Ilika plc (LON:IKA) Chief Financial Officer Steve Boydell caught up with DirectorsTalk for an exclusive interview to discuss their technical collaboration with PragmatIC and Arm Holdings
Q1: We saw an exciting announcement today in that you’ve announced a collaboration with PragmatIC and Arm Holdings. Now, the press release refers to flexible electronics, can you tell us what’s meant by that?
A1: Flexible electronics are electronic devices in circuits that can be printed onto flexible substrates which are usually plastic, the idea is to make low cost electronics that can be integrated into packaging.
Q2: Could you give us an example?
A2: RFID devices are good example, these are tags that are used to tag objects, they contain information that is scanned using an RFID reader. Broadly, these tags can be thought of as an enabling technology for the Internet of Things.
Q3: How does this project tie in with Ilika’s Stereax battery road map?
A3: Our Stereax micro batteries like the M250 and the P180 are designed to power Internet of Things devices, some RFID tags are passive and draw power from the RFID reader, but others are active and require a power source to emit data to the reader. Hence, you can imagine some RFID devices incorporating flexible electronics from this programme being combined with Stereax batteries.
Q4: So, why is that Ilika has chosen to work with Arm and PragmatIC on this project?
A4: Arm is probably the leading provider of IoT technology and PragmatIC is the UK developer of flexible electronics, so the collaboration is well positioned to provide a strong solution in this field.