Friday, October 31, 2014

Wireless Sensor Networks Are Defining a $Trillion IoT Market

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of Wireless Sensor Networks Report Set covering 50 wireless Internet of Things (IoT) markets including Smart Homes, Smart Buildings, Smart Energy, Smart Lighting, Smart Cities, Industrial Automation, Health & Fitness, Wearables, Personal Sensors and Others.

Wireless sensor networking (WSN) is one of the most disruptive and essential technologies for the Internet of Things.

Hundreds of millions of wireless sensing and control devices has changed the Internet.  Within the next ten years, the IoT market will grow to billions of sensing points, transforming cloud computing infrastructure, mobile device form factors and the global information economy.

“Cloud-connected wireless sensor networks are fundamental building blocks of the Internet of Things,” says Mareca Hatler, ON World’s research director.  “From remote digital oilfields to ever smarter homes, wireless sensor networks are enabling new sensing and control applications that wouldn’t exist otherwise.”

Industrial WSN early adopters have contributed to advances such as wireless mesh networking, power management, time synchronization, IP smart objects and energy harvesting.  ON World’s recent survey with 220 industrial automation professionals found that three quarters are planning or deploying WSN solutions.

Smart lighting is another emerging market with dozens of startups and new entrants.  The majority of these are focused on wireless mesh lighting control systems, wireless LED light bulbs/lamps, smart LED drivers and IoT platforms that support a growing number of WSN applications.  Retail is one of the fastest growing channels for residential smart lighting products. According to ON World’s evaluation of 30,000 product reviews, there are over 400 wireless lighting control products with sales growing by more than 70% in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013.

The smart home has hundreds of new entrants over the past few years. In addition, investments and acquisitions have accelerated including Icontrol Networks and that have each raised over $100 million in venture funds as well as Nest Labs and SmartThings that were acquired for $3 billion (Google) and $200 million (Samsung) respectively. Mobile and consumer electronics companies are creating IoT smart home platforms enabled by technologies such as WiFi, ZigBee, Thread and Bluetooth Smart.

Wearables such as smart watches, smart glasses, jewelry and health/fitness trackers are some of the largest and fastest growing WSN markets. Startups with wearables, wireless lighting controls and smart home systems are also benefiting from crowd funding sites that regularly achieve their funding goals.

In 2018, global annual revenues for WSN markets will be $102 billion when device shipments will reach 930 million at this time.

The recently published Wireless Sensor Networks Report Set includes three reports:

Based on thousands of interviews and surveys with executives across the whole global WSN value chain, these reports include analysis and in-depth market size forecasts on 50 unique WSN market segments, competitive analysis and recent primary research with end users, vendors and suppliers. Publications offers 50% off 3 reports (3 PDFs, 2 PPTs and 2 Excel Workbooks)

328 pages (238 figures and 172 tables) covering 50 unique wireless sensing and control markets.
Price: $4999.00 (USD) – multi-user/corporate license ($9497.00 for each report purchased separately)

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Wireless Sensor Networks Are Defining a $Trillion IoT Market

Thin Film and Printed Battery (TFB) Market Opportunities

Thin film and printed battery (TFB) technology is relatively nascent and is being used to evaluate potential opportunities in several different applications.

  • Most applications are in the pilot stage of development, with approximately a few hundred thousand in unit shipments. In turn, the volume of units shipped is limited for both semiconductors and TFB applications.

  • The popular battery form factor used in most devices is coin cell, and the market for semiconductors in these types of devices is quite strong. The shift from coin cell to a flexible or a printed battery, however, is delayed by a number of factors—initial high pricing remains one of the most important.

  • This study discusses the drivers and restraints, revenue, and Mega Trends for semiconductors in the TFB market, across North America; Europe; and Asia-Pacific and the Rest of World (ROW).

Executive Summary

  • Partnerships between semiconductor companies, research institutions, material developers, or equipment suppliers will help optimize the cost against the value curve.

  • The healthcare devices market will be a major driver for growth from 2013–2016.

  • Asia-Pacific and the ROW provide great scope for growth in low-power semiconductors over the forecast period.

  • Price issues and manufacturing challenges associated with TFB technology are amongst the major factors limiting high-volume shipment of semiconductors in TFB applications.

  • Economies of scale in this market are expected towards the end of 2016, after which volume production and shipment will be high.

