Global Markets and Technologies for Thin-Film Sensors

Global Markets and Technologies for Thin-Film Sensors

BCC, Date of Publication: Jan 15, 2014, 105 Pages
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Global Markets and Technologies for Thin-Film Sensors

Thin-film sensors are a segment of the thin-film industry that has been characterized by very steady growth during the past 30 years, driven by miniaturization trends within the electronics industry, the availability of advanced processes and the evolution of nanotechnology.

Although BCC Research has published many reports related to sensors, thin-film materials, thin-film technologies and various thin-film devices, this study is the first to cover the thin-film sensor industry segment. In this new study, BCC Research provides a current and detailed assessment of the thin-film sensor market, including an objective analysis of industry and technological trends and prospects for future growth. In addition, an updated review of the most important advances in thin-film sensor technology and fabrication methods is offered, with a focus on those technologies that will contribute to market growth during the next five years.

Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:

• Provide an updated review of thin-film sensors, with details on materials, most popular devices, sensor construction and fabrication technologies.
• Highlight new technological developments during the past three years, while outlining current technical issues.
• Review existing fields of application for thin-film sensors and examine emerging applications.
• Estimate current global markets for thin-film sensors by type, application and region, with growth forecasts through 2018 for each market segment.
• Identify important technology and industry trends within each market segment.
• Offer an updated review of current industry players, including manufacturers of thin-film devices, materials and fabrication equipment, technology developers, and future market participants.
• Provide a description of the most relevant research and development activities.
• Determine trends in recently issued U.S. and international patents.

REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY

Thin-film sensors are defined as sensors that comprise one or more layers thinner than 5 microns, manufactured with various technologies that involve vacuum, nonvacuum or printing processes.

The global sensor market is estimated to be valued at nearly $83 billion in 2013. Thin-film sensors represent a relatively small share of this vast market (less than 3%) but, in absolute terms, they are a significant industry segment with 2013 revenues approaching $2 billion. With respect to units sold, the thin-film sensor market has experienced steady growth during the past few decades; however, unit prices have been decreasing fairly rapidly for certain categories of devices in recent years.

The increased market penetration of these devices is attributed to various factors, including, for example, a rising demand for biological sensors to test blood glucose levels for a rapidly growing population of diabetics.

The principal objective of this report is to present a current assessment of the thin-film sensor industry from both a technological and market point of view and to outline future trends and key developments.

There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of this market from a global standpoint. As the use of these products expands and new fields of application emerge, information on the suppliers and developers of thin-film sensing devices and their regional distribution becomes more valuable.

An equally important reason for undertaking this report is to provide technical insights into the manufacturing of thin-film sensors by:

• Providing a review of materials, applications and production methods.
• Identifying current technical trends.
• Providing an overview of the main global research and development (R&D) activities related to thin-film sensors, resulting in the issuance of patents.
• Illustrating the latest technological developments.

This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements and new product development, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.

INTENDED AUDIENCE

This study will be of primary interest to all organizations that:

• Manufacture, sell and distribute thin-film sensors and other thin-film and flexible devices.
• Supply raw materials for the production of thin-film sensors.
• Manufacture process equipment utilized by producers of thin-film sensors.
• Fabricate products that utilize thin-film sensors (such as process equipment, heating and air conditioning systems, medical devices, circuit devices, portable electronic devices, wearable electronic products, and test instruments).
• Provide technical and/or marketing services in conjunction with the above mentioned products.
• Are planning to enter the thin-film sensor industry as a supplier, manufacturer or end user.

