Innovate with Flex’s core technologies to improve your product design and get to market faster

If you want to accelerate the development of your product, leverage Flex’s expertise in diverse and evolving technologies. Whether creating new products from the ground up or improving existing ones, these seven core technology offerings can transform your idea into the next game-changer in your industry.

Flex’s experienced design and engineering teams are ready to help you apply these core technologies in endless combinations across industries and applications. Flex pre-qualifies technologies for several industries, giving our customers accurate, advanced recommendations on what connectivity options to use, sensors to integrate, and more.

  • Sensors and actuators
    Build smarter devices with the power and precision of sensors.
  • Human-Machine Interface (HMI)
    Enable innovative, interactive interfaces.
  • Connectivity
    Transform the user experience with cross-platform connectivity.
  • Smart software
    Leverage smart software to gain meaningful insights.
  • Battery and power
    Develop energy and power solutions for a more efficient, sustainable future.
  • Security and computing
    Store and protect your data.
  • Flexible technologies and miniaturization
    Gain more flexibility in ever-smaller packages.
Sensors and actuators

Build smarter devices with the power and precision of sensors.

 

Smart devices measure the world around them. Whether helping farmers monitor and optimize watering levels or informing doctors of a patient’s glucose levels, today’s sensors are enhancing intelligent solutions across industries. Flex brings its expertise in sensor technologies and processing, paired with deep knowledge in motors and drives, pumps, robotics and fluid dispensing. Build smarter devices with the power of these technologies to read temperature, pressure, motion and advanced data, such as acoustics, magnetic images and biometrics.

 

Explore how sensors can enable life-changing scenarios in the healthcare industry in “The Future of Health in a Connected World.”

Human-Machine Interface (HMI)

Enable innovative, interactive interfaces.

 

Consumers today are increasingly demanding simpler, more intuitive and more responsive products. Advanced HMI technologies enable everything from cars to smartphones to respond to the user’s touch, face, movements and speech patterns. Flex’s HMI technology experts leverage the power of these capabilities to make using technology easier and more seamless—and they can integrate these advances in more applications than ever before. Flex’s HMI ecosystem comprises displays, touchscreens, secure keypads, gesture, voice and facial recognition, cameras, device response (audio, visual, physical/haptic) and more.

 

Connectivity

Transform the user experience with cross-platform connectivity.

 

Advances in wireless technologies have transformed the lives of consumers and revolutionized the operations of virtually every industry. Connected devices empower drone companies to pilot unmanned aircraft and consumers to control their homes from an app. Connectivity is at the very center of our intelligent systems that capture data and relay it for analysis and response in real time. Flex’s expertise in designing, building, testing and enhancing connectivity solutions extends to platforms including cellular (4G/5G), satellite, GPS, WLAN (Wi-Fi, LPWAN), short-range (Bluetooth/BTLE, ZigBee, NFC, RF), antenna design, Ethernet (10/100/1000 and beyond 10G) and optical technology.

 

Smart software

Leverage smart software to gain meaningful insights.

 

The Internet of Things (IoT) derives its intelligence in part from smart software. From Internet-connected thermostats, to watches and energy sensors, advances in smart software are creating intelligent IT ecosystems that can capture, read and relay raw data—then translate it into meaningful insights. Flex’s smart software technologies span endpoints, IoT gateways and the cloud to enable data collection, analytics and device management. This includes Android & iOS Mobile apps, API and GUI development, sensor fusion libraries, IoT gateway software and cloud connectors.

Battery and power

Develop energy and power solutions for a more efficient, sustainable future.

 

Next-generation products require flexible, advanced approaches to battery and power, including fitting batteries and power sources into smaller spaces, innovative new designs and ensuring they operate in tandem with other components. Access the resources you need to power your new products by leveraging Flex’s expertise in emerging and embedded battery technologies, energy storage and system integration, renewable generation (solar, fuel cell), charging systems (including wireless), power monitoring, distribution, inverters/converters and low-power circuits.

 

 

Security and computing

Store and protect your data.

 

Protection against identity theft and other security threats is now critical to the well-being of consumers and businesses alike. Across our homes and businesses, intelligent systems are collecting data from our movements, conversations and personal information. Shield your data against attacks and build an ecosystem of computing and security technologies into your product with access to capabilities including embedded system design, server design (Intel, ARM-based), blade server design, peripheral buses, embedded microprocessors, cores, low-power computing system integration and cloud infrastructure design/test support.

Flexible technologies and miniaturization

Gain more flexibility in ever-smaller packages.

 

As more and more products become “smart,” the underlying technologies need to fit into new shapes to offer powerful functionality in ever-smaller packages. Auto manufacturers are offering vehicles with more technology embedded in the curved consoles and dashboard. Apparel companies are weaving intelligent technology into fabrics — without sacrificing appearance or comfort. Advances in flexible technologies and miniaturization make these innovations possible. Flex’s capabilities in these areas include bendable, flexible, stretchable and layered circuits, printed electronics, soft encapsulation, adhesive technologies and miniaturized interconnect solutions.

 

 

Minimize your internal engineering efforts and accelerate proof-of-concept through product development stages of your product lifecycle with access to prequalified technologies in areas such as sensors and actuators or wireless connectivity. In addition, our Innovation Sites offer state-of-the-art equipment and capabilities, such as 3-D printing for prototypes or functional testing and validation.

Solve your most complex design challenges with a complete portfolio of printed circuit board (PCB) solutions. Multek Flexible Circuits Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Flex, is an industry leader in manufacturing single- and double-sided flexible printed circuit boards. The factory processes 15 to 20 million square feet of product annually. Multek is the largest producer of flexible interconnects in the U.S.

 

Learn more about Multek’s portfolio of powerful interconnect solutions at Multek.com. And contact us to discover what we can build together.

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