Technological Advancements in Dielectric Materials

Technological Advancements in Dielectric Materials

Need for High-Frequency Radio Technologies, Wireless Communication, and Low- Loss Material Properties Drive the Growth of Dielectric Materials

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Radio frequency, electricity transmission, photovoltaics, and display systems are primary applications for dielectric materials, which are insulators with electric dipoles. An electric field can displace the positive and negative charges of the material from an equilibrium position. The material, however, does not conduct electricity and will return to its original state once the field is removed. The rise of 5G technology integration in the telecommunications sector, increasing solar energy contribution in the global energy matrix, and arising space and efficiency issues in existing photovoltaic modules drive the need for dielectric material development.

This Frost & Sullivan research service provides an overview of dielectric material technology. It also identifies and analyzes research initiatives focused on developing new dielectric materials for applications such as radio frequency, consumer electronics, display, photovoltaics, sensors, 5G technology, transformers, electric vehicles, capacitors, and microphones. New dielectric materials emerging in the market include nanocomposites, ceramics, elastomers, coatings, composites, low-temperature co-fired ceramics, 3D-printed materials, polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resins, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) terapolymers, and dielectric crystals. The primary research focus of these materials is to attain desired electrochemical properties for successful integration into dielectric material technology.

The study found advanced ceramic materials to be the most attractive among the different materials, with high commercial adoption in applications such as semiconductors, display, photovoltaics, and electric vehicles. Nanocomposites have the potential to be used in sensors and 5G technology applications. Ceramics, polymers, elastomers, and liquid-based dielectric materials are already utilized in several applications, such as computer memory, radio frequency technologies, microphones, capacitors, ink-jet heads, actuators, and display systems. Semiconductor and electrical transmission applications still prefer ceramic-based materials for their high thermal stability.

The study also found that the development and patent filing for new materials concentrated mainly in the United States and Asia-Pacific. These regions are home to well-established device manufacturers that fund new dielectric material development, such as IBM, Intel, Samsung Electronics, and LG. Active collaborations among research institutes, material developers, and device manufacturers are evident in the dielectric material industry. Many new and advanced dielectric materials are undergoing research at an academic level with low commercial development. The lack of commercial production tools might explain the delay of new dielectric materials transitioning from research and development to commercialization.

Key questions addressed:
• What types of materials are used in dielectric applications?
• What are the current and emerging materials for dielectric applications?
• What are the recent research and development activities and patent filing trends?
• Which companies are notable market participants in the dielectric materials space?
• What are the growth opportunities for companies developing materials for dielectric applications?

Table of Contents

1.1 Why Is It Increasingly Difficult to Grow?The Strategic Imperative 8™: Factors Creating Pressure on Growth

1.2 The Strategic Imperative 8™

1.3 The Impact of the Top Three Strategic Imperatives on Dielectric Materials

1.4 Growth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine™

1.5 Research Methodology

2.1 Developments in the Semiconductor Industry and 5G Technology Propel Material Innovation

2.2 Low Mechanical Strength of Existing Materials Pose Performance Challenges to Semiconductors

2.3 High-Power Radio Frequency Technologies and Device Architecture Improvements Fuel Material Innovation

2.4 Research Scope and Key Questions Addressed

2.5 Key Findings

3.1 Dielectric Materials Are Insulators with High Dielectric Constant Containing Electric Dipoles

3.2 Solid Dielectrics Are the Most Common Materials Comprising Ceramics, Polymers, and Composites

3.3 Ceramics and Polymers Used Directly as Feedstock

4.1 Polymer Nanocomposites Overcome Low Thermal Conductivity of Traditional Insulating Materials

4.2 Ceramics with High Dielectric Constant Used as Filler Materials in the Host Polymer Shell for Nanocomposite Dielectric Materials Manufacturing