Overall, this report applies to industry segments such as industrial, medical, biological and general wellness, electronics, automotive and aerospace, and instrumentation.
The report is mainly directed toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers and strategic planners working within the above industries. Universities and research facilities may also find this report to be a good source of technical information regarding thin-film sensor technology and applications, which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers and other professionals needing detailed and updated insights into the thin-film sensor industry.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 2

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES 2
REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY 2
INTENDED AUDIENCE 3
SCOPE OF REPORT 4
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES 5
RELATED RESEARCH STUDIES 6
ANALYST CREDENTIALS 7
DISCLAIMER 8

CHAPTER 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 10

SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM SENSORS, THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 11
SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM SENSORS, 2011-2018 ($
MILLIONS) 11

CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW 13

INTRODUCTION 13
THICK AND THIN FILMS 13
IMPACT OF NANOTECHNOLOGY 13
THE THIN-FILM INDUSTRY 14
TABLE 1 THE THIN-FILM MATERIAL MARKET BY PROCESS, THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 14
TABLE 2 APPLICATIONS OF THIN AND ULTRATHIN FILMS, 2013 14
MILESTONES IN THE HISTORY OF THIN-FILM SENSORS AND RECENT EVENTS 16
TABLE 3 THIN-FILM DEPOSITION PROCESSES AND THIN-FILM SENSORS -
TECHNOLOGICAL MILESTONES 16
FIGURE 1 THIN-FILM SENSORS: WORLDWIDE PATENT APPLICATIONS AND PATENTS
ISSUED, 1970-2012 18
APPLICATIONS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS 19
TABLE 4 APPLICATIONS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS, 2013 19
INDUSTRIAL SECTOR 19
ELECTRONICS 20
MEDICAL, BIOMEDICAL AND GENERAL WELLNESS 20
AUTOMOTIVE AND AEROSPACE 21
INSTRUMENTATION AND OTHERS 21

CHAPTER 4 TECHNOLOGY 23

INTRODUCTION 23
BASIC FABRICATION PROCESS 23
TABLE 5 BASIC THIN-FILM SENSOR FABRICATION STEPS 23
SUBSTRATE SELECTION 24
FILM DEPOSITION AND PATTERNING 25
THIN-FILM DEPOSITION 25
Subtractive Methods 25
TABLE 6 THIN-FILM COATING TECHNOLOGIES, 2013 26
Patterning in Subtractive Methods 29
TABLE 7 COMMON LITHOGRAPHIC METHODS, 2013 30
Additive Methods 30
TABLE 8 PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES 31
MULTILAYER STRUCTURES 31
ASSEMBLY, CUTTING, TESTING AND PACKAGING 32
LATEST TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS, 2010 TO PRESENT 32
PIEZOELECTRIC THIN FILM FOR ANGULAR VELOCITY SENSORS 32
PAPER-BASED ROLL-TO-ROLL SENSORS 32
FREE-STANDING SINGLE WALLED CARBON NANOTUBE THIN FILMS
FORMED BY DIRECT DRY PRINTING PROCESS 33
THIN-FILM TEMPERATURE SENSOR ON SAPPHIRE FIBER TIP 33
R2R MICROSTRUCTURED METAMATERIALS FILMS 34
CHEMICAL SENSOR FOR DISEASE DIAGNOSIS 35
HIGH-TEMPERATURE CHEMICAL SENSORS 36
CARBON NANOTUBE THIN FILMS FOR INFRARED SENSORS 37
THIN-FILM STAND-ALONE TEMPERATURE SENSOR BY PRINTING
TECHNOLOGY 37
OTHER RELEVANT R&D ACTIVITIES 38
TABLE 9 OTHER RELEVANT R&D ACTIVITIES, 2013 38

