Hardware and Semiconductor
Overview of the global RFID smart antenna market
Technavio’s market research analysts have predicted that the global RFID (radio-frequency identification) smart antenna market will grow steadily at an impressive CAGR of about 13% by 2020. The continuously improving network infrastructure has compelled retailers to use e-commerce and m-commerce to increase their reach and revolutionize their customer’s shopping experience. Since maintaining an inventory helps a company to represent the investment that is involved, retailers consistently require real-time information about the products/goods inbound to customers. RFID tracking systems technology helps to increase inventory visibility and provides accurate information about the movement of goods through the supply chain. Additionally, RFID systems help companies implement intelligent distributed order management systems and also facilitates accurate inventory tracking, which will help end users make better decisions.
The integration of RFID technology in the IoT (Internet of Things) landscape is identified to be one of the major trends that will gain traction in this market during the forecast period. The emergence of smart homes is one of the key applications of IoT and since RFID is a key component for bridging the communication gap between appliances and devices, there will be a huge demand for RFID smart antennas in the coming years. This market study has predicted that the Americas will dominate this market in the next four years and will account for almost 50% of the total market share by 2020. Increased investments in RFID systems from the transport and logistics industry and the growing popularity of smart factories among
Market outlook of the CMOS camera module market
Technavio’s research analyst predicts the global CMOS camera module market to grow steadily at a CAGR of 18% during the forecast period. The increased use of CMOS image sensors has increased the adoption of CMOS camera modules. Cameras have become a standard feature in mobile devices, and the camera technology is constantly improving. Technavio expects multiple wearables to integrate cameras, which will further boost the market growth.
The increasing adoption of smartphones and tablets in emerging economies is a major growth driver for this market. Many new smartphone and tablet manufacturers have emerged in countries such as China and India, manufacturing low-cost devices. These new vendors are experiencing growth in the market, which has in turn, created demand for camera modules. The automotive sector is also incorporating camera modules for safety applications. This feature was initially available only in top-end cars, but automobile manufacturers have started incorporating this feature into all their products, which is increasing demand for CMOS camera modules.
Application segmentation of the CMOS camera module market
- Consumer electronics
- Others (healthcare, security systems, and 3D imaging)
The consumer electronics segment dominated the market in 2015 with a market share of 82%. Large adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets and the constant demand for such devices from emerging economies has continued to increase demand for CMOS camera modules.
Geographical segmentation of the CMOS camera module market
APAC accounted for 45% of the market share
Overview of the global ferroelectric RAM (FeRAM) market
Market research analysts at Technavio have predicted that the global ferroelectric RAM (FeRAM) market will grow steadily during the forecast period and will post a CAGR of almost 6% by 2020. This market research analysis identifies the lower consumption of power by FeRAMs as one of the primary growth factors for this market. FeRAMs consume almost 50% less power than other flash memories and are mainly used in battery-powered wireless sensors. This increases the battery life and reduces maintenance costs, which will subsequently help vendors have a competitive edge over competitors by offering products at a comparatively lower price. Moreover, FeRAM has additional benefits over other RAMs as it has a faster wake-up time and also eliminates the need to save and restore data. FeRAM also helps in automatic system updates especially in wireless applications, which will again aid in the growth of the market.
The increasing adoption of FeRAM-based smart meters is identified to be one of the major trends that will gain traction in the market in the coming years. FeRAM-based smart meters have the feature to write data 1000 times faster than meters using other flash memory such as DRAM. Also, FeRAM consumes very less power which enables smart meter manufacturers to include RAM as a cost-effective memory hardware in their products. Additionally, F-RAM or FeRAM also improves the efficiency and lifespan of smart meters as it requires very less power and offers high write speed, which will result in an exponential increase in their adoption by
Overview of the global back end of the line semiconductor equipment market
Market research analysts at Technavio have predicted that the global back end of the line (BEOL) semiconductor equipment market will grow moderately during the predicted period and will post a revenue of more than USD 13 billion by 2020. This market research analysis identifies the miniaturization of electronic devices as one of the primary growth factors for this market. The recent years have seen an increasing demand for compact electronic devices from several sectors such as communication, automotive, industrial manufacturing, and healthcare. This has induced the semiconductor manufacturers to invest in their R&D to reduce the size and increase the performance of ICs, which, in turn, has led to the emergence of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and 3D chip packaging. Also, the increasing number of interconnects and transistors in the existing space on the ICs requires finer deposition, which in turn, will create the demand for BEOL semiconductor equipment.
Analysts have predicted that APAC will be the major revenue contributor to the region during the forecast period and will account for more than 73% of the total market shares by 2020. The presence of a number of semiconductor foundries in the region and the constantly increasing demand for semiconductor equipment from countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, China, and Japan will
Overview of the global hot swap controllers market
Market research analysts at Technavio have predicted that the global hot swap controllers market will grow steadily during the forecast period and will post a CAGR of almost 8% by 2020. This market research analysis identifies the increasing deployment of SSDs (solid-state drive) as one of the primary growth factors for the hot swap controller market. There will be an exponential increase in the installation of SSDs in PCs and SSDs are estimated to account for almost one-third of the PC storage solutions market. The rise in demand for ultrabooks and other ultra-thin notebook PCs will drive the demand for SSDs. The constantly growing internet penetration has led to the growth of digital data, which has also increased the demand for efficient storage infrastructure to store and process data in data centers. Since data storage solution providers are one of the major consumers of hot swap controllers, this increasing demand for SSDs will subsequently augment the growth of the hot swap IC market in the next few years.
Technological advances in the recent years have led to the availability of products that incorporate multiple features on a single platform. Since computers and networking equipment use a combination of power management semiconductor ICs and other discrete power semiconductors and are constantly prone to board space restrictions. This will result in several industries such as communication, automotive, and consumer electronics demanding the need for the miniaturization of semiconductor devices. This will lead to the
Outlook of the global optical isolator market
According to this market research report, the global optical isolator market will grow at a CAGR of over 6% during the period of 2016 to 2020. The rising number of “fiber to the x” (FTTx) connections will help in the increased adoption of optical isolators during the forecast period. Newly developed network architectures, implemented through FTTx, help reduce the installation price for high bandwidth services to the home. These architectures include FTTC or fiber to the curb, also called FTTN or fiber to the node, FTTH or fiber to the home, and FTTP or fiber to the premises, where premises may indicate homes, small businesses, or apartments. Since the FTTH network utilizes fiber optic cable to deliver high-speed service to homes, an increase in its preference will lead to the augmented demand for optical isolators during the estimated period.
In this market, analysts have also observed that many end-users have started migrating to the wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) architecture. Recently, many optical transport networks (OTN) have started migrating towards the WDM architecture from synchronous optical networking (SONET technology) and DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing). This shift has allowed carriers to make significant cost reductions over the cost of deploying an overlay of multiple networks for each service offering or single channel networks. The benefits of this system include fault detecting, performance monitoring, and isolation of the wavelength.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
This market is extremely competitive because of the strong position of the existing vendors. The intensive market capital makes it difficult for new