For more details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information visit: Analysis of the Global Semiconductors in Thin Film and Printed Battery Market.


Thin Film and Printed Battery (TFB) Market Opportunities

Powering the Internet of Things: New Technologies for New Markets

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “Power Sources for the Internet-of-Things: Markets and Strategies”. The Internet-of-Things (IoT), a proliferation of multitudes of interconnected sensors and processors, is arguably the most disruptive shift in technology since the origination of the Internet itself. It’s a complex universe spanning communications, identification, location tracking, and security, enabled by multitudes of electronic equipment & devices and sensors.

Powering the Internet of Things

Several technology advancements have been driving the IoT. The brains of these devices (embedded chips) are becoming more sophisticated and cheaper, as have reliable communications capabilities. Another reason: cloud storage for data and applications. And as the IoT expands, there are huge new opportunities for manufacturers of power source devices to make it all run.

Why Conventional Batteries Won’t Work in the IoT

Let’s look at the key criteria that are pretty common to the various types of IoT devices and functionalities:

–    Various shapes and sizes

–    Low power requirements

–    High range and frequency

–    Increasingly interconnected

To align with those criteria, power sources for IoT devices will need several key features of their own:

–    Small/thin size and flexible shape

–    Wireless connectivity — able to charge a device on the go, easy to use anywhere

–    Able to detect and select available energy resources (for wireless charging)

–    Self-recharging, never needing to be replaced, with lifetime comparable to the device they’re in

–    Environmentally friendly, since IoT devices are used everywhere in all environments.

Consider this: the energy density of the lithium-ion battery in Apple’s iPhone 5 is 142 mAh/cm3. That’s 63% higher than conventional Li-ion batteries from nine years ago, and is far outpacing the ~5%/year energy density rate for Li-ion batteries. For all IoT devices including and beyond smartphones, future power source requirements — rigid use (cycle life, specific energy and power), high tolerance capacity, flexibility (including wearability) — don’t bode well for bulky conventional batteries.

IoT Power Source Alternatives

Conventional batteries can’t meet those IoT power-source requirements in most cases — but other power sources can.

Inductive power supplies: Basically this involves wirelessly transferring energy from one device (transmitter or charging station) to another (receiver or portable device). Wireless charging was initially introduced for smartphones and still revolves around this utility; by the end of this year nearly all smartphones and tablets are expected to support it. Other inductive power applications include transcutaneous energy transfer systems in surgically implanted devices (e.g. artificial hearts) and environment-monitoring robots.

Inductive coupling is typically used to power RFID tags (IoT and RFID have common origins and extensive overlap). Such “passive” battery-free RFID sensor tags have an “on-demand” reliable source of energy, with no dependence on environmental conditions for the sensor to transmit data. They can be embedded in concrete (e.g. walls and pillars), inside piping systems, sealed within enclosures, and at many relatively inaccessible locations — and they will never require battery-change maintenance.

With increasingly vast numbers of wirelessly connected IoT devices, the technology to power them is likely will evolve from inductive to resonant — and from charging one device at a time to charging multiple devices concurrently. This could open up a myriad of IoT applications from smartphones to smart cars.

Thin-film and printed batteries

Thin-film batteries are being considered for, and even replacing conventional batteries in, several IoT applications such as smartphones, sensors, RFID tags, and smart cards and labels (including “smart packaging for food and medicine). Printed batteries are somewhat further away from commercial deployment for IoT applications such as electronic shelf labels and “smart shelves,” though there are some efforts to bring products to the market. 3D printing of microbatteries is one intriguing area of research, with batteries as small as a grain of sand; another is in combining thin-film material layers and coatings with textiles.

Energy harvesting

This is arguably the most important sector for powering IoT devices, encompassing several technologies to facilitate ambient energy conversion and storage: PV solar cells, piezoelectric, thermoelectric, pyroelectric, geo-magnetic, electrostatic, and microwave conversion. The varying nature of ambient energy sources also means IoT wireless sensor nodes require microbatteries as backup energy sources, rechargeable once the nodes have harvested enough ambient energy.

Where IoT Power Sources Must Improve

Power source options for IoT devices currently have a number of hurdles to overcome:

Power efficiency: Technology for inductive and energy harvesting falls short of conventional wired charging in terms of power transfer efficiency, roughly 70% vs. 85%. That means it’s significantly slower to charge a device, and/or requires tradeoffs in size and cost to close that gap.

