Reportlinker Adds Motion Sensors for Consumer & Mobile Applications

Mar 31, 2011, 10:20 ET from Reportlinker

NEW YORK, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

Motion Sensors for Consumer & Mobile applications

The inertial sensor market for consumer electronics is growing very quickly due the fast adoption of accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers in mobile phones, tablets, game stations, laptops…

Market trends

The inertial sensor market for consumer electronics is growing very quickly due to the fast adoption of accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers in mobile phones, tablets, game stations and laptops….Indeed 20.3% annual growth is expected: from $847M in 2009, the motion sensor market will reach $2.56B in 2015! The MEMS accelerometer market will show very nice business opportunities in the coming years. Moreover this market will be strategic for many applications are expected to rely on 3-axis accelerometer + 3-axis gyroscope in a single package within 2015. There is thus a strong synergy between accelerometer and gyroscope technologies and players.

The gyroscope market is really thriving thanks to the successful introduction of 3-axis devices by ST Micro and InvenSense. While adoption in handsets is only starting to surge, (with iPhone since June 2010 and now with Android smartphones) the gaming market is quickly growing and additional markets are emerging like tablets or remote controls.

Compasses are also gaining strong market traction. 2010 was an incredible year for digital compass in handsets, but the market will find growth outside of the mobile phone area as well: on gaming, on DSC for advanced geo-tagging… It will be particularly interesting to monitor strategies of newcomers to compete against AKM who is way ahead in the market. Competition is gaining in intensity as the motion sensing market becomes increasingly attractive. More than 50 companies are targeting this business including large players and small companies. But in the consumer market only a few companies are really making money out of this business, while the others are struggling to make a decent profit.

Several levels of competition are shaping the market:

• Competition among companies trying to offer a complete product family (accelerometers, gyroscopes andmagnetometers), either internally or with partners (STis partnering with Honeywell for example on electroniccompass).

• Competition among devices: accelerometer, gyroscopes and electronic compass can provide functions, either alone or in combination with each other. So companies have to propose the best sensor or sensor combination for a dedicated function.

• Competing business models: fabless companies (InvenSense for example) are competing against

integrated device manufacturers (ST, Kionix, Panasonic, Epson Toyocom, Freescale…). Optimization of the production cost is one of the biggest key success factors.

It is thus necessary for all players to work hard in order to really get the costs lower and produce on 8 inch wafer lines at a reasonable yield.

• Hardware competing against software: companies such as Movea start to impact the traditional supply chain model by bringing a novel expertise in software and sensor fusion.

• Technology competition: companies are proposing discrete devices (a 3-axis accelerometer, a 3-axis gyroscope…) or sensor combination (acceleration sensor plus gyroscope, gyroscope plus electronic compass…) either in a system-inpackage or on a single die, along with a transition from a

sensor offer to a solution offer (with sensor fusion).

Which company, business model, device… will win? It is both a booming and fragmented market so multiple companies can have an important part of the business. Cost-effective production infrastructure is clearly important but as the market will be moving from device to functions, the software and "function delivery" part of the business will be more and more significant… This area is exciting and still far from being mature. We expect considerable evolutions in the next years as illustrated by the strong demand for more precise and long-term navigation solutions, including indoor pedestrian navigation. In parallel to the current race to develop ultra-low cost versions of motions sensors, few start-ups are working on revolutionary motion sensing technologies by using different sensing principle or different way of combining motion sensors, with compatibility to a low cost production infrastructure.

Report outline

• MEMS accelerometers, MEMS gyroscopes, magnetometers

• 12+ key groups of application for motion sensors are described: Mobile phones, Gaming, Personal Media Players, Mobile Internet Devices (Tablets & E-books), TV remote controls, Cameras, Camcorders, Laptop

– HDD, PC Peripherals , Sport, Handheld GPS, Others (Toys, Model helicopter…)

- Market dynamics

- Technical trends

- Key players

• Worldwide market metrics: 2009 – 2015 market ($M, M units, ASP)

• 2010 market shares

• 150+ companies included in the report

• Report is a +300 slides PowerPoint presentation

• Excel datasheet included

Key features of the study

The objectives of this report are the following:

•To provide market data on motion sensors for consumer & mobile products: key market metrics & dynamics:

- Unit shipments and revenues by type of sensor

- Average selling price analysis and expected evolution

- Market shares with detailed breakdown for each player

•To provide a deep understanding of motion sensor value chain, infrastructure & players for consumer business:

- Exhaustive list of players for each device under consideration

- Analysis on the new players and potential new entrants with MEMS technology

- Analysis on the strategies of the main players (12+ key players: ST, InvenSense, Bosch…) and definition of the different business models

- Description of the value chain, impact of the technical evolutions: packaging challenges, software challenge…

- List of key integrators worldwide and corresponding product platforms

•To provide application focus on application focus on key existing markets and most promising emerging ones: new features, technical roadmap, insight about future technology trends & challenges:

