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IFSA Newsletter (ISSN 1726-6017), No.11, November 2011
In this Issue:
1. Sensors & Transducers Magazine (e-Digest) and journal, Vol.134, Issue 11, November 2011
2. Sensors Web Portal Up-dates Briefs
3. Sensors Related Published Books
4. Inertial Combo Sensors for Consumer & Automotive: Market Review
5. Global Fibre Optic Sensor Market 2010-2014
7. Additional Information, Comments, Suggestions
Sensors Related Published Books
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Inertial Combo Sensors for Consumer & Automotive: Market Review
Lyon, France – 2 November 2011 – Yole Développement announces its report “Inertial Combo Sensors for Consumer & Automotive”. Very large market opportunity and supply chain needs to adapt, are the main trends identified by Yole Développement’s Technology & Market analyst, Laurent Robin.
“The inertial sensor market for consumer and automotive will see healthy 15 % growth this year to surpass $ 2.6 billion, thanks to the increasing penetration of more motion sensing into more mobile devices, and more automotive safety systems in more cars across the globe” explains Laurent Robin, Technology & Market Analyst at Yole Développement. Though unit growth will continue at double digit rates, maturing markets and continued price erosion means sales revenues from discrete inertial sensors will level off and start to decline over the next several years.
Growth will then come largely from combination sensors, which Yole Développement project will jump from very tiny volumes currently to penetrate some 40 % of the $ 2.7 billion consumer inertial market and more than 12 % of the $1.1 billion automotive inertial market by 2016. This report is focused on the analysis of the opportunities and the challenges for inertial combo sensors in those high-volume market areas.
One clear motivation for combo sensors is the possibility to reduce both cost and footprint by combining the two sensors into one package with a single ASIC. However this cost benefit is not yet obvious with the dynamism of the evolution of each individual sensor. Such benefit will be very application dependent. Lower cost units combining multiple MEMS sensors are poised for healthy growth, starting with ESCs, bringing opportunity for new players and demands for sensor management solutions. This trend is showing up first in the more mature automotive MEMS sector, where the price of the sensor unit for the electronic stability control system (ESC) can now be significantly reduced, by combining the accelerometer and the gyroscope in one package with one ASIC. Adoption is a little slower on the consumer side, where the fast changing technology means discrete device prices are still falling rapidly, so products from even six months before have less of a cost advantage. But the consumer market’s fast model turnover and short replacement cycles means that once the economics become compelling and adoption starts in 2012-2013, market penetration will be faster and deeper than on the automotive side.
Yole Développement expects big changes as well in the supply chain, as prices will continue to drop, and a host of players along the complex new value chain all scramble to figure out how best to compete and cooperate for the much bigger business of integrating the silicon sensors into useful functions. Despite the complexities of designing and fabricating MEMS devices, most of the value in these functions is not actually in the fabrication of the MEMS die. ASIC, packaging, test & calibration and software production costs make up a significant part of the cost, and this will gain importance with the trend for multisensory packages.
The second key motivation from combo sensors relies on sensor fusion. New functionality can now be offered using multiple sensing elements. Yole Développement sees a strong evolution from sensors to solutions. This is an opportunity for players in the MEMS industry to compensate for the drastic decrease in price by selling high value solutions that include more software content. Who will capture the added value of these smart sensor systems? There is likely room for multiple alternatives, with the sensor makers supplying the algorithms to combine and cross-calibrate the sensor data and do some standard applications, while the software and chipset makers supply the higher level, specialty functions. Combo sensors require more complex software for the sensor fusion calculations, and those will likely need to be done on an MCU, not just the usual ASIC. This is driving changes in the supply chain, as makers of microcontrollers, software, and subsystems start to take over more of the sensor management.
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Global Fibre Optic Sensor Market 2010-2014
TechNavio today launched its report, Global Fiber Optic Sensor Market 2010–2014, which is based on an in-depth study of the Americas and the EMEA and APAC regions. The report aims to aid decision makers understand the key trends impacting the growth of this market.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from TechNavio’s Hardware team said, “Fiber optic sensors are being developed with increased sensing capabilities and smaller size. With the increase in globalization, several companies are adopting fiber optic-based sensors for increased efficiency.”
TechNavio’s analysts forecast the Global Fiber Optic Sensor market to grow at a CAGR of 27.8 percent over the period 2010–2014. According to the report, fiber optic sensors play an important role in the seamless flow of operations in industries working with high-temperature environments. With the ever-increasing number of vehicles and the need for more power and energy resources, several oil and gas companies are increasing their operations to meet the demand. These oil and gas plants have several applications that pertain to higher temperature operations. Thus to increase the overall performance of the plant and pertaining to safety, several organizations are installing fiber optic sensors to leverage the advantages of high heat bearing capabilities.
The Global Fiber Optic Sensor market has also been witnessing the development of long-range fiber optic sensors. However, the short range of these sensors could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. TechNavio’s report, Global Fiber Optic Sensor Market 2010–2014, has been prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market with inputs from industry experts. The report analyzes the Global Fiber Optic Sensor market landscape and its growth prospects. The report covers both intrinsic and extrinsic types of fiber optic sensors. The report does not discuss any other types of sensors such as image sensors and pressure sensors. Nor does the report discuss fiber optic sensors the Military/Defense sector because of the confidential nature of their work. This report provides a vendor landscape of the Global Fiber Optic Sensors market and a corresponding detailed analysis of the top four vendors. The report provides details of the revenues obtained from the sale of and services associated with fiber optic sensors.
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