Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thin Film and Printed Battery (TFB) Market Opportunities

Thin, Flexible and Printed Battery Market Will Increase To Over $300m By 2024

Form factor is becoming a major driver shaping innovation and transforming the energy storage industry globally. This is fueled by the emergence of new market categories such as wearable electronic devices and Internet of Things, which demand thinness and flexibility. These new market categories will help the market for thin and flexible batteries reach $300 million in 2024.

Thin, flexible or printed batteries have commercially existed for more than ten years. Traditionally, the micro-power thin and printed batteries were used in skin patches, RFID tags and smart cards. Today, however, the composition of the target market is undergoing drastic change driven by the emergence of new addressable market categories. This trend has enticed many large players to enter the foray, starting to transform a business landscape that was once populated predominantly by small firms.

The change in target markets is inevitably driving change in the technology landscape too. This means that the market in 2024 will look vastly different from that in 2014, both on the technology and market level. Technology and markets that are major contributes today will have a small role to play, while new segments and technology will grow to dominate this sector.

Printed-BatteriesFor more details of the new report on flexible and printed battery market, visit: Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2015-2025: Technologies, Forecasts, Players.


Thin Film and Printed Battery (TFB) Market Opportunities

Silicon Photonics Market Analysis by Products, Applications & Geography - Analysis & Forecast

Silicon Photonics is a relatively new technology which uses optical rays in order to transfer data between different computer chips and peripherals. New report covers particularly the markets for final products, devices and equipment that function on Silicon Photonics technology for six major application verticals namely: Telecommunications, Data communication, displays and consumer electronics, sensing, metrology, high performance computing and medicines. The silicon photonics market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.74% from 2014 to $497.53m by 2020.

Silicon photonics is being implemented by various companies in their product portfolios due to features such as high-speed data transfer and the integration of large data into a small device. With the help of silicon photonics, products such as optical waveguides, modulators, and photo-detectors can be integrated within a single device, providing a smaller form factor. In particular, wavelength division multiplexer filters (WDMF) and silicon optical modulators (SOM) have the highest share in the North American market currently. Thus, this shows that WDMF and SOM products in the silicon photonics market have great potential to grow over time.

The silicon photonics market is dominated by the North American region in terms of market size. Growing demand to transfer data as well as government funding in silicon photonics are motivating companies to launch silicon photonics products in the North American market, says the market research firm. However, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region has been growing at the highest CAGR.

In terms of the competitive landscape, the market is witnessing new product launches and large-scale collaborations, as well as agreements and partnerships across the value chain, with a number of tier-one players around the globe, notes the report.

The report lists the major players in the silicon photonics market as Intel (USA), Hamamatsu Photonics, K.K (Japan), Finisar (USA), IBM (USA), Luxtera (USA), ST Microelectronics (Switzerland), 3S Photonics (France), Oclaro (USA), Mellanox Technologies (USA), and Infinera (USA).

The figure below shows the life-cycle analysis of the various silicon Photonics application sectors based on factors like the time-to-market and the key features of the products in the different application sectors.

Silicon Photonics Application Life-Cycle Analysis

Silicon Photonics Market Report

Silicon Photonics Market Analysis

The figure above shows in detail the short-term, medium-term and long-term applications for silicon photonics products, against the different features of the products for each applications. Datacom application revenue will dwarf all the other sectors in the coming future. The low-power consuming feature and the high data transfer rate capabilities achieved using silicon photonics are the main reason for the growth in the Datacom sector in the near future.

In applications like Telecom (Long-haul and Metro/LAN applications), Bio-medical sensors, Fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and others, the major advantage of using silicon photonics will be the durability of the products as compared to the current conventional substitutes. Thus these applications will emerge in the medium-term (5-7 years).

In the long-term (beyond 10 years), silicon photonics is expected to become a default component of digital communication at the chip-level and board-level. These will open up doors to high volume of production and sales in the future.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report: Silicon Photonics Market Analysis by Products, Applications  & Geography – Analysis & Forecast.

