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Beyond ITO - Materials for Next Generation Consumer Electronics (Technical Insights)

Beyond ITO - Materials for Next Generation Consumer Electronics (Technical Insights)

There is a rising demand for consumer electronics devices with capacitive, large-size and flexible touchscreens. This requires the use of transparent conductor films (TCFs) that combine low material and processing costs with flexibility, high conductivity, and excellent optical transmittance.

The majority of the current electronic devices utilize indium tin oxide (ITO) deposited on either plastic films or glass as the material of choice for TCFs. While ITO possesses high transparency and conductivity, it is processed using vacuum deposition at high temperatures, making the production process very expensive. In addition, there are concerns with the geographical availability of ITO, which drives the price point for the material.

Several new conductive materials have been developed as alternatives to ITO, and they are expected to give rise to innovative new devices that keep pace with the consumer demands. This research service “Beyond ITO–Material Technologies for Next Generation Consumer Electronics” focuses on the identification of various ITO replacement materials which are being developed by the research community. The scope of this research is limited to transparent conductor materials used for consumer electronics.

About this report

The global consumer electronics industry is constantly evolving according to the user needs and trends. There is growing demand for next-generation devices that provide a combination of large-sized capacitive touch screens, with increased sensitivity to touch and high degree of flexibility to provide a better user experience. Although indium tin oxide (ITO) is the most widely used material in displays, it is unable to meet the evolving market trends. This challenge drives the need to develop alternative materials to ITO that can deliver better performance characteristics.

This research service titled, “Beyond ITO - Materials for Next Generation Consumer Electronics” covers the technology developments and innovations in the ITO-replacement market, with emphasis on the capability of the materials to meet the consumer demands for electronics devices. The report captures the technology, market, industry, and regional trends in the consumer electronics sector, and provides an analysis on the developments in the alternative materials as well as the key stakeholder initiatives pertaining to the materials that can effectively be considered as a replacement for ITO.


  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Process and Methodology
    • Key Findings
  • Consumer Electronics-Market Overview
    • Consumer Electronics Industry - An Overview
    • Industry Trends
    • Transparent Conductive Films (TCFs)
    • Industry Requirements of TCFs in Consumer Electronics
    • Materials Currently Used in TCFs
  • Indium Tin Oxide-An Overview
    • Indium Tin Oxide- An Introduction
    • Technology Capability
    • Need for Replacement Materials
  • Alternative Materials for ITO
    • Key Alternative Materials-An Overview
    • Conductive Polymers-Technology Snapshot
    • PEDOT-Technology Capability
    • Silver Nanowires-Technology Snapshot
    • Silver Nanowires-Technology Capability
    • Copper Nanowires-Technology Snapshot
    • Copper Nanowires-Technology Capability
    • Metal Mesh Wires-Technology Snapshot
    • Metal Mesh Wires-Technology Capability
    • CNTs-Technology Snapshot
    • CNTs-Technology Capability
    • Graphene-Technology Snapshot
    • Graphene-Technology Capability
    • Summary of the ITO Replacement Materials
  • ITO Replacement Materials-Factors that Influence Adoption
    • Technology Factors Influencing Adoption
    • Impact Mapping of Technology Drivers and Challenges
    • Industry Factors Influencing Adoption
    • Impact Mapping of Industry Drivers and Challenges
  • ITO Replacement Materials- Current Industry Outlook
    • Stakeholders-Industry Value Chain
    • Existing R&D Networks
    • Key Stakeholders-Profile and Initiatives
    • Technology Development and Adoption
  • ITO Replacement Materials- Future Prospects
    • Technology Readiness Level of Alternative Materials
    • Technology Roadmapping
  • Analyst Insights and Strategic Recommendations
    • Strategic Recommendations for Technology Developers
    • Strategic Recommendations for Technology Adopters
  • Key Patents
  • Key Contacts

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