4.3 Conducting Nanoparticles (Silver, Carbon, and Gold) Improve Dielectric Constant but Exhibit High Dielectric Loss

4.4 Dielectric Elastomers for Soft Robotics

4.5 Increasing Miniaturization of Diagnostic Devices Drive the Adoption of Dielectric Coatings

4.6 Preference for Magnetically Tunable High-performance Ferrite Dielectric Components in Microwave Device Manufacturing

4.7 LTCC Dielectrics with High Quality Factor Suitable for High-speed Radio Communication Systems

4.8 3D-printed Dielectric Materials for Radio Frequency Devices

4.9 Increased Adoption of PPS Resins for Dielectric Performance in Consumer Electronics

4.10 Electrostrictive PVDF Terpolymer Blends for Enhanced Electromechanical Properties

4.11 Single Dielectric Crystals Exhibit Different Properties at Similar Temperature Ranges

5.1 Innovation for Cost Reduction and Material Performance Enhancement

5.2 Polymers Lead in R&D Efforts Among Dielectric Materials

6.1 Ceramic-based Dielectric Materials Had a Funding Boost in the Past Two Years

6.2 Growing Research Efforts from Academic and Research Institutes

6.3 Partnerships for Product Portfolio Expansion

6.4 IP Analysis Shows Steady Increase in Patent Filing Activities

6.5 LTCC and Dielectric Coatings Lead IP Filing Activities Due to Rising Demand for Tunable Materials

7.1 Skyworks Solutions Delivers Highly Customizable Ceramic Materials for Radio Frequency and Microwave Components

7.2 Qioptiq Offers Dielectric Coatings for High-performance Applications

7.3 Dycotec Materials’s Crossover Dielectric Paste Promises Superior Insulation Properties and Breakdown Voltage

7.4 TPL’s Ultra-thin Ceramic Nanopowders Offer Flexibility in Manufacturing

7.5 National Magnetics Group Offers Materials with High Dielectric Constant and Low Material Loss

7.6 3DFortify Develops 3D-printable Dielectric Materials for Radio Frequency Devices and Electronics

7.7 Desaar’s Silicone Elastomer Technology Offers Quick Response Time and Low Viscoelasticity

8.1 Growth Opportunity 1: End-of-life Ground Tire Rubbers for Dielectric Capacitor Applications

8.1 Growth Opportunity 1: End-of-life Ground Tire Rubbers for Dielectric Capacitor Applications (continued)

8.2 Growth Opportunity 2: Cellulosic Materials for Sustainable Dielectric Materials

8.2 Growth Opportunity 2: Cellulosic Materials for Sustainable Dielectric Materials (continued)

8.3 Growth Opportunity 3: Improving Low-loss Properties in Dielectric Materials for Enhanced Performance

8.3 Growth Opportunity 3: Improving Low-loss Properties in Dielectric Materials for Enhanced Performance (continued)

9.1 Technology Readiness Level (TRL)

9.2 List of Acronyms and Chemical Names

10.1 Your Next Steps

10.2 Why Frost, Why Now?

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Radio frequency, electricity transmission, photovoltaics, and display systems are primary applications for dielectric materials, which are insulators with electric dipoles. An electric field can displace the positive and negative charges of the material from an equilibrium position. The material, however, does not conduct electricity and will return to its original state once the field is removed. The rise of 5G technology integration in the telecommunications sector, increasing solar energy contribution in the global energy matrix, and arising space and efficiency issues in existing photovoltaic modules drive the need for dielectric material development. This Frost & Sullivan research service provides an overview of dielectric material technology. It also identifies and analyzes research initiatives focused on developing new dielectric materials for applications such as radio frequency, consumer electronics, display, photovoltaics, sensors, 5G technology, transformers, electric vehicles, capacitors, and microphones. New dielectric materials emerging in the market include nanocomposites, ceramics, elastomers, coatings, composites, low-temperature co-fired ceramics, 3D-printed materials, polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) resins, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) terapolymers, and dielectric crystals. The primary research focus of these materials is to attain desired electrochemical properties for successful integration into dielectric material technology. The study found advanced ceramic materials to be the most attractive among the different materials, with high commercial adoption in applications such as semiconductors, display, photovoltaics, and electric vehicles. Nanocomposites have the potential to be used in sensors and 5G technology applications. Ceramics, polymers, elastomers, and liquid-based dielectric materials are already utilized in several applications, such as computer memory, radio frequency technologies, microphones, capacitors, ink-jet heads, actuators, and display systems. Semiconductor and electrical transmission applications still prefer ceramic-based materials for their high thermal stability. The study also found that the development and patent filing for new materials concentrated mainly in the United States and Asia-Pacific. These regions are home to well-established device manufacturers that fund new dielectric material development, such as IBM, Intel, Samsung Electronics, and LG. Active collaborations among research institutes, material developers, and device manufacturers are evident in the dielectric material industry. Many new and advanced dielectric materials are undergoing research at an academic level with low commercial development. The lack of commercial production tools might explain the delay of new dielectric materials transitioning from research and development to commercialization. Key questions addressed: • What types of materials are used in dielectric applications • What are the current and emerging materials for dielectric applications • What are the recent research and development activities and patent filing trends • Which companies are notable market participants in the dielectric materials space • What are the growth opportunities for companies developing materials for dielectric applications
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Deliverable Type Technology Research
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Author Narendra Kumar Singh
Industries Chemicals and Materials
WIP Number DA36-01-00-00-00
Keyword 1 application of dielectric materials
Keyword 2 electricity transmission
Keyword 3 photovoltaics
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