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Printable Electronics Market Outlook: An Applications-Based Assessment

  • ID: 587714
  • Report
  • February 2008
  • 197 Pages
  • n-tech Research
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This report analyzes and forecasts all the applications in which printable electronics (PE) is being used or is likely to be used in the next eight years. It is based on ongoing primary and secondary research in this rapidly growing area and will be essential reading to materials and equipment firms, as well as technology developers and investors considering their future in this rapidly emerging sector.

Printed Electronics is attracting serious and growing attention from VCs and leading firms in the materials, specialty chem., semiconductor, consumer electronics and other sectors. New firms are springing up. Substantial investments are being made by both strategic investors and VCs. Factories are being built. And the first products are appearing.

It is firmly believed that within the next couple of years PE will become an industry addressing huge applications markets with sophisticated products, much as the semiconductor industry does now. However, we have also concluded that the opportunities in this sector will vary considerably from application to application.

Within each application, we see the most valuable opportunities arising in different parts of the supply chain. For some applications the best opportunities lie in materials. In others it's the basic devices; TFTs, memories, OLEDs. In yet others, the money, we believe, will be made at the applications level; in specific RFID, display, or photovoltaic products for example.

This report tracks all the applications to which printed electronics is being applied and shows where the opportunities lie. It also shows how opportunities in PE are likely to shift over time as improved manufacturing equipment and materials become available. Some firms, long committed to printing as a manufacturing technology, have found current functional printing technology hard to scale up to full production. How and when will that change? This is just one of the many questions that this report answers.

Other questions that this report tackles: What will be the impact on PE applications of the new inorganic conductive inks beginning to make it to the market? What are the likely timetables in each of the applications areas considered for products to shift to the more sophisticated and useful? And how are business models in each application likely to change over time?

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Executive Summary
E.1 Summary of main opportunities in the printed electronics sector
E.2 Movers and shakers in printed electronics business
E.3 Summary of eight-year forecasts of printed electronics markets

Chapter One Introduction
1.1 Key market trends driving the printed electronics industry
1.2 Objective and scope of this report
1.3 Methodology of this report
1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two Printed Displays and Signage
2.1 Types of printed display
2.1.1 OLEDs
2.1.2 E-paper
2.2.3 Electrochromic
2.1.4 Emissive
2.1.5 Printed backplanes
2.2 Current and future applications for printed displays and signage
2.2.1 Mobile phone sub-displays
2.2.2 Mobile phone main displays
2.2.3 Book readers
2.2.4 Computer displays
2.2.5 Point-of-purchase displays
2.2.6 Information displays and signage
2.2.7 Smart cards
2.3 The firms that are shaping the printed displays and signage market
2.3.1 Printed frontplanes
2.3.2 Printed backplanes
2.4 Eight-year forecasts of printed display and signage markets
2.4.1 What has changed in the past year
2.4.2 Summary of forecasts

Chapter Three Printed Lighting
3.1 Types of printed lighting
3.1.1 OLED
3.1.2 Electroluminescent
3.2 Current and future applications for printed lighting
3.2.1 Backlighting for consumer electronics and automobiles
3.2.2 General illumination
3.2.3 Architectural lighting
3.2.4 Games, toys and novelties
3.2.5 Other
3.3 The firms that are shaping the printed lighting market
3.4 Eight-year forecasts of printed lighting markets
2.4.1 What has changed in the past year
2.4.2 Summary of forecasts

Chapter Four Printed Sensors
4.1 What parts of the sensor can be printed?
4.2 Current and future applications for printed sensors
4.2.2 Medical diagnostics
4.2.3 Genetic and proteomic research and testing
4.2.4 Environmental monitoring
4.2.5 Smart skins, electronic noses and electronic tongues
4.2.3 Smart packaging
4.2.4 Smart textiles
4.2.5 Military and homeland security applications
4.3 The firms that are shaping the printed sensors
4.4 Eight-year forecasts of printed sensor markets
4.4.1 What has changed in the past year
4.4.2 Summary of forecasts

