Electroactive polymers are increasingly used in niche actuators and sensor applications demanding large strains as compared to other piezoelectric materials. New applications are emerging in medical devices, haptic actuators, cellular phone cameras, smart fabrics for sensors, digital mecha-tronics and high strain sensors.
The global piezoelectric crystal industry has gone through several boom-and-bust cycles. However, in the last five years, several applications have emerged for piezoelectric materials because of the new revolution in wireless and wire line communications.
Six major applications are discussed in this report, which will account for most of the market for MEMS microphones over the next five years. These are mobile phones, laptops and tablets, camcorders and digicams, hearing aids, head phones and automotive hands-free calling.
Non-volatile memory (NVM) chips, which retain data when the power is off, are expected to see phenomenal growth in the next five years. Seven emerging non-volatile memory technologies such as FERAM, phase change random access memory (PC-RAM), magneto-resistive RAM, resistance switching RAM, zero capacitor (ZRAM), quantum dot RAM and polymer printed memory are contributing to this growth.
According to a recently published report from iRAP, Inc., the global market for piezoelectric-operated actuators and motors was estimated to be $6.6 billion in 2009 and is estimated to reach $12.3 billion by 2014, showing an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 13.2% per year.
It covers issues concerning the merits and future prospects of the MEMS microphone business, including corporate strategies, information technologies, and the means for providing these highly advanced products and service offerings.
The global market for thin-film batteries is expected to reach $90 million in 2010. This market will increase to $600 million by 2015. The range for the average annual growth rate (AAGR) is expected to be 37.9% to 67.8% for the six major regions surveyed for the period 2010 to 2015.
The coming decade will see the rapid emergence of low-cost, intelligent, wireless switches and wireless sensors and their widespread deployment throughout our environment. The report reviews the various energy harvesting technologies currently available or under development.
The market data contained in this report quantify opportunities for ultracapacitors. In addition to product types, this report also covers the many issues concerning the merits and future prospects of the ultracapacitor business, including corporate strategies, information technologies, and the means for providing these highly advanced product and service offerings.
Over the past few years, fuel cells have demonstrated increased reliability and lower costs thanks to the incorporation of nanomaterials. Nanomaterials are also increasingly used in the production, purification and storage of hydrogen for use with fuel cells.
The study set out to find the extent to which carbon nanotubes are being actively
researched for new products, and by how many companies. The author found that
there are about 160 companies worldwide, which are pursuing the manufacture of
various forms of nanocarbon. There are more than 1,000 companies and
institutions that are developing, or producing products, which incorporate carbon
The “Digital Age” is very much the “Age of Nanofabrication.” At 1976 transistor prices, an IPod® would cost 3.2 billion dollars, according to Applied Material calculations. That fact highlights the importance of lithography at the nanoscale, as it it the technology that makes printing millions of transistors in a space measured in less than a few square inches possible and affordable.
The market data contained in this report quantifies opportunities for nanoenabled
packaging technologies, nanomaterials used for packaging, and technology applications. In addition to product types, it also covers the merits and future prospects of the nano-enabled pharma packaging business.
If "the new normal economy" bears any resemblance to "the old normal economy" of the 2001-2008 period, regional sales of thermoformed packaging products should grow by 3.5% in volume terms and 5.5% in value terms out to 2014. Much will depend on the pace of recovery in the demand for packaging intermediate and final products in non-food-related markets – appliances, aftermarket automotive products, building and construction, housewares, medical products, and so on.
After registering steady sales growth of roughly 6% over the first 8 years of the decade the value of output from North American companies specializing in thermoformed packaging products fell back 2.4% in 2009. Here in early 2010 growth has resumed.
One of the features of this report is an analysis of operations across the industry – for example, average sales accruing to captive, custom and proprietary profile extrusion operations, the number of extrusion lines and employees per plant, the number of employees per extrusion line – that processors can utilize to benchmark their own operations.
Despite the welcome, albeit temporary, respite in the pricing of crude oil and natural gas due to the unfolding global financial crisis and economic slowdown, composite processors – in common with all other regional plastics processors – have to continue adapting to the new economics of energy.
Thermoplastic pipe is by far the largest component of this business, accounting for 9.4 billion lbs. of plastic material (96% of total plastic pipe output in volume terms) and $9.7 billion in annual sales (92% of total plastic pipe output in value terms).
The concept of wood/plastic composite material has a long history in plastics processing, yet it is only in the past few years that its potential in decking, fencing, railing and other building and non-building products has been addressed.