According to a new report from
NanoMarkets LC, a market research and consulting firm based here, the unique
electrical, thermal and physical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) will
create $3.6 billion in new business for the electronics and semiconductor
sectors by 2009. NanoMarkets' research indicates that carbon nanotubes are
already becoming a key enabling technology that electronics firms should not
dismiss as being a long way off.
The report, "Carbon Nanotube Electronics, A Technology Analysis and
Eight-Year Market Forecast," says that the biggest near-term opportunities for
"nanotube electronics" will come from the sensor, display and memory sectors.
Each of these markets will include more than $200 million in CNT-based
products by 2007:
Nanotubes are already being used to produce tiny sensors, potentially
capable of distinguishing a single molecule. This could make nanotubes
the material of choice for the highly sensitive sensors required for
medical and homeland security applications. The low power consumption
of nanotube sensors also makes them ideal choice for battery-powered
Nanotube-based field emission displays combine the high-quality video
of CRTs with the flatness of LCD and plasma displays, but without the
burn-in and poor viewing angles associated with today's flat-panel
displays. Samsung will release its CNT-driven television in 2006.
Other large electronics firms that are developing such displays include
Hitachi, Sony, Mitsubishi and Toshiba.
Nanotube-based memories will combine the speed of SRAM with the non-
volatility of Flash, which should allow them to quickly penetrate the
laptop, mobile phone and PDA markets. NanoMarkets believes this market
could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
NanoMarkets also notes that CNT-based interconnects and thermal management
could help provide CMOS with a much needed enabling technology as it moves to
45-nm and 22-nm nodes. Nanotube-based logic, processors, interconnects and
thermal management solutions are already the subject of intense research by
IBM, Intel and NEC which believe that their work in this field will help CMOS
scale to smaller feature sizes.
This report provides eight-year growth projections broken out by product
type and application. These projections are based on market surveys as well as
NanoMarkets' forecasting model for the emerging nanoelectronics sector. The
report is designed to provide critical information for firms involved in the
electronics industry and their materials and device suppliers.
Members of the accredited technical press may request an executive summary
by emailing to [email protected] The report is available in both hard
copy and electronic versions with site licenses available.
6th May 20005