Emerging Thin-Film Electronics Applications to Generate $15.5 Billion by 2011

Feb 22, 2006, 00:00 ET from NanoMarkets

    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.
     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.

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