Connecting the EDGE
November 16 - 17, 2016 | Santa Clara, CA, USA

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Tuesday, November 15

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Friday, November 18

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  • Covering key players, progress, innovations, case studies and forecasts
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These 23 expert-led masterclasses will ensure that you get the most from the conference and exhibition by arming you with the latest progress and perspective on the topic, saving you extensive time in mapping the industry yourself.

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Raghu Das
Dr Xiaoxi He
Research Director, Topic Lead

1: Introduction to Printed Electronics

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  • All key technologies and markets mapped
  • End user needs: case studies and market drivers
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Designed for those who are new to this disruptive technology or who need to understand the big picture to assess the challenges and opportunities, this masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of the applications and technology developments involving printed electronics. The class will cover:
Market Appraisal
  • Actual uses of printed electronics so far
  • Trends by territory
  • Value and supply chain and market drivers
  • Current market size and future market opportunity, with 10 year forecasts to 2025
Technology Appraisal
Analysts will cover how each of the following technology options work; the advantages and disadvantages of each; 10 year forecasts; case studies; suppliers; costs; technical and market challenges and opportunities:
Displays (OLEDs, electrophoretic, electroluminescent, electrochromic)
OLED lighting
  • Thin film transistor circuits (organic, inorganic semiconductors, thin film silicon)
  • Sensors
  • Conductive inks
  • Batteries and actuators
  • Photovoltaics
  • A review of manufacturing technologies
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing technology from analysts that have studied the topic since 2002. Samples of printed electronics components and products will be shown.
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead
Dr Guillaume Chansin
Senior Technology Analyst
Anwar Mohammed
Senior Director, WW Assembly Test & Wearable Technology

2: Wearable Electronics

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  • A critical view of the sector
  • The range of applications and market trends
  • Emerging technologies for the next wearable devices
Wearable technologies has become the new hot topic. Indeed, it is estimated that the total addressable market will grow to $100 billion in the next decade. But while many are targeting healthcare applications, few have actually succeeded. In this context, it is necessary to have a critical look at the market trends, and to assess what it means in terms of growth and profitability.
On the technology side, most of the existing products leverage the components that have been developed over the years for the mobile phone industry. However, there are exciting new technologies coming up, from flexible displays to biometric sensors. This session will introduce the new materials and technologies that will enable future wearable devices.
This session will cover:
  • The current range of wearable electronic products
  • Applications in healthcare and infotainment
  • Risks and challenges
  • The key enabling technologies for next-gen devices
  • Potential market size and opportunities
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director

3: Materials for Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics

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  • Assessment of the complex material landscape that provide "active" functionality
  • Application requirements, latest material progress and unmet needs
  • Key suppliers and global trends
Printed electronic industry is largely being driven forward by innovation in materials. In fact, the material end of the value is currently where most of the action and value is. Every large material and chemical company in the world is involved and the business landscape is full of SMEs and start-ups hoping to commercialize their latest innovative materials.
The advanced material space is inevitably highly diverse and complex. On the technical side, printable materials must fulfil a variety of roles ranging from conducting to insulting, rigid to stretchable, transparent to light-emitting, screen to inkjet printing, thermal to photo-curing, etc.
On the commercial side, printable materials must satisfy the challenging performance and price requirements exacted by devices, applications, and markets that fall under the greater umbrella term of 'printed electronics'. This is a diverse and broad group that includes display and lighting, photovoltaics, transistors and memory, smart packaging, etc
The materials business remains the most exciting, dynamic, and innovative part of the printed electronics industry. In this class, we have selected some of the most important and/or promising materials of the printed electronics industry. For each material, we will describe the business context within which it competes, the latest technological progress, the primary application requirements, and the critical technical and business challenges facing the suppliers.
Materials Covered
  • Conductive inks (silver flake/powder/nano, copper, etc)
  • Conductive adhesives
  • Graphene and carbon nanotubes
  • Transparent conductive film materials (ITO, PEDOT, silver nanowires, CNTs, Ag nanoparticles, etc)
  • Quantum dots
  • OTFT and MO-TFT materials
  • Nano silicon
  • Organic materials for OPVs and OLEDs
Market and Technology Assessment
For each material above, we will describe the technological as well as the commercial aspects. More specifically, the following will be assessed:
  • The overall market trends/forecasts and business dynamics
  • Latest state-of-the-art performance/cost levels and desired performance levels by application
  • Material deposition options
  • Critical technical challenges
  • Key suppliers
This session is based on IDTechEx research conducted on advanced functional materials since 1999, in addition to world class academic experts.
Dr Harry Zervos
Principal Analyst & Business Development Manager
Dr Peter Harrop
Johan Pedersen
IoT Specialist
Lorandt Fölkel
Product Development Manager
Wuerth Elektronik eiSos GmbH & Co. KG

