Today, there is much research and work looking into the field of printable electronics. Printable electronics is a highly viable and innovative fusion of three technological areas — microelectronics, chemistry and printing. As such, printable electronics is predicted to become a significant industrial force. Printable electronics is the printing of various circuitry and organic LED’s on common substrates such as paper and plastic using a specialized inkjet printer. Many different electronic architectures have been implemented in printed electronics, such as flexible batteries, logical memory components, and field-effect transistors.
Organic Process Design Kit (OPDK)
The OPDK was created in the University of Minnesota and designed to fully facilitate the entire design of organic thin-film transistors (OTFT). Organic thin-film transistors are ideal for printing, but have always relied on examination for verification of designs. Layouts can now be drawn for organic transistors with verification introduced by the OPDK's DRC. While originally designed to be used with the Cadence Virtuoso design environment, our research is centered around translating or implementing the OPDK within an open source software.
Electric VLSI Design System
The open source software that we have concentrated on is the Electric VLSI design system from Static Free Software. Electric is a versatile program written in JAVA and provides many features needed to design and layout. Our ultimate goal is to create a seamless design flow that allows us to design an OPDK-based layout in Electric, export the layout to our electronics printer, and print circuits while gathering data on the quality and features of the printed circuits.