Electronics.ca Publishes Thin Film Transistor Circuits Report

Electronics.ca Publications, the electronics industry market research and knowledge network, announces the availability of a new report entitled “Printed and Thin Film Transistors and Memory.” What new electronic product is being researched by organizations in over 30 countries but none have sold anything yet? According to this new report, the answer is Thin Film Transistor Circuits (TFTCs), which do not employ traditional crystalline or amorphous silicon, germanium or gallium arsenide and that can therefore be deposited at high speeds onto low cost flexible substrates.

Compared to the tradition, the new transistors variously use thin films of organic or inorganic compounds as the semiconductors and gate dielectrics, enabling flexible transistor circuits.

The new transistors can be deposited on low cost flexible substrates such as PET and PEN film, aluminum or stainless steel foil. As yet, they are much larger than today’s silicon transistors but they can be one hundredth of the cost, thinner and lighter in weight.

The report gets to the heart of this new transistors because the higher the mobility of the charge carrier in the semiconductor, the higher the frequency of the transistor, all other things being the same. Improving printable and thin film semiconductors is therefore a hot area of research, though the situation is rapidly changing.

“Printed electronics will be a $300 billion market within 20 years. The largest segment will be printed transistors and memory,” the analyst, Raghu Das, commented.

“They will drive lighting, displays, signage, electronic products, medical disposables, smart packaging, smart labels and much more besides. The chemical, plastics, printing, electronics and other industries are cooperating to make it happen. Already, over 100 organizations are developing printed transistors and memory, with first products being sold in 2007.”

This new report explains the many chemical and construction technologies of the new transistors and memory, profiles a large number of the developers and their plans, and forecasts the market size for 2007 to 2017, as the first production products burst on the scene and a multi-billion dollar business is created. 150 organizations developing the new transistors are compared. And it is intended for those wishing to see the big picture and those new to the subject.

Details of the new report, “Printed and Thin Film Transistors and Memory” can be found on Electronics.ca Publications’ web site.