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Markets for Nanocrystalline Silicon Devices to Reach $2.1 Billion by 2016

NanoMarkets, the leading provider of industry analysis and market and technology research services for companies competing for or interested in thin film, organic and printable electronics related markets, has announced that it is continuing its coverage of markets for nanocrystalline silicon and printed silicon devices with a new report, "Opportunities for Nanosilicon: 2009 to 2016." This report provides an eight-year forecast of nanocrystalline silicon devices and subsystems used for photovoltaics, memories, display backplanes, and RFID devices, as well as other smaller applications. According to the report, revenues from nanocrystalline silicon products will reach around $2.1 billion in 2016.

Further details about the report are available at Executive summaries for registered press are available upon request.

Key findings:

Photovoltaics will be the largest segment of the nanosilicon market with revenues from this segment reaching $1.5 billion in 2016. The report notes that although nanosilicon PV technology is in its infancy, it could solve some of the toughest problems currently facing the thin-film/flexible PV business. Nanosilicon PV requires far less complex and expensive encapsulation than CIGS or organic PV, while at the same time promising higher conversion efficiencies than amorphous silicon PV.

The nonvolatile memory industry is seeking options to allow continued scaling of memory arrays beyond what is possible with conventional floating-gate memory technology. One solution is to use silicon nanocrystals as the floating gates making charge retention more robust and reducing the thickness of gate oxide required to prevent leakage. Device-level revenues generated by nanocrystalline silicon floating gate memories are likely to reach well over $300 million by 2016.

Nanosilicon thin-film transistors (TFTs) have many advantages, some of which are similar to those of organic TFTs (OTFTs); they can be created with low-cost materials and deposition methods, for example. However, nanosilicon TFTs can offer much higher performance than OTFTs, as well as a greater tolerance to moisture and air exposure. NanoMarkets believes that nanosilicon TFTs for RFID in particular will quickly become cost competitive with the current conventional silicon solutions for RFID. By 2016, the value of nanosilicon TFT backplanes and RFID tags combined with reach about $315 million.

About the Report:

This new report from NanoMarkets analyzes and quantifies the nanosilicon market in 2009 and beyond, showing how it is doing in the current difficult economic situation and pointing to where the use of silicon nanomaterials and structures can still produce profits. This report covers the complete range of nanosilicon applications that are likely to yield significant market opportunities in the next eight years. Companies mentioned in this report include Atmel, Cima NanoTech, Dow Corning, First Solar, Freescale, Infineon, Innovalight, Intel, Kenmos Photovoltaic, Kovio, NanoGram, NanoPV, Nanosys, OTB Solar, Roth & Rau, Samsung, Sanyo, Solasta, Solexant, Solexel, STMicroeelctronics, SunFlake and Toshiba.

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