STERLING, Va., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- NanoMarkets, LC, a leading industry analyst firm based here, has released a new white paper that addresses the role of nanotechnology in the semiconductor industry. The paper identifies key areas where nanotech will not only extend the capabilities of traditional CMOS but also enable development of new technologies that will create significant opportunities for the electronics industry. The paper is available for download at http://www.nanomarkets.net. Key Findings: In its new white paper, NanoMarkets examines a number of important ways in which nanotechnology is already impacting the semiconductor industry, as well as ways in which it will soon have an impact. While some semiconductor firms loosely apply the term "nanotechnology" to production at 95-nm node sizes and below, NanoMarkets states that nanotech is more than a term to denote scalability. In this new paper, the firm discusses how nanotechnology will ultimately change the semiconductor market, both in terms of production and in terms of materials platforms. NanoMarkets believes that the biggest impact nanotech will have on the semiconductor industry will actually fall outside the CMOS paradigm and claims that this impact is already being felt in: Nonvolatile Memory: Non-volatile memory is a key enabler for mobile computing, but whereas current flash technology solutions have limited capacity and speed, commercially available nanoengineered solutions such as FRAM and MRAM offer considerable performance improvements. "Nanomemory" is getting considerable backing from industry giants such as Freescale, IBM, Infineon and Intel. "Plastic" Electronics: Xerox, Sony and others say that they are ready to bring thin-film electronics products to market. Unlike CMOS, plastic electronics keeps unit costs low for small-volume production, while also offering superior thermal properties. This enables novel products to be created. By 2006, large roll-up screens for mobile computing will be available and plastic electronics will lower the cost of RFID tags making them usable for disposable items. Nanosensors: Nanosensors offer a much lower detection threshold than rival technologies, because they are capable of detecting changes at the molecular or atomic level. In some cases, this is overkill, but in some mission- critical applications it is exactly what is needed. Examples of where nanosensors would be of huge importance include biotoxin detection for homeland security and in healthcare where they can provide early warnings of cancer. The data for this paper was sourced from a soon-to-be-released report titled, "Emerging Nanoelectronics Markets." This and other papers that address the intersection of nanotechnology and the electronics industry may be accessed by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.nanomarkets.net. About NanoMarkets: NanoMarkets analyzes the impact of nanotechnology on both established and emerging markets with a focus on the realms of communications, IT, semiconductors, bio-medical and energy. The firm provides market research reports, customized industry analyses and general market commentary for companies looking to capitalize on nanotechnology-based opportunities. Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net to learn more.
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