Silicon Photonics Market Analysis by Products, Applications & Geography - Analysis & Forecast

Monday, February 8, 2016

PCB Industry Results for September 2015

North American PCB Sales Growth Continues

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the September findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales growth continued in September and the book-to-bill ratio fell back to a more normal but still positive 1.05.

Total North American PCB shipments increased 3.3 percent in September 2015 compared to September 2014. Year-to-date shipment growth finally reached positive territory at 0.3 percent, after struggling to overcome negative sales growth rates seen earlier this year. Compared to the previous month, PCB shipments were up 12.1 percent.

PCB bookings decreased 2.0 percent compared to September 2014, reducing year-to-date order growth to 5.2 percent. Orders were down 7.4 percent in September compared to the previous month.

“The North American PCB industry continues to see modest but positive sales growth, the result of strong order growth in most months of 2015. Orders contracted in September bringing the book-to-bill ratio down from a 5-year high in August to a more moderate level,” said Sharon Starr, IPC’s director of market research. “The book-to-bill ratio remains positive for the 12th consecutive month,” she added, “which is a strong indicator of positive sales growth in the fourth quarter of this year and into next year.”

PCB Book-to-Bill ratioPCB Sales Data

Detailed Data Available

The next edition of IPC’s North American PCB Market Report, containing detailed September data from IPC’s PCB Statistical Program, will be available within the next week. The monthly report presents detailed findings on rigid PCB and flexible circuit sales and orders, including separate rigid and flex book-to-bill ratios, military and medical market growth, demand for prototypes, and other timely data.

Interpreting the Data

The book-to-bill ratios are calculated by dividing the value of orders booked over the past three months by the value of sales billed during the same period from companies in IPC’s survey sample. A ratio of more than 1.00 suggests that current demand is ahead of supply, which is a positive indicator for sales growth over the next three to six months. A ratio of less than 1.00 indicates the reverse.

Year-on-year and year-to-date growth rates provide the most meaningful view of industry growth. Month-to-month comparisons should be made with caution as they reflect seasonal effects and short-term volatility. Because bookings tend to be more volatile than shipments, changes in the book-to-bill ratios from month to month might not be significant unless a trend of more than three consecutive months is apparent. It is also important to consider changes in both bookings and shipments to understand what is driving changes in the book-to-bill ratio.

IPC’s monthly PCB industry statistics are based on data provided by a representative sample of both rigid PCB and flexible circuit manufacturers selling in the USA and Canada. IPC publishes the PCB book-to-bill ratio at the end of each month. Statistics for the current month are available in the last week of the following month.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View Report Contents: IPC’s North American PCB Market Publications is an IPC member and authorized distributor of IPC industry standards, workforce training products, and market research reports.


PCB Industry Results for September 2015

Solar Panels Markets Reach $180.7 Billion By 2021

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “Solar Panels: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2015 to 2021”. The 2015 study has 537 pages, 212 tables and figures. Worldwide solar panels markets are growing as units become more efficient and less costly for generating electricity. Rapid adoption of solar panels worldwide is occurring as systems provide peak power efficiently.

The ability to remain competitive depends upon the ability to develop technologically advanced products and processes. What better investment in infrastructure on the part of a government than solar power? Cheap energy promises to provide water, cheap manufacturing, electric vehicles, all sorts of things more useful than a war that the government might alternatively spend its money on.

Main areas of solar panels is for: large scale utility systems connected to the electrical grid. Residential and commercial markets are evolving further.

Solar panel market driving forces relate primarily to the prospect of inexpensive, lasting energy from the sun. In 2015, analysts agree, a tipping point has been reached, solar panel markets are at the critical point in the market development, where an inevitability of adoption is certain. Solar panels markets have been an up and down evolving situation that was completely dependent on government subsidies.

Now the government subsidies seem certain. Market development without government subsidies seems certain. Utilities have to have solar energy. Governments have to have solar energy. People have to have solar energy. The stability of the solar panel market leads to a new and irreversible positive thrust for the market. Market development is certain to occur, the question is simply how fast.

