The growing demand for flexible, large area electronic circuitry from packaging, displays, smartcards, sensors and other industry sectors will drive the organic transistor and memory market to $21.6 billion by 2015. This is according to a new market research report from NanoMarkets, an industry analyst firm based here.
Highlights from the report:
- During the past year, organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) and memories have achieved enhanced credibility as they have achieved performance at or better than some silicon TFTs and as significant investments have been made in production facilities for these organic devices.
- Organic logic and memory may be the best chance for bringing down the cost of RFID to a point where item level tracking of moderately priced products becomes economically feasible. NanoMarkets projects RFID that uses organic circuitry will become an $11.6 billion market.
- Smartcards are an untapped opportunity for organic transistors and memory and the market for organic smart cards is expected to be worth more than $4.0 billion by 2015. However, production innovations are required to get round the problem of the high-temperature lamination that is used in card manufacture.
- OTFTs are already proving themselves in the e-paper backplanes market, but there is much massive research efforts going into using OTFTs for active matrix LCD and OLED displays. This will mean that the OTFTs will have to switch faster than they do now, but the latest work on single-crystal organic transistors show that huge leaps in performance are quite likely. The OTFT backplane market is expected to reach $3.3 billion by 2015.
- In the recent past, the development of organic memory has languished compared to that of OTFTs. But it is now catching up rapidly. By 2015, $16.1 billion in electronic products are expected to contain organic memories.
- There are major opportunities to find new “inks” that will enable solution processing of OTFTs and organic memories at full production levels. According to NanoMarkets’ report by 2015 as much as $4.0 billion in materials may be sold for the production of OTFTs and organic memories.
About the report
NanoMarkets’ new report, “Next Chips: Organic Transistors and Memories and the Applications They Will Enable” provides a complete analysis of the commercial opportunities emerging in the organic transistor and memory markets. It discusses important applications including backplanes, RFID, sensors, smartcards, smart packaging, toys and novelties, as well as the latest R&D in the area of organic circuitry and related materials. The report also includes detailed eight-year forecasts of these markets and of the underlying materials markets as well as strategic profiles of 30 commercial firms manufacturing or developing OTFTs/organic memories and 59 university and research groups making leading edge contribution to increasing performance, using new materials and improving architectures for these devices.
NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging market opportunities in electronics created by developments in advanced materials. The firm has published numerous reports related to organic, thin film and printable electronics materials and applications.