Session 23: RF Technology
Advancements in wireless technology for flexible printed electronics: how Near Field Communication (NFC) is shaping the architecture of sensor systems
Thursday, June 22, 2017
10:15 AM - 10:40 AM
The Savage, MN location of Molex (formerly Soligie Printed Electronics) is focused on providing customers with system level solutions for Printed Electronics and Flexible Hybrid Systems. This involves applying Molex manufacturing capabilities for printing conductive traces, attaching electronic components, and product converting. Molex employs sheet- and roll-based equipment that facilitates ramp-up of manufacturing from prototypes to high volume production.
Prior to manufacturing, during the design phase the entire product architecture must be considered from a systems perspective. For example, successfully reading measurements from one sensor system requires coordinated interaction between several separate electronic components before users can interface with useful data. In the case of sensor systems with wireless communication functionality, coordinated interaction occurs through a shared medium and this requires careful selection of a wireless protocol that supports the full set of all sensor systems.
This talk covers an overview of modern low-power wireless communication protocols (including NFC), the main elements in a functioning communication system, and the impact of component selection on the overall product architecture. This talk also covers case studies for devices that were designed to exploit aspects of flexible printed hybrid electronics, focusing on multi-parameter engineering tradeoffs between functionality, form factor, and power.
Dr. Cole is a Systems Engineer at Molex, Inc. His work involves collaborating with customers to take products from concept through prototype and up to pilot production. These efforts involve evaluating and applying new technologies towards flexible electronic applications. Prior to joining Molex he worked as a Senior Research Scientist in the semiconductor industry with focus on III-V and III-N material characterization and microelectronic fabrication techniques. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota where he published six papers on additive manufacturing processes using inorganic micro and nanomaterials to bridge length scales from <100nm to >100um.