GLEN ALLEN, Va., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new report from NanoMarkets, an industry consulting firm based here, emerging thin-film electronics applications will generate $15.5 billion in revenue in the year 2011. The report, "The New Thin-Film Electronics" is the latest in a series of reports from NanoMarkets that examines how advances in materials and production modalities are enabling new growth opportunities in the semiconductor business. The firm has announced a webinar event to take place on March 7th at 10:00 AM EST to present key findings from the report. Those interested in learning more about the report and this event may do so by visiting firm's Web site at http://www.nanomarkets.net. Birth of a Market? By 2011, NanoMarkets expects that display applications using thin-film electronics (excluding LCD displays) will reach $7.3 billion. However, over the next two years the firm believes that the market will also see significant new business opportunities emerge from other applications of thin-film electronics such as photovoltaics, batteries, sensors, information storage and lighting. These new developments will involve some of the best known names in the electronics industry -- firms such as Sanyo, Sharp and Seagate -- as well as interesting start-ups such as Konarka and Innovalight. While established thin-film technology has had an important role in the electronics industry for many years, "the new thin-film electronics" as termed by NanoMarkets, is being enabled by a rush of new materials such as conductive polymers, high-k and low-k materials, silicon inks and carbon nanotube pastes. New production modalities such as printed electronics and atomic layer deposition are also contributing to creating the new thin-film electronics. Added together these factors are combining to change economics and create new products. For example, some display manufacturers expect to see thin-film transistors printed with nanoparticulate silver inks replace traditional ITO backplanes in the display based on lower costs, while thin-film batteries and photovoltaic cells promise new ways of powering mobile electronics and smart packaging. All of these new thin-film applications have potentially huge addressable markets which means that the new thin-film electronics represents not just the commercialization of a novel technology, but rather the birth of an entirely new sector of the electronics industry. This conclusion is reinforced by the fact that many of the new thin-film applications use very similar materials and production technologies, so that as the sector advances firms that have traditionally been active in thin-film displays could diversify into manufacturing thin-film photovoltaics or lighting without major difficulties. About the Report NanoMarkets' new report, "The New Thin-Film Electronics, Large Area Electronics and Beyond," provides a thorough analysis of market opportunities available in the new thin-film electronics business. It analyzes and projects all the key segments of the market including large area electronics (displays, photovoltaic arrays, sensor arrays, lighting, etc.), information storage (disk drives and memory chips) and semiconductor applications (next-generation interconnects and gate coatings.) For all of these applications, the report discusses why thin-film electronics is creating cost and performance advantages. Finally, the report examines the ways in which printable electronics, new deposition techniques and self-assembly are changing the value proposition for the electronics and semiconductor segments. The report is based on in-depth interviews of firms throughout the entire value chain including materials, manufacturing equipment, technology providers and finished products companies. The report includes forecasts through 2013 of all the major applications sectors for thin-film electronics and a guide to which companies are active in this space now and what they are doing. It will begin shipping the week of February 27th. Members of the press can request a full version of the Executive Summary. About NanoMarkets: NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities created by developments in advanced materials. The firm has published numerous reports related to the electronics industry with specific attention to nanoelectronics, organic, thin film and printable electronics. For a full listing of the firm's research reports, white papers and posted articles, please visit http://www.nanomarkets.net.