March 2010
  • March 01, 2010 Category:

    Let's face it, printed electronics hasn't turned out the way we all hoped. Just a few years ago the market was talking itself into a frenzy--sharing fantasies of those majestic R2R fabs churning out organic RFID tags and display backplanes with the speed of the New York Times coming off the presses. Seems rather silly in retrospect.

  • March 01, 2010 Category:

    A microgrid, as defined by the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS), is an "aggregate of loads and micro resources operated as a single system providing heat and power and presented as a single controlled unit to the overall grid." This rather formal definition hides the fact that microgrids will be a crucial component in the trend toward distributed electricity generation that is so central to the Smart Grid concept.

  • March 01, 2010 Category:

    OLED lighting appears to be moving into the product phase - major OLED and lighting firms are starting to reveal how they plan to bring OLED lighting to market and what their longer-term product and market strategies will be.

February 2010
  • February 28, 2010 Category: OLEDs

    OLED lighting appears to be moving into the product phase - major OLED and lighting firms are starting to reveal how they plan to bring OLED lighting to market and what their longer-term product and market strategies will be.

  • February 01, 2010 Category: Smart Technology

    High-temperature superconductor (HTS) cables can carry an order of magnitude greater power than traditional cabling and conduct electricity at near zero resistance. Smart Grid Analysis believes there is considerable potential for this new type of cabling to be deployed in the power grid to increase grid capacity, integrate renewable energy, and enhance reliability and security, all key requirements of the Smart Grid vision.

  • February 01, 2010 Category: Renewable Energy

    NanoMarkets' research into the potential of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) also suggests that BIPV deployed as a marketing strategy might be a partial solution for panel makers to the problems listed above. As such, the three problems listed above might also be thought of as drivers for the BIPV market which, we believe, could reach as high as $6.1 billion by 2016.

  • February 01, 2010 Category:

    Over the past two decades, more accurate, convenient and earlier diagnoses have become a key strategy to reduce medical costs. This trend toward improved diagnostic technology will only grow in importance in the future as the first Baby Boomers turn seventy (in 2011) and as millions of people in less-developed nations begin to utilize more Western healthcare technology as their countries grow richer. In addition, healthcare experts have come to believe that diagnoses are most effectively delivered if they are made as close to the patient as possible. A quick read of a patient's condition at his or her bedside is preferred over a test sent to a lab that may take critical hours or days to interpret.

  • February 01, 2010 Category: Advanced Materials Emerging Electronics

    Touch-screen displays, a target for the ITO-alternatives business for a few years now, were singled out as a special opportunity for ITO alternatives because of their particular vulnerability to ITO's tendency to crack. Polymers and nanomaterials, which are much more flexible than ITO, have been presented as ITO alternatives that do not crack. And while most ITO alternatives currently are not as transparent or as conductive as ITO, this fact may be outweighed by the non-cracking capability of these alternatives for certain applications.

  • February 01, 2010 Category: Advanced Materials Emerging Electronics

    While the market for electrostatic discharge (ESD) coatings, materials, and devices is growing with the proliferation of electronic devices and components, an even more exciting development is the introduction of new, high-tech materials into the ESD marketplace. In addition to the "old guard" of antistatic materials--metals, ITO and other metal oxides, carbon black- and carbon fiber-filled composites, and organic materials such as amines, amides, and esters--we can now add more advanced materials like nanoparticles of metals and metal oxides, carbon nanotubes and graphene, and conductive polymers like PEDOT:PSS. These newer materials introduce new capabilities for improved performance, reduced material usage, and greater ease of ESD protection that will bring new life into a mature industry. These are the new face of ESD materials and will account for a rapidly growing share of this market.

  • February 01, 2010 Category: Advanced Materials

    The products that today account for most of the silver paste and inks consumed are not exactly the "hot" items of the electronics and electrical industry. Traditional capacitor and printed circuit board (PCB) markets grow at the same rate as the economy. Membrane switches are not as ubiquitous as they once were; we think they may see serious competition from touch screens in the future. Plasma displays continue to sell, but the PDP era will eventually pass and take with it the substantial silver paste orders, which certain major suppliers have counted on for a decade.

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