Chapter Five Printed RFID
5.1 Printed RFID technology
5.1.1 Antennas
5.1.2 Tags
5.1.3 Memory
5.2 Current and future applications for printed RFID
5.2.1 Palette-level tagging
5.2.2 Item-level tagging
5.2.3 Animal and people tracking
5.2.4 Other applications
5.3 The firms that are shaping the printed RFID market
5.3.1 Antennas
5.3.2 Tags
5.3.3 Memory
5.4 Eight-year forecasts of printed RFID markets
5.4.1 What has changed in the past year
5.4.2 Summary of forecasts

Chapter Six Printed Photovoltaics
6.1 Printed photovoltaics technology
6.1.1 Silicon
6.1.2 CIS/CIGS
6.1.3 Organic and hybrid
6.2 Current and future applications for printed photovoltaics
6.2.1 Central generation and large projects
6.2.2 Building integrated systems
6.2.3 Consumer electronics
6.2.4 Military and homeland security
6.2.5 Other applications
6.3 The firms that are shaping the printed photovoltaics market
6.4 Eight-year forecasts of printed photovoltaics markets
6.4.1 What has changed in the past year
6.4.2 Summary of forecasts

Chapter Seven Printed Batteries
7.1 Printed battery chemistries
7.2 Current and future applications for printed batteries
7.2.1 RFID
7.2.2 Smart cards
7.2.3 Medical devices
7.2.4 Sensors
7.2.5 Displays and consumer devices
7.2.6 Military and homeland security
7.2.7 Other applications
7.3 The firms that are shaping the printed battery market
7.4 Eight-year forecasts of printed battery markets
7.4.1 What has changed in the past year
7.4.2 Summary of forecasts

Chapter Eight Summary of Forecasts of Printed Electronics Markets
8.1 Forecasting methodology
8.2 Summary of forecasts by product type
8.3 Summary of forecasts by end user type

Acronyms and Abbreviations Used in this Report

About the Authors

List of Exhibits
- Major Economic Drivers for Printed Electronics
- Industry Sector Crises and How TOP Electronics Can Help
- Firms Involved in Printed RFID
- Firms Shaping Printed Sensor Area
- BASF Partners in Organic and Printed Electronics
- Government Funding of TOP Electronics
- Summary of Eight-Year Projections of Printed Electronics Applications Markets ($ Millions)
- CDT's Licensees and Technology Partners
- Selected Firms Supplying the OLED Industry
- Emitting Materials for OLEDs
- Paper Technology vs. Computer Technology
- Selected E-paper Firms Shaping the Printed Displays/Signage Market
- Applications of E-Paper
- Will Flexible OLED Displays Catch On?
- Comparison of Display Technologies for Cell Phones
- Book Reader Products
- Advantages of E-paper for Smart Shelves
- Characteristics of OLED Signage Markets
- Performance Data on the Seiko Epson 40-inch OLED Television
- Summary of Printed OLED and E-Paper Forecasts ($ Millions)
- Summary of Printed Display Backplane Forecasts ($ Millions)
- OLED Lamps vs Competing Technologies
- Power Drain by Lighting Technology
- Backlight Technologies Compared
- Evolving OLED Requirements for General Lighting
- U.S. Companies Shaping the OLED Lighting Market
- DOE OLED Awards by Year
- The OLLA Consortium
- European Firms Shaping the Printed Lighting Market
- Asian Companies Shaping the Printed Lighting Market
- Summary of OLED and Printed Lighting Markets ($ Millions)
- Printable Electronics-Generated Opportunities in Sensing
- Roadmap for Adoption of Sensors in Smart Packaging
- Companies Involved in Printed Sensors
- Summary of Eight-Year Market Forecasts for Printable Sensors
- TFE's Partners
- TFE's Printed Memory Specs
- Selected RFID Applications
- Forecast of Printed RFID Revenues ($ Millions)
- Claimed Advantages of Thin-Film Approaches
- List of Materials Used for PV
- Forecast of Printed Photovoltaics by Application
- Forecast of Printed Photovoltaics by Application
-Companies Shaping the Printed Battery Market: Applications Targeted
- Selected Power Paper Partners
- Thin-Film and Printable Batteries Market by Manufacturing ($ Millions)
- Eight-Year Projections of Printed Electronics Applications Markets ($ Millions)
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