CHAPTER 5 GLOBAL MARKETS 40

ANALYSIS OUTLINE 40
GLOBAL MARKET SUMMARY 40
TABLE 10 THIN-FILM SENSORS: CURRENT MARKET AND FORECAST, THROUGH
2018 ($ MILLIONS) 42
FIGURE 2 THIN-FILM SENSORS: CURRENT MARKET AND FORECAST, 2011-2018 ($
MILLIONS) 42
CURRENT MARKET STATUS 42
CURRENT MARKET SUMMARY 43
TABLE 11 CURRENT MARKET FOR THIN-FILM SENSORS, THROUGH 2013 ($
MILLIONS) 43
FIGURE 3 CURRENT MARKET FOR THIN-FILM SENSORS, 2011-2013 ($ MILLIONS) 43
REVENUES BY SENSOR TYPE 44
TABLE 12 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2013 ($
MILLIONS) 44
FIGURE 4 THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY TYPE, 2013 (%) 45
REVENUES BY APPLICATION 45
TABLE 13 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH
2013 ($ MILLIONS) 46
FIGURE 5 THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2013 (%) 46
REVENUES BY REGION 47
TABLE 14 THIN-FILM SENSORS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2013 ($
MILLIONS) 48
FIGURE 6 THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2013 (%) 48
MARKET GROWTH TRENDS 49
INDUSTRY GROWTH AND TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS 49
Medical, Biomedical and General Wellness 49
Diabetes Care 49
Aging Population 50
Self-Testing and Self-Monitoring 50
Quality of Life 51
Medical Electronics 51
TABLE 15 FORECAST-MEDICAL ELECTRONICS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY SEGMENT,
THROUGH 2018 ($ BILLIONS) 52
Portable and Wearable Medical Electronics 52
TABLE 16 FORECAST-PORTABLE MEDICAL ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS: GLOBAL
REVENUES BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2018 ($ BILLIONS) 53
TABLE 17 FORECAST-PORTABLE MEDICAL ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS: GLOBAL
REVENUES BY PORTABILITY, THROUGH 2018 ($ BILLIONS) 53
Industrial 53
Sensors 54
TABLE 18 SENSORS: REVENUES BY TYPE, WORLDWIDE, THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 55
Electronics 55
TABLE 19 FORECAST-SEMICONDUCTORS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2018
($ BILLIONS) 55
Printed Circuit Boards and Flexible Circuits 56
Printed Electronics 56
Automotive and Aerospace 57
TABLE 20 FORECAST-AEROSPACE: GLOBAL REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2018
($ BILLIONS) 58
Instrumentation 58
OTHER TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS 58
Thin, Ultrathin and Small Footprint Devices 58
TABLE 21 IC CONFIGURATIONS, 2011-2018 59
TABLE 22 FORECAST-THIN-FILM MATERIALS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY FILM
THICKNESS, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 59
Roll-to-Roll and Large Area Coatings 60
Merging of Thick and Thin-Film Technologies 60
Nanotechnology 60
TABLE 23 THE NANOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY BY MAIN GROUP OF PRODUCTS,
2013 60
TABLE 24 NANOTECHNOLOGY: GLOBAL REVENUES BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2018
($ BILLIONS) 62
FIGURE 7 NANOTECHNOLOGY: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE BY SEGMENT, 2013 (%) 63
REGIONAL TRENDS 63
MARKET FORECAST 64
REVENUES BY SENSOR TYPE 64
TABLE 25 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY TYPE, 2013
THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 65
FIGURE 8 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY TYPE, 2018 (%) 65
REVENUES BY APPLICATION 66
TABLE 26 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION,
THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 67
FIGURE 9 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2018
(%) 67
REVENUES BY REGION 68
TABLE 27 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2018
($ MILLIONS) 69
FIGURE 10 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2018 (%) 69

CHAPTER 6 GLOBAL INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 71

LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS 71
TABLE 28 LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS, 2013 71
TABLE 29 LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS BY TYPE, 2013 74
TABLE 30 LEADING SUPPLIERS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS, BY TYPE AND REGION,
2013 76
OTHER PLAYERS IN THE THIN-FILM SENSOR INDUSTRY 76
TABLE 31 OTHER RELEVANT INDUSTRY PLAYERS, 2013 77
COMPANY PROFILES 78
AMETEK 78
ARKRAY 78
BAUMER 79
BEDDIT 80
CITIZEN FINETECH MIYOTA 80
CUSTOM SENSORS & TECHNOLOGIES 81
GE HEALTHCARE 82
GEM SENSORS & CONTROLS 82
HERAEUS SENSOR TECHNOLOGY 83
INFICON 84
INNOVATIVE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY 85
JIAXING JINGKONG ELECTRONIC 86
JOHNSON & JOHNSON/LIFESCAN 86
JUMO 87
LIBERTY MEDICAL SUPPLY 88
NIPRO DIAGNOSTICS 88
NOVA BIOMEDICAL 89
RENLUX CRYSTAL 89
ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS 90
SD BIOSENSOR 90
TEKSCAN 91
U.S. SENSOR 91
VISHAY INTERTECHNOLOGY 92
WIKA ALEXANDER WIEGAND 93

