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NanoMarkets to Report on Nanocrystalline Silicon and Silicon Inks

May 11, 2007

The upcoming study will examine the market opportunities arising from the use of these materials in printable and other forms of electronics, review what firms are doing in this space, and predict how the materials are likely to evolve commercially in the future.


GLEN ALLEN, VA /PRNewswire/ -- NanoMarkets, a leading industry analyst firm, has announced an upcoming report that will address the market opportunities arising from the use of nanocrystalline silicon and silicon inks in printable and other forms of electronics. The report will be available in Q3 of this year and extends NanoMarkets' on-going coverage of emerging electronics markets. Details about this and other reports can be found on the firm's Web site.

Opportunities for Nanocrystalline Silicon and Silicon Inks in Electronics: 2007-2014
As printed electronics emerges as a force to be reckoned with, its future will be dependent on high-performance semiconductor inks. At present, most of the focus is on organic inks, but these present serious mobility, stability, and cost challenges. As a result, a few companies are on the verge of commercializing silicon inks based on nanocrystalline silicon or on other silicon compounds. At the same time, the semiconductor industry is looking for new materials, as they increasingly face scaling issues. It is also investigating the potential for nanocrystalline silicon, especially in the memory area. With so much understood about the electronic properties and manufacturing of silicon devices, silicon-based materials have a natural advantage in all electronics markets. Firms that are now looking at these materials include Freescale, Innovalight, Micron, Samsung, Seiko, and Epson, to name but a few. There is also important work on silicon inks and nanomaterials being done in the lab, especially in Asia.

This is the "first report of its kind that analyzes and forecasts the market potential for silicon inks and nanocrystalline materials in electronics applications." The report examines what firms are doing in this space today and how these important new silicon materials are likely to evolve commercially in the future. The report also includes a detailed discussion of how and when these materials will be used in applications such as photovoltaics, lighting, RFIDs, display backplanes, and computer memory. It also discusses the technical issues around making nanocrystalline materials and inks and how these materials are likely fair in the marketplace in competition with other semiconductor materials.

About NanoMarkets
NanoMarkets is a leading provider of market and technology research and industry analysis services for the thin-film, organic, and printable electronics businesses (which we refer to as TOP Electronics.) Since the firm's founding, NanoMarkets has published over two dozen comprehensive research reports on emerging technology markets. Topics covered have included sensors, displays, OLEDs, HB-LEDs, e-paper, RFID, photovoltaics, smart packaging, novel battery technologies, printed electronics, organic electronics, emerging memory and storage technologies, and other promising technologies. NanoMarkets' client roster is a who's who of companies in specialty chemicals, materials, electronics applications, and manufacturing. NanoMarkets also hosts a blog on the Web.


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