- Language: English
- 783 Pages
- Published: October 2012
- Region: Global
Uncooled Infrared Imaging Technology & Market Trends 2013: Commercial & Military Applications
- Published: September 2013
- Region: Global
- 322 Pages
- Yole Development
The decline in the military market has created a shift toward commercial businesses faster than expected and will continue because of established & new consumer applications such as personal vision and smartphones.
The faster shift toward commercial applications is due to military budget cuts and growing commercial markets
Uncooled infrared camera market experienced a sharp downturn in 2012: though total shipments slightly increased by + 1%, overall revenue fell by 12% to $1,824M. This steep fall was mainly due to the weakness of the military market which has been historically the main revenue generator.
Heavy cuts in the US military budget, resulting from federal budget sequestration and reduction of military operations had a massive impact on the global military market. US Department of Defense program delay consequences were notable because the US market represented more than 80% of the global military market in 2011. This sharp decrease was partly compensated by the commercial markets which grew by +11% in units due to the surveillance and thermography markets.
This shift toward commercial and higher volume markets will be confirmed in the 2013-2018 period. Yole Développement expects +23% growth in shipments fueled by four commercial markets showing a CAGR above 20%: automotive, surveillance, the young ultra-low-end thermography market, and finally by the rise of infrared imaging in smartphones.
Although 2012 sales were disappointing, Yole predicts that the automotive market will be the number 1 growth driver even if sales remain limited to premium cars until 2017. Similarly to automotive, surveillance sales growth was below expectations in 2012 because it took longer than expected to develop this market, but the sensational introduction of affordable sub-$2,000 cameras initiated by DRS and followed by FLIR in 2012 will boost sales.
Thermography market growth is driven by the ultra-low-end market which consists of low-resolution cameras for basic radiometric purposes, reaching a price point low enough to be adopted by technicians or DIY consumers. It is expected that ultra-low-end will generate nearly half of the total thermography market in 2018 even though it emerged at the end of the last decade.
Finally Yole expects that the ultimate high-volume application will be infrared imaging for smartphones benefiting from their large display to control a plug & play IR camera. An additional scenario envisions a rapid ramp up of this application based on huge price erosion. In this report you will find in-depth analysis of both established and emerging markets.
Growing volumes and price erosion increase cost pressure on sensor and camera manufacturers : what is the best strategy to reduce cost ?
The military market downturn and high price erosion have deeply affected traditional infrared imaging players for the past few years. Low-end applications now drive overall growth, thus requiring much higher cost reduction at both material and manufacturing levels: in addition to technological developments to reduce material cost (see next paragraph), economies of scale have become a key competitive advantage. Thus, FLIR, the market leader, and many players at both sensor and camera levels try to target as many commercial markets as possible to aggregate volumes.
At the sensor level, major manufacturers (FLIR, DRS, Raytheon, ULIS, GWIC) have now moved to 8” production lines instead of 6” to reduce wafer manufacturing cost. Several have even outsourced their production to foundries to further reduce production cost. These two elements are preliminary signs of a steep microbolometer cost reduction that will open up cost driven applications such as smartphones.
At the camera level, vertically integrated players, with internal sensor manufacturing, can benefit from their efficient cost structures to enter any commercial market with an aggressive camera price point: for instance, DRS and FLIR lead the price war in surveillance while FLIR has introduced a low-cost infrared camera for firefighting in 2012. This represents a major advantage for vertically integrated players because they can leverage high volume manufacturing that the single market cameras specialists cannot.
In the report you will find details about business strategies of the key players in uncooled infrared imaging.
Technological evolutions keep driving manufacturing cost down
In addition to economies of scale, technological improvements are key to steady price decline in infrared imaging. In this context, new low-cost imager & optics technologies are intensively developed to reduce manufacturing cost and move factories to high volume manufacturing. The first major trend is to move to wafer level manufacturing of both imager and optics to maximize benefits of high volume manufacturing and increase economies of scale. Secondly, decreasing the sensor die size is another cost reduction factor. As a consequence, a race toward shrinking pixel pitch is on-going. All microbolometer manufacturers focus on developing a 12µm pixel architecture, improving sensitivity enough to reach the 50mK target. Finally, the last trend in uncooled infrared imaging fits the need for low-cost & low-resolution sensors. As the low-end market expands, the stress on sensor resolution relaxes and business opportunities open for affordable low-resolution sensors. As a consequence, low-cost technologies such as pyroelectrics, thermodiodes or thermopiles are likely to successfully be introduced in the market and will be relevant competitors to new low-resolution microbolometers. For this reason, Fluke acquired Irisys in 2012 to secure the supply of pyroelectrics arrays used in its new generation of “infrared thermometers”.
In this report you will find detailed analysis of the status of current and future infrared imaging technologies.
Objectives of the report
The report objectives are to provide:
- Market data on key uncooled infrared imaging market metrics & dynamics:
- - Uncooled infrared imaging system sales in units & revenue by market segment
- - Uncooled infrared imagers sales in units & revenue by market segment
- - Market share at uncooled infrared imager level
- In-depth analysis of traditional uncooled IR imaging applications: thermography, automotive, surveillance, military.
