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
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.
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.