April 26, 2015

Global Market for Fingerprint Sensors in Mobile Devices

ELECTRONICS.CA PUBLICATIONS announces the availability of a new report entitled “Fingerprint Sensors in Smart Mobile Devices”.  Research Capsule group expects fingerprint sensors to join the cast of now ubiquitous smartphone sensors though market penetration will vary by device. With more than 10 billion smartphones and tablets expected to be shipped during the coming five years, related component volumes are expected to soar.

2014 was a watershed year for fingerprint sensors in smartphones. Apple’s iPhone 6 coupled with the company’s new mobile payment service with a touch-type fingerprint sensor is creating a wow effect among consumers. The use of biometrics for authorizing financial transactions has a futuristic appeal and an allure of improved security and convenience.

Apple’s competitors have reacted quickly to match Apple’s sudden mobile payment lead. Samsung, for example, recently unveiled its own payment service coupled with a touch fingerprint sensor for authentication. It was an expected move, and the company’s use of a magnetic-stripe compatible technology could give Samsung the volume lead. Now other smart device vendors are expected to introduce a similar set of features in their next iteration of flagship phones.

This new report examines current and planned usage of fingerprint sensors in smartphones and tablets and forecasts implementations to 2019. The report coverage includes the market breakdown by touch and swipe sensors, and sales volumes and revenues by region: North America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.

The global market for fingerprint sensors in mobile devices is expected to become a multi-billion dollar market by 2019. While North America has been the key driver of fingerprint sensor adoption during the early years, adoption in the APAC region is expected to take the lead in 2015. Globally, the inclusion of fingerprint sensors in smartphones is reaching a critical mass driving it to become a mainstream smartphone feature in many markets. Research Capsule forecasts that 50% of smartphones sold in 2019 will have a fingerprint sensor.

Research Capsule believes that mobile payment will continue to be the primary driver for fingerprint sensors with the number of use cases expanding during the coming years. The volumes will be significant and though there are currently only a limited number of component vendors supplying the sensors, the flurry of activity is attracting both startups and established telecomm players to cater to this hot market.

Qualcomm’s recent introduction of its Snapdragon Sense ID ultrasonic-based fingerprint sensor could be a substantial disruptor to current component suppliers. The company’s wide industry footprint and relationship with most major smartphone vendors could propel it to a leadership position just as the market is reaching mainstream. Qualcomm’s entry into the fingerprint market was expected after it acquired Ultra-Scan several years back, but the demonstrations recently given at Mobile World Congress were impressive and shipments could happen sooner than expected. Other key competitors discussed in the report include AuthenTec, CrucialTec, Fingerprint Cards, IDEX, Next Biometrics Group, Validity Sensors, and Vkansee Technology.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Electronics.ca Publications’ web site. View the report: “Fingerprint Sensors in Smart Mobile Devices“.

Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Market Worth $3,923.6 Million by 2020

According to a new market research report “Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Market Product, Technology, Application and Geography – Forecasts & Analysis to 2020“, the global RTLS Market was valued at $720.5 Million in 2014 and is expected to reach $3,923.6 Million by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 33.03% between 2015 and 2020. The healthcare sector constituted the largest application for the RTLS Market in 2014 and is expected to continue to grow at a significant rate because of increasing applications in the healthcare segment, especially the old age care segment. Industrial manufacturing, government and defense, process industries, and transportation and logistics sectors are the next major applications of RTLS solutions and are expected to grow at a considerable rate due to the increasing adoption of RTLS solutions in the same.

The RTLS Market players have been focusing on the innovations in terms of technological advancements to cater to the specific needs of enterprises in tracking and monitoring the precise location of assets or personnel. UWB and ZigBee based RTLS technologies have been the emerging technologies in the RTLS Market, which provide high accuracy and precise location of objects in shorter locations compared to any other RTLS technology. The market for these technologies is expected to grow at a higher CAGR in the forecast period than others because of the increasing adoption of the RTLS solutions based on these technologies. Furthermore, these technologies have been able to overcome the difficulties faced by the other technologies in tracking objects in harder mediums such as concrete wall or other substances. However, Wi-Fi and RFID technologies are expected to account for a major market share during the forecast period, due to their lesser cost compared to UWB and ZigBee technologies.

The Americas and Europe were the largest markets for the RTLS technology in 2014. Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing region, followed by RoW which is also among the major regions that plays a significant role in the growth of the RTLS market. The growth of the RTLS Market in the Americas was largely driven by the U.S., which accounted for 74.7% of the total Americas RTLS Market in 2014. The Asia-Pacific market for RTLS is expected to be driven by its key markets such as Japan, Australia, China,Malaysia, and Singapore. The industrial manufacturing and retail sector along with, transportation and logistics is likely to provide a huge growth opportunity for RTLS solutions in these regions. The market would also be fuelled by the increase in focus of the major global RTLS vendors to expand their product and service offerings in the Asia-Pacific region as this region is expected to witness a higher growth in terms of the adoption of RTLS solutions and market value.