- Key technical insights into future technology trends and challenges.
- An in-depth understanding of IR imaging value chain, infrastructure and players:
- - Who are the industrial IR sensor players (IDMs, foundries) and what is their market and technological position?
- - More generally, who are the key players to watch and how will the IR imaging market evolve?
What's new compared to last edition?
- Current technological trends and on-going developments
- Latest industry news and analysis of the new market entrants and exits
- More detailed and up-to-date applications analysis
- Introduction of new applications (Smartphones, personal vision systems, missile seekers...)
- A new sensor segment (low resolution-other technologies than microbolometers) in the market forecast
- 2012 market shares estimates
- Updated market forecasts: 2013-2018 period
Key features of the report
- Uncooled infrared imaging market analysis: market forecasts by applications/technologies 2013-2018 in revenue ($M) and shipments (units)
- Value and supply chain analysis
- Detailed applications analysis
- Competitive analysis and uncooled infrared imager manufacturers’ market share
- Infrared imager technology analysis & evolution: 12µm pixel pitch sensors, Wafer-Level-Packaging, low-cost & low-resolution infrared array technologies
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1. Contents, definitions
2. Executive summary
3. Noteworthy news since 2011
4. Overview of IR detection technologies
5. Uncooled thermal imaging camera market analysis
- Uncooled thermal camera price breakdown, business models and trends
- Uncooled thermal cameras market forecast in revenue ($M) / in shipments (units)
- Uncooled thermal Cameras: Main manufacturers positioning
- Camera cores: Becoming a key business, driven by surveillance
- Camera pricing evolution in commercial markets
- Main trends for the future
- Zoom on China IR cameras manufacturing
6. IR Camera market analysis : Thermography market
- Thermography cameras market forecast in revenues ($M) / in shipments (units)
- Price evolution
- A new IR tools category: visual thermometer
- Analysis of IR sensor technologies for thermography applications
- New products : Dewalt, Fluke, Magnity
- Thermography cameras: Market players and dynamics
- Main thermography applications
- IR thermography camera market players and supply-chain
- Synergies with portable test & measurement market
7. IR camera market analysis: Surveillance market
- Surveillance market : 2012-2013 evolution
- Surveillance thermal camera categories
- Market segmentation
- Products and price evolution trends
- Market forecast in revenue ($M) / in shipments (units)
- Market players and supply chain
- New application: traffic monitoring
8. IR camera market analysis: Automotive market
- Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) market introduction
- Automotive visible CMOS cameras and radar markets
- Automotive vision enhancement: NIR vs FIR detection
- FIR cameras products roadmaps and challenges
- Automotive FIR thermal cameras: Market forecast in $ and units & total available market
- FIR cameras market players and supplychain
- NIR night vision camera market
9. IR Camera market analysis: Fire fighting market segment
10. IR camera market analysis: Marine market segment
11. IR camera market analysis: Personal handheld night vision segment
12. IR camera market analysis: Smartphone market segment
13. IR camera market analysis: Military markets
- Introduction to military applications
- Military thermal vision camera market: Forecast in revenue ($M) and units
- Infrared military camera players and supply chain
- Applications: Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS), Vehicle vision enhancement, Portable soldier vision enhancement , Remote Weapon Stations (RWS), Missile seekers, Other military applications
14. Uncooled thermal imager/microbolometer market analysis
- Uncooled thermal Imagers: 2013-2018 Forecast in revenue ($) / in Units
- Market players: Geographical distribution, markets shares
- Microbolometer manufacturing and products trends
- Microbolometer price roadmap
- Microbolometer newcomers and time to market
- Thermopiles and pyroelectric arrays players
15. Uncooled thermal imaging technological evolutions
- Uncooled thermal imaging drivers and trends
- New CMOS-compatible and R&D approaches
- New packaging approaches
- Microbolometer : 12µm pixel pitch trend
- Low resolution IR imagers for thermography: New technologies enter on the business (pyroelectrics, thermopiles)
- IR Optics: trends and market players
- Multispectral and IR imaging trend
- The different ROIC integration approaches
- Aerius Photonics
- Allied Vision Technologies
- Associated Technology (Chongqing) Corp
- AXIS Communications
- BAE Systems
- Beijing Hamilton Technology Limited (BHT)
- Cantronic Systems
- Current Corp
- DAS Photonics
- Elbit Systems
- Faun Infrared
- Fraunhofer IMS
- Guide Infrared
- ICx Technologies
- Image Match Design Infrared Solutions
- IPHT Jena
- Irvine Sensors
- Kimo Instruments
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology
- Lumasense Leti
- METU MEMS
- Milwaukee Tools
- Mitsubishi Electric
- N2 Imaging
- NEC Avio
- National Nanofab Center
- NoblePeak Vision
- Northrop Grumman
- Samsung Techwin
- Selex Gallileo
- Sensors Unlimited
- Sumitomo Electric
- Teledyne DALSA
- Ulir vision
- VDS Vosskühler
- Vigo Systems
- Wenzhou Wealth Port International