Kovio, Inc. was a privately held Silicon Valley technology company headquartered in San Jose, California that manufactured electronic devices based on a proprietary printed silicon electronics platform. Products included Near Field Communication (NFC) tags for use in mobile marketing, authentication, and advertising as well as Electronic article surveillance(EAS) labels for anti-shoplifting applications. On January 21, 2014 Thin Film Electronics ASA acquired Kovio technology, intellectual property and production equipment. Kovio was founded in 2001 under the name Nanotectonica by affiliates of the MIT Media Lab, including Joe Jacobson, Colin Bulthaup, Brian Hubert, and Brent Ridley. Kovio appeared at the 2007 IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA Conference, at which the company introduced the world’s first all-printed, high-performance silicon thin-film transistor with electron mobility of 80cm2/Vs. Kovio was subsequently awarded the 2007 Technical Development Materials Award and 2008 New Product Development Award by industry analyst IDTechEx.On January 21, 2014 Thin Film Electronics ASA acquired Kovio technology and production equipment.