The report describes market dynamics that include the key drivers, restraints, challenges, and opportunities with respect to the RTLS Market and forecasts the market till 2020. This global report provides a detailed view of the RTLS market across products, technologies, applications, and geographies. The report also profiles the prominent players in the RTLS market along with their key growth strategies. The competitive landscape of the market analyses a large number of players with their market share. The RTLS Market is witnessing numerous collaborations and partnerships across the value chain, to cater to various industries in different geographies.

The major companies in the global RTLS Market that have been included in this report are Zebra Technologies Corporation (U.S.), AeroScout, Inc. (U.S.), Savi Technology, Inc. (U.S.), TeleTracking Technologies, Inc. (U.S.), Ubisense Group Plc (U.K.), Ekahau, Inc. (U.S.), Identec Group AG (Liechtenstein), CenTrak, Inc. (U.S.), Awarepoint Corporation (U.S.), and Versus Technology, Inc. (U.S.), and others.

Details of the new RTLS market report, table of contents and ordering information can be found  on Electronics.ca Publications’ web site. View the report:  Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Market Product, Technology, Application and Geography – Forecasts & Analysis to 2020.


3D Printing Materials Market Will Be Worth in Excess of $600M

3D Printing Materials Market

3D printing is currently the subject of a great deal of speculation and excitement in the media. Touted as the technology to bring about the next industrial revolution and the in-sourcing of manufacturing jobs back to the West, the term in fact refers to a raft of technologies each of which is compatible for use with a particular material type.

In fact the materials market for 3D printing is possibly the most contentious issue in the 3D printing industry today. 3D printer manufacturers are increasingly engaging in practices which are perceived by end-users as anti-competitive by locking customers in to their own materials supplies via key-coding and RFID tagging of material cartridges, an activity which is effectively enabling monopoly pricing of the materials concerned.

Development of new materials for 3D printing is hindered by the practice of lock-in by some 3D printer manufacturers. Barriers to entry for 3rd party materials suppliers are high, and those who do enter the market are unable to get the economies of scale required to accelerate both materials development and progress towards a competitive market.

In the short to mid-term, downwards pressure on materials prices will be driven mainly by new entrants to the 3D printer manufacture arena that do not engage in lock-in practices and enable customers to source materials from the supplier(s) of their choice, and also by pressure from large end-users wielding buying power to force prices down.

This report gives forecasts to 2025 for the following materials supplies:

  • Photopolymers
  • Thermoplastics in solid form (ie. filaments and pellets)
  • Thermoplastics in powder form
  • Metal powders
  • Powder-bed inkjet powders

SWOT analyses in each class are given and end-user requirements detailed.

Materials in development but not yet commercial, which research is mainly taking place in universities, are also discussed.

The market for photopolymers will retain the largest single segment of the market through to 2025 although the other materials markets will gain market share in terms of tons produced driven largely by the move away from prototyping/tooling applications towards final product manufacture.

Highest growth will be seen in the market for metal powders, although production, currently placed at less than 30 tons/year, will remain relatively low. This, in combination with high raw material and processing prices, will combine such that prices for these materials will fall more slowly than for alternative 3D printing materials.

Market growth in a business-as-usual scenario when lock-in remains common practice and prices remain high will be steady, as illustrated below.

3D Printing Materials Market

However, extensive interviews with both materials developers and end-users indicate that prices are falling. This will modulate growth of the market size even as mass production increases in line with the growth of the cumulative installed base.

Further, for any given material class, market size (in terms of $M) is more sensitive to the installed base of the corresponding 3D printer technology than to the actual price of the materials themselves. Should material prices increase, only a small reduction in the average utilisation rate of the printer installed base is required for the market size to actually fall as a result.

Details of the new report, table of contents and ordering information can be found on Electronics.ca Publications’ web site.  View the report: 3D Printing Materials 2015-2025: Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts.

Market Demand for Surge Protection Devices

Electronics.ca Publications announces the release of a comprehensive global report on surge protection devices market. The global market for Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) is forecast to reach US$2.4 billion by 2020, driven by the growing need to protect sensitive electronic equipment from power fluctuations. Read More

Thin Film and Printed Battery (TFB) Market Opportunities

Thin, Flexible and Printed Battery Market Will Increase To Over $300m By 2024

Form factor is becoming a major driver shaping innovation and transforming the energy storage industry globally. This is fueled by the emergence of new market categories such as wearable electronic devices and Internet of Things, which demand thinness and flexibility. These new market categories will help the market for thin and flexible batteries reach $300 million in 2024.

Thin, flexible or printed batteries have commercially existed for more than ten years. Traditionally, the micro-power thin and printed batteries were used in skin patches, RFID tags and smart cards. Today, however, the composition of the target market is undergoing drastic change driven by the emergence of new addressable market categories. This trend has enticed many large players to enter the foray, starting to transform a business landscape that was once populated predominantly by small firms.

The change in target markets is inevitably driving change in the technology landscape too. This means that the market in 2024 will look vastly different from that in 2014, both on the technology and market level. Technology and markets that are major contributes today will have a small role to play, while new segments and technology will grow to dominate this sector.

Printed-BatteriesFor more details of the new report on flexible and printed battery market, visit: Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2015-2025: Technologies, Forecasts, Players.