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Organics, Edible and Otherwise

Saturday turned almost sunny so I headed out to run some errands. In particular, I wanted to hit the Queen of Sheba, a nice market selling halal meat. On the way, I happened upon the local Tet or Viet New Year’s festival. This is a Rat year which had little to do with my need for a bánh mì thịt nướng, a grilled pork sandwich. Once fortified, I continued on with my hunting and gathering and didn’t get caught in the rain even once. :: This installment’s subject is organics, and not edible one I’m afraid. I recently came upon the OEA or Organic Electronics Association’s second edition of their New Roadmap for Organic Electronics. The organic electronics discussed in the report are low temperature fab’d electronic circuitry and integrated devices that rely on organic semiconductors along side the more trad transitional metal–based ICs first invented by Fairchild. :: Organic semiconductor are typically comprised of doped polymers, aka plastics, that behave as a semiconductor yet do not share the mechanical characteristics of silicon and his brethren. Potentially lower in cost, with the ability to be fabricated with the same technology as an ink jet print head, organic semiconductors will eventually produce flexible computer displays and photovoltaics, printable batteries, ultra–cheap RFID tags and disposable consumer electronics (just what we need). Currently, OLEDs or Organic Light Emitting Diodes are the only widely available organic semiconductor components. :: The OEA is a working group within the VDMA, the Verband Deutscher Maschinen-und Anlagenbau or German Engineering Federation, an engineering professional service provider and industry association.” :: All for now, be good.

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