Solar panel markets have crossed a threshold and gains will possibly have significant momentum, triggered by the technology. Solar panel adoption is now a dynamic process of innovation, insight, and influence through advocacy. The critical point in solar panel adoption is a process that is now unstoppable.

The growth of solar has been driven by a single paradigm at the federal and state levels worldwide. Now, with China so entirely dedicated to making solar less expensive than coal electrical generation, solar energy will take hold worldwide. Almost all solar has taken advantage of — and needed to take advantage of — state-level incentives.

China has had government subsidies for a long time. This continues to be the case, but in China now, grid parity is a result of taxing coal electrical generation, making solar panels attractive. The US is poised to see rapid adoption of solar panels in various regions.

According to Susan Eustis, the lead author of the team that created the study, “Solar panel market driving forces relate primarily to the prospect of inexpensive, lasting energy from the sun. In 2015, analysts agree, a tipping point has been reached, solar panel markets are at the critical point in the market development, where an inevitability of adoption is certain. Utilities have to have solar energy to meet the regulatory requirements. Governments have to have solar energy to achieve clean air standards. People have to have solar energy to charge electric cars. The stability of the solar panel market leads to a new and irreversible positive thrust for the market. Market development is certain to occur, the question is simply how fast.”

Solar panels have moved from the trial stage to the early adopter stage. Markets at $24.2 billion in 2014 are expected to reach $180.7 billion by 2021. Growth is expected to achieve rapid adoption of renewable energy.

Solar panels market sharesDetails of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site. View the report: 
Solar Panels: Market Shares, Strategy, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2015 to 2021“.


Solar Panels Markets Reach $180.7 Billion By 2021

Friday, February 5, 2016

Semiconductor Works Better when Hitched to Graphene

Experiments at SLAC Show Potential for Graphene-based Organic Electronic Devices

Graphene – a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon with highly desirable electrical properties, flexibility and strength – shows great promise for future electronics, advanced solar cells, protective coatings and other uses, and combining it with other materials could extend its range even further.

Graphene Report

A material made of semiconducting polymer placed on top of graphene conducts electric charge extremely well and may enable new electronic devices. This work was featured on the cover of the journal Advanced Functional Materials. (David Barbero)

Experiments at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory looked at the properties of materials that combine graphene with a common type of semiconducting polymer. They found that a thin film of the polymer transported electric charge even better when grown on a single layer of graphene than it does when placed on a thin layer of silicon.

“Our results are among the first to measure the charge transport in these materials in the vertical direction – the direction that charge travels in organic photovoltaic devices like solar cells or in light-emitting diodes,” said David Barbero of Umeå University in Sweden, leader of the international research team that performed the experiments at SLAC’s Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), a DOE Office of Science User Facility. “The result was somewhat expected, because graphene and silicon have different crystalline structures and electrical properties.”

But the team also discovered something very unexpected, he said.

Although it was widely believed that a thinner polymer film should enable electrons to travel faster and more efficiently than a thicker film, Barbero and his team discovered that a polymer film about 50 nanometers thick conducted charge about 50 times better when deposited on graphene than the same film about 10 nanometers thick.

The team concluded that the thicker film’s structure, which consists of a mosaic of crystallites oriented at different angles, likely forms a continuous pathway of interconnected crystals. This, they theorize, allows for easier charge transport than in a regular thin film, whose thin, plate-like crystal structures are oriented parallel to the graphene layer.

By better controlling the thickness and crystalline structure of the semiconducting film, it may be possible to design even more efficient graphene-based organic electronic devices.

“The fields most likely to benefit from this work are probably next-generation photovoltaic devices and flexible electronic devices,” said Barbero. “Because graphene is thin, lightweight and flexible, there are a number of potential applications.”

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Semiconductor Works Better when Hitched to Graphene

3D Printing Materials Market Will Be Worth in Excess of $600M

3D printing is currently the subject of a great deal of speculation and excitement in the media. Touted as the technology to bring about the next industrial revolution and the in-sourcing of manufacturing jobs back to the West, the term in fact refers to a raft of technologies each of which is compatible for use with a particular material type.

