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Nanotechnology Report

Opportunities for Printed Silicon: 2009 to 2016

Category: Materials Published: Oct 2009 View Contents
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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.

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We were 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 our 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.

The concept of printed silicon has been around for a while but has grown in prominence in the last two or three years.