto, Japan, in 1929 with the aim of "creating a company that specializes, at an unparalleled level, in sophisticated photographic printing rather than the more commonplace typesetting". Based on this founding principle, Nissha gradually expanded business activities by applying the technical expertise it acquired in the field of artistic printing to various other fields. Currently, Nissha conducts operations in three business fields—Industrial Materials, Input Devices, Information and Communication. www.nissha.co.jp