In fact the materials market for 3D printing is possibly the most contentious issue in the 3D printing industry today. 3D printer manufacturers are increasingly engaging in practices which are perceived by end-users as anti-competitive by locking customers in to their own materials supplies via key-coding and RFID tagging of material cartridges, an activity which is effectively enabling monopoly pricing of the materials concerned.

Development of new materials for 3D printing is hindered by the practice of lock-in by some 3D printer manufacturers. Barriers to entry for 3rd party materials suppliers are high, and those who do enter the market are unable to get the economies of scale required to accelerate both materials development and progress towards a competitive market.

In the short to mid-term, downwards pressure on materials prices will be driven mainly by new entrants to the 3D printer manufacture arena that do not engage in lock-in practices and enable customers to source materials from the supplier(s) of their choice, and also by pressure from large end-users wielding buying power to force prices down.

This report gives forecasts to 2025 for the following materials supplies:

  • Photopolymers

  • Thermoplastics in solid form (ie. filaments and pellets)

  • Thermoplastics in powder form

  • Metal powders

  • Powder-bed inkjet powders

SWOT analyses in each class are given and end-user requirements detailed.

Materials in development but not yet commercial, which research is mainly taking place in universities, are also discussed.

The market for photopolymers will retain the largest single segment of the market through to 2025 although the other materials markets will gain market share in terms of tons produced driven largely by the move away from prototyping/tooling applications towards final product manufacture.

Highest growth will be seen in the market for metal powders, although production, currently placed at less than 30 tons/year, will remain relatively low. This, in combination with high raw material and processing prices, will combine such that prices for these materials will fall more slowly than for alternative 3D printing materials.

Market growth in a business-as-usual scenario when lock-in remains common practice and prices remain high will be steady, as illustrated below.

3D Printing Materials Market

However, extensive interviews with both materials developers and end-users indicate that prices are falling. This will modulate growth of the market size even as mass production increases in line with the growth of the cumulative installed base.

Further, for any given material class, market size (in terms of $M) is more sensitive to the installed base of the corresponding 3D printer technology than to the actual price of the materials themselves. Should material prices increase, only a small reduction in the average utilisation rate of the printer installed base is required for the market size to actually fall as a result.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report: 3D Printing Materials 2015-2025: Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts.

3D Printing Materials Market Will Be Worth in Excess of $600M

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Global Market for Situation Awareness Systems

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “Situation Awareness System – Global Strategic Business Report”. This report provides a comprehensive review of market trends, drivers, opportunities, challenges and issues in addition to current coverage on company information and latest news and events including strategic corporate developments, and product innovations. The report helps identify the biggest opportunities in this space and offers accurate latent demand forecasting that empowers quantitative decision making among existing market players and new entrants.

The global market for Situation Awareness System is projected to reach US$135 billion by 2020, driven by the need for efficient management of security threats against a backdrop of continuous rise in security infringements the world over. Technology innovations and growing awareness over the benefits offered by Situation Awareness System are spurring adoption in plant automation, homeland security, aviation, maritime security, construction, cyber security, healthcare and automotive sectors. The United States represents the largest market worldwide, followed by Europe. Asia-Pacific is forecast to emerge as the fastest growing market with a CAGR of 10.9% over the analysis period.

Situation Awareness Systems Market Trends & Drivers:

  • Need to Protect Critical Government Infrastructure Brings Situation Awareness System Into the Spotlight

  • Demand for Next-Generation Data Security Solutions Drives Market Growth

  • Technology Developments Spearhead Growth in the Market

  • Wireless Situational Awareness Systems: A Promising Technology in the Making (LSA): The Next Level of Innovation

  • Smart Cities to Fuel Large-Scale Adoption of Situation Awareness Solutions

The report profiles 77 companies including many key and niche players such as –

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

BAE Systems

Barco N.V

CNL Software

D3 Security Management Systems

Situation Awareness SystemsDetails of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View Report Contents:Situation Awareness System – Global Strategic Business Report“.


Global Market for Situation Awareness Systems