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FLEXIBLE TFT TECHNOLOGY
EMERGING APPLICATIONS AND MARKETS
IRIMITECH & ADVANCED DISPLAY CONSULTING
NEW MARKET RESEARCH OFFERING
Presale Prospectus
Publishing February 2019
OVERVIEW
Thin film transistor (TFT) devices have enabled
the mass production of flat panel displays and an
industry that is worth over $100 billion annually.
Unlike CMOS transistors which are constrained
on silicon wafers, TFT can be manufactured on
glass and are suitable for large area electronics.
In the recent years, there has been considerable
progress in the commercialization of TFT devices
on flexible substrates. In this configuration, the
glass is substituted with a polymer film such as
polyimide. This has led to the rapid adoption of
thin flexible AMOLED displays in smartphones
and wearables.
The industry is now committed to increasing
production capacity. However, while AMOLED
will remain the focus, there are also other
emerging applications for flexible TFT. As the
industry transitions to this new technology, it
becomes critical to identify new opportunities in
flexible displays, sensors, RFID, logic, and
memory.
This report covers the various
applications that are possible
with flexible TFT devices. It
provides an up-to-date
assessment of the various types
of semiconductor materials that
can be used for flexible
electronics and the devices that
can be manufactured.
The report also considers the
possible repurposing of older
display fabs for some of these
new markets or if alternative
manufacturing technologies,
such as printed electronics, will
be more suitable.
This report is written by
established industry experts
who have many years of
experience as market analysts
and technology consultants.
COVERED APPLICATIONS & TECHNOLOGIES
Four (4) flexible TFT technologies are
reviewed in this report:
§ Silicon technology is mature TFT array
technology usually employed as
amorphous silicon (a-Si) or low-
temperature polysilicon (LTPS) used
since the1990's for display
applications.
§ Metal oxide TFT technology has
entered mass production in recent
years for high-performance LCD or
OLED displays and other applications
and new applications are being actively
developed.
§ Organic TFT technology is an emerging
technology that is being deployed in
various low-cost or flexible device
applications.
§ CNT/Graphene is a next-generation
TFT with new potential applications.
➀ Introduction to TFT technology
§ Display industry has mastered the mass production of TFT
§ AMLCD and AMOLED are the main applications
§ The emergence of flexible TFT technology
§ Current status of printed TFT technology
➁ TFT technologies by semiconductor type
§ Overview of silicon, metal-oxide, organic and CNT TFT
§ Conventional Applications for each material
§ Device Structures
§ Process Flows
§ Supply Chain Detail
§ Degree of market adoption
➂ Flexible backplanes for LCD and e-paper
§ History of electrophoretic displays
§ Market opportunities for flexible e-paper
§ Key challenges of LCD on plastic
§ OLCD value proposition and markets
§ Route to mass production, business model
• Market and cost outlook
➃ Large area image sensors
§ Technologies for photodiode on TFT
§ Application to fingerprint and biometric scanners
§ Application to X-ray scanners
§ Infrared and thermal sensors
§ Route to mass production, business model
§ Market and cost outlook
➄ Force sensors and electronic skin devices
§ Construction of force/touch sensors
§ Application to Human-Machine interfaces
§ Application to Medical devices
§ Application to Robotics
§ Route to mass production, business model
§ Market and cost outlook
➅ RFID applications
§ RFID and NFC market landscape
§ Why make RFID with TFT?
§ Key players and their technologies
§ Target markets for flexible RFID
§ Route to mass production, business model
§ Market and cost outlook
➆ Logic and memory
§ TFT technology performance vs. conventional CMOS
§ TFT Microprocessors: motivations and the state of the art
§ Printed TFT challenges
§ Future applications: IoT, sensors
§ Route to mass production, business model
§ Market and cost outlook
➇ Biosensors
§ Biosensor market landscape today
§ Various technologies for biosensors
§ Advantages of transistors in biosensors
§ Route to mass production, business model
§ Market and cost outlook
REPORT OUTLINE
REPORT AUTHORS
GUILLAUME CHANSIN
contact@irimitech.com
IN
REPORT PRICING
EARLY PURCHASE PROGAM
With our Early Purchase Program,
clients can:
• Tailor the scope of the
research to meet specific
market requirements
(optional).
• Receive advance access to
market estimates and
forecast data.
• Gain immediate access to
results upon report
completion.
• Benefit from a significant
reduction in report price.
There are no additional costs or
commitment associated with the
early purchase program.
Dr. Guillaume Chansin is a technology
consultant based in Cambridge (UK)
covering the latest trends in printed
electronics, sensors, flexible displays
and wearable electronics.
He was previously a Senior Analyst at
IDTechEx and authored several market
reports on emerging materials and
devices, including printed sensors,
flexible OLED, quantum dots, wearable
sensors and environmental gas
sensors.
Before joining IDTechEx, he worked on
the development of flexible e-paper
displays at Plastic Logic. He obtained a
degree in Physics Engineering from
INSA Toulouse, followed by a PhD in
Chemical Physics at Imperial College
London.
Clay Shepherd has over 25 years of
experience in the semiconductor and
display manufacturing industries, at
companies including Applied Materials,
AKT, Seiko Epson, Philips N.V.
and Cambridge Display Technology.
He has since worked as an independent
consultant in positioning, promoting
and supporting the industrialization of
emerging as well as next-generation
display manufacturing technologies
throughout the supply chain.
