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Organic transistors, memory market to grow to $22B

Posted: 30 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:organic transistor? memory market? organic thin-film transistors? active matrix LCD?

The organic transistor and memory market is up for growth, reaching $21.6 billion by 2015, said NanoMarkets in its report "Next Chips: Organic Transistors and Memories and the Applications They Will Enable."

Driving this growth is the growing demand for flexible, large-area electronic circuitry from packaging, displays, smartcards, sensors and other industry sectors.

During the past year, organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) and memories achieved enhanced credibility as they have attained performance at par with or better than some silicon TFTs, and significant investments have been made on production facilities for these devices.

Organic logic and memory may offer the best chance for bringing down the cost of RFID to a level 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.

Meanwhile, smartcards are an untapped opportunity for organic transistors and memory and the market for organic smart cards is expected to be worth over $4 billion by 2015. However, production innovations are required to get round the problem of the high-temperature lamination that is used in card manufacture.

According to NanoMarkets, 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 will reach $3.3 billion by 2015, noted NanoMarkets.

The development of organic memory had previously languished compared to that of OTFTs. But it is now catching up rapidly. By 2015, $16.1 billion of the components in electronic products will 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 billion in materials may be sold for the production of OTFTs and organic memories.

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