MEMS and Nanotech Being Driven By Ink Jet Printing, RFID and Wireless Sensors

Next-generation RFID tags are driving increased innovation in both MEMS and nanotechnology across numerous product and market segments, according to Bourne Research.  The market research firm reports that use of nanoparticle-based inks is not only providing growth opportunities for MEMS sensors and hybrid MEMS ink jet printheads within a broad array of industrial applications, but presenting a potential competitive threat to several MEMS device categories.

“The emerging integration of wireless sensing with RFID is clear,” says Marlene Bourne, Principal Analyst with Bourne Research. “While MEMS accelerometers and pressure sensors are just starting to play a role here, the use of conductive ink for the creation of new sensing technologies may not only limit their opportunity, but that of other MEMS sensor technologies as well.”

Bourne Research reports that conductive ink is also resulting in products competitive to some RF MEMS devices.  However, despite the complementary and/or competitive nature of these developments, they highlight the increased convergence between MEMS and nanotechnology, as well as the opportunities and challenges both are presenting to the other.

The findings can be found in the Bourne Report Market Briefs, which provide a concise overview of how Nanotechnology, MEMS, and other emerging technologies are being used in specific market and/or product segments.  Each report includes the most recent product and application-specific developments, and identifies both market leaders and up-and-comers.

Nearly two-dozen topics are now available and include:

  • Bio/Chemical/Gas Sensors
  • Displays
  • Inertial Sensors
  • Ink Jet Printing
  • Smart RFID
  • Wireless Sensing
  • Aerospace
  • Automation
  • Batteries/Fuel Cells
  • Cosmetics
  • Food & Beverage
  • Military
  • Oil & Gas
  • Packaging
  • Renewable Energy
  • Robotics
  • Security
  • Silver Nanoparticles
  • Smart Apparel/Electronic Textiles
  • Smart Homes
  • Water

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