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Thin-Film Batteries Move Toward Commercialization

May 13, 2008

The Frost & Sullivan report Advances in Thin-Film Batteries has also identified growing interest in replacing conventional batteries with thin-film batteries in applications such as RFID tags, sensors, smart cards, and labels, as well as portable devices.


PALO ALTO, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Thin-film battery technology gained considerable momentum in recent years and now moves toward commercialization. This is due, in part, to significant advances in thin-film battery materials for substrates, anode, and cathode components. Additional developments optimized deposition techniques to produce quality thin-film batteries. Nevertheless, the high cost of these batteries is a major challenge that must be addressed to ensure commercial success.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "Advances in Thin-Film Batteries," finds that the small form factor, safety, and long life of the thin-film batteries will drive their demand in microelectronic applications.

"Thin-film batteries are smaller, safer, and more environmental friendly than conventional batteries, and they also have longer lifetimes," notes Frost & Sullivan Technical Insights Research Analyst Elaine Chan. "There is a growing interest to replace conventional batteries, such as coin cells, with thin-film batteries in applications such as RFID tags, sensors, smart cards, and labels, as well as portable devices. In the medical sector, thin-film batteries could be used for powering diagnostic devices, medical sensors, and medical implants."

Ongoing research in thin-film battery technology includes improved and cost-effective deposition techniques. Developments also involve advances in nanomaterials that will encourage the creation of next-generation materials with potential use in thin-film batteries and components.

Thin-film batteries are, however, considerably more expensive than conventional batteries due to their high manufacturing costs. For market success, the technology needs to progress to a degree where it can compete with coin-cell technologies on price, as well as performance characteristics.

"The thin-film battery components are prepared by deposition techniques, such as those used in the semiconductor industry, and it remains to be seen whether the ideal cost-effective production mechanism can be quickly achieved," says Chan. "Once low-cost thin-film batteries can be manufactured, the technology will most likely replace conventional batteries in their applications."

Thin-film battery manufacturers can lower battery costs by optimizing their production techniques and integrating batteries into the devices they power.

In addition, manufacturers should distribute their focus equally among lowering the costs, achieving large power density, and ensuring superior power management. A sound technological base at the R&D stage will translate to high-volume manufacturing. Strategic partnerships among manufacturers at both the supply-and-demand or application sides would also hasten the entry of the technology into the market.

"Advances in Thin-Film Batteries" is part of the Technical Insights program and provides a technology overview and outlook for thin-film batteries. Furthermore, the research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

If you are interested in an analysis, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview, summary, challenges, and latest coverage of advances in thin-film batteries, send an e-mail to Johanna Haynes, Corporate Communications, at jhaynes_ti@frost.com with the following information: your full name, company name, title, company telephone number, company e-mail address, city, state, and country. We will send you the information via email upon receipt of the above information. All media inquiries please reply directly to johanna.haynes@frost.com.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters and research services.

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