Range: For wireless power (inductive/resonant coupling or energy harvesting), the range to devices must cover at least an entire room, and eventually a house.

Frequency choice: Selecting frequency to be compatible with charging standards around electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility has been an issue for wireless charging technology.

Standards compliance and security: There are more than a dozen types of wireless communication technologies woven together to support the Internet of Things. Broad adoption of wireless charging will require standards compliance across several areas: frequency, induced electric field, induced current density, and specific absorption rate. This is a major issue, solvable by integrating them all into a single standard — which also will solve security issues.

Between the most ubiquitous of those wireless technologies — Bluetooth, WiFi, and ZigBee — we see ZigBee expanding as the preferred protocol for IoT devices in terms of cost and efficiency.

Cost: Nearly all the devices in the IoT are small and low-cost, therefore so must be their power sources. Conventional chargers are generally provided with devices at no extra cost (or at least a transparent one), but wireless chargers generally come extra at cost, and often it’s substantial (think $50 or more). Even thin-film and energy-harvesting batteries come at a higher cost than conventional power supplies.

Basically, two things need to happen for these power source technologies to usurp conventional batteries and take over the IoT: deliver better efficiency at lower cost, and create/adopt a wireless charging standard common for all devices and charging ports. If those happen, and limitations of these alternate power sources are overcome, then we see these technologies becoming dominant to power IoT devices.

By the Numbers: The Evolution of IoT Power Source Markets

IoT power-source technologies such as thin-film and printed batteries, energy harvesting modules, small flexible solar photovoltaic panels, and thermoelectric sources have enjoyed niche success and marginal revenues up to now. With the IoT’s emergence, however, NanoMarkets sees these products potentially generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues.

Thin-film and printed batteries make up the vast majority of today’s total $57.1 million market for IoT power sources. Most of that is for mobile phones, considered the “eyes and ears” of applications connecting all the other IoT devices and networks, and mobile phones will continue to represent the main IoT application for these batteries. However, we anticipate several other applications — notably smart cards, semiconductor/computing, and wearable electronics — each will blossom into hundred-million-dollar battery markets by the end of this decade.

The biggest growth opportunities over the next several years in IoT power sources addressed by inductive and energy harvesting technologies. Inductive power sources, almost exclusively used in wireless chargers, are barely a $5 million market today, but we look for this segment to crack the $100 million mark by 2018 and accelerate to $760 million by 2021. This is largely due to adoption in RFID tags, a segment that will surge to a $100 million market by 2019 and $583 million by 2021.

We see energy harvesting power sources remaining a small ($7 million) market through 2015, but then spiking to $41.5 million in 2016 thanks to rapid uptake for sensors/sensor networks. From there we see energy harvesting devices really establishing their IoT stride, to $161 million by 2018 and ultimately $557 million by 2021. Within that period we also anticipate the long-awaited arrival of wearable devices, ramping from next to nothing today to $82 million 2018 and a $200 million market by 2021.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report: Power Sources for the Internet-of-Things: Markets and Strategies.



Powering the Internet of Things: New Technologies for New Markets

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Worldwide and U.S. Smartphone Display 2014–2018 Forecast

This study examines the current state and future trends of smartphone displays worldwide and in the United States. The smartphone display has grown from the simple function of showing messages and emails to showing more dynamic content, including games, applications, social networking, and multimedia. As the demand in smartphone functionality has grown, so has the size of displays on smartphones, with some displays rivaling 7in. tablets. The trend toward large-screen smartphones will continue unabated. Smartphones with screen sizes between 5.5in. and 7.0in. certainly receive their share of attention, but we believe that the mass market will gravitate mostly to smaller sizes, namely 4 to ˂5in. and 5 to ˂5.5in. These are easier to hold and carry compared with their large-screen cousins. Between these two screen size bands, we expect the latter 5 to ˂5.5in. group to gain greater salience as vendors stretch the display to the edges of the smartphone without enlarging the device as a whole. Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications" web site. View the report: Worldwide and U.S. Smartphone Display 2014–2018 Forecast.

