Flexible 'roll-up' electronics take another step forward with new research on circuits

03/06/2014 - 00:00

A study, published today in Nature's Scientific Reports identifies a new technology which could see flexible electronics such as roll-up tablet computers, widely available in the near future. So far, this area of electronic design has been hampered by unreliability and complexity of production.

Researchers from the University of Surrey worked together with scientists from Philips to further develop the 'Source-Gated-Transistor' (SGT) -- a simple circuit component invented jointly by the teams.

Previously, they found that the component could be applied to many electronic designs of an analog nature, such as display screens. Through this current study, researchers have now shown that SGTs can also be applied to next-generation digital circuits.


R. A. Sporea, M. J. Trainor, N. D. Young, J. M. Shannon, S. R. P. Silva. Source-gated transistors for order-of-magnitude performance improvements in thin-film digital circuits. Scientific Reports, 2014; 4 DOI: 10.1038/srep04295