Motorola Labs has won a $7.85 million government grant to develop organic electronic materials and processing technologies for custom chips. The National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program awarded the money. Motorola will team with Dow Chemical and Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center on the project.
If successfully developed and commercialized, the new technology is expected to greatly reduce the cost of manufacturing products such as active matrix LCDs (liquid crystal displays) and smart cards. The project is expected to last four years.