4: Energy Harvesting & Off-grid Renewable Energy

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  • Key technologies and suppliers covered
  • Market assessment with 10 year forecasts and roadmaps
Energy Harvesting (EH) is the process by which ambient energy is captured and converted into electricity to power small devices, from wireless switches in buildings to sensors in vehicles and industrial equipment, thus eliminating the need for connection to the grid. IDTechEx is forecasting that the EH transducer market for small devices such as wireless sensors will be over $2 billion by 2025. This introductory masterclass will focus on the different energy harvesting options, their construction and combinations, adoption trends and market proliferation. Specifically, the masterclass will cover:
Market Appraisal
  • Market drivers and needs by application
  • Value chain and system components
  • Roadmaps
  • 10 year forecasts to 2025
Technology Assessment
Analysts will cover how different technology options work: materials used and manufacturing processes; advantages and disadvantages; applications; case studies; suppliers; costs; technical and market challenges and opportunities. The main technologies covered will be:
  • Electrodynamic
  • Photovoltaic
  • Thermoelectric
  • Dielectric Elastomer Generator
  • Triboelectric
  • Piezoelectric
  • Other (magnetostriction, RF harvesting)
Applications covered will range from powering wireless sensors and actuators to medical instruments and condition monitoring in industrial automation. In addition, vehicle integrated EH will be covered ( EH shock absorbers, regenerative braking) as well as waste heat recovery in vehicle and industrial applications. Finally, this masterclass will identify and compare important parameters, reveal trends (multi-modal harvesting, ultra-low power electronics, reducing cost and size) and answers questions such as:
  • When will automotive thermoelectric generators, woven photovoltaics and other emerging applications proliferate?
  • Who is working on these concepts and what is their progress?
  • Why is EH going to be essential for the widespread adoption of the Internet of Things, future healthcare roadmaps but also wearable electronics?
Dr Jonathan Harrop
David Rice
SVP, Business Development
TactoTek Corporation

5: Structural Electronics

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  • Applications and needs for structural electronics
  • Enabling materials and components needed for structural electronics
  • Case studies, trends, key suppliers and market outlook
Structural Electronics (SE) is one of the most important technological developments of this century. It forms a key part of the dream, formulated decades ago, of computing disappearing into the fabric of society. Structural electronics involves electronic and/or electrical components and circuits that act as load-bearing, protective structures, replacing dumb structures such as vehicle bodies or conformally placed upon them. It is of huge interest to the aerospace industry which is usually the first adopter, the automotive industry and in civil engineering both with compelling needs but its reach is much broader even than this. Electric cars badly need longer range and more space for the money and, in civil engineering, corrosion of reinforced concrete structures and tighter requirements for all structures, including early warning of problems, are among the market drivers for structural electronics.
This introductory masterclass to the topic reviews the applications for structural electronics, now and emerging, assessing what is happening and what is still needed. Progress by key technology type is given including key suppliers and the technology roadmaps. This will cover topics such as smart skin, 3D printed electronics, flexible and printed electronics systems, energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors forming structures), molded electronics, building integrated photovoltaics and textile based electronics. Global trends and the market outlook is provided based on new IDTechEx research on the topic matter.
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead
Prof Jesse S. Jur
Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University
Dr Daniel Inns
R&D Electrical Engineer-Printed Electronics

