Materials and Equipment for Nanoelectronics Forecast to Reach US$4.2 Billion by 2010 Says SEMI Report

New Market Research Study Identifies and Quantifies Opportunities for

Materials and Equipment Suppliers in Nanoelectronics

Nov 14, 2005, 00:00 ET from SEMI

    SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The markets for nano materials,
 tools and equipment for nanoelectronics totaled US$1,827 million in 2005 and
 are forecasted to reach $4,219 million by the year 2010, according to Global
 Nanoelectronics Markets and Opportunities, a comprehensive new market research
 report that is now available from SEMI. Revolutionary nano materials, tools
 and equipment accounted for 10 percent of the market or $189 million in 2005
 and are expected to reach $866 million in 2010 led by growth in carbon
 nanotubes (CNT), nano imprint and extreme ultra-violet lithography.
    Global Markets and Forecasts for Nano Materials, Tools and Equipment for
                    *All figures in Millions of U.S. dollars
                                                     Compound Annual
     Markets                     2004         2010     Growth Rate
     Nano Materials               $161       $1,134          39%
     Nano Tools and Equipment   $1,287       $3,085          16%
     Total                      $1,448       $4,219          20%
     Nanoelectronic development activities in five electronics industry
 sectors, including semiconductors, displays, hard disk storage,
 optoelectronics/sensors and micro/nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS)
 are reviewed in this report, along with timelines for commercialization. Over
 the next five years, display products such as CNT backlights and CNT field
 emission displays (FED), as well as a number of polymer and transmission films
 using nano materials will be commercialized. The use of nano materials in the
 display sector will also allow the use of new manufacturing techniques such as
 ink-jet and screen printing technologies. Additionally, NEMS based memory
 devices incorporating nano wires and novel forms of semiconductor memory using
 a variety of nano materials, are also expected to be commercialized.
     "The electronics industry is leading the commercialization of
 nanotechnology.  While the semiconductor and hard disk storage industries have
 used nano scale features and materials for several years, nanotechnology is
 expected to play an increasingly disruptive role across the broader
 electronics industry," said Lubab Sheet, senior director of Nanotechnology at
 SEMI.  "However, few of the companies surveyed that are developing these
 nanoelectronics devices were able to articulate specific nano materials and
 equipment technical requirements, which creates a problem given the lengthy
 development cycles required to develop production quality nano materials and
 tools.  The report tries to fill this gap by summarizing the nano materials
 and tools needed in each industry sector for each type of nanoelectronic
 device, to help bring some clarity to the space and highlight the opportunity
 areas for SEMI members."
     The report includes definitions for nano materials, tools and equipment
 for nanoelectronics, highlights requirements by application area, provides
 market sizes and forecasts for the global nano materials, tools and equipment
 markets by segment and summarizes the opportunities for materials and
 equipment suppliers.  Some of the key findings include:
     -- Industries that are more focused on technology challenges including the
        semiconductor industry, are generally more conservative in adopting new
        technologies, while those focused more on cost challenges such as
        displays and hard disk storage are more willing to try new approaches.
     -- Start-up companies face high barriers to entry in the nano materials,
        tools and equipment markets due to large R&D budgets, challenging
        market timing, stringent technical requirements and demanding customer
        service and applications support.  Start-ups will establish footholds
        by licensing proven technologies or aligning with key suppliers to help
        facilitate faster adoption of nano materials, tools and equipment in
        the market place.
     -- The largest opportunities for nano materials suppliers are actually
        outside of the nanoelectronic industry over the next five years.
        Industries such as construction materials, automotive and industrial
        chemicals and sporting goods require significant volumes of nano
        materials with significantly lower technical requirements than
        electronics applications.
     -- Over the next 15 to 20 years, there will be an integration of
        nanoelectronics with biology and medicine, which will result in the
        development of a wide range of new markets. The first step is
        integration across nanoelectronic sectors which has already begun.
     Covering industry nanotechnology R&D activities, timelines for device and
 application commercialization as well as the technical and market implications
 for nano materials, tools and equipment markets, the 53-page report contains
 more than 45 tables, detailed facts and figures based on over 135 in-depth
 interviews conducted with both domestic and international organizations.
 Interviews were conducted with semiconductor, display, hard disk storage,
 optoelectronics/sensor and MEMS/NEMS manufacturers; electronics industry
 manufacturing consortia; materials suppliers and equipment suppliers.
     The report was developed in cooperation with and support from the
 Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Additional support was provided by
 Industrial Economics & Knowledge Center (IEK) -- a division of the Industrial
 Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Intercoverage, Lux Research and Wicht
 Technologie Consultancy.
     The report is available for purchase from SEMI for US$4,000 for SEMI and
 SIA members/single user, and US$5,000 for non-members/single user.  A company-
 wide site license is available for US$12,500 for SEMI and SIA corporate
 members companies and US$15,000 for non-members.  For more information, or to
 order the report, call SEMI Global Sales and Services at 1-877-746-7788 (U.S.
 toll-free) or 1-408-943-6901.
     SEMI is a global industry association serving companies that provide
 equipment, materials and services used to manufacture semiconductors,
 displays, nano-scaled structures, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and
 related technologies. SEMI maintains offices in Austin, Beijing, Brussels,
 Hsinchu, Moscow, San Jose (Calif.), Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and
 Washington, D.C. For more information, visit