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IFSA Newsletter, No. 4, April 2005
In this issue:
1. Nanosensors: A Market Opportunity Analysis
2. Thoughts on the Economics of Nanosensors
3. Sensors Related Events (sponsored by IFSA)
4. New Sensors Books
5. Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest), No.4, April 2005
6. Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs
7. Subscriber services
8. Additional Information
Nanosensors: A Market Opportunity Analysis (Report Summary)
Sensing systems in the form of burglar alarms, pressure sensors and medical diagnostic kits, etc., have been around for decades, but suddenly the sensor business seems ready to take a great leap forward. The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization has the sensor market pegged as the fastest growing of all the product segments that it covers for the 2003 to 2006 period.
The drivers for this growing market are very diverse. For example, concerns about national security are pushing the need for sensors that warn against chemical or biological attacks or dangerous items hidden in luggage. In the transportation industry the need to make cars and planes safer, more fuel efficient and more comfortable for passengers is spawning new generations of mechanical and chemical sensors. In medicine, with its growing emphasis on early prevention, new biosensors and labs-on-a-chip offer an especially cost effective means of diagnosis. Meanwhile, the next big thing in computing will supposedly be pervasive computing in which always on mobile and fixed computers will process information from a myriad different sources including weather sensors and security sensors.
Although the sensor market is so fragmented, nanotechnology has some unique capabilities that suggest that it will have a large impact in many of the markets most important segments. Nanosensors are inherently more sensitive than any other kind of sensor, making them a future choice where lives are at stake. In addition, their small size and potentially low cost means that they can be widely deployed -- perhaps being embedded in construction materials -- thereby providing more comprehensive readings than a few scattered "macrosensors" Nanotechnology also promises to created integrated devices that combine both the sensor itself and the mechanism that converts what is sensed into useful information.
This new report from NanoMarkets analyzes and quantifies the market for nanosensors over the next eight years. It first examines each of the key applications areas for these emerging products and then traces how the needs of each sector translates into the types of nanosensors required and the materials platforms likely to be used. In this report we also provide a survey of the of the nanosensor development work and the products that are currently available, as well as the technology issues that still need to be resolved. We also review the activities of all the leading materials and device manufacturers who are currently focused on nanosensors and provide detailed forecasts by application, type of nanosensor and materials platform used.
Publication Time: 2004/12
Thoughts on the Economics of Nanosensors
Sterling, VA: NanoMarkets, a leading industry consultancy based here, today announced the release of a new white paper titled, "Thoughts on the Economics of Nanosensors." This and other industry white papers are available for immediate download from the firm's web site, www.nanomarkets.net
NanoMarkets has just completed an in-depth analysis and forecast of the global nanosensors market; a market projected to grow from a modest $185 million or so in 2005, to $2.7 billion in 2008 and reaching $17.2 billion by 2012. The firm notes that while these large aggregate numbers may appear impressive, they hide the fact that the nanosensor market will be highly fragmented, consisting of many market niches, each with its own needs, developmental timeframe and complexity. In its new white paper, the firm outlines the market opportunities for the various types of sensors broken out across various applications including homeland defense, biomedical/ healthcare, energy/chemical, automotive and military. It also discusses both the technical and market development issues that are facing the market and provides market forecasts for 2009.
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