6: E-Textiles and Stretchable Electronics

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  • Assessment and progress of electronic and electrical materials on textiles
  • Application needs, case studies
  • Key players and market forecasts
This masterclass will assess the latest progress with this topic, covering functional materials and components suited for use with textiles, fabrics and stretchable electronics. Typical material choices by substrate type will be shared, including discussion of the challenges around washability, wear resistance, contact resistances etc.
In addition to these technology details this masterclass will cover application needs for wearable electronics - what end users see as the minimum viable products, and will look at case studies of e-textiles today - covering cost, product functionality and market trends.
Key suppliers focussing on this area will be revealed in addition to market forecasts based on the latest IDTechEx research.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director
John Crumpton
Technical Specialist-PV and Advanced Materials
DuPont Microcircuit Materials
Mike Mastropietro
Sr Engineering Mgr- Printing & Additive Processing

7: Conductive Inks and Transparent Conductive Film

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  • All key technologies and markets assessed
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Conductive Inks/Pastes
The conductive ink and paste business is one of the largest in printed electronics space. This will be a $2.2b in 2015 at the ink/paste level and will grow to 3 billion by 2025. Growth will be unevenly spread with several target markets experiencing rapid growth while others decline. This market however is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. It consists of touch screens, photovoltaics, automotive, wearables, sensors, logic/memory, smart packaging and in-mold electronics.
Transparent Conductive Films
The market for transparent conductive layers (glass and film) outside display elements is $1.4b in 2015 at the layer (substrate included) level. This market will grow to $2.4b by 2025.
New technologies and numerous companies have been developed to meet the emerging needs but none yet are a run-away success. These new needs are mostly created by the emergence of curved/flexible and/or large-area applications that demand ultra-low sheet resistance values. The emerging solutions include metal mesh, silver nanowires, graphene, carbon nanotubes, PEDOT, etc. ITO is however proving a resilient solution and the incumbent suppliers have moved to protect their positions by slashing prices.
Market Appraisal
  • Current market size and future market opportunity, with 10 year forecasts to 2025. The market will be split by technology as well as by applications
  • Key players
  • Market drivers, dynamics, challenges and future trends
Technology and Applications Appraisal
Analysts or industry experts will cover how each of the following technology options work; the advantages and disadvantages of each; case studies; challenges, insights, etc. The technologies and applications to be covered are:
Conductive inks and pastes
  • Silver flake paste
  • Silver nanoparticles
  • Copper ink and paste
  • Sintering photo
Transparent conductive films
  • ITO on film
  • Silver nanowires
  • Metal mesh
  • Carbon nanotubes
  • Graphene
  • PEDOT and others such as inkjet printable nanoparticle inks
  • Touch screens
  • Photovoltaics
  • Wearable devices
  • Smart packaging
  • Sensors
  • In-mold applications
  • Automotive
  • Other
Franco Gonzalez
Principal Analyst
Dr Lorenzo Grande
Senior Technology Analyst
IDTechEx GmbH
  • Technology assessment, key players
  • Materials and manufacturing analysis
  • Applications now and in the future with 10 year forecasts
Energy storage technologies are the key stone of the future of sustainable energy systems. Supercapacitors are an emerging energy storage technology with exceptional high power characteristics and longer useful lifetimes than mainstream energy storage technologies such as lithium batteries. The development of this technology has been progressing at a faster rate in the last 10 years. The transport industry is using them in trains, electric buses and cars. Smartphones may have supercapacitors in the near future in order to improve their energy efficiency and so on.
This masterclass will give you all the knowledge you need to understand this emerging technology, its market potential and its role in the energy storage space.
We will lead you from the basic technical concepts up to the most recent technology developments in the area and to understand applications in different industries.
Join us as we dive into this exciting emerging technology.
This masterclass will cover:
  • Introduction to supercapacitor technology and its position in the energy storage space
  • Performance parameters of supercapacitors
  • Performance benchmark of supercapacitors commercially available and under development
  • Technology development pathways for increasing performance of supercapacitor technology
  • Graphene and CNT progress in supercapacitors
  • The role of electrolytes in performance
  • Environmentally friendlier materials
  • Supercapacitor manufacturing
  • Current and emerging applications in the automotive, industrial, electronics and other industries
  • Progress on industry standardisation
  • Supercapacitors market forecast 2015-2025
Dr Jonathan Harrop