- Functions that are used, new features and specification requirements

- Performance roadmaps with functionalities (e.g. for gyroscopes: from current devices used for stabilization, gaming and user interface to very low-drift gyroscopes used for true pedestrian navigation)

- Integration roadmaps: combo sensors (IMUs…), integration of MCU integration of algorithms & software

- Insight about future technology trends & manufacturing challenges: evolution of front-end MEMS manufacturing, new packaging technologies…

Companies Cited in the report

3DV Systems, Acer, Activision, Advancedmicrofab, Aichi Steel, AKM, Alpine, Alps Electric, Amazon, Analog Devices, Apple, ARM, Asus, Atmel, Baolab, Bosch Sensortec, Broadcom, BSkyB, Canal+, Canesta, Canon, Catapult Innovation, CEA Leti, Comcast, CSR, Dai Nippon Printing, Dalsa, Decathlon, Deep Di Semiconductor, Dell, DirecTV, Domintech, Electronic Arts, Epcos, Epson Toyocom, FreeMotion, Freescale, Fuji, Fujitsu, Futaba, Garmin, GlobalFoundries, Google, Hillcrest Labs, Hitachi, Hokuriku, Honeywell, HP, HTC, IBM, Iliad, InvenSense, ITRI, JVC, Jyve, KDDI, Kionix, Kodak, Kyocera, Lenovo, LG, Life Fitness, ogitech, , Matrix, Maxim, Mcube, Medion, Memsic, Memsmart, Memstech, MESA Imaging, Micralyne, Microchip, MicroInfi nity, Microsoft, Mio, Motorola, Movea, Murata, Navteq, NEC, Nike, Nintendo, Nokia, NTT Docomo, Nuvoton Technology, Nyko, Olympus, Orbotix, Pace, Palm, Panasonic, Parrot, Pixart, PMDTechnologies, Polar, Primesense, Prolifi c, Qualcomm, Qualtre, RIM, Rohm, Sagem, Samsung, Sanyo, Seagate, See Technology, Senodia, Sensitec, SensorDynamics, Sharp, Sitronix Technology, Sixsens, Skyartec, SMIC, SMK, Softbank, Sony, SonyEricsson, Speedo, Sprint, SSS, ST Microelectronics, Star Trac, Sunrex, Technicolor, Technogym, TeleAtlas, TI, TomTom, Toshiba, Tronics, Trusted Positioning, TSCM, UMC, Universal Electronics, Verreon, Virtus Advanced Sensors, VTech, VTI, Wacoh, Western Digital, XSens, Yamaha, YF International, Yishay Sensors, ZillionTV, ZTE and many others…

Table of Contents

• Introduction, Definitions & Methodology.......3

• Executive Summary.........16

1) 2009-2015 Market Overview....42

2) Motion Sensors for Mobile Phones.........64

– Global trends

– MEMS Accelerometers

– MEMS Gyroscopes

– Digital compass

– Motion sensor combos

3) Motion Sensors for Gaming....131

4) Motion Sensors for Other Consumer Applications.............156

– Tablets & E-books

– DSC & Camcorder

– Laptops & Hard disk drives

– Personal media players

– TV remote controls

– Handheld GPS

– Sport equipment

– Other emerging applications

5) Motion Sensor Manufacturers..236

– Key players and revenues

– Market shares: accelerometers, gyroscopes, compass

6) Supply Chain Analysis.............249

– Recent changes in the industry and strategy of the main players

– Description of the value chain

– Business models of device suppliers: fables vs foundry strategy

• Conclusions & Perspectives.........274

• Annexe - State of the Art for Motion Sensing Technologies...276

– MEMS manufacturing technologies

– Trends in accelerometer manufacturing: FE & Packaging

– Trends in gyroscope manufacturing: FE & Packaging

– Trends in magnetometer manufacturing: FE & Packaging

• MEMS & Sensor suppliers:

– Evaluate market potential of future technologies and products for new applicative markets

– Understand the differentiated value of your products and technologies in this market

– Identify new business opportunities and partners

– Monitor and benchmark your competitor's advancements

• R&D centers

– Understand the impact of new manufacturing and packaging technologies for your business

– Evaluate market potential of future technologies and products for new applicative markets

– Identify the best candidates for technology transfer

• Mixed-signal companies & ASIC manufacturers, Software specialists

– Spot new opportunities and define diversification strategies


• Consumer Electronic OEMs

– Evaluate market potential of future technologies and products for new applicative markets

– Screen potential new suppliers for introducing disruptive features such as low-drift gyroscopes and

IMUs …

– Evaluate the benefits of using these new technologies in your end system

• MEMS & packaging foundries

– Understand what are the applications that will drive the volumes in 2015

– Identify new business opportunities and prospects

• Financial & strategic investors

– Understand the structure and value chain of the

consumer motion sensing industry

– Estimate the potential of new devices such as low-drift

MEMS gyroscopes…

– Get the list of the main key players and emerging

start-ups of this industry worldwide

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