MUNICH, Germany Silicon nanocrystals and printed forms of silicon will have a strong impact on conventional electronic circuits as well as on organic electronics, predicts market researcher NanoMarkets LC. In a report, the company forecasts a market volume of $2.5 billion by 2015.
These innovative technologies will enable new memory, logic, photovoltaic and optoelectronic products, the researchers say. At the same time, silicon nanocrystals and printed silicon will challenge the role of organic materials. Enabling the production of large flexible electronic devices such as sensors and displays, the adoption of printed forms of silicon will provide novel ways of scaling semiconductor products made from traditional materials that no longer do their job as devices follow Moore's Law beyond the 45 nm node.
In particular, ink jet, transfer printing and similar forms of printing silicon will present a threat to companies that develop organic semiconductors. Used in printed RFID circuits and display backplanes, printed silicon will be the first printed transistor technology to find widespread acceptance in backplane applications. NanoMarkets researchers predict a sales volume for this technology of $1.9 billion by 2015. During the same period, The business with materials such as nanocrystals, precursors and inks will reach a volume of $529 million.
Memory manufacturers will see a strong impact through the novel technology: memory devices made with nanocrystalline silicon floating gates will be half the size of conventional Flash memories and at the same time be cheaper and consume less energy. NanoMarkets sees applications for these devices in consumer and automotive applications as well as in a new generation of optical memories to be used in next generation of optical networks. Revenues will reach $260 million by 2015, the market researchers estimate.
In the photovoltaics segment, printed silicon inks could achieve higher efficiency compared with conventional solar cells, creating a business opportunity of about $245 million.