9: 3D Printing Technologies

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  • Key technologies and markets explained
  • End user needs explored
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends mapped
Designed for those who are new to these disruptive technologies, to understand the big picture and to assess the challenges and opportunities, this masterclass will arm you with knowledge of the latest developments in 3D printing applications and technologies. The class will cover:
Technology Appraisal
Analysts will introduce each of the following technologies:
  • Vat Photopolymerisation (inc. SLA and DLP)
  • Material Extrusion (inc. FDM/FFF)
  • Powder Bed Fusion (inc. SLM, SLS and EBM)
  • Material Jetting
  • Binder Jetting (inc. metal, sand and ceramic)
  • Sheet Lamination
  • Directed Energy Deposition (inc. blown powder)
They will cover in depth the advantages and disadvantages of each, case studies of applications, market leaders, mapping of key parameters, technical challenges and opportunities.
Market Landscape and Business Intelligence
  • Existing and emerging applications of 3D printing, including detailed case studies of early adopters
  • Value and supply chains
  • Market drivers
  • Current market size and future market opportunities
  • End-user requirements and unmet needs
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing technology.
Dr Guillaume Chansin
Senior Technology Analyst
Richard Chuang
Deputy Project Director-Strategic Planning Division
Industrial Technology Research Institute
Dr Michael Helander
President & CEO
OTI Lumionics Inc.

10: Displays & Lighting

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  • Key technologies in flexible displays
  • Quantum dots
  • The challenge of OLED vs LED lighting
  • Market drivers and bottlenecks
  • Market forecasts
Displays are the largest market segment in organic electronics. The OLED display market is worth more than $15 billion and OLED is now available in many types of products. The next step will be flexible OLED displays that are fabricated on plastic substrates instead of glass. For many panel makers the LCD business has become loss making and so display companies seek differentiation. Quantum dots now enable a new generation of LCD with a larger color gamut and better efficiency. In lighting, the competitive landscape is fundamentally different as OLED technologies face a tough battle against inorganic LEDs.
This masterclass will guide you through:
  • An overview of the OLED display market
  • The latest in the commercialization of flexible displays
  • Quantum dots and their use in displays
  • Microdisplays for Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Next generation solid-state lighting: OLED vs LED
  • Example of applications and products on the market
  • The market drivers and the issues that remain
  • The leading companies in the value chain, along with their positioning and strengths
Dr Harry Zervos
Principal Analyst & Business Development Manager
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director
  • Key technologies and markets explained
  • End user needs explored
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends mapped
Designed for those seeking an overview of the entire robotics industry and a map of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, this masterclass will arm you with knowledge of the latest developments in robotics. The class will cover:
  • Current and future applications
  • Existing and emerging technologies
  • All major players
  • Current state of the robotics market
  • Trends and market evolution
  • Forecasts
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing technology.
Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
Research Director
Dr Angelos Kyrlidis
R&D Director, New Business Development - Advanced Carbons
Cabot Corporation
Dr Jens Kroeger
Director of Technology-Raymor Nanotech
Raymor Industries.Inc

