Medical applications help the rapid development of the printed electronics market
While large-area image sensors continue to develop, the printed electronics market has also expanded to include piezoelectric sensors, temperature sensors, capacitive adaptive sensors, and biosensors that can play a role in the new coronavirus epidemic Waiting for applications...
The US$3.6 billion and increasingly diversified printed electronics/sensor market is expected to grow by 25% in the next ten years; its growth momentum comes from the expansion of hybrid image sensors - this type of sensor only needs to modify the existing CMOS sensor production line can be manufactured.
IDTechEx Research, a market research organization, said that the above advantages have greatly reduced the barriers to entering the market. Therefore, the organization is optimistically predicting that by 2030, the market for all-printed sensors will reach 4.5 billion US dollars.
Printed sensor technology has always been driven by the demand for blood glucose measurement devices (test strips) specifically for diabetics, which can be used in the billions a year. Now, the applications of printed sensors are becoming more and more diversified, and other applications such as wearable electrodes and image sensors are also emerging.
IDTechEx Research technical analyst Matthew Dyson said in a blog post: “In these diverse applications, some sensors have very simple structures with only a few layers, and some are more complex, requiring multiple deposition layers and the use of precision and innovation. s material.
While large-area image sensors continue to develop, the printed electronics market has also expanded to include piezoelectric sensors, temperature sensors, capacitive resilience sensors, and biosensors that can play a role in the new coronavirus epidemic.
IDTechX also predicts that hybrid image sensors will rise. These devices are based on organic semiconductor technology or quantum dot nanoscale crystals printed on silicon circuits. Dyson said: "Hybrid image sensors can be manufactured on a modified CMOS production line, which greatly reduces capital requirements."
Image sensors based on printed organic photodiodes are another potential printed electronics technology; unlike traditional CMOS image detector elements, this technology is more flexible than silicon image sensors that can be printed with inexpensive manufacturing technology , And also lighter.
Although printed biosensors such as blood glucose test paper will continue to be the main driving force of the printed electronics market, emerging wearable electrodes that can support a wide range of medical and fitness applications are expected to bring new growth momentum; IDTechX said: "Printing The application of wearable electrodes in the medical and fitness fields is expected to grow with the development of continuous monitoring software and create a large amount of demand."
The agency pointed out that the traditional blood glucose test paper application market will gradually shrink, and solutions in the form of skin patches will become a new driver in the printed electronics market.