Tablet & Smart Phone Semiconductor Revenue and Shipment Forecast

Leading suppliers of high end smartphones include Samsung, Apple, Huawei, and LG. New research estimates that over $35 billion of 2013 worldwide semiconductor revenue was contributed to sales of products used in this high volume application.  In 2013 close to a billion smartphones were shipped worldwide and this market is expected to continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 19 percent over the next five years.

The tablet market is expected to cool off somewhat in 2014 in terms of shipments.  Over 200 million tablets were shipped in 2013 which was an increase of 59 percent from 2012.  This year we  expect tablet shipments to increase by 10 percent this year.  The opportunity for semiconductor suppliers in the tablet market is expected to reach $13 billion and grow significantly to over $25 billion by 2019.

This tracker provides semiconductor revenue and shipment forecasts for products used in smartphone and tablet applications.  Forecasts are provided by region and by product type as well as a split by application type.  Market share is included for the semiconductor suppliers as well as the OEMs that produce the applications.  Estimated spending by each OEM is also included.

Tablet & Smart Phone Semiconductor Revenue and Shipment Forecast

Smart Phone Semiconductor Tablet & Smart Phone Semiconductor Revenue and Shipment Forecasts

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report: “2014 Smart Phone Market and Tablet Tracker“.

Significant Findings Include:

  • Worldwide Semiconductor Revenue Forecast by Product

  • Worldwide Smart Phone and Tablet Semiconductor Market Forecast (Revenue, Units, and ASPs)

  • Worldwide Smart Phone and Tablet Semiconductor Quarterly Market Forecast (Revenue, Units, and ASPs)

  • Worldwide Smart Phone and Tablet Semiconductor Revenue Forecast by Segment

  •  Worldwide Smart Phone Semiconductor Market Forecast (Revenue, Units, and ASPs)

  • Worldwide Smart Phone Semiconductor Quarterly Market Forecast (Revenue, Units, and ASPs)

  • Worldwide Tablet Semiconductor Market Forecast (Revenue, Units, and ASPs)

  • Worldwide Tablet Semiconductor Quarterly Market Forecast (Revenue, Units, and ASPs)

Tablet & Smart Phone Semiconductor Revenue and Shipment Forecast

2014 Performance Analog Market Tracker

Performance analog products include high speed, precision, and high efficiency products classified as operational amplifiers, interface, comparators, power ICs, and Analog ASSPs. This market is growing faster than the overall analog market with a compound annual growth rate of 8 percent. This tracker provides forecasts for high performance analog products and also includes standard performance analog to provide an overall view of the analog market. Forecasts are provided by region, market segment and application market. Market share is also provided. Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications" web site. View the report: 2014 Performance Analog Market Tracker.

Global Actuator Systems Market in Aviation

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS, the electronics industry market research and knowledge network, announces the availability of a new report entitled “Actuator Systems Market in Aviation – Market Analysis and Forecasts 2014 – 2019“.  The global actuator systems market in aviation is estimated to be $2,973.76 million by 2014. The aircraft actuators market is expected to register CAGR of 4.6% to reach $3,839.74 million by 2019.

In recent years, the concept of more electric aircraft pushed the development of electrical actuation systems to substitute hydraulic actuators in a broad range of applications such as flight control, landing gear, etc.

Electrical actuation technologies have to comply with demanding requirements concerning reliability, weight, and environmental conditions. Electric actuation use comes from customer and airworthiness requirements for clean and more environment friendly aircraft.

The use of actuators helps in aircraft maintenance. Airlines across the globe are looking for more efficient aircraft that can increase their net profit. The increasing fuel price is a major driving factor, forcing the aircraft manufactures to opt for more fuel efficient and more electric aircraft (MEA) concept. With the primary functions in the aircraft more powered by electrical system; rather than conventional Pneumatic and hydraulic system aircraft will be able to achieve reduced fuel burn, higher reliability, reduction in maintenance cost, and more dispatch availability. Many R&D programs are going on in this industry for saving fuel and enhancing operational efficiency.

The increase in aircraft orders and more aircraft manufacturers coming up in the industry is also a driver. However, the defense budget cuts would be a challenge. High growth regions are China, Russia, and North America; and many new programs are coming up from these regions. The deliveries of the aircrafts are also expected to increase by 2019.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Publications’ web site.  View the report:  Actuator Systems Market in Aviation – Market Analysis and Forecasts 2014 – 2019.


Global Actuator Systems Market in Aviation