Printable Nanocube Memory Ink
Nanocube Memory Ink has the potential to deliver memory and data storage to transparent substrates such as plastic and glass where conventional silicon storage technologies can't reach.
Australian Advanced Materials is developing Nanocube Memory Ink, a revolutionary printable memory technology developed at the University of New South Wales, CSIRO and VTT group in Finland. The Company saw potential in early technology developed at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The Company backed Professor Li and Dr Chu who developed a transparent ink that could be printed onto surfaces such as plastic, glass and silicon. When deposited, the ink can deliver storage potential to the surface and allow for data to be written and read from surfaces that it was applied too.
Built for low power applications that require transparency and flexibility, delivering memory and storage to applications where silicon can't go.
The Nanocube Demonstrator Application brings together - Display, touch and memory to glass.
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What is Nanocube Memory Ink?
The Nanocube Memory Ink is completely solution processed, this means memory devices can be printed using standard printing methods available in the Printed Electronics sector today.
The ink technology is based on a new type of resistive random access memory (RRAM) using tiny metal oxide nanocubes which assist in storing data within a printed thin film layer.
Once grown, the nanocube particles self assemble and remained suspended in an ink. The Nanocube Memory Ink can then be printed using conventional equipment such as an inkjet or slot-die printers onto a variety of surfaces such as flexible plastic and glass, allowing memory to be stored on plastic, silicon and glass.
Potential of Nanocube Memory Ink
With the requirement for storage technologies increasing dramatically, a recent projection by IDC, sponsored by Seagate Technology projected annual generation of 175 Zettabytes of data by 2023 annually.
Nanocube Memory Ink is being developed to bring memory and storage capability to emerging applications for the Printed Electronics (PE), IDTechEx estimates the current market to be worth $USD 34 Billion, predominantly by OLED displays, conductive inks and sensors. With new printed electronics applications comes a demand for stretchable electronics, logic, memory, thin film sensors and inks.
Market projections for the Printed Electronics industry is expected to be worth $USD 73 Billion by 2027.
Australian innovation backed by Strategic Elements Ltd