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Report: Nanocrystalline to challenge organic materials

Posted: 24 Oct 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:silicon nanocrystal  nanocrystalline market  printed silicon 

Silicon nanocrystals and printed forms of silicon will transform electronics over the next decade with new memory, logic, photovoltaic and optoelectronic reaching Rs.10,112.07 crore ($2.5 billion) in revenue by 2015, according to a new report from NanoMarkets LC.

The report said that the new silicon revolution will bring the semiconductor industry's huge experience with manufacturing silicon devices to bear on flexible and large electronics for the first time, challenging the role of organic materials. The revolution will also provide novel ways of scaling semiconductor products made from traditional materials that no longer do their job as devices follow Moore's Law beyond the 45nm node.

Ink jet, transfer printing and other forms of printing silicon are expected to bring new levels of functionality and performance to printed RFID and display backplanes. This new technology presents a threat to firms developing organic transistors aimed at similar markets and may also be the first printed transistor technology to find widespread acceptance for backplane applications in the huge LCD display industry. Sales of printed silicon thin film transistor products are expected to reach Rs.7,685.18 crore ($1.9 billion) by 2015.

The new silicon electronics and photonics will also create important new opportunities to sell high margin nanocrystalline materials, precursors and inks. The value of this opportunity is estimate to reach Rs.2,139.71 crore ($529 million) by 2015, the firm said.

The report also forecasts that computer memories made with nanocrystalline silicon floating gates will be half the size of conventional flash memories, use less power and cost less. Such devices are expected to find ready markets in the consumer and automotive electronics sectors. Silicon nanocrystals could also serve as the basis for a new generation of optical memories that could help speed up traffic in next generation optical networks. Revenues generated by silicon crystal enabled memories are expected to reach approximately Rs.1,051.66 crore ($260 million) by 2015.

Solar panels created using nanocrystalline silicon—some of them printed with silicon inks — are expected to offer efficiencies higher than any current commercial photovoltaic cells can offer. By 2015 solar panels created using this technology are expected to reach sales levels of around Rs.990.98 crore ($245 million).

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