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Key Findings

The market trends in the consumer electronics industry is tending toward devices that demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, such that they can be folded down to smaller devices or rolled easily. Consumer interests for large-sized, touch sensitive screens capable of ten-finger gestures, are also continuously increasing. At the same time, the cost of the materials used, and the cost of processing should be low enough to enable the price of the consumer electronics devices to be kept stabilized. OLED lighting, wearable electronics, and smart windows are expected to show market presence in the next five years, and therefore the materials used in consumer electronics should keep pace with the innovations.

Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) dominates the consumer electronics market, and is the material of choice for fabricating transparent conducting films (TCFs). While the material offers high conductivity, high optical transmittance, and low haze, its involves expensive vacuum deposition processes for fabricating the TCFs. The cost of indium also fluctuates significantly according to the market demand for ITO, and material is too brittle to be fabricated into largearea touch displays. This drives demand for ITO replacement materials in the consumer electronics industry.

The key ITO replacement materials are conductive polymers, silver nanowires, copper nanowires, metal mesh wires, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and graphene. While silver nanowires have developed sufficiently enough in the innovation space to be used as alternative materials in consumer electronics, metal mesh wires and CNTs are expected to have significant impact on the market as well in the next few years. Although graphene is considered an ideal replacement material for ITO, its development is still in the research stages.

ITO is unlikely to be entirely replaced in the consumer electronics industry owing to its field reliability and proven performance capabilities in the next 2 to 3 years. Unless the price and availability of indium significantly changes, ITO is expected to continue having industry presence. However, alternative materials could also be expected to have market impact for next-generation applications where ITO is deemed unsuitable and potential adoption can be realized in large scale after three years and above.

Table Of Contents

Beyond ITO - Materials for Next Generation Consumer Electronics (Technical Insights)
Executive Summary
1. Research Scope
2. Research Process and Methodology
3. Key Findings

2 | CONSUMER ELECTRONICS-MARKET OVERVIEW

Consumer Electronics-Market Overview
1. Consumer Electronics Industry - An Overview
2. Industry Trends
3. Transparent Conductive Films (TCFs)
4. Industry Requirements of TCFs in Consumer Electronics
5. Materials Currently Used in TCFs

3 | INDIUM TIN OXIDE-AN OVERVIEW

Indium Tin Oxide-An Overview
1. Indium Tin Oxide- An Introduction
2. Technology Capability
3. Need for Replacement Materials

4 | ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS FOR ITO

Alternative Materials for ITO
1. Key Alternative Materials-An Overview
2. Conductive Polymers-Technology Snapshot
3. PEDOT-Technology Capability
4. Silver Nanowires-Technology Snapshot
5. Silver Nanowires-Technology Capability
6. Copper Nanowires-Technology Snapshot
7. Copper Nanowires-Technology Capability
8. Metal Mesh Wires-Technology Snapshot
9. Metal Mesh Wires-Technology Capability
10. CNTs-Technology Snapshot
11. CNTs-Technology Capability
12. Graphene-Technology Snapshot
13. Graphene-Technology Capability
14. Summary of the ITO Replacement Materials

5 | ITO REPLACEMENT MATERIALS-FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE ADOPTION

ITO Replacement Materials-Factors that Influence Adoption
1. Technology Factors Influencing Adoption
2. Impact Mapping of Technology Drivers and Challenges
3. Industry Factors Influencing Adoption
4. Impact Mapping of Industry Drivers and Challenges

6 | ITO REPLACEMENT MATERIALS- CURRENT INDUSTRY OUTLOOK

ITO Replacement Materials- Current Industry Outlook
1. Stakeholders-Industry Value Chain
2. Existing RandD Networks
3. Key Stakeholders-Profile and Initiatives
4. Key Stakeholders-Profile and Initiatives (cntd.)
5. Key Stakeholders-Profile and Initiatives (cntd.)
6. Technology Development and Adoption

7 | ITO REPLACEMENT MATERIALS- FUTURE PROSPECTS

ITO Replacement Materials- Future Prospects
1. Technology Readiness Level of Alternative Materials
2. Technology Roadmapping

8 | ANALYST INSIGHTS AND STRATEGIC RECOMMENDATIONS

Analyst Insights and Strategic Recommendations
1. Strategic Recommendations for Technology Developers
2. Strategic Recommendations for Technology Adopters

9 | KEY PATENTS

Key Patents
1. Key Patents
2. Key Patents
3. Key Patents

10 | KEY CONTACTS

Key Contacts
1. Key Contacts
2. Key Contacts
3. Legal Disclaimer

11 | THE FROST and SULLIVAN STORY

The Frost and Sullivan Story
1. The Frost and Sullivan Story
2. Value Proposition: Future of Your Company and Career
3. Global Perspective
4. Industry Convergence
5. 360º Research Perspective
6. Implementation Excellence
7. Our Blue Ocean Strategy

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