Clay earned a bachelor’s degree in physics
from University of California, Berkeley; and
a Master of Science degree in electrical
engineering and engineering management
from Stanford University. He resides in both
the U.S. and Japan, and is fluent in
the Japanese language.
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Flexible TFT Technology: Emerging Applications and Markets

  • 1. FLEXIBLE TFT TECHNOLOGY EMERGING APPLICATIONS AND MARKETS IRIMITECH & ADVANCED DISPLAY CONSULTING NEW MARKET RESEARCH OFFERING Presale Prospectus Publishing February 2019 OVERVIEW Thin film transistor (TFT) devices have enabled the mass production of flat panel displays and an industry that is worth over $100 billion annually. Unlike CMOS transistors which are constrained on silicon wafers, TFT can be manufactured on glass and are suitable for large area electronics. In the recent years, there has been considerable progress in the commercialization of TFT devices on flexible substrates. In this configuration, the glass is substituted with a polymer film such as polyimide. This has led to the rapid adoption of thin flexible AMOLED displays in smartphones and wearables. The industry is now committed to increasing production capacity. However, while AMOLED will remain the focus, there are also other emerging applications for flexible TFT. As the industry transitions to this new technology, it becomes critical to identify new opportunities in flexible displays, sensors, RFID, logic, and memory. This report covers the various applications that are possible with flexible TFT devices. It provides an up-to-date assessment of the various types of semiconductor materials that can be used for flexible electronics and the devices that can be manufactured. The report also considers the possible repurposing of older display fabs for some of these new markets or if alternative manufacturing technologies, such as printed electronics, will be more suitable. This report is written by established industry experts who have many years of experience as market analysts and technology consultants. COVERED APPLICATIONS & TECHNOLOGIES Four (4) flexible TFT technologies are reviewed in this report: § Silicon technology is mature TFT array technology usually employed as amorphous silicon (a-Si) or low- temperature polysilicon (LTPS) used since the1990's for display applications. § Metal oxide TFT technology has entered mass production in recent years for high-performance LCD or OLED displays and other applications and new applications are being actively developed. § Organic TFT technology is an emerging technology that is being deployed in various low-cost or flexible device applications. § CNT/Graphene is a next-generation TFT with new potential applications.
  • 2. ➀ Introduction to TFT technology § Display industry has mastered the mass production of TFT § AMLCD and AMOLED are the main applications § The emergence of flexible TFT technology § Current status of printed TFT technology ➁ TFT technologies by semiconductor type § Overview of silicon, metal-oxide, organic and CNT TFT § Conventional Applications for each material § Device Structures § Process Flows § Supply Chain Detail § Degree of market adoption ➂ Flexible backplanes for LCD and e-paper § History of electrophoretic displays § Market opportunities for flexible e-paper § Key challenges of LCD on plastic § OLCD value proposition and markets § Route to mass production, business model • Market and cost outlook ➃ Large area image sensors § Technologies for photodiode on TFT § Application to fingerprint and biometric scanners § Application to X-ray scanners § Infrared and thermal sensors § Route to mass production, business model § Market and cost outlook ➄ Force sensors and electronic skin devices § Construction of force/touch sensors § Application to Human-Machine interfaces § Application to Medical devices § Application to Robotics § Route to mass production, business model § Market and cost outlook ➅ RFID applications § RFID and NFC market landscape § Why make RFID with TFT? § Key players and their technologies § Target markets for flexible RFID § Route to mass production, business model § Market and cost outlook ➆ Logic and memory § TFT technology performance vs. conventional CMOS § TFT Microprocessors: motivations and the state of the art § Printed TFT challenges § Future applications: IoT, sensors § Route to mass production, business model § Market and cost outlook ➇ Biosensors § Biosensor market landscape today § Various technologies for biosensors § Advantages of transistors in biosensors § Route to mass production, business model § Market and cost outlook REPORT OUTLINE REPORT AUTHORS GUILLAUME CHANSIN contact@irimitech.com IN REPORT PRICING EARLY PURCHASE PROGAM With our Early Purchase Program, clients can: • Tailor the scope of the research to meet specific market requirements (optional). • Receive advance access to market estimates and forecast data. • Gain immediate access to results upon report completion. • Benefit from a significant reduction in report price. There are no additional costs or commitment associated with the early purchase program. Dr. Guillaume Chansin is a technology consultant based in Cambridge (UK) covering the latest trends in printed electronics, sensors, flexible displays and wearable electronics. He was previously a Senior Analyst at IDTechEx and authored several market reports on emerging materials and devices, including printed sensors, flexible OLED, quantum dots, wearable sensors and environmental gas sensors. Before joining IDTechEx, he worked on the development of flexible e-paper displays at Plastic Logic. He obtained a degree in Physics Engineering from INSA Toulouse, followed by a PhD in Chemical Physics at Imperial College London. Clay Shepherd has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and display manufacturing industries, at companies including Applied Materials, AKT, Seiko Epson, Philips N.V. and Cambridge Display Technology. He has since worked as an independent consultant in positioning, promoting and supporting the industrialization of emerging as well as next-generation display manufacturing technologies throughout the supply chain. Clay earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from University of California, Berkeley; and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering and engineering management from Stanford University. He resides in both the U.S. and Japan, and is fluent in the Japanese language. Order Form CLAY SHEPHERD afpd.consulting@mac.com IN