FlexTech Seminar 2020

Flexible hybrid electronics enable automotive innovations

Topic: Canatu CNB material innovation enabling smart 3D touch HMIs and autonomous driving in any weather
Presenter: Samuli Kohonen, Vice President, Sales
Time: 8 December 2020
Venue: Sheraton Hsinchu Hotel, Taiwan

FlexTech 2020 Seminar, themed around how flexible and hybrid electronics foster automotive innovations, attracted more than 70 attendees from material, automotive, semiconductor and related companies keen on discovering the latest developments in the field.

Canatu’s Samuli Kohonen VP Sales, presented Canatu Carbon NanoBud material innovation at the event with special focus on the unique material properties, automotive applications, means of integration and key benefits for the users and OEMs. Watch recorded presentation below to learn how CNB material, powering smart 3D formed touch HMIs and film heaters for ADAS can help improve user experience, design and safety, and enable autonomous driving in any weather.


Canatu Carbon NanoBud material innovation delivers value across industries. Our automotive solutions range from unique 3D formed capacitive touch HMIs to structural film heaters for ADAS and LED headlamps, offering design freedom and intuitive UX, and enabling safe and autonomous driving in any weather. Our semiconductor solutions cover EUV pellicles and other advanced filters, enhancing efficiency and precision with positive impact on the everyday life through higher density and memory, among others.

Our solutions are powered by the unique Carbon NanoBud (CNB) material innovation which is a hybrid of carbon nanotubes and fullerenes. CNB has unique mechanical, optical, electrothermal and chemical properties. As a film, Carbon NanoBuds are extremely stretchable (>200%) bendable (<1mm radius) and conductive which makes the material ideal for state-of-the-art capacitive touch HMIs and ADAS heater applications.

What makes Canatu 3D touch to stand apart, is that you can turn virtually any non-conductive surface within a car into a smart user interface. CNB material can be deposited on any substrate be it plastic, leather, textile or even glass, and 3D formed into a tactile touch user interface. Due to high transparency, 3D formed touch HMIs can also feature LED matrix underneath the translucent material with hidden until lit effect further enhancing the freedom by design. Low bending radius enables sharp edges and draws and high transparency contributes to low haze and reflection which is essential e.g. in centre information display applications.

Structural CNB film heaters are designed to keep ADAS camera and LiDAR sensor surfaces clear from moisture and ice for a safe and autonomous drive in any weather. Sensor heating without optical distortion will become more important in level 2+ vehicles and above as the requirements for ever-more accurate object detection increase. Canatu CNB heaters can offer even heating and high optical quality keeping ADAS systems functional at all times.

In addition to the new material, Canatu has developed a unique manufacturing method that enables synthesis and direct patterned deposition of CNB films on almost any substrate material even at room temperature. Canatu has patents for the material, manufacturing method and different application areas. The CNB films and sensors can be thermoformed, vacuum formed, or pressure formed according to standard industrial processes. CNB films can also be injection molded with multiple resins, laminated within different materials or LOCA bonded to glass surfaces.


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About FlexTech Seminar
The flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) combine the flexibility, lightweight, thinness and of large-area electronics with the processing power of semiconductors to open a broad range of new applications across different end-use applications.

Automotive segment is one of the most promising markets. Whether it is sensors, OLED displays and lighting, in-mold electronics, printed heaters or other applications. With the rapid growth of FHE, it is expected the market value of FHE will reach from USD 95.28 million to USD231.12 million by 2025.

As vehicles continue to get smarter and more electronically sophisticated, new challenges are introduced throughout the production process. Factors in consumer preference considerations, safety requirements and the need for skilled design is further driving the automotive market.

This seminar focuses on how flexible hybrid electronics are applied in automotive to foster the industry development. The program features insightful presentations from OEM, Tier 1 supplier, PCB and material companies.