12: Graphene, Carbon Nanotubes and 2D Materials: Science, Technology & Markets

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  • All key technologies and markets mapped
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Graphene and 2D Materials
IDTechEx projects the graphene market to grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024 at the material level. The market will be fragmented thanks to a multitude of available graphene types, qualities, manufacturing methods and applications. The market is still dominated by research interest but the composition will change as other sectors such as energy storage and composites grow. The application pipeline/funnel is very active and some early product examples have already emerged. The research has moved beyond graphene to other 2D materials that can complement graphene in many different ways. Indeed, we are now at the early stages of a wave of global research around 2D materials.
Carbon Nanotubes
Carbon nanotubes have been around for much longer than graphene yet they have much in common. The production capacity globally is already in the thousands of tonne scale, the prices have dramatically fallen and early medium-volume application have been established. In particular, CNTs have found success as additives in a variety of sectors such as batteries, car parts, and electro-static dissipation packaging. This masterclasses is designed to give a detailed assessment of graphene and carbon nanotubes. Below is a more detailed blueprint for the masterclass.
Graphene and 2D Materials
  • Material properties
  • Detailed assessment of manufacturing including chemical vapor deposition including transfer methods, exfoliation, oxidization-reduction, lasma and other methods
  • Ten-year segmented market projection
  • Application funnel and timeline as well as key challenges
  • Key players and production capacities
  • Latest trends including latest commercial activity, movement in value chain, activity in Asia, patent trends, investment trends
Application focus on
  • Energy storage including battery and supercapacitors
  • Transparent conductive films
  • Conductive inks
  • Transistors/Logic
  • Various composites
  • Sensors
  • Thermal applications
  • A look at some emerging 2D materials including MoS2, WS2, BN, etc
Carbon Nanotubes
  • Ten-year segmented market forecasts
  • Science and chemistry behind different types of carbon nanotubes (SWCNT, DWCNT, MWCNT)
  • Growth techniques including arc discharge, plasma, chemical vapour deposition
  • Separation and purification methods
  • Key players and production capacities
Application focus on
  • Transistors/Logic
  • Transparent conductive films
  • Electrostatically painted car parts
  • Li ion batteries
  • Electrostatic dissipation
  • Car tires
  • Mechanical re-enforcement
  • Others
Franco Gonzalez
Principal Analyst
Dr Xiaoxi He
Research Director, Topic Lead
Dr Lorenzo Grande
Senior Technology Analyst
IDTechEx GmbH

13: Batteries: From Thin Film to Post Lithium Ion

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  • Key technologies and markets covered
  • Material opportunities
  • Suppliers and global trends
  • This introductory masterclass on the topic focuses on batteries: from thin film or printed primary batteries to rechargeable batteries and the winner lithium batteries as it jumps to $60 billion in 2020.
Batteries continue to proliferate new wearable electronics, personal medical diagnostics and treatment, and the Internet of Things. 30 billion button batteries poison and choke humans and other animals every year: safer printed batteries remain a small business. Why? 50% of the cost of a pure-electric mainstream car is the battery, but still the range and price are unacceptable and batteries set fire to cars and planes. What to do? Lithium ion is the best battery technology we have ever seen they have achieved increases energy density by 5% per year and decreases cost at 8% per year but cannot achieve transformative factors of five in cost and performance. Post Lithium ion battery technologies are not really new however there are reasons why they have received more attention recently, this is because the promises the next generation of disruptive high energy batteries is progressing.
We give basics explaining why lithium batteries cathode, anode and electrolyte are changing, revealing opportunities for fine chemicals and materials through to new applications.
In particular, it covers:
  • Introduction to Batteries
  • Comparison of battery technologies and alternatives.
  • Types of lithium ion batteries are compared, challenges
  • Post Lithium Ion Batteries, technology development: Lithium Sulphur, All Solid State, Na ion, Magnesium Batteries, Lithium Air, Silicon anodes. Lithium Capacitors, others
  • Post Lithium ion market readiness, applications with forecasts.
  • Printed and thin/flexible batteries compared, challenges and what is coming next
  • Thin/flexible batteries applications and forecasts
Raghu Das
Marty Medvetz
Technical Sales Representative
Chromaline Screen Print Products.
Colleen L. Twomey
Assistant Professor
Cal Poly State University

14: Printing Technologies for Electronic Applications

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  • Assessment of each printing technology type
  • Application requirements and case studies
  • Post-print processing, integration and hybrid device manufacturing
This masterclass assesses the range of printing and non-printing manufacturing and handling options for printed, organic and flexible electronics. Attendees will learn about the technology capabilities, market applicability, key players, trends and opportunities. The class will cover:
Printing Technology and Application Assessment
The following printing types will be covered:
  • Screen printing
  • Inkjet printing
  • Flexo printing (and offset)
  • Gravure printing (and offset)
  • Nano imprinting and transfer printing
  • Coating systems (slot die)
For each type, the session will cover:
  • Printing capability (speed, resolution, uniformity, cost etc.) and material suitability
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats assessment
  • Suitability to different applications - existing and future
  • Detailed case studies and learnings from printing commercial printed electronics products
  • Key players
Integrated Manufacturing and Scaling
  • Assessment of curing/sintering options
  • Integrated systems - suppliers, what is available, what it is being used for
  • The value chain and opportunities in equipment supply
  • 2015-2025 market detail: how much is and will be printed
This session is partly based on IDTechEx research of over 90 relevant suppliers. Attendees will be shown working demonstrations in addition to handling samples of printed electronics components and products.
Dr Jonathan Harrop

