Sensor systems and electronic instrumentations are highest growing and upcoming segments in the semiconductor market. Sensors have a vast array of applications in electronics, industrial automation, avionics and military, mobile devices, consumer electronics, building and infrastructure, medical equipments, security, transportation, IT infrastructure and communication among others. Sensor technology is evolving consistently and is highly pervasive and complex in nature. Sensor technology relies on numerous leading edge technologies to deliver improved functionality required by industries worldwide. Intelligent sensor system, sense and diagnose situations, make decisions and interact with the environment. Sensors are used in standalone configurations as well as integrated with various equipments. Motion sensors have a wide range of applications in transport sector and are used in cars to anti lock braking system and reducing accidents. Optical sensors are used in military applications to detect threats whereas electromagnetic sensors are used to measure efficient delivery of utilities as part of upcoming smart grid technology and reduce CO2 emissions. Image sensors find applications in digital cameras and image reproducing devices
Sensor technology is driven by key factors such as low cost, chip level integration, low power and wireless connectivity etc. Advancement in technology and miniaturization of devices has driven the market growth in recent times. Introduction of new semiconductor materials such as polymers is likely to lower the cost, weight and size of electronic devices and will help spur demand for sensor market. Communication technologies such as satellite based personal network will foster the demand for sensors. High demand in consumer electronics and automotive industry has positively impacted the market demand owing to numerous applications of sensors in these sectors. Consumer electronics include mobile phones, cameras, gaming devices, media players etc Automotive sector on the other hand includes sensor applications in Advance Driving Assistance System (ADAS) and hybrid cars among others. Sectors such as biosensors, image sensors, position sensors, and accelerometer are expected to show a rapid market growth. Increased adoption of gyroscopes and accelerometers in consumer electronics coupled with innovative applications including gesture recognition, biometrics, motion sensing have opened up new avenues for sensor market. In addition availability of cheap labor, low manufacturing cost and prevalence of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) has positively driven the sensor market in developing economies. However, fluctuating global economic conditions are likely to hinder the sensor market. In addition factors such as time to market, price sensitivity among others will pose to be a challenge to the market growth
Key players in sensor market include Bosch Sensortec, Freescale Semiconductor, ST Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, Knowles
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