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Opportunities for Printed Silicon: 2009 to 2016

  • ID: 1091672
  • Report
  • October 2009
  • n-tech Research
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Printing silicon means either using inkjet, traditional printing techniques or transfer printing to create electronic devices and photovoltaic subsystems with silicon derived materials. The concept of printed silicon has been around for a while but has grown in prominence in the last two or three years as organic electronics has not spread as rapidly as once expected. Printing silicon holds out the promise of combining the proven performance advantages of silicon with the low-cost manufacturing promised by printing. And while the focus is on printed silicon, many of the printing techniques being suggested could be extended to other traditional semiconductor materials.

NanoMarkets was the first industry analyst firm to recognize the revenue potential of printed silicon and we published a report on this topic in 2007. This new report builds on our considerable understanding of the potential for printed silicon and analyzes and quantifies the printed silicon/silicon inks markets in 2009 and beyond, showing how these inks and printing processes can produce profits, even in the current economic environment. This report also discusses the complete range of printed silicon applications that are likely to yield significant market opportunities in the next eight years.

Printed electronics is now much more eclectic than ever about the materials that it uses. This report explains where printed silicon fits into the entire functional printing picture, how it competes with other materials, and which applications it is best suited for. This report is essential reading for product managers, marketing executive and business development personnel in the printed electronics industry, as well as materials and inks firms looking for new opportunities, and, of course, printing equipment manufacturers.

As with all NanoMarkets reports, this report includes a granular eight-year forecast of revenues from silicon inks and printed materials as well as an assessment of the product/market strategies of the leading firms active in this space.

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Executive Summary
E.1 Printed Silicon and Its Applications: Market Potentials
E.1.1 Silicon Inks
E.1.2 Transfer Printing
E.2 Photovoltaics: Decent PV Performance Meets Rock Bottom Cost--Maybe
E.3 Display Backplanes: Printing for Flexibility?
E.4 RFID: Reducing Costs for Item-Level Applications?
E.5 Solid-State Lighting: Does Silicon Have a Chance?
E.6 Materials Issues and Opportunities
E.6.1 Printed Silicon vs. Organic Electronics: Where Printed Silicon Fits In
E.6.2 Opportunities for Ink Manufacturers
E.6.3 Opportunities for the Traditional Silicon Materials Industry
E.6.4 Printing Other Inorganic Semiconductors: Applications and Revenue Potential
E.6.5 Opportunities for Equipment Manufacturers
E.7 Firms to Watch In This Space
E.8 What's New Since NanoMarkets' 2007 Report?
E.9 Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of Silicon Ink and Transfer Printing Markets

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.1.1 Printed Electronics: Not Just Exotic Materials Anymore
1.1.2 Applications for Printed Silicon
1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report
1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two: Printed Silicon Materials, Technology, and Manufacturing
2.1 Organic Materials vs. Silicon in Printed Electronics
2.1.1 TFTs and Memory
2.1.2 Photovoltaics
2.2 Silicon Inks and Printing Technology
2.3 Evolution of Silicon Ink Formulations
2.3.1 Special Considerations for Inkjet Printing
2.3.2 Key Players in Silicon Inks
2.4 Transfer Printing
2.5 Printing Other Inorganic Semiconductors
2.6 Substrates for Printed Silicon
2.6.1 Silicon
2.6.2 Glass
2.6.3 Metal Foils
2.6.4 Plastic
2.6.5 Paper and Board
2.7 Environmental, Health, and Safety Concerns with Silicon Inks
2.8 Key Points Made in this Chapter

Chapter Three: Printed Silicon Applications and Markets
3.1 Printed Silicon in the Current Economy: Competing Interests
3.2 Printed Silicon in Photovoltaics
3.2.1 Key Players
3.2.2 Can Printed Silicon PV Be as Cheap as OPV?
3.2.3 Printed Silicon vs. Other Printed PV
3.3 Printed Silicon in Display Backplanes
3.3.1 Printed Silicon vs. Traditional Silicon TFTs
3.3.2 Printed Silicon vs. OTFTs
3.3.3 Key Players and Research Groups
3.4 Printed Silicon and RFID
3.4.1 Key Players and Research Groups
3.4.2 Current State of Printing in the RFID Business
3.4.3 Printed Silicon vs. Traditional RFID Chips
3.4.4 Printed Silicon vs. OTFTs in RFID
3.4.5 Can Printed Silicon Help to Move RFID to the Item Level?
3.5 Printed Silicon Lighting
3.5.1 Printed Silicon vs. OLEDs and HB-LEDs: Does Silicon Stand a Chance?
3.6 Key Points Made in this Chapter

Chapter Four: Eight-Year Forecasts of Printed Silicon Markets
4.1 Forecasting Methodology
4.1.1 Data Sources
4.1.2 Scope of Forecast
4.1.3 Alternative Scenarios and Other Factors Taken Into Consideration
4.1.4 Some Notes on Pricing
4.2 Forecasts of Printed Silicon Device Markets by Application
4.2.1 Photovoltaics
4.2.2 Display Backplanes
4.2.3 RFID
4.2.4 Lighting and Other Applications
4.3 Forecasts of Silicon Ink Markets
4.4 Forecasts of Silicon-Based Transfer Printing Markets

Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report

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List of Exhibits

Exhibit E-1: Device Revenues from Printed Silicon by Application ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-1: Printed Silicon in Photovoltaic Applications
Exhibit 4-2: Printed Silicon in Display Backplane Applications
Exhibit 4-3: Printed Silicon in RFID Applications
Exhibit 4-4: Printed Silicon in Other Applications
Exhibit 4-5: Ink-Printed Silicon Products by Silicon Ink Composition, Application Level ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-6: Silicon Ink Revenues by Silicon Ink Composition and Application ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-7: Silicon Ink Revenues by Printing Type and Application ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-8: Application Revenues by Printing Type and Application ($ Millions)
Exhibit 4-9: Transfer Printed Silicon Products, Application Level ($ Millions)
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