Posted by HardOCP News 2:32 PM (CDT)
Tuesday November 01, 2016
Even after reading the complete description, I still had to look at the damn pictures before I could tell what Apple was trying to patent. Maybe that's the secret to getting patents like this through the USPTO, just baffle them with BS and say "carbon nanotube printed circuits" a thousand times.
An electronic device has structures such as substrates and internal housing structures. The substrates may be rigid substrates such as rigid printed circuit boards and flexible substrates such as flexible printed circuits, flexible touch sensor substrates, and flexible display substrates. Carbon nanotubes may be patterned to form carbon nanotube signal paths on the substrates. The signal paths may resist cracking when bent. A flexible structure such as a flexible printed circuit may have carbon nanotube signal paths interposed between polymer layers. Openings in a polymer layer may expose metal solder pads on the carbon nanotube signal paths. A stiffener may be provided under the metal solder pads. Polymer materials in the flexible structure may be molded to form bends. Bends may be formed along edges of a touch sensor or display or may be formed in a flexible printed circuit.