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Flex PCB Based Microsystems for Mobility Applications
Keywords: systems, environment, learning
PCB technology based on both rigid and flexible laminates is desirable for miniaturization of mobile devices and systems. The technology provides substantial flexibility in systems design. The ability to use flexible microsystems allows new sensing systems for mobile applications. Using this design, fabrication and construction approach allows lightweight, complex, and space efficient systems. Flex microsystems based on structurable, non-fiber filled laminates permits miniaturization to occur at two levels: at the micro scale with the embedding of microstructures in the substrate, and at the macro scale with the ability to flex the system across millimeter to centimeter lengths of real everyday objects. The macro scale systems further allows ultra large systems with high resolution features permitting novel sensor systems. Examples will be given where the technology has enabled devices, systems and packaging innovation across several spatial scales. Mobile (environmental, medical, portable, embedded) sensor systems all can be realized using this design and fabrication toolbox.
David Fries, Head - EcoSystems Technology Group
University of South Florida
St. Petersburg, FL

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