CHAPTER 7 PATENT ANALYSIS 96

INTRODUCTION 96
SUMMARY OF PATENTS AWARDED BETWEEN 2010 AND 2013 96
TABLE 32 THIN-FILM SENSORS-GLOBAL PATENTS, 2013 97
TABLE 33 THIN-FILM SENSORS-GLOBAL PATENTS, 2012 99
TABLE 34 THIN-FILM SENSORS-GLOBAL PATENTS, 2011 100
TABLE 35 THIN-FILM SENSORS-GLOBAL PATENTS, 2010 101
GENERAL TRENDS 101
TABLE 36 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL PATENT TRENDS, 2010-2013 102
FIGURE 11 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL PATENT TRENDS, 2010-2013 (NUMBER
OF PATENTS) 102
TRENDS BY COUNTRY AND REGION 103
FIGURE 12 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY REGION,
2010-2013 (%) 103
FIGURE 13 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL PATENTS BY COUNTRY, 2010-2013
(NUMBER OF PATENTS) 105
TRENDS BY ASSIGNEE 105
TABLE 37 THIN-FILM SENSORS: ASSIGNEES OF GLOBAL PATENTS, 2010-2013 106
FIGURE 14 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY ORGANIZATION
TYPE, 2010-2013 (%) 107
TRENDS BY PATENT CATEGORY 108
FIGURE 15 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY CATEGORY,
2010-2013 (%) 109
TRENDS BY APPLICATION 109
FIGURE 16 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY APPLICATION,
2010-2013 (%) 110
TRENDS BY SENSOR TYPE 111
FIGURE 17 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY MATERIAL TYPE,
2010-2013 (%) 112