15: 3D Printing Materials

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  • Key 3D printing materials and new material opportunities
  • Applications and end user needs
  • Ten year forecasts to 2025 by material type
This masterclass will arm you with the latest knowledge of 3D printing materials - what exists, what is coming and what is needed. Learn what the key players are offering, areas of research and development activity, trends and market sizing. Specifically, the masterclass will cover:
Material Appraisal: Current and Emerging
Analysts will appraise each of the following types of materials for 3D printing:
  • Photopolymers
  • Thermoplastic filament
  • Thermoplastic powder
  • Metal powder
  • Ceramic powders
  • Sand + binder
  • Welding wire
  • Plaster
  • Graphene
  • Biomaterials
  • Emerging materials
They will cover the advantages and disadvantages of 3D printing with each, key suppliers, costs, performance specifications and limitations, and the impact of new emerging options.
Material Market Appraisal
  • How existing and emerging applications are dependent on materials properties
  • Need for new materials and opportunities for materials development
  • Current market size for materials by value and volume
  • Future material market opportunity with ten-year forecasts to 2025
This masterclass provides you with a full assessment of this complex and rapidly changing subject. Samples of objects 3D printed from a wide range of materials will be shown.
Dr Peter Harrop
Franco Gonzalez
Principal Analyst

16: Electric Vehicles: Markets, Trends, Opportunities - Land, Sea and Air

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  • Introduction to electric vehicles on-road, off-road, on water and in the air
  • What is successful, what new types will see success over the coming decade - when and why
  • Market opportunity by electric vehicle type with 10 year forecasts
This masterclass addresses the latest progress with hybrid,fuel cell and electric vehicles for land, sea and air. It gives the big picture from the league table of largest EV manufacturers to common factors and components for land, water and air vehicles; and across hybrid and pure electric vehicles.
This masterclass covers:
  • 10 year forecasts in 45 electric vehicle categories including electric cars, pure and hybrid electric; micro cars; two wheelers such as electric scooters, pedelecs and motorcycles; commercial and industrial EVs such as construction, agricultural and mining electric vehicles; marine electric vehicles such as electric boats and vessels and light electric aircrafts. These are explained in terms of unit numbers, average sales price (ASP) and total market value.
  • The differences in the structure of the value chain of these different electric vehicle segments
  • The different drivers behind electrification of these types of electric vehicles.
  • Commercial, research and pioneering activities in different types of electric vehicles.
  • Different types of charging infrastructure required for different types of electric vehicles.
  • Activities of developers of electric and hybrid vehicles - covering land, water and airborne vehicles
  • Progress of companies are compared in relation to market shares per type of electric vehicle category
Raghu Das
Dr Jonathan Harrop
Xavier Bignalet
IoT Marketing Manager, IoT Group
Microchip Technology, Inc.

17: The Internet of Things: Indoor Positioning Systems, WSN, RTLS & Active RFID

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  • Complex landscape explained and analysed
  • Technology capabilities and what is coming next
  • Applications and future markets
  • 10 year forecasts
This masterclass covers the technology and markets enabling the Internet of Things (IoT) in addition to related technologies such as Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN), Active RFID and Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS). The class will discuss in detail where all these technologies are going over the next ten years, reality versus the hype, and the business needs and drivers. It specifically addresses:
  • Hardware: including active RFID to WSN systems: their cost structure and advantages and disadvantages for each choice
  • What IoT is and what part does wireless sensing and RFID play - the opportunities
  • Architecture of IoT from the ground up
  • Traditional Active RFID, RFID enabled cellphones, smart active labels/ battery assisted passive tags, RTLS and Wireless/Ubiquitous Sensor Networks (USN): technology choices, markets and standards
  • The largest orders and case studies by key market verticals
  • Lessons of success and failure
  • Trends and market size by territory and application type, now and in the future until 2025
  • Challenges to tackle and analysis of early adopters
Dr Guillaume Chansin
Senior Technology Analyst
Dr Fabrice Domingues Dos Santos

