NanoMarkets Releases New White Paper on Role of Nanotechnology in the Semiconductor Industry

Oct 20, 2004, 01:00 ET from NanoMarkets, LC

    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
     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
     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
     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 to learn more.

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