LIST OF TABLES

SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM SENSORS, THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 11
TABLE 1 THE THIN-FILM MATERIAL MARKET BY PROCESS, THROUGH 2018 ($
MILLIONS) 14
TABLE 2 APPLICATIONS OF THIN AND ULTRATHIN FILMS, 2013 14
TABLE 3 THIN-FILM DEPOSITION PROCESSES AND THIN-FILM SENSORS -
TECHNOLOGICAL MILESTONES 16
TABLE 4 APPLICATIONS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS, 2013 19
TABLE 5 BASIC THIN-FILM SENSOR FABRICATION STEPS 23
TABLE 6 THIN-FILM COATING TECHNOLOGIES, 2013 26
TABLE 7 COMMON LITHOGRAPHIC METHODS, 2013 30
TABLE 8 PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES 31
TABLE 9 OTHER RELEVANT R&D ACTIVITIES, 2013 38
TABLE 10 THIN-FILM SENSORS: CURRENT MARKET AND FORECAST, THROUGH 2018
($ MILLIONS) 42
TABLE 11 CURRENT MARKET FOR THIN-FILM SENSORS, THROUGH 2013 ($ MILLIONS) 43
TABLE 12 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY TYPE, THROUGH 2013 ($
MILLIONS) 44
TABLE 13 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION, THROUGH
2013 ($ MILLIONS) 46
TABLE 14 THIN-FILM SENSORS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2013 ($ MILLIONS) 48
TABLE 15 FORECAST-MEDICAL ELECTRONICS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY SEGMENT,
THROUGH 2018 ($ BILLIONS) 52
TABLE 16 FORECAST-PORTABLE MEDICAL ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS: GLOBAL
REVENUES BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2018 ($ BILLIONS) 53
TABLE 17 FORECAST-PORTABLE MEDICAL ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS: GLOBAL
REVENUES BY PORTABILITY, THROUGH 2018 ($ BILLIONS) 53
TABLE 18 SENSORS: REVENUES BY TYPE, WORLDWIDE, THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 55
TABLE 19 FORECAST-SEMICONDUCTORS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2018 ($
BILLIONS) 55
TABLE 20 FORECAST-AEROSPACE: GLOBAL REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2018
($ BILLIONS) 58
TABLE 21 IC CONFIGURATIONS, 2011-2018 59
TABLE 22 FORECAST-THIN-FILM MATERIALS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY FILM THICKNESS,
THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 59
TABLE 23 THE NANOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY BY MAIN GROUP OF PRODUCTS, 2013 60
TABLE 24 NANOTECHNOLOGY: GLOBAL REVENUES BY SEGMENT, THROUGH 2018 ($
BILLIONS) 62
TABLE 25 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY TYPE, 2013
THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 65
TABLE 26 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL REVENUES BY APPLICATION,
THROUGH 2018 ($ MILLIONS) 67
TABLE 27 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: REVENUES BY REGION, THROUGH 2018
($ MILLIONS) 69
TABLE 28 LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS, 2013 71
TABLE 29 LEADING MANUFACTURERS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS BY TYPE, 2013 74
TABLE 30 LEADING SUPPLIERS OF THIN-FILM SENSORS, BY TYPE AND REGION, 2013 76
TABLE 31 OTHER RELEVANT INDUSTRY PLAYERS, 2013 77
TABLE 32 THIN-FILM SENSORS-GLOBAL PATENTS, 2013 97
TABLE 33 THIN-FILM SENSORS-GLOBAL PATENTS, 2012 99
TABLE 34 THIN-FILM SENSORS-GLOBAL PATENTS, 2011 100
TABLE 35 THIN-FILM SENSORS-GLOBAL PATENTS, 2010 101
TABLE 36 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL PATENT TRENDS, 2010-2013 102
TABLE 37 THIN-FILM SENSORS: ASSIGNEES OF GLOBAL PATENTS, 2010-2013 106



LIST OF FIGURES

SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM SENSORS, 2011-2018 ($
MILLIONS) 11
FIGURE 1 THIN-FILM SENSORS: WORLDWIDE PATENT APPLICATIONS AND PATENTS
ISSUED, 1970-2012 18
FIGURE 2 THIN-FILM SENSORS: CURRENT MARKET AND FORECAST, 2011-2018 ($
MILLIONS) 42
FIGURE 3 CURRENT MARKET FOR THIN-FILM SENSORS, 2011-2013 ($ MILLIONS) 43
FIGURE 4 THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY TYPE, 2013 (%) 45
FIGURE 5 THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2013 (%) 46
FIGURE 6 THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2013 (%) 48
FIGURE 7 NANOTECHNOLOGY: GLOBAL MARKET SHARE BY SEGMENT, 2013 (%) 63
FIGURE 8 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY TYPE, 2018 (%) 65
FIGURE 9 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY APPLICATION, 2018
(%) 67
FIGURE 10 FORECAST-THIN-FILM SENSORS: MARKET SHARE BY REGION, 2018 (%) 69
FIGURE 11 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL PATENT TRENDS, 2010-2013 (NUMBER OF
PATENTS) 102
FIGURE 12 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY REGION,
2010-2013 (%) 103
FIGURE 13 THIN-FILM SENSORS: GLOBAL PATENTS BY COUNTRY, 2010-2013
(NUMBER OF PATENTS) 105
FIGURE 14 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY ORGANIZATION
TYPE, 2010-2013 (%) 107
FIGURE 15 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY CATEGORY,
2010-2013 (%) 109
FIGURE 16 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY APPLICATION,
2010-2013 (%) 110
FIGURE 17 THIN-FILM SENSORS: SHARES OF GLOBAL PATENTS BY MATERIAL TYPE,
2010-2013 (%) 112

 

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