18: Sensors & Actuators: Flexible and Printed

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  • Printed sensor technologies
  • Electroactive polymers
  • Key players, market sizes and latest trends
This masterclass will give an overview of sensors and actuators made with printed electronics. Participants will learn about the technology, target markets and value proposition of these devices. Areas where printing adds value will be outlined for each type of sensor (pressure, temperature, optical, touch, electrochemical, etc.). Advantages of flexible sensors, as well as large-area sensors will also be covered and the leading companies in each segment will be presented. For actuators, the main focus will be on new polymers and their applications in haptic feedback, speakers, etc.
During the session, IDTechEx will show the latest trends and identify the commercial opportunities. It will include:
  • The market size today
  • The biggest success so far: the printed glucose sensors
  • Emerging printed sensor technologies
  • Electroactive polymers and printed PVDF devices
Dr Harry Zervos
Principal Analyst & Business Development Manager
Dr Lorenza Moro
Director-TFE Technology Development

19: Barriers and Substrates for Printed and Flexible Electronics

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  • All key technologies and markets covered
  • Technical requirements mapped
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
Organic devices, in particular OLED and OPV ones, are highly sensitive to moisture, requiring ultra-high performance barrier or encapsulation layers. Glass is an excellent barrier, but is rigid, therefore potentially stripping away organic electronics of a key differentiating attribute, which is flexibility. Developing flexible, transparent and ultra-high performance remains an unmet technology challenge, and in many cases an impediment against the growth of organic and printed electronics. Numerous solutions are however being developed across the world, ranging from ultra-thin flexible glass to multi-layer films. Success here can change the economics of organic and/or printed electronics.
Substrates are also an essential and often neglected layer for printed and/or organic electronics. They bring robustness and enable flexibility, but at the same time place substantial constraints on the manufacturing process (e.g., thermal budget, dimensional stability) in a way that they can largely determine device performance. Many plastic solutions are now being offered such as PET and PEN but also paper based substrates are increasingly gaining attention.
Market Appraisal
Ten year market forecasts for barrier films
  • Market at the application level in OLED lighting, OPVs and flexible displays
  • Market at the barrier level
  • Key suppliers, technology/approach and performance achievements by player
  • Market trends, drivers and challenges
10 year forecasts for substrates
  • Addressable market at the application level OLED lighting, OPVs and flexible displays
  • Market at the substrate level
  • Market trends, drivers and challenges
  • Relevancy and challenges per target application
Technology Appraisal
Analysts will cover how each of the following technology options work; the advantages and disadvantages of each; 10 year forecasts; case studies; suppliers; technical and market challenges and opportunities:
  • Application requirements
  • Layer characteristics
  • Technical challenges and progress
  • Manufacturing processes (where relevant)
  • Performance measurement techniques and challenges
Dr Peter Harrop
Franco Gonzalez
Principal Analyst

20: Electric Vehicles: New Material and Component Opportunities

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  • What new materials and components are needed and why
  • Latest progress with these enabling technologies including suppliers and technical progress
  • Ten year forecast for each technology
  • Unmet needs
In the process of electrification of vehicles there is plenty of room for innovation. Petrol car components and systems have evolved during the last 100 years and whilst electric vehicles have been developed for the last 30 years or so, they are still far of being optimized. New materials have been developed recently that are opening new possibilities for new concepts for better performance components. This masterclass explores the evolution of these developments and what could be their impact on future automotive concepts.
Electric vehicles will need new components and new materials given that the energy source, drive trains, motors and control systems are completely different to conventional vehicles. This masterclass will explore the opportunities for new materials and components, covering each of the main categories as follows:
  • Electric motors
  • Range extenders
  • Regenerative braking
  • Energy harvesting, such as thermoelectrics, shock absorbers and conformal PV
  • Thermal materials
  • Energy storage: batteries and supercapacitors
  • Charging systems and charging infrastructure, including wireless charging
  • Light weight and structural functional materials
  • Technologies and systems for autonomous vehicles
  • 3D printing
Attendees will learn about the requirement from vehicle makers based on their vehicle development roadmaps, current state of the technology, suppliers, development trends and areas of focus and undersupplied development areas. In addition, ten year forecasts will be provided for some of the key sectors above, allowing you to quantify your opportunity.
This masterclass covers:
  • The use and impact of emerging technologies such as energy harvesting, supercapacitors, power train systems, wireless sensors and wireless systems and technologies for autonomous vehicles.
  • Latest progress with these enabling technologies including suppliers and technical progress
  • Unmet needs
Dr Guillaume Chansin
Senior Technology Analyst
James Hayward
Research Director, Topic Lead
Prof Liwei Lin
James Marshall Wells Professor, UC Berkeley, Co-Director BSAC
Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center (BSAC)
Dr David Pugh
Technology Analyst

