Microfluidics industry: what will trigger the next growth spurt?

“Microfluidic technologies have been around for a while, but only in the last few years have certain applications started benefiting from microfluidic breakthroughs”, comments Technology & Market Analyst, Sébastien Clerc from Yole Développement (Yole), part of Yole Group of Companies (1). Indeed, microfluidic technologies have finally found sweet spots and there are already credible options for[…]

Microfluidics industry consolidation: opportunities and threats

The market for microfluidic-based products is growing sharply. In its Status of the Microfluidics Industry report, Yole Développement values the 2017 market for microfluidic products at a $9B. Microfluidic technologies have finally found sweet spots and there are already credible options for the next upsurge. But there is also consolidation in the industry. All along[…]

The semiconductor industry, an attractive playground for patent trolls

“WiLAN is probably the major threat to semiconductor companies”, announces Nicolas Baron, CEO & co-founder of KnowMade. Indeed, during 2015, this PLC  (or patent troll) acquired lot of patents from semiconductor companies including Infineon Technologies/Qimonda, Freescale and more. The company also filed patent litigations involving these assets several months later. The KnowMade’s patent litigation risk[…]

What is behind Consumer Physics’ SCiO Spectrometer success?

For a long time, spectral analysis of materials has been limited to academic research. Everyday application of this type of analysis could bring new interactions in areas including food, fitness and medication. Starting with a crowdfunding campaign, and following the path of companies like FLIR, Consumer Physics, which was formerly Verifood Ltd., has created the[…]

How is 3D TSV a reality?

3D is becoming a key technology platform for increase integration, either for heterogeneous integration (like for MEMS and CMOS image sensor) or for increasing the performances (like for DRAM and IC partitioning). When a company has started to adopt TSV, there is no turning back. In 2016 again, both market segments, high end and low[…]

Fan-out: the most dynamic IP landscape in advanced packaging

In the fast-growing Fan-Out market showing 80% increase between 2015 and 2017 , it is today essential to deeply understand the patent strategies of the key players. The Technology Intelligence & IP  Strategy Company, KnowMade has thoroughly investigated the Fan-Out packaging patent landscape and releases today the new patent landscape analysis titled Fan-Out Wafer Level Packaging.[…]

Microbatteries industry: a strong IP position is essential

The growing demand for new devices applied to IoT, wearable, environmental and implantable sectors is confirmed and directly impacting the development of innovative solutions for microbatteries. “New microbatteries technologies are intimately linked to batteries, microelectronics and nanomaterials fields”, explains KnowMade in its latest report. Indeed new battery technologies, electrodes and electrolytes materials developed for batteries[…]

The gas sensor market is about to change

Nowadays, the number of enforceable patents dedicated to miniaturized gas sensors is increasing worldwide, and several companies already stand out by their strong IP  position. According Yole Développement’s analysts , the market size of gas sensors for consumer applications should grow from US$12 million in 2015 to more than US$95 million in 2021, with an[…]