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Nature13 November 2003

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Organic electronics: The WORM's turn

The world of consumer electronics could be revolutionized by the organic thin-film devices now being developed. Lightweight inexpensive organic electronic components can be printed onto plastic, glass or metal foils, but until now little attention has been paid to devising an organic electronic memory. Now a WORM (write-once-read-many-times) memory has been developed based on the hybrid integration of an electrochromic polymer with a thin-film silicon diode deposited onto a flexible metal foil substrate. Already the system can archive more than 1 megabit of data at a rapid rate (less than a second), and is potentially cheaper to make than existing programmable and flash memories.

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A polymer/semiconductor write-once read-many-times memory
SVEN M´┐ŻLLER, CRAIG PERLOV, WARREN JACKSON, CARL TAUSSIG & STEPHEN R. FORREST
Nature 426, 166–169 (2003); doi:10.1038/nature02070
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