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post May 17 2006, 02:54 AM
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Just thought that everyone would like to see a little of an article in an older Scientific American (if you haven't already). I have not been able to find a link online that does not require a subscription but here's the first paragraph of an article on plastic electronics from the August 2004 issue.

QUOTE (Scientific American)

Strong, flexible, lightweight and cheap, plastics have acquired an additional attribute in recent years: the ability to function as semiconductors, forming diodes and transistors in plastic integrated circuits.  Now, as the first plastic electronics products are hitting the market in displays that use organic light-emitting diodes, the stage is set for a new era of pervasive computing with polymers.  Plastics may never match the sheet processing sped and miniaturization of silicon, but they will be able to go places that silicon cannot reach: ultracheap radio-frequency identification tags; low-end, high-volume data storage; displays that are inexpensive, even disposable, or that can be wrapped around a wall column; and wearable computing.  Other uses for conductive plastics include photocells, chemical sensors and pressure-sensitive materials.

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