Thursday, June 12, 2008

Global Sensors Outlook

New Technologies Promoting Market Development

The sensors market is highly competitive, dynamic, and diverse and at the same time is recognized as a growth market. Sensors are widely used from very simple functions to many critical applications in industries as diverse as oil and gas to automotive, food and beverage, and healthcare. The market is continuously evolving with the launch of new technologies and entry of new market participants. These factors have also resulted in a high degree of fragmentation with the presence of a large number of small regional participants.

With regard to various sensor segments, the semiconductor-based sensors market is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.8 percent. Applications such as in-vitro diagnostics, biochips, optical mouse, and micrometers are likely to witness a greater penetration of semiconductor-based sensors. "As for microscopic electro mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, And Documentation (TREAD) Act is driving the use of tire pressure sensors and electronic stability control systems in automotive applications," notes the analyst of this research service. "Growth factors for MEMS in the consumer segment include the use of accelerometers in computer notebooks and mobile phones for shock detection and tilt sensing and gyroscopes for image stabilization in mobile phone cameras."

Wireless Technology expected to Drive Future Growth

Wireless, fiber optic, smart sensors, and metal-oxide sensors are expected to define the marketplace of tomorrow. Wireless sensor networks are the future of the electronic world and will require the success of two new breakthrough technologies: Ultrawideband and WiMax (802.16). Ultrawideband creates a fast wireless connection that consumes about 10-4 the power of a cell phone, and WiMax promises 70 megabits per second across a 30-mile range. Overall, the intelligent sensor range is likely to be the fastest growing segment, growing at a CAGR of 8.0 percent between 2006 and 2013.

By 2013, oil and gas, water/wastewater, automotive, medical, and power industries are expected to be the top five end-user industries, with a revenue contribution of over 50.0 percent, compared to 35-40 percent in 2007. Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, and Canada are among the fastest growing markets for sensors. "Given the high level of competency, it has become imperative that companies redefine their strategies to provide customers with reliable instruments that are easily operable," says the analyst. "Proactive monitoring of the evolving requirements of different end-user segments would go a long way in achieving any company’s growth objective."

Frost & Sullivan Research Service
Published: 12 Mar 2008

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Accelerometers and gyroscopes for Consumer applications

MEMS gyroscopes and accelerometers market increased by 55% from 2005 to 2006 to reach USD 232 M last year. An average 35% CAGR for 2006-2011 periods is expected. The market dynamic mainly comes from accelerometers: about 65% of the total inertial sales by 2011. Consumer applications will progressively take a 40% share of the total inertial MEMS activity by 2011 (including automotive, medical, industrial, aeronautic and defence sectors).

MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes are emerging at a very fast pace in consumer electronics products. MEMS gyroscopes were widely integrated into camcorders since 1998 to provide optical stabilization features. MEMS accelerometers entered consumer applications in 2003, in large volume, as a protection feature for Hard Disk Drives.
In 2006, Nintendo Wii’s motion sensing remote control gave for the first time, public visibility to inertial MEMS. The new attractive Human Machine Interface from game controls such as the Wii, is even expected to penetrate the cell phone market.
Inertial MEMS are already spread over a wide range of consumer products, with limited volume . The MEMS industry is very excited and confident. Every one’s attention is focused on what will be the next killer application.

A consolidation should take place for MEMS in consumer applications.
The strong development of MEMS based consumer electronics applications since 2004 is leading the way for an industry consolidation starting in 2007. Some players seem to have already stopped their 3 axis accelerometer product line.

In the mean time, design win have mainly been realized by the TOP6 consumer accelerometers manufacturers. While the Nintendo Wii design win has been attributed to ADI and STM, Sony has not publicly disclose their motion sensor suppliers.

An accurate market segmentation of the MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes applications to identify new business opportunities.
Each application of the automotive, aeronautic, defence, medical industrial and consumer fields is detailed (market, technology, players) :
- Global market evaluation of the high performance inertial MEMS applications: component volume in M units, Average Single Price (ASP), and 2006-2011 value forecasts.
- Description of the products and technologies: product specifications, technological trends and business trends.
- Evaluation of major players market share and potential new entrants.

Companies described in the report
Analog Devices, Bosch Sensortec, Citizen, Freescale, Fujitsu, Fuji Electric, Fuji, Hitachi Metals, Hokuriku Denko, HSG-IMIT, Infineon, Invensense, Kionix, Micro Infinity, Mitsubishi, Murata, Samsung, SONY, STMicroelectronics, VTI, Apple, Aichi Steel, Asahi Kasei Microsystems, Canon, Epson Toyocom, Gyration, Hitachi Storage, HP, IBM, Kodak, MEMSIC, Maxtor, Microfabrica, Microsoft, NEC, Nintendo, Nokia, OKI, Olympus, Omron, Panasonic, Pioneer, Seagate, Sharp, Toshiba, Vodaphone, Wacoh

Publisher : Yole Développement