NovaCentrix(R) Awarded U.S. Patent Critical for Sintering Metal Inks on Low Temperature Substrates

By Novacentrix, PRNE
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas, November 4, 2010 - NovaCentrix, a leader in printed electronics manufacturing technologies,
announced today that U.S. Patent #7,820,097 entitled "Electrical, Plating and
Catalytic Uses of Metal Nanomaterial Compositions" has been issued by the
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

NovaCentrix's patent covers in part the use of flash lamps to sinter
metal-based inks and materials on low-temperature substrates such as paper
and plastic and includes high-speed and roll-to-roll processing. This process
is critical to the advancement of innovative new products in photovoltaics,
displays, RFID, sensors, batteries, capacitors, and smart packaging. As
industry recognition, NovaCentrix received an R&D100 award for the
development of this technology in 2009 as well as recognition by industry
analyst group IDTechEx in 2008.

"One of the most exciting aspects of this technology is its scalability
and economy. Inexpensive flexible substrates can now be used. Furthermore,
processing can be performed at hundreds of feet per minute in a roll-to-roll
environment," said Dr. Kurt Schroder, Chief Scientist and lead patent author.
"In addition to processing silver, gold, and nickel used in conductive inks,
the high speed the process can sinter easily-oxidized particles such as
copper in an ambient air environment, thus eliminating the need for a
reduction furnace or inert atmosphere. This room-temperature process enables
truly inexpensive conductive traces for printed electronics."

"Our patent validates and sustains NovaCentrix's position as a lead
innovator in commercialized printed electronics technologies including our
PulseForge(R) tools that apply Photonic Curing(TM) processing," said Charles
, CEO and President of NovaCentrix. "Our customers may use licensed
PulseForge tools in their manufacturing processes without infringing this
valuable patent."

PulseForge tools use the Photonic Curing process to heat thin films on
low temperature substrates using novel flash lamp and power supply technology
to deliver continuously adjustable, megawatt intensity, microsecond
resolution pulses of broad-spectrum light. Unlike traditional oven
technologies, the transient nature of the patented process heats thin films
to a high temperature on low-temperature substrates, such as polymers,
without causing damage. By adjusting the pulse attributes using the
touch-screen interface, temperature profiles in the film and substrate can be
closely controlled and optimized for drying, sintering, annealing, and
modulating chemical reactions in thin films to achieve high-performance
properties at high-speed roll-to-roll photosintering processing rates.

About NovaCentrix. NovaCentrix, based in Austin, Texas, is a leader in
printed electronics manufacturing technologies. The company's PulseForge
tools sinter functional inks in milliseconds on low-temperature, flexible
substrates such as paper and plastic. NovaCentrix's tools process a wide
array of metal-based conductive inks, as well as non-metallic and
semiconductor inks. NovaCentrix also offers high-performance, economical
Metalon(R) conductive inks which work optimally with PulseForge tools. To
learn more, please visit

    Stan Farnsworth                      Charles Munson
    VP Marketing                         CEO
    +1-512-491.9500 x210                 +1-214-954-0260

Stan Farnsworth, VP Marketing, +1-512-491-9500, ext. 210, stan.farnsworth at, or Charles Munson, CEO, +1-214-954-0260, charles.munson at, both of NovaCentrix

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