Heidelberg Instruments announced approval of a grant for a government funded research project “Production Speed Digital Lithography”, a continental collaboration between the Centre for Process Innovation, United Kingdom, and Heidelberg Instruments.
The project is within the European Union program OLAE+ (Organic and Large Area Electronics, www.olaeplus.eu), will last for two years and within Germany is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Objective of the collaboration is to evaluate and demonstrate direct write lithography on plastic film for electronic applications. HIMT will be responsible for the lithography engine including exposure data processing. The flexible film material together with high speed, high resolution and good pattern placement accuracy are very challenging and require new developments regarding online position control and flexibility.
The development targets the growing market for flexible displays, RFIDs and other plastic electronics applications. Final aim is a cost efficient production method for large area plastic electronics.
About Centre for Process Innovation: The Centre for Process Innovation (www.ul-cpi.com) is a UK-based technology innovation centre and part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. We use applied knowledge in science and engineering combined with state of the art facilities to enable our clients to develop, prove, prototype and scale up the next generation of products and processes.
About Heidelberg Instruments, GmbH: With an installation base in over 40 countries, Heidelberg Instruments is a world leader in production of high precision maskless lithography systems. These systems are used for direct writing and photomask production by some of the most prestigious universities and industry leaders in the areas of MEMS, BioMEMS, Nano Technology, ASICS, TFT, Plasma Displays, Micro Optics, and many other related applications.