21: Trends in Sensors

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  • Technology and industry trends for key sensor types
  • Contextual examples outlining application challenges and opportunities
  • Supplier and industry trends
This class will look at sensor trends. In particular, the class will focus on the key application areas of IoT and Wearable Technology, where sensors are often the key enabling component adding new value. Whilst the end result can be very varied, the sensing technologies used in each of these sectors have inherent similarities. Therefore, this class brings these topics together around their component-level building blocks, describing the broad opportunity available to players in this field.
This masterclass is setup to provide an overview of each of the technologies used today (including describing the supplier landscape). The speakers will detail the challenges when refining their function for each application. Finally, the opportunities for development and growth in this area will be outlined, using some examples of current research-level projects.
Sensor technologies covered include:
  • MEMS
  • optical sensors
  • chemical sensing
  • environmental sensing
  • RFID sensors
Raghu Das

22: RFID and Smart Packaging

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  • Detailed global RFID market assessment with current and forecast sales, value chain analysis and application analysis
  • Assessment of RFID and smart packaging manufacturing technologies and technical requirements
  • Smart packaging case studies, drivers, technologies and costs
  • 10 year forecasts and global trends
In 2015 more than 8 billion RFID tags will be sold, up from just under 7 billion tags in 2014. Tag cost is reducing with volume but also with new innovations such as antenna manufacture and chip placement. This session provides the complete picture of the RFID industry, including NFC to UHF RFID. Additionally, smart packaging is also explored, including why, who, what, how and when with case studies presented and technology roadmaps given. The RFID market and use and potential use of printed electronics for smart packaging is explored in great depth in this session. The masterclass will cover:
Detailed global RFID market assessment
  • 10 year forecasts of sales of tags by application and by tag frequency
  • Global RFID market by application
  • Successes and failures
  • Drivers and market adoption trends
RFID tag manufacturing
  • Price tear down
  • Antenna manufacturing options - including printing assessment
  • Chip attach options
  • Key suppliers
Printed RFID and other printed technologies for smart packaging
  • Types of printed RFID technologies and full appraisal
  • Leading developers
  • Market traction
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Integration of multiple printed electronics functionalities
Smart Packaging
  • Case study assessments - what was done, why, cost and level of successes
  • What is driving smart packaging
  • What is coming - pre-commercial technology and solution work from vendors and brands
  • Outlook and forecasts
This session is based on research conducted by IDTechEx on the RFID and smart packaging markets since 1999. It will provide an exceptionally comprehensive assessment of the RFID sector and the opportunities for printed electronics within it.
Dr Harry Zervos
Principal Analyst & Business Development Manager
Kayvan Mirza
CEO & Co-Founder

23: AR and VR in smart eyewear: devices, technologies, forecasts

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This masterclass will focus on the advances for augmented (AR) and virtual (VR) reality technologies, as they pertain to headsets and smartglasses, a new range of products that saw mass launches in 2016, based on technology that has been in development for decades in some cases. In the masterclass, presenters will focus on:
  • Smart eyewear; on-eye devices: the advent of smart contact lenses
  • AR and VR smart eyewear classification: near-eye devices
  • Toolboxes of enabling technologies: microdisplays for AR headsets
  • Optics technologies for AR & VR headsets
  • User interface for smart glasses: evolving into gesture & voice recognition
  • Market forecasts for smart contacts, AR and VR headsets, 2016-2026